Cheers to 10 Years!

My college roommates and I spent the weekend in Charlottesville celebrating our friendiversary. We had SO much fun exploring, eating, catching up, and generally just being ridiculous. I love these ladies so much, and every time we’re together I’m reminded how important it is that we invest in these relationships. I tried to pick just a few pictures, but I couldn’t do it—there was simply too much goodness!

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New York, New York

Bryan and I went on a mission trip a couple weeks ago with our church’s youth group to New York City.  Trying to survive in the middle of Manhattan with teenagers was equal parts hilarious and terrifying.  They spent a good chunk of their time dabbing and playing Pokemon Go, but they also worked incredibly hard to serve people in Jesus’ name during our time there.

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We also made time to have some fun while we were there. We explored Central Park, ate delicious food in Chinatown, and saw the 9/11 memorial.

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Other highlights included a Yankees game, keeping 19 teenagers alive and out of trouble in Times Square, and worshipping at Hillsong NYC. It was a wonderful trip!

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Friday Links

Friday Links are a round-up of my favorite posts/projects/videos/photos from around the web. 

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Happy Friday! We’ve been in New York this week on a mission trip, and we’re having a blast with a group of youth from our church. We’ve been seeing a lot of the city while we’re here, so I’ll be sharing more on that soon. Today we’re headed to serve in the NYC Food Bank, and then going to see Lady Liberty herself. Have a lovely weekend, friends! XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…

Roma!

Rome was the last stop on our European adventure. It was a whirlwind day…we took the train in from Florence that morning and had just one day to see everything we wanted to see in the city.  We started the morning at the Colosseum.  Rome is the only Italian city I had visited before this trip, so I had seen a lot of the famous sites before. However, the Colosseum is one of those things that is pretty darn impressive no matter how many times you’ve seen it…

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Rome was CROWDED….way more so than the last time I was there, so it was a bit of adventure just trying to get from place to place.  We spent most of the day doing our best to make it to all the major tourist attractions, including stopping to see Papa Frank.

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We also made a wish in  the Trevi fountain….

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Fun fact: the last time I was in Rome was during my study abroad trip in college, and I made a BIG wish in the Trevi fountain and it came true! But just to be safe I can’t reveal what I wished for then…and I definitely can’t say what I wished for this time!

Ah, to be young….

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That night we had a delicious dinner on the rooftop of our hotel, and the next morning it was time to go home. I am so thankful for this incredible trip with my family…and I CANNOT wait for our next adventure!

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Under the Tuscan Sun

After leaving Sorrento, we took the train into Florence. Florence is a really beautiful city, rich in art and history and really good wine. We spent the first day exploring everything Florence has to offer. We saw the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and of course had more gelato. (I miss it soooo bad!)

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And you can’t stop in Florence without seeing this guy…

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Our hotel had an incredible view of the city, so we enjoyed a rooftop dinner on our first night in Florence. It was the perfect way to end a lovely day.

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We also just happened to be celebrating our third wedding anniversary that day. Talk about a once in a lifetime anniversary dinner. I love that guy. I love Italy. I love gelato.

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The next day we took a tour of Tuscany. We visited several small towns throughout the region, did a wine tasting, and took in the gorgeous scenery. It made me want to watch Under the Tuscan Sun so bad!

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Our last stop of the day was in Pisa. One of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen is a whole bunch of tourists trying to get the perfect picture “leaning” against the tower (us included, obviously). It was such a fun day, but we were definitely ready to pass out by the time we got back to our hotel that night.

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And because you have to…

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Next Up: Roma!

 

Amalfi Coast

It happened—I have officially found my favorite place in the world. After leaving Paris, we flew to Naples and drove down to the Amalfi Coast of Italy.  You guys…it is AMAZING!

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We spent three days in Sorrento and traveled around to some of the surrounding islands.  It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen (and the most delicious).

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We spend Monday morning on a tour of Pompeii.  I have to say this was not my favorite.  I’m just not a history buff, but my husband thought it was cool. So if you’re in to that sort of thing….

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We spent the rest of the day exploring Sorrento, eating gelato, and relaxing by the water. In other words…heaven.

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The next day we took the ferry to Capri. By far one of my favorite parts of our entire trip was the private boat tour we took around the island.  It was a freezing a little chilly, but we had prosecco, each other, and the most incredible views.

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Take me back!

Paris Is Always A Good Idea

My family set off on a European adventure last week, and we had the most wonderful time! We spent most of the week in Italy, but we did have a couple of days at the beginning of the trip in Paris. Oh, Paris…I adore you so much. I had never been to France before this trip, but I fell in love with Paris immediately. Everything there is beautiful, and the food…I can’t even talk about the food right now.

Our hotel was right by Tuileries, so we spent our first few hours in Paris wandering through the gardens.

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After that we headed to lunch on the Rue Cler, and I had the most amazing crock monsieur. From there we saw the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.  Let me just say—the Eiffel Tower is NOT overrated. It was incredible….even more so all sparkly and lit up at night!

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The next day we started the morning at the Louvre. That place is INSANE. We had a tour guide for the first couple hours, which was the best thing we could have done. As soon as she left, we were completely lost. That place is no joke.

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We spent the rest of the day exploring the city—Notre Dame, Pont de Arts, Montmartre, and then finished our brief visit to Paris with the most delicious steak frites of. my. life.

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Paris is always a good idea, indeed.

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