Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fernweh

Fernweh - A strong desire to travel and visit far off places.
A German word literally meaning far-sickness.




Hey everyone! I am back again, though my post still might not be a frequent thing. I am glad to be back in the blogging world! I know there are a couple tags I haven't kept up on, so I am hoping (yeah, I know....I am not good at keeping up) to get them done at some point.
Life has been full of...well, life! It has been a fun, exciting few months and I am glad I took the break I did. I took a break from a lot of other things also, such as reading novels, etc. And I have spent a lot of time reading the Bible, especially at work on my lunch break. I feel more alive now than I ever have before.
My sister Marissa (you can see her blog here.) and I are going with some of our nephews and a niece to our church's annual conventions in Minnesota. On the way back we are splitting up and Marissa and I will be coming back "the long way"...alone! EEK! I am so excited! This is truly a dream come true. I LOVE traveling. I have been across the country and back twice in my life already. I have been to Canada twice and to Mexico once. But never have Marissa and I traveled alone...anywhere.




We literally planned it in just a few days. Originally we had just planned to drive back pretty much the way we had come and only making a few stops if possible. But when my Dad started talking about a trip he and my stepmom, Sue, had taken last year, we just couldn't resist.
There is one place I am anxious to see...Cokato, MN, which we are planning on passing through. It is my Dad's childhood home. I have never been there so I am really excited to see the place I have heard of my whole life!
From there we are headed out on the open road! Seeing places we have never seen and returning to some places we have been before.




Travel is in my blood. I grew up traveling six hours to the Ranch every couple weeks and then back again. I have been to so many national parks that I don't even remember how many! I have seen some beautiful places, been to our nation's capital, walked in George Washington's house, stood beside President Kennedy's grave. I have watched the sunset over the Grand Canyon, I have swam in the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. I have stood inside a Sequoia tree, I have climbed a Redwood, and I have crossed The Golden Gate Bridge. I have walked through historic homes and imagined what life must have been like back then. I have seen soooo much...but I don't believe I could ever see enough of this world I live in.






I feel like this is just the beginning. There is so much out there for us. If I can I wish to spend my life traveling the world. I have no idea what God has planned. He may change everything in a second's time. But you know what, that's okay. I am happy to live my life however God decides. If God's plan is for me to meet someone and marry, settle down in one place and never travel again. Okay. If He wants me to never marry and live, however He deems. Well, that's okay too. Honestly, I am just excited about life!




I am excited to see what God has in store, for I know it will be wonderful! I have many places in mind already of where I would like to go next. Of course, it depends on how this trip goes and, most importantly, if I can afford it.
I want to go to Kentucky and see the Ark and Creation Museum. I want to see Acadia National Park in Maine. I want to return to Washington, D.C. and explore it in more depth. I want to do a road trip of New England. I want to go the English Isles and see where my family came from. I want to go to Germany and tour the Black Forest. I want to see the vineyards in Italy and walk the streets of Rome. I want to go hiking in Siberia. I want to walk where Jesus walked in the Holy Land. I want to see the Great Wall of China.

Is that too much???




Life is an adventure.