Lessons from Avocados??

When I was younger and went to Sunday school, I loved object lessons. The teacher brought something from home and explained how that thing was an example of something the bible taught. As I got older and out grew Sunday school I kept searching for object lessons. I find that if we look, our eyes reveal them to be everywhere. We see them in Even our pets. Recently I noticed an object lesson that I found to be applicable to anyone. 
A few weeks ago my family bought a bag of avocados from the store. This is not uncommon for my family as we enjoy having avocados to cook with and snack on. However this bag was bad. We had the avocados for almost three weeks and they would not ripen. I got impatient waiting and tried to cut one open. I slipped and stabbed my finger. I was using a dull knife so I'm fine, it didn't cut too deep but it stunned me a bit. When I finally got it open the avocado was extremely hard. I had to cut the meat off the seed. I made a snack with it but it was bitte…


Today's society moves so quickly. Picture the average American family. I'm imagining mom and dad and two or three kids. Do you see them? They wake up on Monday morning and scramble out of bed. Dad gets in the shower and then dressed for his six figure job that takes up all his time. Mom wakes up and gets the kids out of bed while she waits for the shower. Then everyone eats so fast they barely get to chew. Next they get in their fancy car and rush off to school. Mom then proceeds to work. The kids are at school being force fed so much information and being told to memorize it all. After school they go their separate way to their extra curricular activities. Then they have to do their homework which takes up most of their evening. Mom and dad get home later that evening and barely get to see their kids. They all go to bed just to get up and do it all over again the next day. Sound overwhelming? You bet! I'm exhausted just imagining this. But maybe you are familiar with thi…

Love Your Enemies

Hello Everybody!! I'm sorry it has been so long since I have updated y'all. We are in a season of life right now where we have been stationary coming up on two months. I have been doing a lot of thinking about my blog and what to post.  My blog mainly features what I learn about my Lord, myself, my family, and God's creation as I travel. So being stationary, I was worried anything I wrote about would be boring. As events unfolded, this topic of loving your enemies was pressed on my heart. Then my pastor gave a sermon on the topic and I knew that was my green light to start writing. So here we go.

Love your enemies.

Yep, you read that right.

Isn't that such a strange concept? Our culture has always been supportive of a self satisfying attitude. Culture tells us to look out for number one and those who are mean to us, aren't worth it. This age of technology makes it so convenient to burn people online. It's so much easier to send a nasty text or post a mean comme…

God Teaches Me Through My Dog

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am totally, completely, undeniably horse crazy!! I don't have one of my own (yet) because it wouldn't fit in the RV. However, I have another passion, my dog Hunter.

This is my boy Hunter. He is blind, but doesn't let that stop him! He is super sweet, and honestly believes that he is a ten pound lap dog. (He is actually eighty five pounds!) One of Hunters favorite foods is ice cubes, *although he would eat anything you gave him! We rescued him six years ago, so we don't know exactly how old he is, but we estimate around nine or ten years old. He is a yellow American lab.

As wonderful as Hunter is, he has some pretty silly fears. For example the smoke detector. Smoke detectors save lives and yet the loud screeching sound scares hunter out of his skin! Another instance is fireworks. I can imagine to a blind dog loud explosions would be a little unnerving! As these things occur, I sit uncomfortably on the floor with my shaking, terrified…

The time we were escorted off of Walmart property at threat of arrest

Yes you read that correctly.
No we were not arrested. (Thankfully)
Yes it's a hilarious story.

I'm dead serious. 
I was sitting around the table with my family one night reminiscing. Our conversation brought us back to the time we were asked to leave Walmart. We came up with some pretty fun names for my story. For example, The Time we were Falsely Accused and escorted from Walmart. Or, The time we were almost arrested over a 3 dollar hot glue gun. Either way it's a pretty funny story. It's been long enough now that we can laugh about what happened. However at the time it was no laughing matter. Thus starts my tale of woes....

I love doing crafts, especially anything on canvas. I had just seen a video that inspired me to start a new project but I needed a hot glue gun that I could pretty much ruin. Instead of putting glue in it I was going to use crayons. So I picked up a mini one at Walmart for 3 dollars. It was a high temp gun which may have been where I went wron…

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Traveling on the road, you get to see a lot of cool things. This last month I got turn my eyes skyward to experience something amazing!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Last month we got to spend a few weeks in Albuquerque NM, for the balloon fiesta. It was incredible! I had never seen a hot air balloon in person before, so it was an amazing experience. Each morning we would wake up to balloons all over the sky, and many of them landed in a field in the RV park. 

The Fiesta had two different "sessions."  There was a morning session and an evening session. The morning session activities started at six a.m. If you were planning on getting to the field by six, you had to be up at five or a little before. Crazy early I know, but seeing the sunrise with the balloons is worth it! You would eat, pack all your stuff and hurry to catch a shuttle. When you got there it would still be dark. After going through the line and getting into the park you would find a wonderful patch of …

My summer in summary

Hi everybody!! Remember me? Contrary to what you may think, I did not drop off the face of the earth into another dimension without internet... okay, so technically I kinda did but Alaska was worth it!!

My summer in summaryMy entire summer has been amazing, but the real Alaskan adventure started after Fairbanks. Our first excursion was Denali national park. 

It was incredible! One of the only ways to see the mountain is to take a bus tour deep into the park. It is restricted from any personal vehicles. The day we took the bus tour was clear and sunny, so we were able to see the mountain in all its majesty. The employees at the visitor center said Denali is only at full visibility 2-3 times a month, so we got lucky! 

Another place we experienced was a small town called Talkeeta. When I say small, I mean SMALL!!! The town consisted of two blocks, and a handful of tourist shops. This tiny town is famous for its fireweed* icecream. I tried some and it was pretty good. It tasted like vanilla…

Fairbanks, AK

We resided in Fairbanks for 10 days. During which time, many activities filled our schedule. The first half of our stay we got to enjoy an RV park with full hook ups.* Although having this rare privilege was enough reason to celebrate, I was especially excited because a meet up was planned. Reuniting with old friends, and meeting new, one of my favorite parts of traveling full time. We broke bread together one night and I paused for a moment to dwell in this moment of special community.
I also walked my first 10K! (Let me pat myself on the back real quick.) I finished just under two hours. As I neared the finish line it was as if time slowed to a crawl. My focus shifted from finishing to soaking in the moment. I remember hearing the sound of the crowd cheering, but my brain distanced the sound, it was to busy sponging up the moment. The sight of the huge LED clock warped me back into time and I got a second wind. I ran a little faster, pushing my aching body to fight to the finish. A…

Canada's Wildlife

We saw a ton of wildlife all throughout Canada. We saw bears.
We saw a few herds of bison.

We met this hungry fox who sat staring at us hoping for a handout. (Although he looked sweet and cuddly, we didn't approach him to find out.)
We saw tons of long horned sheep, and even found a horn from one later in a field.
We also saw a few moose. Unfortunately I was not able to get out my camera fast enough. However, I did get a photo of a moose in Alaska!
We also saw many kinds of smaller animals. Birds, squirrels, and rabbits to name a few. Many insects were spotted as well. Stunning butterflies, bumble bees, spiders and mosquitoes to name a few.  I really enjoyed experiencing all the beautiful wildlife in Canada. However though, I also embraced the chance to connect with the wildlife in my home. My dog Hunter  and I had some mini adventures during our free time in Canada. One of which was dress up.

Another was being off leash on a beach chewing a stick (and thoroughly enjoying it)

Our Newest Family!

I was looking back at my posts about Canada, and realized I haven't shared much about the family we are traveling with! Now buckle your seat belts because this family will knock you off your feet!
Meet The Ledeboer Family, our... well, I'm not really sure what to call them. Friends seems to vague, were totally family by now. (I love when we have spontaneous potlucks. Food, fellowship, and good company, what could be better??) Now, let me tell you a little bit about them. Mr. Ledeboer (top left) is super cool. He loves being outdoors and exploring. One of his favorite outside pastimes is fishing. (My brother is very excited about this, and has declared many times that he can't wait to go fishing with Mr. Ledeboer.) This life style suits him well.  Mrs. Ledeboer (top middle) is way awesome! She is a phenomenal writer. Her style is unique and relatable. The words that she uses when she writes makes you feel as if you were with her, experiencing things with her. Her main can…