{travel journal excerpt}

As I sit here quietly watching the waves tumble on the shore, I wish I could capture this exact moment of intense beauty and share it with the people in my life who don’t believe in God. Right now I can see four distinct shades of blue between the tide and the clear sky above me and I am overwhelmed with certainty that only my Creator could create something so magnificently beautiful.

Santorini is perfect. It’s better than the postcards. As thankful as I am to carry my camera in my hands, these photos are a pale comparison to the flutter of my heart as I see this island with my own two eyes. The beauty is indescribable. There is so much to see that I am convinced I could live here for seven years and never take the same photo twice. The sunset looks different every night. The church bells look different every hour, as the sunlight dances slowly across them. Every day is an opportunity to explore. To see. To worship. To feel the island. To be grateful.

Grateful for this place. Grateful for this trip. Grateful for eyes that see and legs that carry me up and down hundreds of white stone steps. But most of all, grateful for a God capable and willing to create it all in the first place.

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28 Responses to grateful.

  1. Saskia says:

    Greece is so lovely.. Beautiful pictures ­čÖé

  2. These are so incredibly gorgeous.
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  3. san says:

    Just WOW.
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  4. Liz says:

    Never stop taking pictures, k?
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  6. Ruth says:

    ah! brings me back!
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  7. kylee says:

    oh my heavens what beautiful pictures!
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  8. Dee says:

    What a beautiful post! And the pictures! Holy cow, you’re just a natural with the camera. Simply amazing.
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  9. Holly C. says:

    Santorini looks absolutely unreal (in a good way!) The more pictures I see of your trip, the more amazing it sounds!
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  10. Lizzy says:

    Just wanted to say how happy I am that I found your blog! I love reading it and how you put words so perfectly together. I am grateful there are bloggers out there who write posts like this!
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  11. Sarabell says:

    You are a wonderful inspiration Ashlee and so are your photos! =]
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  12. Becky says:

    Beautiful. Love this post.

  13. Shelby says:

    I agree with Holly, it doesn’t seem like a real place, amazing the beauty that he creates. Love your photos and words. <3
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  14. Christine says:

    These photos are BEYOND amazing. You have just moved Greece SO HIGH UP on my list of must-sees.
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  15. iris ashley says:

    ugh you’ve got me wanting to book a trip to greece this instant! this pictures are SOOOO beautiful!
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  16. Caroline says:

    Wow I could look at these pictures forever. I can’t believe there is a place that beautiful in the world
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  17. kelly ann says:

    mmmm… amen amen amen. I love those moments where God’s creation is almost overwhelming, in the best way possible. It makes me feel extra grateful for all God gives us. He is good. <3
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  18. steph anne says:

    WOW….simply WOW & beautiful!!!!

  19. amanda jane says:

    oh my, these are amazing. i want to visit so badly!

  20. Laura Lawson says:

    Love this so, so, so much.
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  21. *sigh* Oh, how I wish I could have gone to Santorini on my Greece trip! One day…
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  22. tiffani says:

    what vibrant images! fantastic really. you’re delightful, you know?

  23. Kim says:

    My goodness, your pictures are taking my breath away! What kind of camera?
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  24. jackie says:

    i know how you feel. i don’t take many pictures, simply because i don’t feel like they could ever measure up to what my actual eyes are seeing. i am glad, however, that you took some so that those of us who haven’t seen it with their eyes can see it this way ­čÖé
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  25. Tanya says:

    What a gorgeous place and you captured it so beautifully! looks like heaven!
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  26. Nora says:

    Beautiful pictures. I want to go and see the ocean RIGHT NOW.

    xo, Nora.

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