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Month: March 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Growing up St. Patrick’s Day was a day I dreaded. I could never remember when it was, so I almost always forgot to wear green and would usually get pinched. As a young woman, I simply ignored the day altogether. After all I don’t care for beer, even if it’s green. Green isn’t my favorite color and if someone pinches me, I can call the police. However my St. Patrick’s Day apathy was called into question when I had kids….

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The Church and The Lost Sheep 

The Church and The Lost Sheep 

Jesus taught a parable that many of us may be familiar with, the parable of the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:12-14, Luke 15:3-7). The Good Shepherd has 100 sheep. One of them wanders away, the Good Shepherd leaves the 99 to find the missing sheep. In Dr. Lamar Hardwick’s biography, “I Am Strong: The Life and Journey of an Autistic Pastor,” he points out that the “sheep” never realized one of their community was lost. Many times we don’t realize that…

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The Church 

The Church 

Church. The word stirs up strong emotions in many people. A large number of people hate the Christian church. I have to say I can relate. The Christian church can be mean and hurtful. The Christian church can leave people wounded and hurt, wanting nothing to do with God. As a pastor’s daughter I have seen the church at it’s best and at its worst. Despite giving everything for the church, I have seen leaders in the church betrayed and…

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Flying High with Soarin’

Flying High with Soarin’

In central Florida, you can take a breezy ride around the world when you board Walt Disney World’s flight simulator ride Soarin’ located at the Land Pavilion in Epcot. The ride originated at Disney’s California Adventure in 2001. In 2005 the ride was duplicated at Florida’s Walt Disney World. The ride broadened from a flight around California to a high flying world adventure in 2016. Passengers experience breathtaking vistas as they are raised 40 feet in the air. Watching Disney’s…

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History Of Flight 

History Of Flight 

To finish up our unit on the Wright Brothers and flight, I purchased the History of Flight kit from Be Amazing Toys and sold at christianbook.com. Included in the kit are four airplanes that changed history and directions on how to build and fly the planes. Designed for ages 8 and up, the kit cost $24.99 at christianbook.com.  The first plane we constructed was the Wright Brothers plane. The plane was easy to construct. In fact, I gave the plane…

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Paint with Marbles 

Paint with Marbles 

Paint with Marbles by Fabre-Castell comes in a sturdy cardboard box that appeals to many ages. As soon as I opened the package, I wanted to make a picture. My boys (ages 11 and 13) were excited to get the opportunity to paint with marbles.  After covering our kitchen table with leftover packing paper from the garage (newspaper is suggested), we read through the directions and looked at the sample pictures provided in the instructional manual. The directions were fairly…

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Why I Blog

Why I Blog

Life is messy. Betrayal, abandonment, depression, loneliness, abuse. I’ve been there. I know what it is to be in a mess so big you can’t see your way out and you don’t want to see your way out. Sometimes it’s a mess you made. Maybe it’s a mess someone else made. Or maybe you don’t know who made the mess, but you’re stuck and you can’t bear to clean up another mess.  I know all about messes. Ask my husband…

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Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue 

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue 

“Come ‘n git it!” With the clang of the dinner triangle, guests are ushered into the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue. Located at Walt Disney World’s Campsites at the Fort Wilderness Resort, the dinner show is just a short boat ride away from Disney’s Magic Kingdom. As we entered Pioneer Hall theater, we were shown to our table where buttery, moist cornbread and salad awaited us. Drink orders were promptly taken by the server. For guests over 21, unlimited beer, wine, and sangria…

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