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Favorite Moments Of Summer 2015

Lifestyle, TravelVeronica Arrieta1 Comment
Mexico in the Summertime at the Fairmont Mayakoba

This summer has been one for the books. In fact, it might be one of my favorites with all of the traveling and weddings we had - it's going to be hard to beat next year! We kicked things off in Mexico. It was so nice to just lay under the tiki huts in my bow bikini at the Fairmont Mayakoba and eat the best Pad Thai I've ever had. Scroll through to see the rest of my favorite moments from summer!

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London stole my heart! No literally, I could move there in a heartbeat. I fell in love with the people, culture and their British accents. Full post here! 

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There's something about Paris that makes you all lovey-dovey inside. Everything about Paris is so picturesque and they match every stero-type (aka walking around the streets with french baguettes). We had the best ice cream I've ever had in my whole life (no actually I still dream about it!), got to ride bikes all through Paris, picnic under the Eiffel Tower

A much needed getaway to Carmel, where I got a terrible sunburn because I fell asleep reading The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller and woke up a different shade of pink. Needless to say, I threw on this oversized off the shoulder sweater to keep me warm. Full post here! 

New York was our most recent trip, but one of the most special because I got to see New Story Charity ring the opening bell for Nasdaq. It was a super proud moment to see all the hard work they've put into helping homeless families in Haiti being recognized and on the big screens in Time Square. If you haven't checked out New Story, you need to!! 

Well there you have it: my favorite moments of summer 2015! This is our first summer as a married couple and will definitely be hard to beat. As much as I love the warm weather, I'm really looking forward to fall and the holidays. 

With Love, From Haiti

Faith, TravelVeronica ArrietaComment
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I was down in Haiti last week with New Story, a nonprofit that my husband and his best friend, Brett launched 4 months ago. New Story is a crowdfunding charity that builds houses for homeless families living in dangerous situations around the world. Their first location: Haiti, as it holds a special place in their heart from a mission trip they took a few years back...and now I understand why.  

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

As I sit here writing this post back at my desk in San Francisco, I am dumbfounded at how much I learned and grew from the experience; sitting here smiling at how much Haiti surprised me. In Haiti, I don't have to think about what I'm wearing, or who I'm going to run into, heck, I don't even have to shower (but I did because I've never smelled so foul - sorry TMI).

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. Majority of people live in inadequate and unsanitary housing conditions, and are at high risk for infectious diseases like food or water-borne diseases, typhoid fever, and malaria.

We've been back almost a week now and if I'm being honest, I've struggled to write about my experience from this trip. It's not that I've become numb to the shock of how poverty exists, but I have come to unexpectedly fall in love with the people who live within it. Here is a journal entry I wrote about my first trip to the village of Leveque: 

The day started both calm and crazy, if that's even possible. The local pastor prayed over the village and for the families recieving the homes; followed by the New Story team (plus the rest of the village) walking house-to-house giving each family the keys to their new colorful home. The children playing and sounds of Creole echoing in the village - still unsure if they're yelling at each other or just passionate talkers. The general vibe of the village is filled with so much hope and excitement. The kids are jumping all over us, just wanting to play, be held and to feel loved. I spotted this little girl who was standing barefoot wearing a pair of dirty pink Tinkerbell overalls. Her eyes meet with mine and she flashes a bright smile which shields me of our surroundings. I am no longer standing in Leveque, but I am standing in her world. She reaches up signaling me to pick her up. Between the language barrier and her young age, we couldn't speak to each other, but that was more than fine with me. I spun her around to hear the most pure and sweet laugh come out of her mouth. We played and I repeated the gibberish words coming out of her mouth, as I carried her around the village until I had to put her down as we were leaving, she started crying and yelling - it was so painful to walk away to that sound. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

The New Story team has opened their hearts and lives to helping others. I pray so many sweet blessings on them and what they are doing to help these homeless families. So when I found myself 3,500 miles away from home, sitting in a hot van, cruising down a dusty road from Port-au-Prince to rural Leveque with the New Story team, I find myself very, very blessed. 

If you would like to help support New Story, please click here to make a donation. Or better yet, give up your birthday, Christmas or start a campaign just because. Every penny helps give these families get a new story. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

This is one family's tent they've been living in since the 2010 earthquake that destroyed their home. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

The family below just found out that a house has been funded for them on New Story. Soon, they will no longer be living in a tent and into a safe home. And the kids will be able to go to school. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

I was obsessed with all the vibrant colors of the houses. This color is my favorite! 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

The whole village supported each other and watch each family get their new home. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

We got to experience real creole food and a beautiful Haitian sunset during our last night in Haiti. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
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