Sunday, April 24, 2011

Revival

 
IF YOU READ ANYTHING....READ THIS:
Those closest to me know that I have never been fully satisfied with the name of this blog. When I originally started in July, I thought that "haaspice" sounded so edgy...so hipster..or what have you. I quickly grew tired of explaining the meaning to EVERYONE. "Oh you know...like a hospice when you travel abroad (similar to hostel)...this blog is a place for me to live and allow my feelings and thoughts to foster...blah blah blah" so after months and months of brainstorming, it dawned on me today. HAASTON. but why?
1. victoriahaas.blogspot.com is taken. so is victoriahaas.com and haas.com and vhaas.com
2. if you couldn't guess by point one, i really wanted to use my last name. name recognition is key
3. i come from houston...hence the "ton" AND i live in austin..."haaston"
4. aren't i clever?

Basically this new name captures
who i am,
where i am from,
where i am now,
and the content will track where i travel

so please, bookmark this site, save it in your google searchbar...whatever. now a regular post below.


First of all HAPPY EASTER!!!
      Also this past week was pretty busy, but one particular event definitely stood out. On Tuesday, my alarm went off around 4:50 am. This was planned. I groaned and complained and almost went back to sleep, but then a text that read "You can do it" encouraged me to climb out of bed. I dressed in the dark and went outside to wait. My friend Jordan pulled up and I barely mumbled a hello. I immediately plugged in my ipod and started blast rap music. Time to wake up.
      Tuesday morning, Jordan picked up Jake and I, (1/2 of the Rouse YL Team--gotta represent) and we headed to Feed My People. On the way there, we went the opposite direction down a one way street and tried to pick up a friend of Jordan's from the homeless shelter, but he wasn't there. After such a lucky start, we arrived to the final destination.
      From 5 to 7, the three of us, along with over thirty other volunteers, served hot breakfast to the homeless of Austin. It was an amazing experience...too good for words.
      Following breakfast, the three of us went to Juan in a Million for some legendary breakfast tacos. We each ordered the Don Juan, prayed, dug in, and enjoyed delicious food and each other's company. Our conversation largely revolved around Young Life. No surprise there. Finally, ready to go, we asked for to-go boxes (seriously huge breakfast tacos) and our bill. That's when we learned that our breakfast had been paid for. Our morning just got richer. After a morning of serving....it was almost like we had been served in return.

Easter in Flatonia

DSC_0003
Hunter found a box turtle...and named him Armageddon. Weird...
DSC_0004
what a shy guy
DSC_0012
DSC_0022DSC_0028
DSC_0037
DSC_0043
DSC_0045
DSC_0059
DSC_0065
this is all the bluebonnets you are going to see this year texas :(
DSC_0071
our "poisonous" pet caterpillar
DSC_0077DSC_0101
DSC_0133
the cows are getting so FAT! (ps they're preggers remember)
DSC_0004DSC_0047
flyingggg
DSC_0019
DSC_0069DSC_0070
DSC_0131
about to go coyote hunting
DSC_0133DSC_0136
DSC_0878
classic haas family photo
DSC_0883
DSC_0890DSC_0902
with the rest of the fam too
DSC_0970
hunter took my picture too :)

anyways, HAPPY EASTER.

Jesus told her, I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. John 11:25-26

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Row Your Boat

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. -- Winnie the Pooh

I know what you're thinking....what is this! Two posts in one day?!? Well duh. I had a great adventure this afternoon kayaking with my young life small group on Lake Austin/Lady Bird Lake, followed by an obvious choice of Sno Beach. I couldn't wait to upload these pictures :)

DSC_0880
oh heyyy tay
DSC_0881
DSC_0889DSC_0896DSC_0890
DSC_0908
DSC_0929
DSC_0930
this is kagney, she is kind of my best friend :)
DSC_0953
DSC_0991DSC_0992
DSC_1001DSC_1003
DSC_1009
DSC_1010DSC_1012
BADASSES.
DSC_1019DSC_1021
DSC_1033
DSC_1034DSC_1037
piracy on the lake!!! "can we have your booty?"
DSC_1043DSC_1046
DSC_1052
DSC_1066DSC_1067
DSC_1076DSC_1080
DSC_1088
DSC_1090
DSC_1093
such a quality photo.
DSC_1094
DSC_1099DSC_1101
DSC_1103DSC_1108
DSC_1110DSC_1113
left = sassy, right = artsy.
DSC_1118DSC_1124
DSC_1123
SNO BEACH.
aka the best place in Austin.
DSC_1126DSC_1128
Left: proof. Right: more proof
DSC_1129DSC_1131
Left: even more proof. Right: Get the point.
DSC_1138
DSC_1139
they love my photo-taking skills
DSC_1142
typical.


I'm grateful for this beautiful day, the people I spent it with, and the fact that my camera wasn't destroyed while kayaking :) This is the start to a great week....I can feel it.