Monthly archives: June, 2015

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Next stop… Alaska!

If you’ve ever met me, or spent any time reading anything I’ve ever posted, you may have gotten the impression that I like to travel. So it it is with extreme pleasure that I’m now prepping myself for our family cruise next week to Alaska!!!! We are now 11 days away from embarkation, but only…



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World Refugee Day 2015

With World Refugee Day right around the corner I wanted to take a minute (short post, I swear!) to remind you of the great needs that exist, and give you the opportunity to get to know some refugees and their stories. At IKEA we created this video based on our experiences in Jordan… Real quick…




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Providing light and hope for thousands

To say that it’s been an amazing week would be a drastic understatement. Thinking of everything that we’ve learned in the past three days alone is mind blowing – and this is only the beginning. This week we got to learn about the many ways that the IKEA Foundation contributes to the lives of thousands…



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Decompressing the experience of a lifetime

It’s 3:37am, and I just boarded an airplane to take me from Jordan to Romania. This part of my experience has come to an end. But I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? We had the morning to ourselves, as we were going to leave for the camp later in the afternoon because we had…



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The realities of living in a Refugee Camp

Today we left the hotel at 8:30am and set out for Zaatari, the first UNHCR Refugee Camp in Jordan created for the Syrian refugees. This camp was quite literally pulled together in about two weeks, so it has an interesting history – and originally wasn’t really designed for this type of extended use. Right now,…



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When I say “refugee”, what’s the first thing you think of?

The first thing you might want to think of is – it could just as well be me. In visiting Jordan, we have had the opportunity to explore not only the refugee situation in Jordan, but also the definition of a refugee. In the case of the Syrian refugees, we’ve discovered that they are very…



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Visiting one of the Wonders of the World

Yesterday was pretty amazing spending time in the Dead Sea, and familiarizing myself with Jordan, and today continued the trend. With our last day before our IWitness mission begins, Dave and I took a three hour drive out to visit on the Wonders of the World – Petra, stopping only briefly for some Lays chips…




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The Dead Sea and Day 2

Hello again! I’m back for another post dated blog article – have you figured out where I am yet? So I finally got to sleep around 3am, and when I say I got to sleep, I mean I slept wonderfully. Lovely bed in the hotel, plus you know, the whole 12 hours in the air thing…




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Where in the world is Ryan today?

It’s now been over two weeks since I’ve been back in the country, and I finally have a bit of time to breathe! It’s wonderful! When we were talking about out weekend I was so excited – plans to do NOTHING! Since returning from my IWitness adventure it’s been pretty non-stop, so I’m really happy…



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