Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Alex + Drew | Engagement Photography

I love love, and I love seeing my friends so happy. This beautiful girl is Alex, my college roommate and one of my best friends from high school. Drew popped the question at the end of October, and in June they'll become husband and wife!

Here are a few photos we snapped last month for their "save the dates." Congratulations to the future Dotys!









Monday, November 18, 2013

We Never Walk Alone

Closing on our home, packing and unpacking, trips to home improvement stores, tackling our first DIY project, all while having full-time jobs... safe to say we've been crazy busy the past few weeks, hence my absence from the blog.

Buying a house has been an exciting thing for us, but in the midst of it all we've been thrown a curve ball. We faced another big life event last week... finding out that my dad has prostate cancer. 

We've set up a Caring Bridge site for my dad to keep our friends and family in the loop, but I wanted to share today's journal entry that I wrote. We're filled with HOPE as we face this cancer fight with my dad. The doctor believes we caught it early. Prostate cancer is treatable and very slow growing. And we know that God is in control. Thank you for your prayers, friends!
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On behalf of the whole Molleur clan, let me start by saying thank you for your support as we begin to walk this cancer journey. We're so encouraged by your love and prayers!

Mom and Dad broke the news to us just one week ago, hours after they'd spoken to the doctor. Hearing that a loved one is facing a fight against cancer is scary and overwhelming, but at the same time, we know that the Lord is good, that this wasn't a surprise to Him, and that He is ultimately in control.

The days since finding out have been filled with an odd mixture of sadness, hope, thankfulness, fear, and peace. But if I'm honest, it wasn't until yesterday (Sunday) that things really became real.

The sermon was titled "How To Be Rich," looking at the verses of 1 Timothy 6:17-19. Our pastor (Chris) painted a beautiful picture of how Christians ought to approach wealth: not being conceited, but giving sacrificially to the church and using our resources to meet the needs of those around us. Bottom line: we can't put our faith in our finances.

"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." 1 Timothy 6:17-18

Chris talked about a "hope migration" that happens when you fully put your faith in the Lord. Instead of trusting in the security that a job, money, a house, or our 5- to 10-year plan can bring, our hope should only be in God, the one who loves us and who wants to meet our every need.

He had us repeat again and again, "I will not put my hope in riches, but in Him who richly provides."

Chris loves to use personal stories to really drive a message home, and today he chose to use my dad's cancer diagnosis as an example of these Biblical truths lived out.

He talked about my dad's role as an elder in the church, and how in recent talks with my dad, he'd heard all about his excitement and plans for retirement...

"Tony and I have been talking about his plans to leave Dell and finally retire and do what he really loves, which is photography. He was excited about that becoming a reality, and then he says '
oh wait, Dell's keeping me on for a little bit longer. Not really sure what this is about but I know God must have a reason.' And then I get a call from Tony this week, late Monday night, and he says, 'hey Chris, I've got some news. I have cancer.' And that news, when you're faced with something like cancer, it makes all of the savings and retirement plans worthless. THIS is where life becomes really really really serious. Tony can't put his hope in riches, but only in He who richly provides. He's the only one that can heal. He's the life giver! And that's why we put our hope in HIM, and NOT in this life." 


Hearing my dad's cancer talked about in front of so many people was a huge reality check. I squeezed Thomas' hand the whole time, fighting tears as Chris told our church family about the diagnosis and days ahead. And as the sermon came to a close, Chris invited everyone to gather around our family to pray.

Let me tell you, I won't ever forget that morning.

So many people laid hands on my dad, asking for healing, peace and comfort. The presence of God was so real to me in the moments that followed as I let the tears spill over. And as the prayers continued, the worship band began to play "Healer" (by Kari Jobe), and I just know that this song will be an anthem for my dad's fight against cancer.

You hold my very moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease
I trust in You, Lord I trust in You
I believe You're my healer
I believe You are all I need
Oh, I believe You're my portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus, You're all I need
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in Your hands

 
Another song from the worship set that I'm choosing to cling to is Matt Redman's "Never Once." These lyrics are so rich with truth, that despite the uncertainty and scariness of cancer, or whatever life circumstance you face, that God promises to walk with us every step of the way. We will never ever walk alone, and for that we're so thankful. 


Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
 


In closing, church family -- THANK YOU for rallying around us on Sunday morning. We're so grateful for every one of you!

So, what's next?


Mom and Dad will meet with the doctor today (Monday afternoon) to discuss treatment options, and depending on what is discussed, whether second/third opinions are sought after, etc., one of us will post a journal update to keep you in the loop.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Big news!

The Reeds are officially homeowners!



Late yesterday afternoon, we closed on our new {to us} house. WE ARE SO EXCITED! Today begins a long weekend of packing and unpacking as we say goodbye to our cozy third-floor one-bedroom apartment.

Buying our first home has been an insanely stressful process, but hey, we're better because of it! Honestly, you think planning a wedding or combining finances as a newly married couple is stressful, but buying a house together is a whole other ball game.

Figuring out a realistic budget, sorting through home listings, talking through must-haves and "nice-to-haves" with our real estate agent, going to see properties in person, making an offer, countering back-and-forth until landing on the final sale price, holding our breath during the inspection, negotiating repairs and closing costs... it's been a doozy.

But through it all, we've strengthened our trust in the Lord, become more patient with one another, and gained a new sense of courage for stepping into the unknown. I'm so thankful to walk through life with a man who pushes me when I'm hesitant and reassures me when I'm anxious... because goodness knows buying a home has caused me alllllll sorts of anxiety. 

We've seen God work through our home-buying journey and know that He will use this home for HIS glory. To be in the same neighborhood as our church was a big priority for us so that we could truly be "in the community, for the community," and now we're so close we could walk to church on Sunday mornings, if we wanted to! We prayed for this house, for the Lord to take it away from us or slam the door shut in our faces if it wasn't His will, and we ultimately believe He's blessed this for us.



After our offer was accepted, the listing agent never put up a "sale pending" or "under contract" sign, which kind of bummed us out. I asked Thomas if we could swing by after church last Sunday to spend some time praying over the house, and when we turned onto our street, we both squealed when we saw that beautiful SOLD sign. And now it's ours!!

Can't wait to share photos of the house sometime soon! It's a two-story grey brick home with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. It's pretty move-in ready, although we have a lengthy list of DIY and home improvement projects to make it ours. We intend on blogging the progress, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Layla | Newborn Photography


Sweet Layla Rose made her appearance more than a week past her due date, and just a few days later she was ready for her close-up! I took Jenn & Brandon's maternity photos back in August and had so much fun documenting their journey to parenthood. Now, can we talk about how cute Layla's purple nursery is?! J+B, thanks for inviting me into your home to photograph your little miss!









Monday, October 28, 2013

Celebrating Africa and a Baby!



Africa has a special place in my heart, so naturally I was excited when asked to contribute to a church baby shower by bringing Africa-shaped cookies. Didi and James will welcome baby Moses in just a few weeks, and sometime next year they'll be sent out from our church to be full-time missionaries in Tanzania. The cookies were a huge hit, and we're continually praying God's blessings over their growing family and ministry.

I actually looked into purchasing the cookies from one of my favorite local bakeries, but figured I'd save a little money by making them myself. So glad that I did -- this sugar cookie and royal icing recipe will be one I use for years to come!

"The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies" recipe {via allrecipes.com}
Glossy Royal Icing recipe {via allrecipes.com}
Africa cookie cutter {via Sole Hope or OneStarfishAtATime}

NOTES:
  • I made these on the Friday afternoon before the baby shower the next day, so I didn't have time to chill the dough as the recipe suggests. Turned out just fine! 
  • Allow your cookies to cool completely before icing, several hours if possible. Mine definitely weren't warm when I iced them, but had they had a few more hours to harden up, two or three broken cookies would have been spared being moved for decorating!
  • The royal icing tastes great and was very simple to make. Other royal icing recipes I've seen use egg whites or meringue powder, but this one just calls for water, corn syrup, almond extract and powdered sugar.   



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I'll be at Hope Spoken!


Today is the Hope Spoken link-up! Looking forward to attending this one-of-a-kind event in March, and I'm excited to start meeting other women who will be there through this link-up!

{introduce yourself} Hi everyone! I'm Amanda Reed, a newlywed, blogger, photographer, marketing coordinator, proud Baylor Bear and Austinite. I love Jesus, candles, good design and typography, trying new recipes, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

{something you're a little timid or nervous about for the weekend} First things first, I'm anxious about a close friend of mine being able to get a ticket since the event is currently sold out. We were planning to room together for the weekend, but that's contingent on her actually attending Hope Spoken. Thank you Casey/Danielle/Emily for making every effort to add more tickets! Secondly, I'm a tad of an introvert when it comes to big groups of people {if you really know me, you know I'm not always introverted!} so I'm just asking God to break down my walls so that I can be real and intentional to build friendships at the conference.

{something that you are hoping to take away from HopeSpoken} Two things I'm most looking forward to: 1) resting, learning, listening, being encouraged, and allowing Jesus to fill me up and send me out, and 2) meeting so many incredible, creative-minded women who love the Lord, and getting to hear their stories. I have a few "blog friends" whom I've never met in real life {Casey, Wynne}, so getting to hug them and talk face-to-face will be so fun!

{share something fun/random about yourself} Though I call myself a Texas girl, I was actually born in Alaska! Read more about that here.
hope spoken

Thursday, October 3, 2013

King of Love

After moving home from college a few years ago, I started attending Austin Stone Community Church, where I met some of the sweetest girls and got involved in a missional community for several months. Once Thomas moved to town, we got connected to our now church {Wells Branch Community Church} which was a little closer to home for us, but Austin Stone will always have a special place in my heart!

That's why I was so thrilled when Jamie Ivey asked for some blog friends to review Austin Stone Worship's new live worship album, "King of Love." The most beautiful box arrived in the mail last week, and now I have this CD on repeat in my car. It's so good!


I think my favorite song on the album is "Jesus is Better" {grab the FREE download here!} and I find myself singing it over and over throughout the day.

There is no other so sure and steady, my hope is held in your hand.
When castles crumble and breath is fleeting, upon this rock I will stand.

Glory, glory, we have no other king but Jesus Lord of all.
Raise the anthem, our loudest praises ring!
We crown Him Lord of all.

Your kindly rule has shattered and broken the curse of sin's tyranny.
My life is hidden 'neath Heaven's shadow, your crimson flood covers me.

Glory, glory, we have no other king but Jesus Lord of all.
Raise the anthem, our loudest praises ring!
We crown Him Lord of all.

In all my sorrows, Jesus is better -- make my heart believe.
In all my victories, Jesus is better -- make my heart believe.
Than any comfort, Jesus is better -- make my heart believe.
More than all riches, Jesus is better -- make my heart believe.
Our souls declaring, Jesus is better -- make my heart believe.
Our song eternal, Jesus is better -- make my heart believe.

Jamie shared the video below earlier this week that shares the story behind "Jesus is Better."




The "King of Love" album is out in just a few weeks with a release date of October 22, so be sure to grab a copy! And if you didn't see the link above, scroll back up and get a free download of "Jesus is Better."

Aaron, Jamie and the rest of my brothers and sisters at Austin Stone, thanks for inviting me to the #KingofLove party a little early. Praying that the music on this album stirs hearts and touches lives!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Paper Anniversary

Now that our one-year-and-one-month anniversary has blown by, it's about time this newlywed posted about our anniversary gifts. 

Thomas and I decided beforehand that we wanted to try sticking with the "traditional" wedding anniversary gifts for each year {paper, cotton, leather, etc.} but take a creative spin on them. Neither of us are subtle in offering up gift ideas for birthdays or Christmas, so we decided it would be a fun challenge to pick something for each other that went along with tradition.
{Via Southern Weddings}

When thinking about a paper gift for Thomas, I immediately thought of traveling. My initial idea was to buy a really cool map, frame it, and then use colored push pins to plan out where we want to go together and where we've been before. That idea didn't exactly work out {ones I found online were too cheesy, expensive or gigantic}, so I started searching the Web for abstract maps. That's how I made the discovery of Herb Lester, a company out of London that creates "witty, pretty, curious and opinionated" travel guides. The design and typography immediately had me saying "heck yes!" and after using them for travel tips, we're going to frame these pretty babies. I'd love to own them all, but for Thomas I chose four... Austin {where we live}, San Francisco {where we've been}, Chicago {where we hope to travel to soon} and Paris {a dream destination}! Check out @herb_lester if you love to travel or just appreciate fun art. They sell stationary too!


Thomas hit a home run with my anniversary gift! He knows how much I enjoy writing and receiving handwritten notes, so he went to Paper Source to create personalized stationary for me. They're so beautiful I almost can't bring myself to write on them just yet, so if you receive one from me, you should feel especially loved.


Already trying to plan what I might get for T for our second anniversary. Cotton... new bedding? Clothes from J.Crew (can't go wrong there!)? I've got 10+ months to figure it out!

Does anyone else do traditional gifting for wedding anniversaries? 


If you missed the recap of our anniversary weekend, catch it here: "ONE YEAR: What We've Learned and a Weekend Away"

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Blogtember Day 16: A Book Review

Today's Blogtember assignment is to write a review on a book, place or product. When I read through all the prompts back in August and saw this one, I knew exactly which book I wanted to share!

I heard Lysa TerKeurst speak at a women's event more than a year ago, and thought, "gahhh I want to be that lady's friend!" She's sarcastic and sassy, yet poised, humble and so wise. I really look up to her! Reading her book Unglued after hearing her give a message in person, it was almost like I was sitting in her living room, listening to story after story of her life. I could hear her inflection and I laughed out loud on several occasions. I could not recommend this book more highly!!

I've shared a few of my favorite quotes below, but a short summary of the book goes a little something like this: as women, we are so totally controlled by our emotions, which can complicate life a whollllle bunch. We overreact, we overanalyze, we overwhelm ourselves with hypothetical or imaginary scenarios... if you're OVER all of that mess, this book is for you.

Lysa teaches in this book that "people come unglued in one of two ways, either by exploding or by stuffing. Exploding means pushing emotions outward. A rush of feelings surge up and out of our mouths and bring a whole host of lovelies with them -- stern words, harsh looks, raised voices, condemning attitudes... exploding feels good in the short term but awful in the long term. Stuffing means pushing emotions inward. We swallow hard and lock our hurt feelings inside, not in an effort to process and release them, but to wallow in the hurt."

I'm most definitely a stuffer. I internalize. I sweep things under the rug because I don't do conflict. I want peace, calm, happiness, comfort. But stuffing emotions doesn't solve anything, amen? At a certain point, I can't fit anything else into that stuffing space, and I become an exploder. The tiniest thing sets it all off and it seems like my world is crumbling around me because I haven't dealt with alllll the junk that's been making me sad.


Okay, I'll quit talking because I could honestly go on and on and on about all the things this book has taught me. Pick up a copy ASAP. It is SO GOOD.



Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions



  • "Sometimes we girls think if we don't make instant progress, then real change isn't coming. But that's not so. There is a beautiful reality called imperfect progress."
  • "God gave us emotions. Emotions allow us to feel as we experience life. Because we feel, we connect. We share laughter and know the gift of empathy. Our emotions are what enable us to drink deeply from love and treasure it. And yes, we also experience difficult emotions such as sadness, fear, shame and anger. But might these be important as well? Yes, but I must remember God gave me emotions so I could experience life, not destroy it. There is a gentle discipline to it all. One I'm learning."
  • "Perspective taught me a valuable lesson... I can face things that are out of my control and not act out of control. Acting out of control only adds to my troubles."
  • "You see, if I know there is potential good hidden within each chaotic situation, I can loosen my grip on control. It's easier to loosen my grip when I can see the good. When I can't immediately see the good, loosening my grip becomes a matter of trust."
  • "When I feel unglued, the integrity of my soul unravels."
  • "Saying 'I'm fine' to keep the peace, when we're really not fine, isn't honest. It may seem godly in the moment, but it's false godliness. Truth and godliness always walk hand in hand. The minute we divorce one from the other, we stray from soul integrity and give a foothold to the instability that inevitably leads to coming unglued." 
  • "We must bring all of our raw reactions under the authority and truth of Jesus."

And lastly... I shared this little snippet with Thomas when I was reading, and now we both say this to each other when something is frustrating us. 

"If this is the worst thing that happens to me today, it's still a pretty good day."


Happy reading!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blogtember Day 11: Reliving a Memory

Being a newlywed, I think that the answer to this question is obviiiiiously my wedding day. But reposting past blogs for a blog challenge would technically be cheating, huh?

{shameless redirection to wedding posts}

Another memory I'd love to relive would be my mission trip to Uganda in May of 2010 with the college ministry at Highland Baptist Church. It was honestly the trip of a lifetime, but probably not the ONLY trip there in my lifetime! Thomas went to Uganda the summer after me, and it was clear to both of us after he returned home that we have places in our hearts for this country and its people. We want to go back together and serve side-by-side. 


There were so many things about my trip that I'd love to relive...
  • African sunsets. 
  • Watching the sun rise over the Nile River. 
  • Showering outside at night, looking up and seeing every single star in the sky!
  • Playing duck-duck-goose over and over and over again because hey, it transcends the language barrier.
  • Experiencing the sheer joy of Ugandan children learning about Jesus for the first time.
  • Watching kids ham it up in front of the camera because they rarely get to see themselves in photographs.
  • Laughter. Again with the language barrier... everyone laughs!
  • Journaling by lantern light at night. 
  • Sleeping under a mosquito net.
  • Ugandan rainstorms while sleeping under a tin roof. And I thought Texas thunderstorms were amazing!
  • Eating Ugandan "chapati" and rice & beans. 
  • Fresh pineapple for breakfast every morning and dessert at night.
  • Hiking to the top of Murchison Falls, the world's most powerful waterfall.
  • Singing songs from "The Lion King" soundtrack while on safari. 
  • Going on a SAFARI. Hello!? Seeing elephants, hippos, baboons, crocodiles, giraffes... simply amazing.  


Blogtember Day 1: Where I'm From
Blogtember Day 2: Three Months Off
Blogtember Day 4: A Story of Fear

Friday, September 6, 2013

Blogtember Day 4: A Story of Fear

{missed out on day #3 of Blogtember on account of a crazy schedule, but hey, c'est la vie.}

Friday, September 6: A story about a time you were very afraid.

I'm sure that in my life, I've been afraid many times. But the one event that immediately comes to mind {and that makes for a good story to tell} is the time I was hit by a car while crossing the street during my freshman year at Baylor.


Baylor kids sometime joke that with the university being a primarily closed campus to vehicles, that if you get hit by a car anywhere on campus that your tuition gets paid for. Well folks, Alex Hefner and I are living, walking examples of how that is certainly not the case!

It was the MLK three-day weekend and Alex and I were leaving the Collins girls dormitory to run a few errands. The intersection in front of the dorm doesn't have a stop sign for cars, and with people turning onto 8th Street from the I-35 frontage road, traffic is usually pretty busy. It was a January evening, so it was already dark around 6 p.m.. Let me set the scene...



The arrow you see on the right is pointing to the crosswalk that goes from the dorm to the parking garage. See that Toyota 4Runner? It's sitting on a road called MP Daniel Esplanade, waiting to turn left onto 8th Street. 

Like any smart person, Alex and I looked both ways, right and left, before stepping foot into the crosswalk, and we got three-fourths of the way across just fine when BAM!!! Next thing I knew, Alex's body barreled into mine from the impact of the vehicle and we both found ourselves sitting {or lying? I don't remember!} on the pavement.

We were in absolute shock from what had just happened. "Did we really just get HIT BY A CAR?!"


I guess the girl looked to her right, saw that a car was a short distance off, and thought she better hurry and go then or else she'd have to wait a little while. You've been there - those moments when you think, "ahh, I hesitated. Too late now." Well, she didn't look for people in the crosswalk she was turning into!

By the time we picked ourselves up, fetched our phone/keys/shoes from wherever they'd flown, the girl was leaning her head out the car window saying "OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH!! Are y'all okaaaaaaaay?! I'm SOOOOO SORRY!!!"

I think we mumbled "yeaaaaah, we're okay..." as we scrambled to the sidewalk to assess our physical state. I needed to catch my breath and figure out "what do I do now?" Y'all, if you'd given me a second, I probably would have come to some sort of my senses to process and think, "hmm, I better get her name and phone number, and probably her insurance information just in case my adrenaline is masking the pain of something more serious and I need her to pay my medical bills," but do you want to know what happened next?

HOMEGIRL DROVE AWAY.

It seemed like a dream. I kept thinking, "that didn't just happen, right?." Yeah, I felt okay right then, and she couldn't have been going more than 8-10 mph as she made that left-hand turn, but SERIOUSLY?! How could you think it's OKAY to FLEE THE SCENE?!

I'm sure had we waited around and asked for help, that somebody driving by may have chased her down to at least get her license plate number, but Alex and I wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. That's our natural inclination right, to get away from danger? And in my mind right then, I wanted to get as faaaaaar away from the fear and embarrassment that came from what just happened. But like any person who'd just experienced trauma crossing the street, I sure has heck wasn't going to cross the street again. And we were too shaken up to go get in one of our vehicles and go about our errands.

Alex and I were both pledging sororities at the time, and thankfully the Panhellenic building that houses our sorority chapter rooms is next door to the parking garage. We ran inside, called our parents first {that's when the blubbering tears really hit}, called someone to come give us a ride {yes, a ride back to the safety of our dorm}, and then called campus police. The rest of the story is pretty boring really - an officer met us in the lobby of our dormitory and kinda shrugged, like "sorry that happened, but, come on, you didn't get her name or license plate number, and you don't appear to be injured, so what do you want me to do?"

And that, my friends, is the story of "that one time I got hit by a car." As terrifying as it was, Alex and I can look back on it now and laugh as we tell the story. See, we even took a silly symbolic photo at the end of our freshman year to commemorate what we'd survived together.

Alex was the one who convinced me to go to Baylor, and I'm so very thankful for her friendship. We've been through A LOT together over the years, aside from surviving that terrifying January day!




Blogtember Day 1: Where I'm From
Blogtember Day 2: Three Months Off


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blogtember Day 2: Three Months Off

Wednesday, September 4: If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?

I love my job, especially the gals I work with, but it's funny that this Blogtember question comes as we're in a MAJOR time crunch for the launch of our rebrand next week. This has meant long hours at work {more than 13 hours yesterday, ewwww}, lots of overtime, stress and mental exhaustion. There's days when it's fun and we're laughing from deliriousness, and there's days when we're so overwhelmed we want to cry. But it will all be worth it when we feel the accomplishment of finishing strong. It's going to be amazing once it's all said and done!

That being said, if I could take three months off from my current life, from my current job (don't worry Kristin + team, I'm not going anywhere!), I know exactly what I'd do. I'd pack my bags, buy two plane tickets to Europe and two Eurail train tickets, and relive my three month adventure when I studied abroad. Thomas and I started dating only two months before I left for Maastricht sophomore year, and now that we're married, I want to take him back with me and show him EVERYTHING. I want to take him to all the countries I visited, I want to teach him the things I learned. Heck, do you know how many places I went with all my girlfriends, thinking "this place is so romantic! I wish Thomas were here!" 

Over the course of my European adventure, I visited 15 countries. If I had three months off, I'd do it all over again, but this time with my man. 
  1. Netherlands (lived/studied in Maastricht, also traveled to Amsterdam and Lisse, home of the famous Keukenhof gardens)
  2. Germany (Berlin and Cologne)
  3. United Kingdom (London, Bath and Wiltshire, home of Stonehenge)
  4. France (Paris and Nice)
  5. Switzerland (Gryon and Villars)
  6. Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Segovia)
  7. Italy (Venice, Naples, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre)
  8. Greece (Athens and Santorini)
  9. Luxembourg (Luxembourg City)
  10. Vatican - it counts as it's own country!!
  11. Belgium (Bruges)
  12. Czech Republic (Prague)
  13. Hungary (Budapest)
  14. Austria (Vienna)
  15. Monaco (Monte Carlo)
Down the street from the university in Maastricht.

Venice, Italy

Santorini, Greece

Netherlands // Pisa, Italy

Vernazza (Cinque Terre), Italy

Tulips in Keukenhof

Berlin, Germany



If you're super bored, feel free to peruse my old blog that I used for updating family on my travels!
 
Blogtember Day 1: Where I'm From