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, August 13, 2015


our first couchsurfers from Germany

Wow, it's August already.
Can you believe it?
I looked at my chalkpaint covered back door and thought, "I should probably erase the snowflakes I painted on there last winter"
then I realized winter is closer than I care to think,
maybe I'll just leave them.

Steve, Aubry and I returned from a 10 days in Honduras where we served and attended Missionary Kid Camp. I lead craft time, as well as a game during daily game time, Steve set up ropes courses and lead games as well as made town runs for pizza and water, ice and supplies and Aubry attended her first summer camp, sort of.

When I return I reminded of how blessed I am.
I can flush my toilet paper, eat my fruits and veggies with our soaking them in bleach,
my home has hot water, air conditioning, we have reliable, honest health care and so much more.

Honduras is a country in need of reform, in need of finances, opportunity, education and Christ.
I am so thankful I had the opportunity to meet the people, hear the stories and love on last year the birthed locals and this year the transplanted ones.

MK's are a unique breed. From the outside they look and act like you and me,
but they've seen so much,
they've learned to love on a different level
and they band together like a tribe, truly having each others backs
and understanding each others pains, struggles and joys.

When I return I just want to give more and more away.
Returning from any trip reminds me of how little I need to live.

And now, as summer comes to an end we are preparing to say goodbye to the "boys of summer" as they head back to college next week.
My boarding house will close down for the time being, although it seems to always be open for business.

Aubry and I are gathering supplies and ideas for a year of relaxed home school pre-school
and I am preparing to take my travel blog live for all to see and glean travel information and idea from.

How has everyone else been?
I wonder and if you are still reading let me know.

And now... some pictures, cause let's face it, we all prefer pictures!!
the team from Florida that we traveled to Honduras with

Aubry in her camp t-shirt

Aubry playing "gato" with her friend at San Pedro Sula Pizza Hut

a group selfie with our new found friend from Maryland, a bonus team member

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hi Peps

Sorry I have been MIA.
The fact is, I have in fact NOT been MIA,
I have been very present for a lot of life happening.

Several fun things on the calendar with a trip to Honduras with Steve and Aubry is right around the corner. We are taking a team of 6 down to be a blessing and support to a missionary family we have come to enjoy and love.

I have also been working on a travel blog/website.
I want to share all my travel guru info and I want to inspire everyone to get out and take a trip somewhere.

Well, I will leave you with a few pictures of the last few months.
Miss blogging ;)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Vacation Update

So if you had taken me up on my invitation and followed me on my blogging vacation you know that 3 days in I had to give it up.
Blogging while on vacation
not a good mix for me.

One of the things I like about being away from home is the no technology, or no computer aspect of it.

The first few nights of our recent vacation were busy, busy; I blogged about them but eventually the thought of doing anything at the end of the day became too much. So technical difficulties stepped in and I had to say no.

I do plan to blog about the trip and post our itinerary so maybe you can hit the road and trample on some of the same paths and highways we had the honor of trekking.

I'll blog about the trip in more detail on my travel blog but here I'll show some of the high points.

We started our trip in LA, at the beach. Our suits were handy and with hours of being on the west coast we were at the beach.

The reason for the trip was to pack up our niece Dani, attend her graduation and move her to Colorado. 

She graduated with honors, paying her own way with little debt-- I am so proud of her and honored to be part of this journey in whatever little way I could be.

We visited with old friends in SoCal at a park for the afternoon, drove through the San Angeles National Forest, then once all SoCal festivities came to an end we packed up and headed out. Vegas, short bit of Arizona and on to Zion National Parks Kolob Canyons area. Dani continued on to Colorado while Steve, Aubry and I hiked in Zion!! 

After a two hour field trip to Zion we made our way through Utah (surprise state here- Utah is amazing landscape) before putting up for the night in Grand Junction.
Next came coffee at Coffee Trader in Montrose, CO, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Monarch Pass where we played in snow, Colorado Springs and a visit to Focus on the Family Visitor Center; we saw Garden of the Gods and did some mountain town driving in  Manitou Springs.

After a rough start to the day on Tuesday, day 6 of our vacation we left Colorado and Dani behind and headed north to Estes Park, Colorado, a gateway town to Rocky Mountain National Park.

This is when our official vacation and slow down time came. We needed it. The push to get out of town was heavy this year; a growing business that really just exploded this last year the stress was more than we both even realized. Until Tuesday.
But you know when we settle down, look at the facts, reflect on our own wrongs, forgive and move on in grace and love, rough Tuesdays can lead to fabulous Wednesdays, Thursdays and more!

Rocky Mountain National Park did not disappoint.
The grandeur of the Rockies is amazing, no photo or words can really grasp how beautiful this earth that God made is. 

The Colorado portion of our trip consisted of mostly rain, snow and mixed sun and clouds.
This shortened some of our views but it lead to another experience. We had lots of snow to play in, great use of  our rain gear and plenty of indoor pool time! 
But the Rockies. 
The mountains, how my heart longs to stay a long while soaking up their peaceful warmth beauty and altitude.

So that's a brief summary of our "moving" vacation.

Now that we're home, it's nice. 
Our own bed, the dog,
college students home.

Yes, I arrived home on Sunday and woke up Monday morning to the "Summer Boys", bringing the house headcount to 7. 

Welcome to our next adventure!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

You're Invited follow along on our upcoming family vacation to California and Colorado.

It starts this Thursday over at Spanos Family Travels

Hope to see you there.
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