Browsed by
Category: Uncategorized

Brand New

Brand New

I love anything new. The smell of a new baby. A new box of crayons. A fresh sheet of crisp white paper. The only problem with newness is nothing stays new. Before long the baby grows into a teenager. The box of crayons become a box of broken unusable nubs. Someone wads the paper into a ball and throws it at their brother.   Now it is a new month, a new year. It is time for a new start….

Read More Read More

Relentless

Relentless

My oldest son is relentless. I first noticed this quality when he was around 4 years old. While I worked out at our local gym, my two boys played in the gym childcare. I was horrified when I realized that another boy and his older sister were being mean to my oldest. I told my son to stop playing with the children, that they weren’t nice. His reply, “I can make them be nice.” I was flabbergasted. No matter how…

Read More Read More

The Darkness vs. The Light

The Darkness vs. The Light

 We lived for a year in Indiana. While I met many new friends and had some fun experiences with my family, I hated it. Most specifically, I hated the winter. I hated scraping my car windows. I hated the ice that I fell on. I hated my chapped lips. Yet, what I hated the most was the darkness. It seemed the whole long winter I never saw the sun. Grey clouds hung around for months and I wondered if summer…

Read More Read More

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park

 A hidden city sounds like the setting for a movie. Yet, a secret city did exist in the mountains of Tennessee. In 1942 residents of the Oak Ridge area were forced to leave their property. Unknown to the area’s residents and most of the world, the area had been chosen for the site of the Manhattan Project, which was responsible for developing the atomic bomb. The secret compound did not appear on any maps. Employees of the three plants were…

Read More Read More

Wycliffe Discovery Center

Wycliffe Discovery Center

Our world is a diverse place filled with over 6,000 languages. Unfortunately more than 1,600 languages are still waiting for the Bible to be translated in their heart language. That means many people around the world are not able to read God’s word for themselves. However, Wycliffe Bible translators exist to ensure that all people groups can read God’s word in their own heart language. Recently, our family visited the Wycliffe Discovery Center in Orlando, Fl. On our trip with…

Read More Read More

The First KFC

The First KFC

No trip to my parents’ home would be complete without a visit to the Kentucky Colonel, Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of KFC. My parents live in Corbin, Ky, the home of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken.    The Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum is not only a restaurant, it is also a museum showcasing the history of Colonel Sander’s original restaurant. Colonel Sanders began his culinary career when he opened a service station in 1930. Located across from the site…

Read More Read More

Exploring Mexico with My Father’s World

Exploring Mexico with My Father’s World

This year we have been using My Father’s World Exploring: Countries and Cultures curriculum. Along with the packaged curriculum, our family has enjoyed supplementing our curriculum with trip’s to Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. Our first destination: Mexico!   Our favorite stop in the Mexico pavilion is always the pre-Colombian pyramid, which sits in the midst of a Yucatán jungle. Inside the pyramid, visitors can journey through Mexico with Jose Carioca and Panchito as they search for their amigo, Donald…

Read More Read More

The Storm 

The Storm 

The storm arrived. It ravaged and battered our state. The winds howled. The rain poured. Strong trees snapped like twigs. Water overran its boundaries. It was too much for some to handle.   Life is a storm. It ravages and batters our lives. Struggles howl. Obstacles pour down on us. We break. We overrun our boundaries. It is too much for us. Help came for Florida after hurricane Irma. Utility companies restored power. Grocery stores restocked shelves. Help was and…

Read More Read More

Free visit to Disney World?

Free visit to Disney World?

When we moved to Central Florida six years ago, our family was excited to explore the tourist hot spots. However, moving expenses and the cost of tourist traps put a damper on our plans. Our solution was Disney World. While Disney World may not seem like an economical outing, our family turned Disney into an almost free excursion. The secret? Disney Springs!   Since our boys were young and inexperienced Floridians, they never realized that their visit to “Disney World,”…

Read More Read More

Waiting

Waiting

Waiting. As moms we do a lot of waiting. We wait 9 months for our children to be born. When we finally hold their sweet bodies, we think the waiting is done. Yet we soon realize, the waiting has only begun. We wait at the doctors’ appointments. We wait at the drive thru. We wait for dad to finally come home. We wait at soccer practices and theater rehearsals. We wait for wounds to heal and bleeding to stop. I…

Read More Read More