Drop in the Ocean

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. -Mother Teresa "Where are you in the world, Kelli?" "I can't keep up with you!" "What is your job, what do you even do that you travel so much?" I … Continue reading Drop in the Ocean

Discovering Tuscany: Florence Edition

The guidebooks were correct on one thing: Florence is overflowing with tourists. I heard more English or German being spoken than I did Italian in this city of over 360,000 locals. If tourists are swarming, it must be for good reason. I almost didn't go because of low expectations and a lingering tiredness from the … Continue reading Discovering Tuscany: Florence Edition

How Far a Smile Will Go

I've taken smiles for granted. A smile makes you feel welcome in a foreign land. A smile excuses you for your broken Hebrew asking where the bathroom is. ("Ei-fo ha-she-ru-teem?" Just imagine a tall blonde with an American accent pronouncing each morpheme at a snail's pace like the server wouldn't catch it otherwise.) A smile … Continue reading How Far a Smile Will Go

Faith to Move

The waves lapped against the side of the boat, lovingly named Sea Note. 53 American students stood transfixed by the scene all around them. A cool, sea breeze was embraced with widespread arms and content hearts after a record-setting day of heat. God himself seemed to breathe out grace and love on this eclectic group brought … Continue reading Faith to Move

Ireland Adventures Part 2

It was over in the blink of an eye. She was dropped down and lifted back up to vertical faster than she could yell out in an Irish accent, "Oh, Blarney!" as she'd planned to do. She left a tip for the men working, as it had to be a tough job holding onto people … Continue reading Ireland Adventures Part 2

Ireland Adventures Part 1: Pubs, Ports, Blood, and Crack

It's been a week and three days since I returned from the Emerald Isle. Needless to say, I still haven't regrouped or processed the amazing adventure it was. But if you need a little bit more than that in order to live vicariously through me, I'll try my best to process it and give you … Continue reading Ireland Adventures Part 1: Pubs, Ports, Blood, and Crack