As I sit in my living room wrapping Christmas presents I started to think about all the wonderful friends and family that I will get to see this Holiday season and sadly all those who I won't. One of those is my dancing sister, my college bestie and roommate, Carly, who happens to live in one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited in the U.S. I got the chance to visit her for a couple of days back in August and her and her fiancé, Dane, ended up taking me on a day trip to the Oregon coast. There I got to swim in the clearest river I've ever seen, see the amazing Redwoods, meet some sea lions, and while it was very cold, I got to teach Carly and Dane to body surf in the ocean. I loved every minute of it and I wish I could be back there with her this Christmas.
Today I find myself reminiscing of wonderfully long train rides with an amazing friend, crazy awesome shutters, and breathtaking bodies of water. Here are more of my favorite pictures from my trip to Switzerland last fall.
It has been a year since I got to visit Switzerland for two weeks with one of my best friends from college. We did not miss a beat and visited almost a different city every day, including a day visit to Germany to see Neuschwanstein Castle. I miss it dearly but I am so thankful for the opportunity and experience the Sharma family gave me. Here are some of my favorite pictures from my trip.
Last weekend was my three month anniversary since officially moving to Nashville and my six month anniversary since coming down to Nashville! It is even better because who else showed up in town other than my brother! He is mainly the reason why I ended up here in the first place and the one who introduced me to the Contemporary Music Center where I studied Music Business from January to April. All in all, while I'm not where I thought I would be at this point I am really happy with my life.
Right now I am still looking for a full time job and while doing so I am working two part time jobs. They aren't challenging or creative but they are jobs that help me pay rent, eat, and have some fun now and then. And what better place to do all this than Nashville. So many here are just trying to "make it" in some area of their life, so I feel a sense of camaraderie. We are all "strugglin", hoping this is where our dreams come to fruition instead of the alternative. So three cheers for "strugglin"! Hip Hip Horay! Hip Hip Horay!! Hip Hip Horay!!!
Welcome to my new blog site katieannblog.com! All my previous blog entries that were on kitkat&knickknacks have been transferred to this site and I am excited to start adding more here shortly! This new blog site is very expressive of my new phase of life that I recently started. I am about to celebrate 3 months since officially moving to Nashville and while it is still a challenge to find a full time job, I could not be happier with where I have decided to take it on. So thank you all for keeping up with my life via my past blog and now this blog. Since I haven't done a blog post since last November there will be plenty of posts to come, a lot of them catching you up on what I have been up to since January. Again thank you for visiting and I hope you like the new site!
This is the last post you will have to endure with pictures of my study abroad trip to England. In it are more pictures from Ambleside with a ferry ride we took to tour the lake and this beautiful overlook I stumbled upon one gorgeous evening as the sun set. Then on the way back to Oxford we stopped at Coventry Cathedral for a couple hours. It was a very beautifully solemn experience since the original cathedral stands in ruins from a bombing in World War 2. However, the new cathedral built next to the ruins is proof of God's goodness and a gorgeous reminder of beauty that can come through our struggles. Enjoy.
Group Candid.... lol
Oh you know just someone practicing on the lake, no big deal.
I just love when the camera captures the sun spots!
Nothing like some evening sailing.
The youth hostel we stayed in.
I was feeling a little introspective one evening and just needed to be alone so I decided to go out exploring and I found Jenkins Crag. One of the best nights of the trip for me.
Just sitting in the field with some sheep.
I will never forget this view! It is forever etched in my mind.
The little passageway from the path up the hill to the hill and lookout point. I felt like such an adventurer.
No cars. A very quiet evening in Ambleside.
My wish was that I would one day find my way back to Ambleside.
I started A Severe Mercy on the plane ride at the beginning of the trip and I finished it sitting on the patio outside the hostel on that beautiful crisp evening. A beautiful book to finish in such a beautiful place.
The ruins of the old Cathedral.
This was one of the crosses that was charred when the church was bombed.
Angels and Saints etched into the glass protecting the rebuilt Cathedral
The City on the Hill.
These tablets were in between ever stained glass window in the sanctuary.
A beautiful prayer chapel with an exquisite wall installation of Michael the Archangel.
Charred pieces of wood from the ruins of the original cathedral that make up a crown of thorns in the one of the commemorative rooms.
Another one of the crosses that was in the old cathedral when it was bombed.
"Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34
It is a year from my arrival back to the States after six weeks of traipsing around the English countryside and it only took me year to get the copious amount of pictures I took on my trip edited. These last pictures come from the Northern Excursion of our trip where we stayed in a very cute youth hostel on the lake in Ambleside. The trip also included a day trip and overnight stay at Durham University (which was a castle!), a day trip to the Moors to see the Bronte House & Museum, another day trip to Rydal Mount to see Wordsworth's House and Museum, and ended with an afternoon at Coventry Cathedral before heading back to Oxford. Now there are over a hundred photos I want to share with you from this portion of my trip so I'm going to split it into two parts. Hope you enjoy and let me know which ones are your favorite.
THE MOORS & THE BRONTE MUSEUM
This is the cute village that Bronte's house was situated in and I just could not get over how quant and perfect it was!
AMBLESIDE (THE LAKE DISTRICT)
This was the youth hostel we stayed in and it was right on the water! So cool!
RYDAL MOUNT & WORDWORTH'S HOUSE & MUSEUM
Dr. Ryken has an unhealthy fear of sheep because of a childhood incident so anywhere we found sheep close to us he made it his duty to shoo them away.
This town was so cute! I mean come on, how adorable is this shop!
The little cafe where I ate my lunch by the water... it was so picturesque!
The gloomy yet peaceful ride back to Ambleside.
Part two will cover more pictures of beautiful Ambleside and pictures of our final trip of the excursion to Coventry Cathedral. Again I hope you enjoyed the photos and please feel free to comment below.
I FINALLY finished editing all of my photos from my summer trip abroad to England (it only took a year!). In all my pictures (I took way too many!) I took a ton of pictures of flowers. If you know me you know I LOVE flowers, so traveling around a place like England where whether you're in the city or the countryside people pride themselves on the flowers they display around their house was pure bliss! Here are all the pictures of flowers I took on my trip (there are A LOT of roses, just fyi). Enjoy.
And stay tuned for my final pictures from England from the Northern Excursion in two parts because there are over a hundred photos (as I said earlier, I take way too many pictures!).
I think of clouds as God's doodles or probably more like His plato. If you've ever been in an airplane and looked at the clouds around you, you should have been pretty amazed at how incredibly different each one is. There are so many shapes and sizes and they sometimes appear like the atmospheres own terrain, making mountains and hills for those of us who can see it.
I'd like to think that even though God deals with what to us seems like a lot, He still takes time for some fun and to create. I'm sure He enjoys creating everything but just think how much fun it would be to decide how the clouds will look for the day or even a minute. I like to think of it as His equivalent of taking some "time off" (even though I know He never takes time off) to fool around with the clouds making them look like a whole bunch of ridiculous things, some we even get to see.
Ultimately it is sad that we forget God creates on a daily basis. I know I am party to thinking sometimes after creation He just stopped being a creative being, but I am convinced more and more every day that that is extremely incorrect. I think that every minute and every second He designs every flower, animal, tree, leaf, and much to my chagrin even every spider even if He already has a template for each individual thing. It's not like He stock piles everything He ever created or that He just stopped having a creative influence in our lives after creation ended. No, instead He is creating every second and we really need to remember to take time to create on a daily basis ourselves. We can not allow our technology driven culture to stifle our imagination or creativity. So I urge you to get outside and be inspired by the Ultimate and Constant Creator and all He is displaying before us on a daily basis.