Sister Saturday

I spent Saturday with the Little Sisters of the Poor. We walked all over DC visiting various sites that are special to their community. We visited their first home here in the district, where their community cared for recently freed slaves who had nowhere to go. We prayed. We walked. We visited their second home on H street where they cared for the elderly poor for one hundred years, relying on the generosity of others and the tenacity of their sisters who beg for food to feed their residents.  

It was hot, guys. We walked a lot.

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It was a great, great day. One of the sisters is in her 80s. She walked 7 miles without stopping or falling behind. What a woman!

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When I got home and flopped on the couch (where I remained the rest of the afternoon) I thought of that 80 year old sister and how she went home. And she didn’t rest. She got home and served dinner to the residents she cares for and then she helped them to bed.
I should hang out with those women more often. #squadgoals

An Afternoon At Mount Vernon

On Saturday, Matt and I were invited to a barbeque at a new friend’s house. They live about a minute away from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, so we decided to rent a car and spend some time at this historic place before going to the party.

We haven’t had a car since moving to the district, so having an excuse to jump in the car and explore the surrounding area was a refreshing change of pace.

The grounds are beautiful. I was instantly taken back to so many fun outings with my family when we lived near Williamsburg, Virginia. There were reenactors, guided tours, and ample space and exhibits to explore on our own.

Learning about all of the tasks and planning that went into running and maintaining a plantation of that size during the 18th century was humbling. We kept half joking about how lazy we are! Some pictures from our afternoon:

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I just got my second reel of film back from good ‘ole Walgreens. The thrill of opening the little envelope and seeing images I’d almost forgotten about, hasn’t worn off yet! Some highlights from this reel:

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This is an installment at the National Portrait Gallery. Each screen plays something that represents the state that it’s in. 

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No trip to the National Portrait Gallery would be complete without ice cream. 

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We wandered down to the art restoration area. I thought the light on these vials was pretty neat. 

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A Sunday tradition: an iced coffee from La Colombe and an hour spent soaking in the sun. 

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Oh, hello Washington Monument! Sure, this is a little underexposed. But I love it!

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Glasses of prosecco enjoyed with my parents in NYC! More pictures from that trip coming soon!

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Horses in Central Park.