Saturday, July 7, 2012

I'm still alive!!!

Hey People! Ok, I know it has been awhile since I last blogged, and I am definitely not caught up (and probably never will be) on my Jerusalem adventure. But today's post is for a good cause. My cute friend Marcie is on her way to Nicaragua in only 5 days. But she needs a little help to get there. She is trying to raise money so that she can help a little village called Tamarindo get access to clean water! So c'mon people, help a girl out- donate whatever you can to help her get there! It doesn't have to be a lot, $5 would help! Click on the link and donate :-) Thanks friends!!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day :-)

Dear Mom,

Happy Mother's Day!!! I just wanted to let you know how much I love you! You really are the best mom in the ENTIRE world, hands-down, no arguments. I feel so lucky to have you as my own. Thank you for all you have done for me and continue to do for me. Thanks for being my partner-in-crime- I love that we can get into so much trouble together! Thank you for supporting me in all the crazy things I set my mind on. Instead of trying to change my mind (AKA traveling to the Middle East) you just go with it and support me no matter what. Thank you for being so much FUN! Seriously, you are just so much fun! Remember when the pic above was taken on our girls' trip to Hawaii? We had so much fun. You have such a great sense of humor, and whenever I am around you we have such a great time together. Thank you for always looking out for me and thinking about me. Thank you for your example- you have no idea how much you teach me every day. I am definitely a better person because of you. You are so kind and welcoming and warm- everyone loves you and you make everyone feel loved. Thank you for being my constant support- even when my faith is lacking, yours is strong and keeps me going. Thank you for being my sunshine! You always know exactly what to say and do to make me feel better. Most of all, thank you for loving me. Thank you for being my Mom. I love you!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Turkey Pt. 3: Pergamum and Ephesus :-)

After we went to Troy, we made our way to Pergamum and Ephesus, both of which were SO cool. Probably the coolest ancient ruins that we got to see the whole time we were there. Ephesus is an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city. It is located in Selcuk, Turkey. It is also one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the book of Revelations, and the Gospel of John may have been written there. It was SO cool! It was amazing to see how much of the ruins are still left. It was much easier to picture how the city was laid out and what life might have been like for the ancient people that lived there. Here are a few pics:

I have a feeling that this pic isn't from our trip to Ephesus, but it was in the album, and it so cute that I figured why not stick it on this post? Haha we are riding a gondola up somewhere! I am pretty sure this is on the way up to Pergamum!
The ruins at Pergamum:

 Beautiful Sam :-) Love her!
 And the next morning we made our way to Ephesus! Here are some of the ruins:
 Holy Cats! They were ALL OVER the place at Ephesus. And I thought Jerusalem was bad.....
 The famous Library of Celsus! So cool!

 Look at the pictures at the end of your LDS King James version of the Bible. On the last page, you will see a picture of Ephesus! Yup, we're standing right in front of those columns! 
We felt pretty cool ;-)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Turkey Pt. 2

 Beautiful cruise on the Bosphorus Strait!

 My gorgeous and wonderful roommate, Aimee Sioux!!!

 The Spice Bazaar was amazing! Just the smells of all the spices was enough to make anyone hungry- I can still smell it! It was so fun to see all the different spices and herbs. I wish we had had more time to stop and shop!

 I picked up this little gem at the Grand Bazaar. Probably my favorite purchase of the entire semester! And it made it home in one piece ;-)
 I have never eaten so much Baklava in my entire life! We literally had it every single day. And it was SOOOOO good!
 Leaving Istanbul on a ferry!
 We made it to TROY! 
 Miss these girls...... :-(
 Awwww roommate pic :-)

 After Troy and Assos, we walked through this adorable little Turkish village. Ugh the pictures do not do it justice! It was SO cute!