The First 30 Days

I CAN'T BELIEVE I'VE BEEN HERE FOR A MONTH! Here's a recap of what's been going on: One month ago, I arrived in France! I jumped right in upon arrival in Angers, taking the placement exam for French classes, which I promptly handed in blank...nowhere to go but up! On my first weekend here, I [...]

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In this past season that has consisted mostly of working my butt off for the unknown, 2018 was marked by countless steps of faith, working to be faithfully obedient when I had no desire to, striving to thrive in moments I felt like giving up, and hoping and praying that it would all be worth [...]

“Don’t Lose Sight” – A Marine Senior Drill Instructor’s Wisdom

My sister Miriam is off at boot camp in South Carolina in the process of becoming a marine. We finally received a letter from her the other day where she quoted her senior drill instructors saying, "Don't lose sight of the ocean for the waves in front of you." It reminded me of where it says [...]

The Fear

Varieties of emotions have been coursing through my mind over the past few weeks. My time in Turkey is coming to a close and I have been counting down the days in good ways and in bad. I have seen, heard, experienced, and lived so many things while I have been here. Because of that, I [...]