Hey there! I hope all is well with you and yours wherever you may be.

We have been working hard studying and learning from some pretty great people. We’ve been loving the community we are in and the church family that has welcomed us so selflessly into their lives.  Sometimes the best way to ensure that you don’t forget all that you have been learning is to take some time to reflect and relax.  This brings us to our recent autumn break.

For break my parents were able to come and visit.  It was great to have them here, not simply because we were able to spend time together, but because they were able to get a glimpse into the whirlwind of adventure and learning I have been blessed with these past few months.

Since the public transportation is a lot better than what I am used to, we were able to use that great system to experience multiple parts of the UK.  Of course the adventure for break began with a tour of Airdrie and a small day trip to Edinburgh.   During the week we spent a few days exploring London, a part of a day in Glasgow, and a few days exploring Inverness.

I could go into ridiculous detail telling you each and every amazing thing we were able to experience, but that would take way too long.  So I thought that I would pick my top moments.  My parents and I were able to see the crown jewels of both Scotland and England in a matter of three days.  In three days we saw jewels of such immense worth that I will never be able to fully understand.  We were able to see the amazingly large display of poppies at the Tower of London.  Each handmade poppy represents one allied life lost in World War I.  The sheer number of poppies were a reminder of the frailty and shortness of life, which we often take for granted.

In Inverness we were able to take a boat trip on Loch Ness.  It was a gorgeous day and the best part was that we were able to experience it while relaxing together.  Perhaps my favorite part was that my parents were blessed to experience not one, but two Sundays at the church here in Airdrie.  They witnessed the body of Christ coming together to worship their Creator, half a world away from where my family lives.  They witnessed the community that has welcomed the Semester in Scotland students with open arms and has extended hospitality far beyond what we could have ever asked for.  They were able to see that though the world seems so big sometimes, when you are part of a family with a Father who created that world, the miles between His children who love Him seem to fall away.

-Jennie Smith

Jennie and parentsOutside the entrance to the crown jewels inside of the Tower of London.

The poppies outside of the Tower of London​