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Five Observations from a Cruise Ship

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I never thought I would go on a cruise.

But, in a twist of God’s kind providence, my parents and I just got home from a five-day cruise to the Bahamas and, along with a sweet sun-poisoning rash, I brought back a few observations from our time sailing the Atlantic (as well as a few hundred photos).

Warning: I love palm trees. I may or may not have photographic evidence of pretty much every single one we saw. You’ve been warned.

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New York in the Rain

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Bagels
Times Square
Grand Central Station
The Empire State Building

That’s what we experienced today. While it was pouring down rain.

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“Don’t You Just Love New York in the Fall?”

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“…Makes me want to buy school supplies.”

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Let’s settle some stereotypes real quick.

New York City Myth No. 1: It’s hectic, crazy, and fast-paced.

False. It’s surprisingly calm, relaxing, and peaceful. At least that’s the case on the Upper West Side (where Haley and I are staying and the only place we have explored so far).

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New York City Myth No. 2: People are rude (“It’s the North”)

False. Everyone has been so fun and friendly and warm.

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Praise for beautiful cities, relaxing days, and kind people.

Here are some photos from our first afternoon in the Big Apple. (You can see Haley’s here.)

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August Reads

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Oh, August. The month when school starts back, the temperature takes a tiny chill pill, and apparently I have more time for reading (which probably has something to do with the whole back-to-school, all-my-babies-have-left-me-during-the-week-for-the-classroom thing). 

As my schedule opened up so have my bookshelves. The following are the books that filled most of my free time last month.

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Five Years Later… Photos from Ecuador

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It’s been more than five years since my first overseas mission trip to Quito, Ecuador, but I’ve been working on a missions article for work and the nostalgia has hit hard. 

Which, of course, explains this morning’s sprint down memory lane. Each of the following photos triggers certain emotions and experiences and reminds me of friends made during the 2011 spring break trip with Murray State’s Baptist Campus Ministry. Our time was filled with working in special needs orphanages, doing a bit of construction with a church, eating guinea pig, and taking in the sights of the stunning country.

So, here are some photos of our week in South America.

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When you visit your university after graduation

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I loved college visits as a high schooler. 

My mom and I (and sometimes my dad) would travel the country to various universities, take tours, and get gift bags full of branded pens, tablets of paper, random lanyards, and enough pamphlets to fill an office supply store. The anticipation and energy buzzed in the air, possibilities fluttered through my veins, and excitement centered itself as the predominant emotion as we researched and experienced what each school had to offer.

Prayerfully narrowing down each university was overwhelming and exciting, challenging and wonderful, and I loved every second.

But no one prepares you for the post-graduation college visit.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 151 – Goodbyes

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I hate goodbyes. 

I hate when people say, “This isn’t ‘goodbye’ it’s ‘see you later,'” because it’s just putting some nice words on a parting of ways that feels more like a breakup than a hopeful parting, and I always hated euphemisms. Can’t we just say, “This is stupid and it hurts and we hate every millisecond of this torture”?

Tomorrow morning we’ll get on a plane and leave Iasi, making various stops along the way until we land in our hometown in Kentucky 24+ hours later. But, before that, hugs will be given, enough tears to fill at least 48 liters will be shed, and goodbyes will have to be said.

Or, if you’re like me, you don’t say anything except “I love you” over and over because you refuse to say the repulsive G-word (and you’re crying too much to get any proper words out).

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Blog titles are hard. Here are some photos from Romania

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Have I said how much I love Romania? 

Oh, right, of course I have. Well, it’s worth repeating. It’s just so beautiful here and the people are so lovely and the architecture and parks and, well, everything, charges my heart with wonder and awe. Is that cheesy? I don’t care.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 150 – Glimpses of Romania

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“And this our life … finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.” -William Shakespeare

Do you see the sermons all around you?

They’ve been easy to spot in our (almost) week in Iasi. (Here are blogs [one, two, three] about the work we’re doing in Eastern Europe.) Have a look for yourself.

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Missing what’s in front of me

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In the Oxford Botanic Gardens, where J. R. R. Tolkien would go to write. Be still my heart.

I’m a journalist. I document things.

It’s my job. I went to school for it. I love it. I do it when I don’t have to.

My daily life consists of taking photos, filling journals, compiling stories, transcribing meetings and interviews, writing lists and making observations.

During our recent trip to England, the documentation game was strong. I wanted to (surprise) document everything (is that a leaf? Is that an old hot dog wrapper that’s been trampled? WE MUST PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING). But from time to time, Haley would make me stop and look without taking photos and you know what? The world kept spinning.

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