Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Misphah and Shen. He named it Ebenezar, saying , "Thus far the Lord has helped us." 1 Samuel 7:12

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lessons I've Learned Hosting Couchsurfers

When I signed up for last spring I had no idea how much it would impact my life.

Without getting into too much info I will say this,
the Germans showed up and were so helpful, interacting with everyone and playing and coloring with Aubry. They helped cook dinner and were an all around a great group to kick off our couchsurfing experience. I a m in almost daily contact with one of the girls.

Next came the old guy from Winter Park who literally slept and showered here. Simple visitor. He was like an old teenager.

The Surfers from Sebring stayed longer than they thought and we really enjoyed meeting adventurous American kids.

Charlotte, the French Girl. We drank wine, we laughed and we built a walkway together. She encouraged me to walk more. "So now you know", she said. I will see her again.

The Campers, aka the AT Hikers. They reminded me of my love for all things outdoors, they rekindled a dream that Steve and I use to dream of hiking the AT in sections, they reminded me of how life slows down around a campfire and that sharing and hard work really make life happier. They reminded me of how nice it is to walk.

And so I leave you with that.
My lessons learned from couchsurfers.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

How God Works

I like seeing God work.
He just works in His own way and timing.

I have seen how some things have morphed and changed over the years.
Like how I had a dream for probably a dozen years to have a home for pregnant teenagers or college age girls.
It would be a place where they could live, super cheap, almost free have free childcare in the home and the support they need to get educated, employed and on their own.

 that hasn't seemed to work out; however, my own home has been host to many a teenage, and millenial age and all age women really!
This last weekend I got to make a new friend from France, it was awesome! I got to work side by side with her, laugh with her, talk with her and school her on some American things, while she schooled me on French things.

My home is home to a different kind of girl than I thought. It's millenial age girls really.
I like that generation, it's my kids generation.

That's just how God works.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall is in the Air...

...sort of.
Vaughan and Illana on Lake Eola

I mean I can tell Fall wants to arrive here in Central Florida but I'm afraid it's not quite here yet.
I mean being chilly outside at 5:45am when it's 71 degrees; I mean come on, there was a day when 71 was sweltering hot!

Anyway I wrote the word "fall" on a chalkboard decor sign to maybe bring the season in a little faster.

Any way all this travel blog working has my wrist bothering me- joy!
And all my CrossFit time is making my shoulders s.o.r.e., so life is a constant series of stretches!!

We went to Lake Eola this last weekend with friends and what a blast it was. Review coming from Frugal Travel Mom so stay tuned. 
Speaking of The Frugal Travel Mom, have you looked around there yet? 

Our friends on the swan boats with O-Town as a backdrop. 

In other news, Justin is getting ready to pack up and head west for a few months. I am excited for his cross-country trek, his Cali-livin' (jealous) and the full-filling of a dream of his to live in the woods on his own. If you think of him please pray for him, and me- eeek!!

In my world I am working on self-control.
I wanna crave God more.
I wanna say no to me so I can be filled more and more by His Spirit.
The struggle is in the journey, but the journey is oh so sweet.

Peace, love and maybe fall weather,

Monday, September 14, 2015

September Already

Time really does move along doesn't it.
All is well here at the Span Ranch;
while our feet have been on the ground and in the state our spare rooms have been full.

2 weekends of beach visitors
and then a week of Allen Sowers and his daughter Boo.

The Sowers family are the missionaries in Honduras whose ministry Steve and I partner with as Ambassadors to Honduras with the Foundation for Missions.

I've downloaded Instagram back on my phone as I take that first step back into social media.

It's been a year of no IG, no twitter, no Facebook.
It's been a year of prayer and meditations,
a year of revelation and faith.
It's been a glorious year and sometimes I am a little sad it is not recorded on social media as a remembrance; but then again, I guess it's absence is remembrance enough.

Since you're reading this I want to share with you my travel blog. It's still under construction but you'll be ok with that, so here it is... I am The Frugal Travel Mom.

If you live local I hope you enjoy some of the Central Florida itineraries, and please let me know how it goes.

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