2017 In Review

2017. What a year.

9 States.
8 Countries.
5 Continents.

I watched the sun rise over the Indian Ocean. Ran on the beach as Pacific Ocean waves splashed on my feet. Dove into the Mediterranean Sea. I rode an elephant through a jungle in Thailand and a camel in a dessert in Morocco. There were flights, trains, road trips, taxis, and boat rides. Memories that will last a lifetime. Here are some of my favorite moments from 2017.

*P.S. I was horrible about blogging this year. Most of these trips will be further documented in upcoming posts.

1. Texas + California

9 Friends. 11 Days. Antiquing. Coffee shops. Ice Cream. Ocean Air.
The Pacific Coast Highway. Hollywood. Griffith Observatory.

2. Michigan Ski Trip

The whole fam. Road trip. Skiing. Late night gaming. Good food. Better company.

3. Disney

If the answer is palm trees, is it really even a question? First trip to Disney World with my nanny family. Rides. Swimming. Sunshine. Fireworks. Palm Trees.
*Side note, I’ve been with this family for five years now. I’m so incredibly blessed by their generosity.

4. Thailand

Media missions. House of Grace. Jutiporn’s Cooking. Mangos and Sticky Rice.
The Indian Ocean. Elephant Rides.

5. Philly

Philly Cheesesteak. Independence Hall. The Liberty Bell. Dear Friends.

6. Ecuador

Story Team. Transportation Troubles. Camp. Crepes & Waffles.
The Beach. Sweet Friends. Making Quimbolitos.
“But oh. You complete Your plans, with our broken hands, You have shown. I have seen Your work, raising life up from the dirt. You complete Your plans, this I know.”

7. Compassion Visits

Suwanni. Guadalupe. Genesis. Pizza. Chicken and Rice.
Chiang Mai Zoo. Pacific Ocean. So Much Love.

8. Year End Softball Tournament Weekend

Back to back championships. Dan Home. Come from behind victories.
Homemade pizza. Cornhole.

9. Wanschuras Hop the Pond Again

London. Spain. Morocco. Italy. Gelato. Street Music. History Everywhere. Train Rides. Jumping into the Mediterranean. Driving through Tuscany. Watching the sun rise from a hot air balloon. Riding a gondola.

10. Ohio

Volleyball. Fireside talks with friends. Kitchen Crew.

11. Lutsen Ski Trip

Fresh powder. The best company. North Shore. Betty’s Pies. Skiing.

12. Random moments that make life beautiful

Starbucks. Picking Blueberries. Family Dinners. Running. Trips to the pool.
Baseball Games. Lunches out. Life is Beautiful.

I started last year with three big goals.
1. Read more
2. Pray more
3. Run more
I’m happy to say that two out of the three definitely saw progress. Setting aside my drive time everyday to pray, has been a really good way to integrate it into a daily habit. I ran February-November this year, and completed my first half marathon in July. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I actually enjoy doing it. Unfortunately, I think I only read one book cover to cover this year, so that one’s staying on the list for 2018.

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According to Spotify, my most listened to song of 2017 was Ellie Holcomb’s Red Sea Road. It was released in January, and the truths in the lyrics spoke to my heart all year long. “This desert’s dry but the ocean may consume, and we’re scared to follow You. So we’ll sing to our souls, we won’t bury our hope, where He leads us to go there’s a Red Sea Road. When we can’t see the way, He will part the waves, and we’ll never walk alone, down a Red Sea Road.” Every year is full of thousands of choices. Some big, some small. Some are easy, some seem overwhelming. Heading into 2018, I’m still holding on to those truths…whatever stands ahead, we never walk alone down a Red Sea Road.

This Is Life: 9/11/16 6:56 PM

“To all the secret writers, late-night painters, would-be singers, lapsed and scared artists of every stripe, dig out your paintbrush, or your flute, or your dancing shoes. Pull out your camera or your computer or your pottery wheel. Today, tonight, after the kids are in bed or when your homework is done, or instead of one more video game or magazine, create something, anything. Pick up a needle and thread, and stitch together something particular and honest and beautiful, because we need it. Thank you, and keep going.” Shauna Niequist