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  • The last vacation I went on I was fifteen and the whole family was going, so I wasn't too excited. We went to Yellowstone for five days with my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. We borrowed my aunt's car to use while traveling. On the way it was kind of crowded in the car, but as soon as we...

  • This August, my family and I took a seven-day cruise to Alaska. Now I know what you're thinking, we went to Alaska to see wildlife, glaciers, and snow in the middle of August. Are you nuts? We really went to gain fifteen pounds on cruise food and throw rubber chickens in buckets.  I mean, who can...

  • When I first moved to Jacksonville, Florida at the age 12, I didn’t know what to expect at all. I never imagined that it would be a city where I could grow, potentially attend a top notch college, make friends from around the world, and be in the center of a cultural hub of music, festivals, and...

  • There are times in my life when I feel as though I cannot surpass an obstacle in my way.  Every year there is at least one time that the demands of life seem to be overpowering.  But luckily, I can revisit the day I went whale watching two years ago, and remember that life will go on if I push...

  • Ladies and gentleman, I have the solution—the solution to the problem you never admitted you had. Namely: majestic hair. I can hear you scoffing, my friends, but I assure you that it’s quite all right to confess it. After all, each one of us has, at some point in life, glanced at a shampoo model or...

  • The distinctive memory is in my head like it was yesterday… tears of joy flooding my aunts’ faces while seeing their nieces and nephews for the first time. Having any sort of emotion after 24 hours of flying and layovers was on the verge of impossible, but I instantly knew after stepping off that...

    Tags: Europe
  • On Saturday, March 31st I set off for a life changing trip. I was going to Russia on a mission trip with my church. We got to Russia on Sunday, April 1st.   Severely jetlagged, we walked around Red Square in Moscow. On Monday we arrived in Kaluga, Russia where we would spend the rest of the week....

    Tags: Europe
  • I still have good days and bad days. Sometimes I can go a whole day without even paying a thought to it. Other days I can't get my mind off of it. I try so hard not to imagine the beautiful, tan plains, the singing, the bumpy (and oftentimes nonexistent) roads we traveled, Mutinta, and even the...

    Tags: Africa
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  •   “Wait, go back! I forgot my iPod!” Welcome to a traditional Baalman- Family vacation. For the last 8 years running, it never ceases to amaze me what one of my family members’ forgets. One year it’s a toothbrush, the other a book, an iPod, and the list goes on and on. This year would be no...

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