On the Road: Iowa

This week, my sister, close friend, and I went to a Switchfoot concert in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All three of us have loved Switchfoot for a long time but had never been to a concert. We had a great time! We didn’t explore the city very much, but the riverside was lovely.  We also visited…

Revisiting America

After nine and a half months out of the country, I set foot once again in the USA nearly two weeks ago at the Dallas-Ft.Worth airport. I was exhausted, but not so much that I wasn’t struck by the strange sight that greeted me—American flags. The last time I saw American flags was probably in…

Goodbye to Echallens

Last week was the end of my time in Echallens. After many happy outings with friends and many peaceful walks in the forest, I’m staying with my fiancé’s family before heading back to Nebraska on Wednesday morning. How quickly these months have flown by! I know the next few months will fly by too. And…

The Peculiar Satisfaction of To-Do Lists

After a lovely restful-yet-busy weekend, it was great to start the week with two meetings with friends. I got back to the apartment around 2:30 knowing that I had to leave again at 5 and wondering what I was actually going to be able to accomplish. Turns out, a lot! I crossed off almost all…

Sitting by the Sunset 

Tonight, I sat on a bench listening to cows’ bells and distant thunder and watching the sun set over the distant hills. What a lovely—if slightly chilly—evening! I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?  My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.  He will not…

7 Things I Didn’t Think I’d Do While Studying Abroad

Let’s have a little fun today, shall we? Just one more week of classes, and with the weather so balmy, it feels like summer already. So, to be a little less serious than usual (and a lot more cliché), here’s a list of 7 things I didn’t think I’d do while studying abroad: 1.  Find some…

He Leads Me

I know I missed posting last week, so I’ll make up for it by posting twice today. Except I don’t really know what to write about, to be honest. Last week was a long and difficult one. Somehow, even though I’ll be seeing the girls, along with all my other family and friends, in just…

On the Road: Venice 

After three days in Florence, we took the train to Venice. We rented a little camping cabin instead of a hotel, and we loved it! I got to cook for the girls every night! We did a lot of walking, a lot of eating, and a lot of simply wandering around. We were there during…

On the Road: Florence, Italy 

My sister Julia, my friend Faith, and I are in Italy for the week. I’m enjoying Julia’s navigation skills and Faith’s art expertise! Though the long train ride tested our tendency to motion sickness, we still saw so many things before heading to bed. Our internet isn’t the strongest, so I’ll have to share more…

April showers…

… bring May flowers? When I woke this first of May, I was greeted not by an idyllic sunshiny morning and fields of spring flowers, but instead by a steady gray drizzle and the reminder that though the fields have turned green, most of the spring flowers have already gone their merry way.

On the Road: Schwarzsee

This past weekend, I got to see “the black lake”—Schwarzsee, Switzerland. The weather was glorious! Not a cloud in the sky, just warm enough to take my jacket off, and practically no one else around. What a peaceful Saturday afternoon! I did get a bit sunburned though—you’d think I would have learned my lesson at…

The Risen Christ

I can’t watch a sunrise or sunset without thinking about God, especially His roles as Creator and Sustainer of the universe. And especially with this being the week before Easter, I saw this lovely sunrise and thought of my Saviour rising […]