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India Part 2… Mumbai and Goa

29 Jan

Our second day in Mumbai consisted of TGI Fridays and  a lovely shopping mall. We wanted to go see a movie but the times didn’t work out well with our flight to Goa.

We knew that people might think that we were crazy for eating American food in India. Well, when you can’t get American food all of the time, you eat it at every opportunity that you can! So, we nommed away at our TGI Friday’s food. It was delicious and soooo good. It was also our most expensive meal the ENTIRE trip!


We flew to Goa. It was only an hour flight and so worth it. I really wanted to ride on a train and have the experience of that but, we didn’t have time and we couldn’t figure out how to buy the tickets in time. We were also told that it was safer to fly because the trains can be a bit scary. When we went to board our flight, we walked right outside and this bus was waiting for us. We were a bit surprised because it seems like this is the common way to board flights in India. We did this for almost EVERY flight that we took.


Once we got to Goa, it was late so we just relaxed at our hotel and ate in the restaurant there. It was really cheap and had delicious food. The next day we hired another taxi to drive us around and show us the sites. I read about a spice plantation tour in our Lonely Planet book that I got for free at our hostel in Beijing. I was pretty excited about that since that book normally costs about $75 USD!

The plantation was a lot of fun. It was really neat to get to see what the spices look like growing in the wild. We had a delicious lunch and then afterwards we got to ride on an elephant for $2!!

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We then went to see some pretty awesome churches. It was really cool to see the Portuguese influence on the Indian culture.

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We then asked to go to the beach so I could dip my feet in the Indian Ocean. Yet ANOTHER thing to check off of my bucket list. Sah-weet!

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We ate dinner in our hotel again. This is just a picture of our delicious feast that we had. The entire meal cost us about $12.


The next day we got ANOTHER taxi and had this one take us to the beach. We were only there for a few hours but it was well worth it. It was so warm and just nice to be able to have a drink while looking out at the ocean. This was probably one of my favorite days on our trip.

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After that we flew back to Mumbai for the evening and then the next day we were headed to Delhi.

India part 3, Delhi and Agra coming up next….


Adventures in cooking

28 Nov

If you knew me before this last year, you knew that I didn’t like to cook. I occasionally liked to bake and even that was extremely stressful. 

Well I guess I would have to say that I found my “domestic” shoes and I’m wearing them all the time. I guess it started with the super cute apron my bff Hannah got me last year for Christmas. Anytime I am in the kitchen doing something or washing the dishes, you better believe that I am wearing that apron. It just makes me feel… domestic. 

Over the next few posts, I’m going to attempt to show you some of the things that I have cooked. I’m quite proud of myself. I have never liked cooking until I started hanging out with Aaron. (I guess once you get a boyfriend/ best friend who is a guy… you’ll love to cook as well)

Today I’m going to talk about the first meal that I ever made from “scratch” for Aaron. 

Crab Eggplant Penne Bake:

I found this recipe on Pinterest (I have found so many amazing things on that site!) It called for summer squash and zucchini, well I couldn’t find that. I added cherry tomatoes and eggplant instead. OH man was it heavenly. 



We had cantalope and a small salad with it as well. I was afraid that I was setting the bar too high, but ya gotta start somewhere. 

If you want to click here it will take you to my board that will give you the recipe on the original site. 

Let me know if you try it and what you ended up using in yours! 



25 Oct

I know it has been a while since I have written a blog, but sometimes you need to take a break from writing and enjoy life.

Since it has been so long, I have done many great things. I went home to America, I ran my first, and second, 5k, I hung out with my best friends, I laughed a whole lot and I fell in love.

Everyone told me that falling in love was one of the best things that you could ever do. Well, it is. Falling in love with your best friend is so wonderful.

Today is our 2 month anniversary. Many people might think that it is too early to fall in love. But, when you are best friends for a year prior, it is kind of easy to fall in love with that person. It is scary to go from being friends to being boyfriend and girlfriend. We were both kind of nervous about what would happen. But, it is so natural and we know that only with God’s help, is this relationship going to work.

I’ll write more later. But for now I will quote one of my favorite movies…

I’m in love! I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it! 


14 Jun

I have been walking with this word for over 6 months now.

These six months haven’t been easy. They have been anything but that. They have been HARD.

I trust people easily but over time and as I get older, I don’t let people know the real me. I put up a wall. I don’t let them know my story.

This year I have made the choice to trust people who are close to me. It has been hard. I have had to trust them with the deep dark places of my heart. Places that I don’t even want to bring my own mind to.

Trusting these people with my pain has been hard. But it has also been very rewarding and freeing. They have walked with me through the hurt and told me that things will be okay.

Trust isn’t easy but it is getting easier.

Even though I didn’t want to choose this word, I knew that the Lord had this in mind so that I could heal of the hurts in my life.

Thank you friends for letting me tell you my hurts.

I love you all dearly.


7 Mar

I have taken a slight break from my blog. I think at times, it is good. We need to invest in peoples lives around us and love them for who they are no matter what they are going through.

I have had some really great conversations with some people that I deeply care about. Conversations about faith, fears, and memories.

My best friend, Hannah, is one of the most amazing people that I have ever known. She encourages me in ways that I didn’t think I needed to be encouraged in. She loves to send letters. I get one almost every month from her. She is amazing.

Today in the mail, I received a letter from her. I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing but I just wanted to show you how amazing her heart is.

Dearest Friend,
By the time you get this, it will have been one year since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I wish I could be there with you to remember and mourn, and to celebrate your life. I am so thankful that the Lord protected you on that day and also thankful that he renewed your love and passion for Him. Your love for the Lord has increase so much this year. it is so sweet for me to watch His desires become your desires. it is beautiful. I think about you every day and though life moves on, here and in Japan, I think about March 11, 2011 very often too. I think about how earthquakes are still a common part of your life and how much your life changed. I remember how you trusted in the Lord and how you continue to trust the Lord with all of your heart. I don’t know what the earthquake had to happen, but I know the Lord uses everything for his good– and I have seen that in your life.
You are in Japan for a specific purpose. On the days when that’s hard to remember or when you’re homesick, remember the goodness of the Lord, despite the disaster, that prompted you to stay.
This year I have seen you Delight in the Lord, and I am confident that as you continue to delight in him, he will continue to be faithful and show you the desires of His heart.
I love you so much, dear friend, and I am so very thankful for our friendship. Continue to seek the Lord with all of your heart.
Love always,
Hannah Ruthie

She is my heart sister.

Sneak Peek

11 Jan

Today is one of those days that I want a sneak peek into the future. A glimpse of what my life looks like down the road.

Over the past year I learned a lot about being patient. I feel like I have become a more patient person. But today… I am not.

I want to look into the future 5 years from now when I am less than 2 months away from turning 30. (holy smokes)

I want to see what my life looks like.

Will I be married? If I am… what does that wonderful man’s face look like? Does he have dimples? Does he have blue or green eyes? Does his smile make me melt?

Will I have children? If I do… what do their precious faces look like? Do they look like me? Do they have crazy curly hair when they wake up in the morning? Did they inherit my crazy, loud, scream laugh? Or, do they look nothing like me and look like their wonderful father? Are they adopted? Are they learning to love Jesus?

Where will I be? Will I be in Japan? Will I have moved back to America? Will I have moved back to Missouri or some other state? Will I have moved to another country?


Will I be in heaven worshiping my wonderful Savior?

Today is one of those days that I just want a small glimpse into my future.

How about you? Would you want a sneak peek?

Thanksgiving part 1

24 Nov

I want to write about Thanksgiving here in Japan.

This is going to have to be a two-part blog.

First, I want to talk about having Thanksgiving with my students. No, it wasn’t a massive meal of: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, or even cranberry sauce, it was curry.

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I had such a wonderful time spending Thanksgiving with my students.

Part 2 is about all of the American’s getting together for an EPIC Thanksgiving meal of 150 people! Stay tuned.

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