I Love the Prairie (Five Weeks)

This weekend, my mom and I drove up to Sioux City, Iowa to visit her family (including my ninety-two-year-old grandmother, several aunts and uncles, and my dear cousins from Minnesota who drove all the way down for the visit!).  In this comfortable, familiar setting we talked about many of the things we always do (our…

Six Weeks!

When people ask me how I feel about leaving so soon, they invariably follow up with, “Excited, right?” Yes, I am SO excited to board that plane six weeks from tomorrow. I also am terrified. And at the same time, it’s something that feels like it will never happen. At the beginning of summer, a…

Hope in Darkness (7 weeks)

  We’re the kids who’ve seen the darkness Always looking for the light Honestly, this world is so crazy dark sometimes.  The past two weeks—no, honestly, the past two years—have been full of so much darkness and horror that it’s sometimes difficult to see beyond my tears.  But there is hope in the darkness. At…

Trying to Find Stillness (8 weeks)

  I can’t seem to think of a summer that wasn’t crazy, but this one has been insane, stressful, and almost frantic.  I wasn’t fully prepared for just how stressful pre-departure would be! In the midst of work, class, preparations, and time with family and friends, I’m trying to find quiet times where I can enjoy…

It’s Actually 9 Weeks (2 months)

On Friday, I was running through possible subjects for my two-month blog post as I fed the horses, and I came to the conclusion that I should get into the habit of posting weekly before I leave.  That’s when the reality of two months sunk in—two months times four weeks a month . . . surely I…