Growing up my family didn’t travel too much because we couldn’t really afford it and my parents aren’t the globe-trotting type. But, I had the opportunity to go abroad during my Junior year in high school and it got me hooked.

That trip was a 3 week jaunt to the Middle East. We started in Rome, then went to Egypt, Israel, Greece and back to Rome. It was amazing and I feel so blessed to have seen the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Coliseum, the Parthenon, and walk the same paths that Jesus took.

My next big trip was to Australia. A college friend moved there to get her doctorate and so another friend and I went down to spend a couple of weeks with her. It was incredible and Australia is beautiful. We climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, saw the Opera House, petted kangaroos, held a koala and tried Vegemite (which I would not recommend)!

I’ve also been to London and Ireland. My sister was living in Ireland for about 6 months so we jetted over there to spend a week with her family.


During that week, CJ and I took a quick flight to London and spent 2 days there. London is where he proposed to me and it was perfect! He got down on his knee over dinner at a fancy restaurant and popped the question. Amazing!

CJ and I have traveled to Mexico twice – once for our honeymoon and once with a group of friends. Both times it was awesome and I’m glad we got to go before all the insurgency started.


I’ve done a lot of travel in the U.S. too. We have a goal to visit all 50 state capitals and so far have hit about 10 of them. It’s cool to learn the histories of each state and see the different architectural elements too. We’ll probably save Alaska and Hawaii for when Isabella and Cora are older so that they can enjoy it with us!

Our travels have severely halted since having kids due to the increased expense and hassle of dragging kids around. But over the last few years we’ve ventured out more and have had some really fun trips.

Here are a few of the trips I wrote about in the early days of the blog! I’ll add more as we take new ones.

Long Weekend in Kansas City

Steelers game in KC

Work trip to Fort Worth

Trader Family Road trip: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 part 1 | Day 4 part 2 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7

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