I was immediately drawn to a baby girl wearing red. She was in her crib, and she gave me a big smile when I picked her up. Her name was “miracles” in Spanish. She looked me directly in the eyes, and all I saw was LOVE. Innocent, untainted love. On our way to the vineyards, we had stopped by one of the orphanages funded by Corazón de Vida in Baja. That’s where I met this beautiful, smiley baby girl.
Since I moved to Mexico, I had it on my radar to visit the orphanages. Sadly, covid-19 restrictions meant there were no volunteering trips planned. But my sister works for Corazón de Vida, so we had a chance to stop by and say hello. I cannot wait to plan a volunteering trip here to play with and love on these babies, toddlers, children, and teens. Corazón de Vida is an organization that provides monthly funding to orphanages in Baja. They cover food, shelter, medical and psychological services, as well as education supplies. Sometimes they are even able to help older orphans complete a college education. Check out their website to see how you can volunteer or donate. http://www.corazondevida.org
There was a heat wave in Baja, and the sun felt like it burned through the skin. My feet felt heavier with each step. We left the orphanage, and I could not stop thinking about the babies I got to hold. Sometimes I think about adopting a child, so I want to keep working hard in my business to get to a financial place where adopting can be an option for me. Yes, I could choose to give birth to my own kids, but I have recently started feeling called to do something slightly different than that, and I wonder if adoption is part of my destiny. I have also considered not having children at all, and dedicating myself to an environmental cause instead. Climate change and early childhood education are some things I am very passionate about. Either way, we can all make a huge difference in improving our world if we relentlessly commit to a purpose or two.
We arrived at Finca la Carrodilla for a wine tasting. Given the heat wave, wine tasting was not exactly the most ideal weekend activity, but I was set on it. Bradley and I love vineyards, and I had heard my sister, Leny, rave about Valle de Guadalupe. We drank delicious wine, and headed to a little cabin to cool off.
That evening, we enjoyed an artistic dinner at Fauna. I say artistic because it felt like we were in a museum rather than a restaurant. Each dish was an interactive, artistic experience. Fauna only offers whatever produce they are growing in their garden, so the menu changes with the seasons. You go to the restaurant not knowing what you will eat. We had a dish that was a combination of octopus, lentils, and vinegar. I know this must sound like the oddest meal, and you may question its taste. But I assure you, it was delicious! Another dish that really shocked me was the charred cabagge on top of a thick cabagge sauce. The photo looks like it would taste awful, but once again, I was blown away. We agreed the cabagge was the star of the night.
The next day has now become a hazy memory. The heat made it difficult to fully enjoy everything we experienced, and I ended up feeling stomach sick. So we headed home after breakfast and a quick wine tasting in El Cielo vineyard. Back in the house, I indulged in the most delicious nap. Note to self: stay indoors when there is a heat wave. We spent the rest of that last day watching the series AWAY on Netflix (I loved it! Have you watched?). This vacation was probably the most relaxing one we have taken in a long, long time. I have to give a shout out to Leny and Alex for being amazing hosts, and taking us to the PERFECT eating spots. Remember the octopus burger and sea urchin tostada? Here is the link to that post in case you missed it:
Back in Querétaro, life continues to be quiet and lovely. I have developed a daily workout routine that keeps me totally sane 99% of the time. Bradley and I stay home for the most part with the occasional breakfast outing. We did just go to an incredible brewery called Hoppy and we were the only ones there. It was super fun, and we are making the most of these opportunities to feel normal, to feel human, to live our daily lives peacefully.
What have you been able to do in the last few weeks that has made you feel more like yourself? Tell me in the comments below.
Happy Livin’ !