Our week in Kansas was unexpectedly relaxing considering that we normally stick to a schedule of meeting this group and that group at coffee o'clock . During past visits we only had a few hours to spare with our immediate family just before bed time, so having a leeway in our schedule was just what we needed to recharge. This time Sharon (mother-in-law) decided to keep things simple because she knew Greg and I needed time to sit back than more anything else. Of course we had our cousin's beautiful wedding to attend at the Museum of World Treasures which was the main reason for visiting, but getting some time to simply "be" made a huge difference for us--both physically and spiritually.
Selah enjoying her time with gramma and grampa Betzen was definitely a highlight. Her utterly cute dancing and new quirks such as saying "cooooil" or "wassat???" when she's fascinated, or her incessant playing of musical Charlie Brown Christmas dolls which made me feel quite deranged after a few hours, made this trip. As I mentioned in my last recipe post, I hadn't realized that Wichita is slowly but surely welcoming "hipster" businesses like Reverie Coffee Roasters. For just a short moment in time it was like being transported right back into the LA scene which only left me wanting a super sized Spanish Latte. But I digress. This coffee shop is amazing, you guys! Fresh beans being pulverized to dust right before your very eyes, friendly staff that's as passionate about the beans as you are, and a relaxing atmosphere? Well Wichita friends, look no further and head into Reverie asap, but make sure to wear earplugs if you know you can't study with the deafening noise in the background.
I also noticed that while looking through the eyes of my camera I was able to hear the nothingness that surrounded Wichita (specifically our parents' home), which can be better translated into the idea of stillness and quietness that we rarely get in the city. This led to much reflection and strengthening of our souls as we spent even more time praying and enjoying the little things because ahem--Selah was busy with gramma so these parents were free as birds, hah! This also meant we got to watch one of the best movies (Unbroken) we've seen in well...years (literally)! After an amazing church service, baking my favorite apple cinnamon rolls for the family, waffle flops with Sharon and laughing till our lungs burst, a memorable ahi tuna dinner at Firebirds, an excruciatingly wonderful deep tissue massage, and a body pH consultation I felt like a million bucks. Yup! I'm still the health freak you've always known me to be, and now I have a body brush in hand per the doc's recommendation and a collection of herbal supplements and bath oils to cleanse my liver. I think I'm ready for this whole life-back-in-Cali thing. ;)
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