Why hello friends and welcome to the second day of Blog Everyday in May!
Today’s prompt is, “5 Photos that Tell Your Story”
Grandpa & I, 1984
This simple ansd sweet snapshot, taken long before iPhones or Instagram, is a perfect capture of a moment between my Grandpa and I. I am probably about 3 years old, and the moment is so perfectly captures love between a grandparent and a grandchild. This photo has a special place in my heart because my Grandpa has a special place in my heart. Only now, as an adult, do I see how much of a lasting impression my Grandpa left on me. He was a constant learner, a world explorer, a writer and a collector of great memories.
In 2008, my Grandpa passed away unexpectedly from a swimming accident in Hawaii. Just a week before I was able to spend a day of exploring with him. We even visited a coffee plantation, with tastings. Even now, sampling Hawaiian coffee reminds me of my Grandpa. We talked about travels and family, about plans for the future. I miss my Grandpa constantly, and this photo reminds me of his undying love for his family.
Graduation from Gonzaga, May 2004
When I made the decision to attend Gonzaga University in April 2000, little did I know that I was making one of the biggest and most impactful decisions of my life. Attending a Catholic Jesuit university has shaped the way that I see the world, with a core emphasis on care of the whole and of others. I grew into myself at Gonzaga. I found my voice, my strength and ability to take on problems with grace and compassion.
I befriended some of the most challenging, inspiring and incredible people who I am blessed to have in my life. I returned to Gonzaga in 2008 this time as an employee, working in the Career Center giving undergrads pep talks and encouragement. For me, Gonzaga will always feel like “home”, no matter where in the world I may travel.
‘Hi Mom’, August 2006
In June 2006, I decided to quit my job and head out to work on a cruise ship. I had no idea what I was doing, I was homesick constantly but I knew I was on the cusp of great adventure. Over time, as I traveled, the homesick became less and less but I carried my family with me. I would think especially think of my Mom, in certain places in the world, wishing she was with me and knowing how much she would enjoy the adventure. This photo is the first of many ‘Hi Mom’ photos I snapped during my two years working on a cruise ship. I snapped them in Chile, Alaska, Argentina, England and more.
Even halfway around the world, I thought of my family constantly on a daily basis.
And now, as I live an expat life, this is still true. Not a day goes by when I don’t find a moment when I can think of someone back home. My heart is constantly filled with thoughts of friends and family, which is a comfort by far.
Family Christmas Photos, Christmas 2013
My family, although a bit crazy sometimes, is my litmus on how to look at the world, treat other people and live with character. I remember growing up, that each night we would have dinner as a family, with no TV or distractions. I sincerely believe that it helped us to grow into a real unit, with love and silliness and compassion. And now, as my sisters and I are “adults”, our family is becoming more important to attack life with conviction and heart. And besides, who doesn’t like ugly Christmas sweaters?
A Day on the Isle of Anglesey, July 2013
I simply love this photo of Neal, Freddy and I that was snapped two summers ago on the Isle of Anglesey. It captures, in a single moment, one of those perfect days out exploring Wales. Since moving to Wales in June 2012, we will often head out into the bright sunshine and find ourselves off the beaten path to have a moment where it’s just us. This snapshot is from one of those beautiful days out, where we discovered a remote white washed chapel right along the coast and it was a wonderful moment.
I am excited for you to join in tomorrow for the prompt for Day 3: What is on your travel bucket list?
Have a wonderful day friends!