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  •   Seven kids, one van, and 3,497 miles, my April vacation to Florida was going to be “interesting” to say the least. Waking up at 4 a.m., my mother climbed into the passenger seat next to her boyfriend, Steve, while the rest of us sat as comfortably as possible in the back. The twins sat in the...

  • I can remember it like it was yesterday. Saying goodbye was the hardest part about me leaving. I had to leave my best friend behind.   I remember seeing my grandparents for the last time. The terrible look of sadness in their faces worried me,I had no choice but to ignore it. For you see, the only...

  • Mississippi Mission trip. When I was 13 I went to Mississippi, on a church mission trip. I live in Kentucky, so I thought that Mississippi would be just the same as Kentucky. Oh boy, was I wrong. The deep south was not only different in food, but in people. What was my mission in Mississippi? My...

  • My journey began in June of 2009 when I was selected to attend the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, on as one might say was "The Trip of a Lifetime",  to our nation's capitol, Washington D.C. I was one of approximately 40 juniors from across Arkansas to leave from our capitol, Little Rock, via...

  • “Why didn’t I choose to go with my dad?” I thought to myself as my brother, Tommy, rants on about something I lost interest in a long time ago. I mean, my dad got everyone a coke for driving with him but I chose to go with Tommy because I made the mistake of choosing to go in my dad’s car before I...

  • In 2009, my step-father, Dan, lost his job – what a bummer. My mom is a teacher, so she had the summer off, and now Dan had a lot of free time on his hands. They decided to take their kids, all seven of us, on a cross-country road trip. Yes, most people thought they were nuts! However, we set off...

  • Every year I travel to Michigan with my two sisters and my dad.  There are constantly things to do there.  Our family owns a cottage on S. Dune Highway in Empire, Michigan.  It might be a little chilly or windy sometimes, but there's never a day that goes by there that doesn't feel like heaven,...

  • When I found out that I could go on a rare life time experience trip to Spain with a group of class mates, I was nail bitten excited. I told my mom about it right away and she thought that it would be a great experience if I went. Leading up to the day, our group would gather for meetings to plan...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • I have always been a traveler.  Even when I was a kid, my parents took me everywhere.  However, when my dad told me he would be taking me to Egypt for my birthday, I nearly had a heart attack.  Everywhere I had traveled had always been some country I knew a lot about.  But Egypt was different. I...

    Tags: Africa
  • The end of summer was approaching, which meant that the first day of classes was encroaching. For my brother, Dan, this meant heading back to Wisconsin where he had attended the year before (2007) as a freshman at Concordia University, in Mequon. But instead of flying the 1, 445 miles from...

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