a different adventure of sorts.

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Someday, I would like to write a book. It's a silly, self-indulgent thought...but it's there and I acknowledge it. One chapter would be titled, "...then I went to Kuwait", and that chapter would be my pride and joy.

There are two types of pride that I've experienced in life. One type follows a dream fulfilled--a heart-bursting, misty-eyed moment you've spent hours imagining--like standing in front of the Eiffel Tower or walking down the aisle towards the love of your life. 

But there's another type of pride that I've experienced only once...at 3am on a tenth floor balcony in Kuwait, with my husband fast asleep down the hall. I was jet-lagged, eating a deliciously soggy egg roll and listening to the ocean waves hit the shore. It was a quiet pride that washed over as I realized I'd just traveled 24 hours to visit the Middle East...something I never thought to dream of, never considered myself gutsy enough to do.

That pride isn't the misty-eyed type...but it's a moment in which you honor life's twists and turns. The way it takes you the scenic way, and suddenly you find your feet on the ground in the most unexpected places, like a breezy balcony in Kuwait.

All that to say: I am here. I am safe, I am very, very jet-lagged...but mostly I am proud of myself.

And that's a phrase I don't often say...so I swear it means something big.


If you're not an Instagrammer but still want sneak peeks, you can follow along on my Rinse. Repeat. Facebook page...I'll be sharing snippets of my trip in between blog posts!


  1. Glad you made it there safely! Enjoy your time together! Looking forward to some pics!

  2. I'm glad you made it there, and I'm so happy for you and Gabe!
    I can't wait to see some photos :)
    <3 Kiersten

  3. congratulations, so happy you two can be together again :)
    looking forward to hearing about your adventures

  4. This post made me tear up! So glad you two are together again! Wishing you many more little moments like this one:)

  5. And we're so proud of you too :) soak up that time in the balmy breeze wih your new husband- those are going to bE the moments you remember :)

  6. I think those unexpected moments are the best kind maybe because there is no expectation behind them just awe that you are in that moment at all.

    So glad you made it safe and totally jealous- what an adventure to be on! Just know that a very pregnant lady stuck in the midwest is traveling vicariously through you!

  7. glad you got there safe and sound bethany!! enjoy the moments =)

  8. You should write a book!

    And have a wonderful time with Gabe!

  9. Just discovered your blog through Shannon's, and I can't believe I've never stopped by before! You are a lovely writer, and that's something that really draws me to read certain blogs. Can't wait to follow along...wherever you go:)

  10. I just started following but had to comment anyway- it is such an amazing thing that you flew to a part of the world that many fear. And you, you did it for love! So romantic :)


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