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  • “I love where I live!” This declaration has been repeated so many times, it has become a catch-phrase in our family. It is usually exclaimed as a view of Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, or any other water vista appears during our daily sojourns. The sugar sanded Siesta Beach, the graceful arc...

    Tags: Florida, USA
  • Another Palm Springs             This summer a group of us from our local church tried something completely different than your average summer vacation. What do you envision when you think of summer vacation?  Possibly going camping with the family, or traveling to a large city and site seeing?...

  • The colorful houses were like a messy box of paints, the sky like watercolors on a soggy canvas, the streets like crumpled paper, with anti-geometric cobblestones. San Miguel was an art studio.Under the threatening clouds, we journeyed toward our home for the week, Antonette’s Hotel/Spa. The owner...

  • A few years ago, my family decided to rent a cottage at a random lake called Spider Lake, found by Traverse City, Michigan. To picture its location like a true Michigander, lift your right hand, palm toward your face, and look at the pad of your ring finger. That’s just about where this lake is....

  • I have a special love for that place, even to this day. Even though it was a thousand miles and an ocean away from my house, I felt at home. I discovered that if I could endure all that I had those ten days and still find happiness, maybe Madrid had something special to offer. As I boarded the...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • I carefully peak around the room, frightened of offending the family as my mouth gapes open observing my new setting. The room reminds me entirely of Little House on the Prairie as I sit at the wood table surrounded by its matched furnishings. Although I am encircled by the  family, it is...

  • This past summer, I was fortunate enough to attend the Evangelical Lutheran Church National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. If that doesn’t sound like a mouthful, the trip itself was filled with even more fun and great experiences. 38,000 Lutheran youth came from all over the nation and literally...

  • With the sparkling ocean to my left, and magnificent mountains to my right, it was almost easy to forget what lay between them.  As I sat beneath a blooming mango tree, I reflected on what I had seen so far on this four-day trip. Upon my arrival, I was shocked to see a city of dirt and disorder. ...

  • It had been twelve years since I last visited Grand Teton National Park. I barely even remember it as it was one stop on a whirlwind tour of the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and everything in between. This time, however, we were “doing it right,” a weekend of camping,...

  • My family and I decided to go to Colorado for spring break this year. Why Colorado? Beats me, but it sure was fun! When I first found out about it, I was super excited because I had only ever been in Minnesota or New York, so needless to say Colorado was something new! But shortly after finding...

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