Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New York Ali

Here we are in Time Square.

New York City is a wild and crazy place!  My mom, sisters, and I just spent five days there.  Wow!  Your senses are assaulted constantly...Your eyes with all the sights everywhere, your smell with all the restaurants and human wastes, and your ears with all the noise!  It was a fun and exciting time.

Kabocha squash ice cream with pistachio tuile and pomegranate sauce!
The dessert Ali made for us...So good!

My sister's daughter, Ali, lives there.  She is graduating from an organic vegan cooking school next month.  We went to her final dinner.  YUM!!!  It was the highlight of our time there.  Everything in NYC is so small and quaint because space is at a premium.  So 100 of us were packed into several rooms with candlelight and yummy food.

Here we are at one of the restaurants Ali worked at awhile ago.  They gave us some dishes on the house because they love her so much.

Ali is amazing!  She has had some severe health problems in her young life.  They caused her to cling to her parents for security.  In the midst of this trial, she headed to Germany for a year to go to a Bible school.  She learned who she was in Christ.

This is Ali with her grandma and me.

Now, she is in NYC walking miles everyday, living in a tiny apartment with two other girls, and being a light in a city with millions of people.  Everyone who knew her there gave her a huge smile and hug.  You can tell people love her.  She shines the love of Jesus. 

My other sweet sister, Debbi, grandma, and Ali in a little hidden restaurant above Time Square.

I asked her how she could come to this big city all by herself, walk two miles home at midnight alone, and not be afraid.  She looked at me and simply said, "I trust Jesus!"  It is the only way to live.  She knows Who holds her in the palm of His hand, Whose she is, and where she is going...wherever He leads.  She is precious. 

This is Ali with her mommy.

I love you, Ali!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths
Proverbs 3:5,6

Here is her darling blog if you would like to get a feel for her quirky, fun personality!