Saturday, July 11, 2015


These last few weeks have been loaded.

My days have been full of road trips, sun screen, Chick-fil-A, thunderstorms, mosquito bites, swimming pools, and familiar and unfamiliar faces. I've been in five states, visited four churches (and heard my dad's ministry presentation numerous times in each), slept in six different beds, and spent too many dollars on Starbucks. There has been happy moments and unhappy moments, but it's all been good.

Last time I gave you an update, I talked about my week in Arkansas. Now it's time to talk about my month in Illinois.

I was in Illinois from June 9th to the 28th (or something). We stayed at a "Missionary Apartment" in a lovely suburb of Chicago called Winnetka. 

My dad is from Illinois, so we had lots of family and friends to visit. Also, during that time my sister, brother, and future sister-in-law came to visit us all the way from Ireland. I loved having them there. It was extremely hard saying goodbye at the end of the week, because I won't be seeing them again until October. After they left, my friend Sarah stayed with us for a week, which was lovely.

Here's a bombardment of iPhone photos. Hope you enjoy. 

[Chicago Botanic Gardens. Much pretty.]
[Sarah and I stopping by the American Girl Store. Childhood dream = fulfilled]
[I love this photo more than words can say.]
[My sister and I are cooler than you are.]
[The Sibs]
[Japanese food = new true love]
[My soon-to-be sister-in-law. I wuv her.]
[I'll have you know that my model sister didn't know I took this. She's just always that model-y.]
[photo credit goes to little bro, who went up to the tippy top of the Hancock building. Like in Divergent, yes yes.]
[lovely missionary apartment view]
[Pretty, but not good weather in which to walk to the park with your baby cousins. #oops]

Now we're in Iowa, but let's not talk about that yet.

I've missed blogging. I've missed you guys. I hope you've all been having a good summer (or winter, if you're one of those cool southern hemisphere people). Please update me, guys.


listening to: The new Owl City album. Mobile Orchestra. It's beautiful.              
wondering: How to get videos from phone to laptop?!? Life is hard.                     



    Also what the heck how did I not know that Lake Michigan is so gorgeous???

    I love how cool and unique your life is and also you and your whole family are totes adorbs and I really wish you had stopped by to see me instead of taking that ridiculous airplane. How rude.


    1. FIVE GUYS *IS* LIFE. It's definitely my favorite burger place. Nomnomnom. And oh yes, Lake Michigan is so beautiful! It's hard to believe it's just a lake - it looks like the ocean.

      Thanks so much, dear. I SOOO wish it would have worked out that we passed by your place. Cuz dang. Next time?

  2. Ayyyyeeee I'm one of those cool people who live in the Southern Hemisphere. It's so cold here right now.

    These photos are lovely. I'm glad you're having a good time :)

    1. You are one of those cool people! :) And thanks so much. Hope you're having a good winter! :D

  3. lovely photos :) i look forward to hearing more about your trip xxx

    1. Thank you, Amelia! I'm looking forward to posting more :)

  4. Awesome pictures! I love seeing little bits and pieces of your travels. :)

  5. oooh those pictures are amazing :) they're so full of life.
    sounds like you're having an amazing vacation! well..i guess apparently i'm not that cool. summer's here, and yeah, literally. it's not cool. ;)

    1. Wow, thank you so much, Autumn <3 And you definitely are cool.

  6. It looks like you guys have been having a lovely time! I've never been to Illinois, but it looks beautiful and green. And FIVE GUYS!!! Ohmygawsh, I could eat there every day. (-: That's so lovely that you got to spend time with your family and friends, and although I may not have played with dolls in a few years, I still kind of want to go to the American Girl store and drool just looking at all of the adorable and cool doll stuff they have. XD I've missed your posts and I can't wait to hear more about your trip!

    1. We have been! And Illinois really is a pretty place. I like it.

      Agreed - I'm long past my AG phase, but it's still just a gorgeous store to visit. I actually *did* get to visit the old AG store in Chicago when I was younger, and that was pretty much the best day ever. :D

      Thanks, Elizabeth!! I've missed chatting with you!

  7. Aw this post makes me miss you and our time in Chicago! Best week and great photos!

  8. Ahh this looks like so much fun!! And I love your teal dress. So cute! =) Can't wait to hear more stories and see more pictures from your trip!

    1. That's like my favorite dress XD Thank you, Emily!! I've missed talking to you - and I really need to catch up on some of your latest blog posts!

  9. OH MY GOSH you guys look like you had an amazing time!! I absolutely love iPhone photo bombardments. It's perfect. And those photos are just priceless. "photo credit goes to little bro, who went up to the tippy top of the Hancock building. Like in Divergent, yes yes." << SSIDNAKND. Having just read Divergent and just watched the movie like 3 times in one week (not kidding) and I so appreciate this photo!! Still, can't imagine zip-lining from there. O_O I hope you're having a marvelous time in Iowa! Post again soon!!


  10. I can't totally relate to spending too much at Starbucks recently! I had it every other day for like the last two weeks... But hey, those stars don't pay for themselves, right!? *blushing emoji*

    And this was a really fun post! I enjoyed the snippets from your vacay!

  11. Whoooooooooo! It's freezing down here in hte Southan Hemisphere!! :D I love the cold so I'm dancing around like a mad march hare in scarf gloves beanie coat, dress, stockings and boots and my friends think I'm insane.. :P
    That can of japanese drink yes! =D we had that in Japan ... yum oh and Japanese food is SO amazing! =D
    I loved the photos! Thanks for sharing!
    Btw, I've never been to Starbucks before.. what is it? :P

    1. I'm glad you're enjoying winter! I like that time of year, too - mittens are life! :) I loved that Japanese food, and I even loved eating it with chop sticks.

      Starbucks is an incredible coffee shop. I'm sure they have them where you are! If you like coffee, you'd love it.

  12. So neat! I was just in Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) for a Christian conference. It was probably the best week of my life. It looks like you also had an amazing time. Keep enjoying all the American treats and sights!