One Day More

I couldn’t resist! On Friday, my dad took pictures of me with my mare. They were the first formally planned pictures of the two of us since my senior year of high school—four years ago already! I had plans to include one of the pictures tonight, but the internet is down. The good news is…

Long Goodbyes (one week)

In high school, my friends and I were infamous for our long goodbyes. We’d hug several times, sing a song or two, and reassure each other with see-you-soons. I always hated not knowing when I was going to see a friend again.  This week has been a lovely time of being with dear friends, eating…

Two Weeks

With only two weeks before I leave for Switzerland, the magnitude of this journey is starting to sink in. Thankfully, I’m all done with work and can now focus on packing and paperwork (can you believe I still have more of that to do?!) If you live in the Lincoln area and want to see…

It Will All Keep Going (3 weeks)

I’m so excited right now to leave in three weeks! I’m also nervous about leaving everything and everyone behind. This isn’t an entirely new experience; when I transferred schools, I went through a little of this same emotional experience. I will be leaving a lot of people behind, and sometimes—more often than I’d like to…

It’s Hard to Believe (4 weeks)

Amid a week filled with amazing times with my family and friends, I have to keep pinching myself to remember that I’ve only got four weeks left.  This past week, my visa came, I applied for one last scholarship, I got connected with a student buddy at UNIL . . . and yet it all seems…

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…

Let the Countdown Begin (Three Months)

Three months—that’s what today marks. I was surprised that I didn’t even think of it much.  It’s been a long week and a long weekend, and I’ve hardly had time to sit down and think for more than five minutes.  Even now, I’m multitasking (my to-do list keeps shrinking, thankfully, but my calendar gets fuller…

The Roller Coaster of Pre-departure

I hate roller coasters.  More, even, than I hate escalators, airplanes, and boats (okay, maybe not as much as I hate boats). Emotionally, getting ready to study abroad has already been a roller coaster.  While I was busy with school, I’d think “Yay!  Let’s get there already!” one morning and “What am I thinking?!?!” the next….