Thursday, June 25, 2009

If You Ever Take a Trip

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If you ever take a trip, and your trip will be of length

DSC00014We offer here suggestions to give fortitude and strength

Make bladders a priority and hydrate really well

Walk around and limit munchies or your feet will surely swellDSC00025

Take lots of funny pictures to commemorate the trek

Feel better in just knowing everyone’s a wreck

Make a space for comfy sleeping and let drivers take their turns

DSC00018The driver plus a buddy ensures fewer crash-and- burns

If you’re needing snacks and coffee, better stop before 11

Coffee frosties just won’t cut it, and no Starbucks till almost 7!

So if you ever take a trip, and you travel with your friends

Keep a happy, cheerful outlook.  On this the trip depends! 0625090558 Looking forward to some sleep then the sites of Upstate New York and Canada.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Journey North

It’s happening in less than an hour and thankfully in a minivan and not the planned two door compact car.  The four of us are in for an all night road trip to the border of Canada!  What fun! 

New York

We’ll post again when we get there...16 hours down the road!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

It’s early Thursday morning just before heading out to work then road-tripping our way down to see Georgia family.  Soup’s on in the kitchen (thank you How to Cook Everything whose name really is all it implies) and personal pizzas are lined up for supper.  We just wanted to recap a few events from the weekend before heading out. DSC00023

Charite, that’s Creole for giving alms.  Jason took part in a 5k this weekend that was organized by his brother who’ll be living in Haiti for a year.  The race was a success intertwined among SC’s Botanical Gardens and money was raised to support work in this Caribbean nation.  Not to mention, Jason finished 3rd nantahala in record time!

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters took us by surprise.  Driving up to visit a friend who’s working there this summer, we were amazed at this well done, uber focused camp!  There’s nothing like jumping into frigid rivers, swimming under waterfalls and sliding down white-water-covered rocks!  Kelley conquered a few fears that day!

   Aldi.  We’ve found a great way to lighten our/your load.  This supermarket was a great find.  Imagine an 8 oz. cheese for $1.29!  Saving .50 to 1.00 or more on each item really adds up.  See if there’s one near you and check it out.  For you green guys and dolls, there are no bags so bring your own eco-friendly, and don’t forget a quarter (which you get back) for your cart!  

Enjoy the weekend!  We’ll be back next week to give a preview of our upcoming road trip to New York state!

Monday, June 8, 2009

In Between

Yes, we are still here. No, we haven't given up on blogging. We still fully intend to keep blogging life if only for our faithful four readers.

It's just that we've been in between. In between semesters and smack dab in the middle of evaluating last semester in hopes of improving the next. In between deep, soul questions and in the middle of discussions with those we respect most for answers- namely God. And in between any significantly humorous, challenging, educational, or interesting tidbits.

But maybe there are a few. Perhaps noteworthy is the incredible dedication service we attended last night for a family completing the adoption of their little boy. Adoption is a high, beautiful calling!

Or the fact that our house is in the middle of a makeover. Pictures of that later.

Or maybe the challenging post I read recently about making a difference in small ways, right here, right now. Check it out.

And finally but most definitely the dog attack Jason survived Monday. When two dogs were barking as he passed, Jason used his trusty method of stomping and yelling for them to retreat. But, this time, they didn't. Provoked to attack? Maybe. I'm sure the yelling and stepping to the edge of their property didn't help. But as they got to him, teeth and all, he "kicked the fire" out of one dog's head. "I got him in the sweet spot," Jason brags. However, Jason lost his balance as he kicked and fell to the ground barely making it to his feet before the other dog took a bite. Getting ready to kick the second, they retreated and Jason made it out with only a sore ankle, hip, skinned hand and leg. (from the fall, not the dogs). Not sure what will happen today when they all meet again (Jason runs the same route most days), but this time Jason assures me he will have a stick. Pray, today, for the dogs survival and no angry neighbors...