In the summer between my Grade 11 and Grade 12 years (the same summer I started my business), my parents took us to Europe. For almost three weeks, we traveled through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, France, and England. For years I had dreamed about Europe, specifically seeing the coast of Italy and the city of Paris. It was an incredible trip, truly the trip of a lifetime–so thankful for my parents and the value we’ve placed on traveling in our home. Not many girls have their seventeenth birthday dinner on Montmartre. I came home from Europe in August a different girl. Yes, I was seventeen and no longer sixteen, but it more than my age had changed. I saw God’s incredible hand in creation–art and culture and food and people!–miles away from my hometown. Maybe it was simply coincidental timing, but looking back on little seventeen year old Jamie, I really do see my heart for God growing through those travel experiences.
life | January 9, 2013
life | May 26, 2011
when kristen & i were in ireland, we rented p.s. i love you and watched it together late at night in our apartment, while we slurped ghetto soup [made from onions, frozen vegetables and water. kristen made it taste wonderful. she’s amazing.] — i adore that movie and there’s this one scene that grabs my heart. always always. if you haven’t seen the movie, this is when holly & jerry [later to become husband and wife] first meet on a quiet road in ireland. holly’s on a college trip, jerry is a native irishman. she’s lost, he sees her, they start talking.
life | May 20, 2011
after four days in london, two days in edinburgh, one day in st. andrews, two days in belfast, it was time to move onto our final stop of our whirlwind united kingdom tour… dublin. we got off our two-hour train from belfast and took a taxi to our hostel right in the city. we checked in, grabbed our apartment keys [we were so excited about having our own kitchen to cook!] and headed a few blocks down to the instructed door.
life | May 11, 2011
if you’ve read part one and part two of our belfast adventures, you should have come to the conclusion that the only highlights of belfast, for kristen and i, were roslynn’s maternity session and FOOD. our absolute, absolute favourite restaurant of belfast and of the entire trip was at made in belfast restolounge. made in belfast has two locations, city hall and cathedral quarter–we had lunch at the city hall location on wellington street.