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Month: April 2017

Not Enough? 

Not Enough? 

The disciples were caught. They had been arguing about who was the best, and Jesus had heard them (Mark 9:33-34). I usually glaze over this passage, as I don’t tend to argue with my girlfriends about who is the best. After all, the disciples are men and not everything that happens to them applies to me, right? Yet, as I was reading Lisa Harper’s study, The Gospel of Mark (check it out here), I read her phrase “pride disguised as…

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Trail’s End Restaurant 

Trail’s End Restaurant 

Located at one of our favorite Disney resorts, Fort Wilderness, Trail’s End Restaurant provides a tasty buffet for breakfast, dinner and brunch on certain dates. Trail’s End is reminiscent of a pioneer chow hall with mounted animals, pot-bellied stove, split-log walls, and beamed ceilings. If you’re lucky you might hear the dinner triangle round up some birthday and anniversary wishes. We visited Trails End for dinner and enjoyed the all you care to eat buffet with peel and eat shrimp,…

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World War II Resources 

World War II Resources 

We are fortunate to have so many resources that make history come alive. Here are some of our family’s favorite resources for learning about World War II.  1. The Hiding Place is an encouraging story of ordinary heroes in a dark time. Based on the inspirational story of Corrie Ten Boom, the Focus on the Family audio drama is a riveting story. The multi voice dramatization and sound effects, some of which were recorded in the Ten Boom’s actual family…

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Clifford House 

Clifford House 

I just discovered one of the many gems in Eustis, Florida: the Clifford House. Located at 536 North Bay Street, the Clifford House is home to the Eustis Historical Museum and Preservation Society. Construction on the home began in 1910 and was completed in 1911. Guilford Davis Clifford, a native of New York, planned to build his home years earlier but postponed his plans due to devastating freezes in 1894 and 1895. I was impressed with the sturdiness of the…

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Traveling Light 

Traveling Light 

Their dark eyes smiled at me. For the last few days I had been training for this. I had my lessons all prepared. I knew exactly what to say. I launched into a speech about our upcoming classes. Assuring the students of all the fun we would have, I gave a brief overview of the lessons. With smiling faces, all the students in the room listened intently. I knew my first teaching experience in China was going to be a…

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Project Teen Easter Basket 

Project Teen Easter Basket 

Like most moms, I’m busy and I adore a great deal. So it should come as no surprise that I am a big fan of our local Dollar General Store. I recently made a trip to the Dollar General store with one goal in mind: Easter baskets for my tween and teen sons. Gift items for boys in this age range always prove to be challenging. Everything seems too young, too girly, or too expensive. They are disgusted with anything…

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What If? 

What If? 

“What if?” I voiced the question to my husband for the first time after my son had the seizure. “What if he isn’t ok?”   The “what if” questions had been torturing me for the last 24 hours. At last we had the baby we had been waiting for, but it wasn’t anything like I had pictured. A natural birth had turned into an emergency c-section. Visions of cuddling my newborn at home turned into daily visits to the NICU….

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