The Big Ask.

I’ve been waiting to write this type of post... and share this type of news for almost 15 years........ I’M ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES! YES! YES! Anyone who knows me knows I’ve always wanted to be married. I’ve never been one of those girls who LOVES the single life, or going out on tons of dates, or …

Life In Dar.

Hello from sunny, hot, beachside Dar es Salaam!! Sounds nice, huh?! Well, it is!! Dar has been treating me very well these past few months!! I’m now in the final homestretch with 3 weeks to go.. It’s hard to completely put into words what my experience has been like here. Most times it feels like …

Around the USA in 14 days

Jambo from Tanzania 🙂  Made it back safe and sound.. after one night in Qatar... which by the way was awesome!! Seriously, fly Qatar if you have a chance, they were great! So helpful and nice.. AND, they put me up in a pretty sweet hotel since my flight to TZ wasn’t until the next …

Just Visiting.

When you finally get back on US soil after traveling internationally, you all know the customs drill... fill out the customs form, get in line, go through a short interview with immigration.. blah blah blah.  When I returned to the states end of March, the customs lady asked me where I had been, what I …

Time Flies..

...When you’re having fun!! Today I’m celebrating 6 months in Tanzania! It’s still hard to believe that I have been in Moshi for 6 months now!? It’s crazy..I feel like it has gone by so fast!! My six month mark comes in typical Tanzanian fashion.. I am (once again) being forced to leave the country …

Thankful Thursday’s

So far, I have had over 20 people stay with me over the course of the last 6 months!! Sometimes I feel like the person on the deserted island with new people always coming...and then always going... some being kind enough to bring me treats and goodies.. but in the end, always leaving me behind …

Home Sweet Home

Which “home” you may be wondering...because, to me, it feels like my list of “homes” keeps getting longer and longer!! When people ask me where I’m from, I tend to still say Denver.. since it was my most recent home (and sometimes still feels like I live there)... but then I start to feel a …

Off the Grid

*** This post is coming to you a week AFTER I returned from Iringa.. haha. Sorry! Bad internet issues!!*** Karibu Iringa! I’m excited to introduce you all to this beautiful town, Iringa! I am here for the next three weeks to live, breathe, and dream in Swahili!! Haha, you think I’m kidding! No, for real …

Yes!!!!!

When you get this text from your boyfriend after a year of immigration and visa research, interviews, hundreds of dollars on trips to Dar, and a whole lot of frustration.... ......you basically cry tears of freaking joy!!!!!!! Finally..... a U.S, good ole American Visa!!!   And now, only days after getting the visa, he is …

Thankful Thursday’s

This week, my wonderful boyfriend gets the award!!! So Joel, my love, this week ..... I’m basically thankful for him everyday, but this last week I am especially grateful for him!  I’m thankful that he was just as willing as I was to take a chance on this relationship, and was open to having a …

Guest Blogger Editon: Tanzania Through Their Eyes…

Africa is a hard place to describe to people; you can’t explain it with words, or even with pictures. It is a place that must be experienced. I was so happy to have my parents here, to truly experience Africa, to take in all the sights, smells, tastes and sounds that are unique to this …

Thankful Thursday’s

First off, I’m so thankful this week was better than last week, and that it was non-eventful in the break-in department!! I’m so happy to be able to share the GOOD this week, I mean it was Christmas after all, and I am so thankful for the “family” I have here, and my first Tanzanian …

Thankful Thursday’s

I have been debating whether or not to share this on the blog, but after thinking about it, my intention for this blog is to share my life here, my “real” life .. which includes the good, and the bad. This week, I’m sharing the bad. However, I am trying to still be thankful in …

November Highlights

How is it that November is already over!?!? And now, it’s middle of December, and I’m just now getting this written!! Pole (Sorry!) I think it’s still hard for me to believe that it’s December and Christmas is coming because it’s just so dang hot here!! And...the fact that the months are just flying right …

Thankful Thursday’s

This week I am thankful for life.  Specifically, my life.   Monday was my birthday! 🎉🎈 I turned 34 years old (eek!)  If you would have asked me 5 years ago (even 2 years ago) if this is what my life would look like right now, I’d say you were crazy.. no way, that’s impossible! Haha. …

Thankful Thursday’s

Wow!  So much to be thankful for these past two weeks!!   I missed last week’s Thankful Thursday Post because I was in the African bush looking for giraffe, elephants, lions, zebras and leopards.. and boy did we see them (that will be a post in itself at a later time)!! 🐘🐆🦁🦏 This Thursday though, …

Thankful Thursday’s

I’ve been wanting to start a weekly post and when I saw the idea for Thankful Thursday’s, it just seemed like the right fit!  Living in Africa makes you realize how much you take for granted living in the United States. We are lucky to have endless resources, options, second opinions, and opportunities.  Things are much …

I guess it’s official…

No, not the fact that I changed my status on Facebook to “Living In Moshi”!! This!!!! I am an official Tanzanian car owner!!!!!! Guess this means I’m staying for awhile!!!! Yup, you heard right, I am the owner of this cute, little, blue RAV4 as of yesterday!!! So here’s to left sided driving, dodging boda boda’s …

October Highlights

Mwezi check-in Karibu Tena! Can you believe I have been here for mwezi mmoja (one month) already!  The time really has flown by, and I feel like I am finally getting into more of a routine and feeling more settled! Yay for that! I thought it would be fun to do the highlights of each …

Karibu!

I’ll let you all in on some of my Swahili lessons!! Karibu means Welcome!!! So, Welcome! Welcome to my home, and my new town! Welcome to A18- a cute little house, in the midst of the doctor’s compound right outside of KCMC (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center- the hospital I work at). The compound is made …

Daring Greatly.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, stop right now and Google Brene Brown, Daring Greatly and take the next hour and watch her TED talks on YouTube…it will change your life. “Daring greatly means the courage to Be Vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you …

Dear Colorado,

How is it that I have been here for over 10 years now?!!? I feel old saying this, but seriously, where has the time gone?! I still remember telling my parents, in December 2006, that I had decided to move to Denver. My plan was to pack up my little Chevy Cavalier and head out …