Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I love Le Love.

le love never ceases to tug at my heartstrings.

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Where I truly belong.

[5.30.2011. Germany.]
And after the ups & downs & shuffling around, I have found 
my home away from home. 
And I couldn't be more  
happy. excited. inspired. thankful. blessed.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

{Quote of the Week.}

week {hundertsechsundzwanzig};
[beautiful illustration found via tumblr.]
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

alles ist jetzt in ordnung.

 [my good friend Kim and me saying goodbye last week before I left.]

I am sorry for being away so long.  This past week was crazy-- and not in a good way...
It's kind of a long story and I don't really think the details are necassary-- especially because I am totally writing a book or movie about it-- you'll definitely get to read/see it... 

In a nutshell, my host family was lovely. Correction: my host mom and the children were wonderful. I loved and love them still, dearly.  my host dad was awful. just awful. he was not nice to the mom, which I immediately did not feel okay with, and then he decided to start doing so to me. I, refuse to be treated in such ways. 

I decided to leave immediately, after the dad and the mom told us (me and their children) they were seperating. this was on the third day of my stay. 

the dad was furious when he found out I was leaving to my friends (aka, lifesavers) in Kiel. He yelled for a long time. it was terrifying, but now I am safe and happy.

I am so grateful for my friends and family. Without them, I would maybe be homeless in Braunschweig. 

From one of the worst days of my life, to having an amazing day the next: 
life can be crazy. 
But God is always loving and looking after us.

I must also say, that when I was stuck in the first family's house, and I was terrified and alone, I felt like I should call the number of a lady I became in contact with that day on the au pair site.  When I called she could tell I was terrifyed and she talked me through everything. She was a stranger, but really, I think a very very wonderful person God brought into my life at that exact moment for a very important reason.  I am going to stay with her family and potentially be their au pair, but until then, she has taken me under her wing and helped me through one of the scariest times of my life. She even called my parents in the USA after I called her from the train station and needed to tell them something I wasn't able to do.  She not only helped me, she talked my mom through it as well. 
She is such a blessing.

So after a week I have found a potential new family and they live very near my friends.  It may be exactly what I was meant to end up doing. I know that everything happens for a reason, and with my last host family, I hope my purpose was to help the mom know that she, nor anyone, should ever be treated so badly.  

I know I am where I am meant to be at this very moment, and always.
But whew, I am glad I have finally stopped shaking. 

I'll try and update more, until then, 
infinite love,
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I will be back soon...

 I had a small problem, but don't give up on me!xo
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Monday, May 23, 2011

{Quote of the Week.}

week {hundertfünfundzwanzig};
 -via: i am blessed.
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

"Do you fall in love often?" "Yes often."

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Friday, May 20, 2011

twenty + two.

Oh five year old Anna. You have so much to learn... 
Today I turn twenty-two. how strange-
it seems like just yesterday I turned twenty-one.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

{Quote of the Week.}

week {hundertvierundzwanzig};
{via: tumblr.}
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

spring 2011 finals countdown...

University of Kansas, April, 2011.
I can't believe it is already finals week. This semester flew. Actually, the past nine semesters have flown. This week I am going to do some final countdown posts though my finals are all tomorrow. BUT I fly to Germany Tuesday so don't think I have abandoned you if I don't post for a few days! -- I'm just in a storm of to-do's at the moment. eeps!
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Favorite children books...

{image via: Meg Fish.}

I am going to teach the wee little ones English while au pairing.  I have been trying to think of wonderful children's books to take along with me -- this is one of my all time favorites. 

What are your favorites?
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a small update...

Remember when I said I was going to Germany to be an au pair...
Well I decided to make an additional blog to chronicle the new adventures-- of course I will still have this blog (this one, too!) & continue the regular posting, I just thought I wouldn't overwhelm you all over here with all the happenings. ; )

of course you are totally welcome to follow that blog, if you want: Anna Im Ausland.

p.s. I leave in six days. right?! I know, I can't believe it either!
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Monday, May 9, 2011

{Quote of the Week.}

week {hundertdreiundzwanzig};
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

To My Beautiful Mother:

[Me & My Mom circa 1991.]
Happy Mother's Day to My Wonderful Mom.
Everyday I thank God for giving me such a loving mom. You have been such a gentle, patient, giving mother and there aren't enough thank yous in the world to truly get across how thankful I am for having you as my mom.  
Thank you for letting me march to the beat of my own drum.
Thank you for supporting me and my dreams.
Thank you for always loving me, even when I went through the really awkward teen years and acted like a brat.  
Thank you for always loving me, even though my room is always a mess.
Thank you for letting me move back home to be your roommates. 
Thank you for everything you have done for the world.
Thank you for making me feel like one of the most blessed daughters in the world.

your favorite child, 
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Friday, May 6, 2011

a toast.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

a wonderful outfit.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

a place:

to inspire. to create. to make. to express. to unwind. that is the type of place i would love.
- apartment therapy.

pssst... matchbook magazine issue four is out today-- talk about inspiring!
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Monday, May 2, 2011

You've gotta.

{via: flickr.}

You've gotta let your hopes shine through you like they did when you were a little girl.
You've gotta take it one day at a time, moment by moment.
You've gotta go to sleep with hopes of magical dreams so you can dream magical dreams full of your hopes.
You've gotta realize it's ok to change your mind everyday about what you wanna be when you grow up.
You've gotta put passion into everything you are doing. If you can't, you've gotta change something.
You've gotta get excited about the little things.
You've gotta feel sad if you are sad, mad if you are mad, lost if you are lost...
You've gotta give yourself time to appreciate the prize in the cereal box.
You've gotta dress up in whatever makes you feel the best. Not what others think should.
You've gotta be proud of yourself when you're really good at something.
You've gotta accept the things you know you struggle with.
You've gotta be okay with asking for help when you need it.
You've gotta say what you need to say.
You've gotta follow your own path. 
You've gotta do what makes you truly happy.
You've gotta understand how much you are loved.
but most of all,
You've gotta love yourself.

you've just gotta.
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{Quote of the Week.}

 week {hundertzweiundzwanzig};

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday Sweets: Royal Wedding edition...

I remember being little, and my big sister Katie & I fawning over magazines that had anything royal family-related. She would share them and we would sit (sometimes with a jar of pickles) and just read and swoon the afternoon away.  I loved it.  I would point & ask who is 'that?' and she would share all of her royal knowledge with me.  I love those memories.  
I also remember she had pencils that said "I Heart Prince Wills" on them & that she gave me one.  (out of the 100 santa had brought her that year...)
I also remember the day Diana died. Vividly, although I was only eight years old. I remember all of it: I remember that we cried; I remember that we bought "Candle in the Wind" on cassette tape; I remember my sister Emily recording it on VHS(which we still have packed away).  Such a tragic day... 
However, this day (well, Friday) was one of absolute happiness.
I have been very sick, but insisted on rising early in the morn to watch it all LIVE(no regrets)
We watched it at the Kansas City Union Station and it was unreal.  So many people came to watch even though it was 4a.m.
Even Katie came before she went to work. And, I am so happy that she did.
As we sat there, watching everything so intently, getting giddy over every detail, it felt so much like the days when we were younger, and she would share all of her royal love with me.
 (and although it wasn't one of us, ,sister, at least he ended up with another Catherine Elizabeth.)

this is made me tear up. this too. oh & of course this.
but this is one of my new favorites. ; )

p.s. and to my two big sisters: I'll be the Pippa to your Kate, anyday. ; )
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