Weekend in the Alps

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Spent the weekend in Mürren and Gimmelwald, Switzerland in the Jungfrau region.... constantly amazed by the beauty in this country and thankful for new friends, the best lasagna meal from the Mountain Hostel, and fun times playing Apples to Apples.

Gloucester and Cape Cod

I got to spend some sweet sweet time up in Massachusetts with family last week... enjoying the beachy air of Gloucester, eating too much seafood and ice cream, and reconnecting with family members.

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Part of the trip was spend on Cape Cod for a family reunion. We jumped off lots o bridges into the cold Atlantic, hopped on the ferry to Martha's Vineyard for a day, and enjoyed many meals in the backyard together catching up on our lives in Massachusetts, Kansas, Texas, Washington, Arkansas, etc...

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Annnnnd the making of a family picture... there are lots of us missing but we loved being on the beach together for a week! See ya in three years!!

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There will be peace in the valley for me, someday.
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray. 
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me. 

A little while back, as we laid out on the lawn of our favorite park on campus and watched the sunset, my roommate introduced me to this song by Elvis. She told me how she and her mom love listening to it during the Christmas season. As I took in the soulful, gospel tune and the words that ring oh so true, it gave me strength and comfort. Whether you are fighting a hard battle with sickness or worldly problems, or you're wrestling with a spiritual battle, there will be peace someday.... here on earth, or in heavenly city of God. There will be peace. 

Christmas Eve in Lawrence

This year we decided to spend Christmas in Lawrence, Kansas with some family. Not only does Arkansas now feel a lot different than "normal" for me, Kansas feels... boring? (My apologies to family and my sisters who both went to college in the great sunflower state.) But, despite the endless rolling hills, plains, and dead trees, I managed to enjoy our time in the midwest.

On Christmas Eve, we went to brunch at one of our favorite spots on Massachusetts Street- 715. I've been eating here since I was probably in 8th grade, so I took a few photos to remember the place...

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A classic picture taken by the waitress... 

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Afterwards we walked around downtown and did some last minute shopping followed by a dip in the (heated) pool, Christmas Eve church service, and a family screening of Christmas Vacation before bed. 

Merry Christmas Eve!!