Right at Home: The Weekend in London

A true vacation for a teenage girl involves a lot of sleep and food. Thus, Saturday afternoon started at the grocery store! It was the weirdest feeling to understand the label on every product in the store! I kept saying, “I can read everything without thinking! It’s all in English!!” To satisfy our sweet tooth, Margaret and I decided Saturday night was simply meant for baking and movies! We picked up a Betty Crocker confetti cake mix (my favorite) from the American store and the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies. In order for us to justify eating so many sweets later in the night, we took Scout (Margaret’s adorable dog) for a walk through Kensington Park. Since we knew baking would be a lot of strenuous work, (hahahaha) we decided to commence my sushi obsession and pick up some from itsu on the way home!

Sunday morning started around 10am with Cheerios and Say Yes to the Dress! Once I had prepared myself for the day, I headed out to Columbia Rd. for the famous Columbia Rd. Flower Market!! This incredible flower market is only open on Sundays from 8:00am-3:00m. I absolutely adore flowers, so you could say I was in heaven. The entire street is jam-packed with vendors and every type of flower! After scouting out all the options, I finally decided on three bouquets with a purple and yellow theme.

Once I arranged all the flowers throughout the apartment, I headed out to the 5:45pm Hillsong London service! I was excited, but a little nervous since it was the first time I had ever been to church alone. Once I found a seat, I became great friends with the two ladies sitting next to me and the group of teens behind me. Since everyone at Hillsong is so kind and welcoming, I immediately felt like I was back at IBC (my church) in West Virginia! I felt a tear of joy fall down my face during the first worship song. While singing in my room is great, I loved being surrounded by so many people who love God just as much as I do! The sermon was incredible and gave a new perspective on the crucifixion of Christ from God’s point of view. I never pondered the pain God went through to give up His only son for a world of sinners. Without Jesus dying on the cross, it would be impossible to have a relationship with God due to all of my sins. I loved how the preacher ended by saying, “It has been an honor and privilege to share this message with you all tonight.” Now that I have more of a global mindset, I’ve come to realize how much of an honor and privilege freedom of speech is for me. Even writing this blog could land me in jail in certain countries!

It is the little things like understanding a cereal box and baking cakes to being able to say whatever you want that we must never take for granted!

I hope you enjoy the little slideshow I put together!

P.S. Wait till the end for a surprise the pastor delighted the whole audience with at the beginning of his sermon!



College Crazy!!


After watching my two brothers and many friends go through the college application process, I have seen just how difficult and stressful it can be if you procrastinate. That is why I am determined to complete as many things this year while I have a lot of time on my hands and no stress from high school. I have already started studying for the SAT and ACT, and I am planning to go to Geneva in January and April to take these exams. If anyone has any testing tips, I am open to anything and everything!!

I have noticed that I thrive in smaller classrooms and when I knew my professor was a Christian. This is why I have decided to attend a small Christian university for my pre-medical studies, which will then enable me to have a strong foundation in my faith and skills for my future job aspirations. FYI, I am completely open to university recommendations!! I have already started the applications for Gordon and Baylor, but I would like to do more research to ensure the perfect fit.

In the mean time, when I am not studying French or hitting the slopes, I will be studying for the SAT and ACT. Please pray for me to stay motivated and trust in God’s path for my future. It is scary to take on the college process 4,000 miles away from home, but I know with your prayers and support, the final result will be worth it!



Time’s Flying: 3 Months

And just like that, another month has flown past me! This month has been full of adventures since I had two weeks off of school for Fall Break! I loved having the break to travel and regroup for the second half of this semester! I cannot believe Christmas is only 38 days away!! Each day brings new Christmas lights and joy to my heart! I love Christmas season and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, my Savior!!                    Below is a quick recap of this incredible past month!!

Places I visited this month:Milan, Italy, Lucerne, Lugano, Lausanne, Mt. Pilatus, Domodossola, Italy, Vevey, Charlie Chaplin Museum,numerous hikes with Papa, Annecy, France, and Crans-Montana

First times: presented on the United States for 45 minutes in all French, skied in the Swiss Alps, visited Italy without knowing any Italian, snowed in October, painted 2 point perspective houses, ate a burger and had ice in my drink since I left the USA, attended the opening of a Lush store, ate the best pizza in the world in Italy, got all my math homework correct, received a 4 on an exam (it was Gym but it’s still the highest grade I have gotten hahaha), lived in Switzerland for 3 months of pure bliss

Favorite moments: traveling with Karla to Milan, Melanie’s 16th birthday weekend, learning to ski, presenting about the USA                                                                                (Swiss people are obsessed with the USA and Reese’s. If anyone wants to send anymore Reese’s I know they would be greatly appreciated hahaha) Special thanks to the Tanners, Momo,and my mom for sending me Reese’s for my presentations!

Hardest moment: My teachers found out that I can speak French and understand more than they thought. While it is great that I am improving in French, they are starting to expect more from me know. In the end it will only help me, but it is a little bit stressful right now trying to keep up.

Upcoming Events: Maman’s birthday, Karla’s 18th birthday, Ben’s 19th birthday, Andrea’s 19th birthday, and CHRISTMAS!!!

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