Evening Fun at Universal’s City Walk 

Evening Fun at Universal’s City Walk 

A visit from out of town guests provides a great opportunity to meet up at new locales. A few weeks ago we met some old friends at Universal’s City Walk. Unlike the theme parks, admission to City Walk is free, as is parking after 6 PM. However, we decided to beat the evening rush and pay the before 6 PM parking fee of $20.  We met our friends at NBC Sports Grill and Bar. With over 100 high definition screens,…

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Family Art Time

Family Art Time

Squirting bottles of paint onto a spinning piece of paper sounds like a total mess. However with Crayola’s Spin Art Maker, the mess is minimal and easily contained. When I first bought the Spin Art Maker, I expected a fun and messy art project. The project was definitely fun. My boys and I enjoyed squirting the paint onto the spinning disc of paper. We learned that it is helpful to have someone press the spinning button as someone else squirts…

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Life Requirement

Life Requirement

 During summers as a young teen, I unloaded books from a semi truck for no pay. It was a normal day for the daughter of a pastor. Growing up as a PK (pastor’s kid) involved sorting Christmas toys, delivering toys, and other activities that I usually grumbled about doing. For me, community service wasn’t a high school requirement, it was a life requirement. As a grouchy teen, I didn’t appreciate what my parents were doing. Now, my perspective has totally…

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Escape from the Heat 

Escape from the Heat 

With summer nearing the end and the outside temperature still set on sweltering, affordable inside activities can be hard to find. One of our favorite activities during the summer months is to take advantage of the air conditioning at the Florida Mall. From browsing the colorful and tasty merchandise at M&M’s World to sampling the products at the Beef Jerky Outlet, the Florida Mall provides an opportunity for all ages to have an enjoyable and cool outing. Stores and experiences…

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

Located on the northern headland of Michigan’s lower peninsula lies the Village of Mackinaw City. We recently chose to stay in the city to access Mackinac Island and the local hotels, which are cheaper than the hotels on the island. However, we found that Mackinaw City has more to offer than affordable hotel rooms and Mackinac Island ferry access. On the first night in Mackinaw City, we dined at Darrow’s Family Restaurant, which has been in business for 60 years….

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Island Paradise 

Island Paradise 

Mackinac Island is a special place for my husband and I. As a child, I fell in love with Mackinac Island when my family visited on vacation. I loved the stores, the horse drawn carriages, and most of all the crisp, blue waters of Lake Huron. My husband also enjoyed visiting Mackinac Island as a small child. He remembers staring at the idyllic village from the airplane window, then racing to locate the tiny houses he saw from the sky….

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The Lie 

The Lie 

I am a liar. “How are you?”   “Good! How are you?” It’s easy. The cheery answers slips out before the real answer even has time to form on my lips. After all, how would people react if I told them the truth? What would people say if I told them I wasn’t “good,” and I hadn’t been “good” for quite some time? Pain makes us uncomfortable. When we ask someone how they are, we want a cheery answer. We…

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Desperate 

Desperate 

I looked up and down the street. He wasn’t there. My toddler son was gone. After dropping a bag of groceries in the house, I had returned for my almost two year old son. Now he was missing. The sidewalk was empty. Every yard on the street was vacant. I began to scream wild, desperate screams.   The Lord is searching. He is desperate for us. He cries out for us. His voice isn’t always audible, but it’s always present….

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Adventures in the Windy City, Part 2

Adventures in the Windy City, Part 2

Our second day in the Windy City proved to be as enjoyable as our first day even though it was much shorter. After breakfast at our hotel, we lugged our luggage to Union Station, where our train was departing later in the day. The boys had quite an education in early morning traffic in a big city, as we passed iconic buildings such as Willis Tower, Trump Tower, and Chicago’s Federal Reserve. At Union Station, we were able to put…

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A Different Anniversary

A Different Anniversary

This summer marks an important anniversary in my life. There won’t be any gifts exchanged to mark the day. No one will be hosting a party. I’m not even certain of the exact day. I am certain that without this anniversary I wouldn’t be able to celebrate the anniversary of my marriage or the anniversary of my children’s birth. I am also certain that without this anniversary I wouldn’t be here writing.   At age 14, I wanted to kill…

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