“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2

My dad was the youngest of eight children. As a result, many of his siblings were young adults during his elementary years. Though there were many disadvantages regarding the lack of playmates, there were significant advantages to being taken to various activities since many of them could drive and had jobs to pay for such events.

The Power of a Praying Mother!

"And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart." Luke 2:9 - 12

The Ultimate Extreme Makeover!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17 

For years, one of my ultimate favorite television stations has been HGTV! From “Home Town” and “Fixer Upper” to “Love It Or List It”, I could sit and watch these home renovations shows for hours and just dream of the potential our thirty year old house held. All I was waiting for was that perfect “Let’s do this!” moment.

Falling Into Formation as We Prepare for our 12th Annual Turkey Trot!

"So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already." (1 Thessalonians. 5:11)

Have you ever had the opportunity to be a spectator at one of the iconic Blue Angel aviation shows? Last summer, we held our family reunion in Traverse City, and after all the reservations had been finalized, we were very excited to learn that the Blue Angels were scheduled to perform that very same weekend over the Grand Traverse Bay!

Spreading SON-Shine Over Florida!

"A new command I give you; Love one another." John 13:34
Moby Max is a K-8th grade standards-aligned learning platform that teachers can use to assist with differentiated and classroom learning goals. Through this program, classrooms can earn "reward points" for achieving classroom goals. 

Two weeks ago, our second grade learned that they had earned $20 through their Moby Max Rewards program. The company encourages teachers to use these Reward dollars as an avenue of celebration for particular milestones that the class accomplished.  


"A new command I give you; Love one another." John 13:34

One news report recently shared: It's been nearly a month since Hurricane Ian changed lives forever, and many people still need to figure out where to live.

In Lee County, the use of mobile homes or travel trailers is being allowed as temporary housing for people repairing their permanent homes. And you don’t have to look far to see how many are doing just that.

"It’s comfortable. I mean, we’re blessed that we have this.”

Spreading "Son-Shine" Over Florida!

“‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.” Matthew 25:40 

A few days ago, my Kindergarten granddaughter, who is also my occasional car pool buddy, began our commute to school with this question:

“Nana, if I sell cider and donuts this weekend, will you buy some? Then I can give the money to the people in Florida!”

I honestly thought that hearing her articulate the development of her servant’s heart was going to make my own heart burst with joy!


“‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.” Matthew 25:40

If I would ask what destination holds special memories for your family, how would you respond?

Maybe it would be the location of a special family reunion, endearing visits to grandparents’ homes, the location of that fabulous “once in a lifetime” vacation, or just a frequent treasured destination.


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