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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Adventures in the Windy City, Part 1

Adventures in the Windy City, Part 1

As the plane descended, we caught our first view of the Chicago skyline. The wonderful view made me forget that I had risen at 3:30 am to catch our flight. Our first introduction to Chicago was a ride on the L (CTA orange line from Midway) to our hotel, where we dropped our luggage off. Compared to a taxi, the $2 one way ticket ($10 all day) was an inexpensive and direct route to downtown. Within walking distance of our…

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I-Drive McDonalds

I-Drive McDonalds

Six years ago, we left our family and friends in Kentucky for a new adventure: life in Central Florida. With so many activities and places to visit in a state where tourism is king, we weren’t quite sure where to start. One of the first places we checked out was the world’s largest entertainment McDonald’s and Play Place off of International Drive in Orlando. We were sadly disappointed as the food was not that great and the restaurant was quite…

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Gatorland 

Gatorland 

After six years in Florida, our family decided to finally visit one of Florida’s original tourist attractions: Gatorland. From its opening in 1949, Gatorland has grown from a roadside attraction to a 110 acre park. Located in Orlando, off of Orange Blossom Trail, the park is teeming with gators, crocodiles and other wildlife. Even after three hours, our family wasn’t able to take in all of the sights and sounds of the family friendly park.   The three shows at Gatorland…

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Hunting For the Lazy Days of Summer?

Hunting For the Lazy Days of Summer?

The long, lazy days of summer are here. Though, to be quite honest I haven’t spotted one of those days yet. Our summer schedule has already filled up with out of out of town visitors, day trips, summer camps, and finishing our homeschool year. The long, lazy days have been replaced with long car rides filled with squabbling siblings. However, I recently found a secret weapon to quiet the squabbling. Thanks to my new secret weapon, my kids buckle in…

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Hollywood Brown Derby 

Hollywood Brown Derby 

Located near Hollywood and Vine, the Hollywood Brown Derby was a hot spot for stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Even though the Hollywood restaurant is no longer open for business, visitors to Walt Disney World, can dine in style at Hollywood Studio’s Hollywood Brown Derby. Like its namesake, the Floridian Brown Derby has a Spanish mission façade and is filled with caricatures of famous stars. One of the signature dishes is the Cobb Salad, which mimics the recipe…

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