Sopchoppy, FL – Myron B. Hodge City Park

We are pretty lucky with campgrounds (traveling in general, really) we have stayed in lots of really great places, with only a few duds. Myron B. Hodge City Park in Sopchoppy, FL definitely falls into the great finds category! It’s the perfect combination of quiet, clean, laid back and cheap – with hiking trails and a playground read more…

Our group brought a TON of candy from the U.S. to give out to the kids at the Ministry, because lollipops overcome all language barriers. Of course this somehow also meant that our kids managed to end up with hands and pockets full of candy every time we turned around. Both my girls have the read more…

20 Hours in a Van, Sand Doodles and Peruvian Policía

After our first week in Peru most of our group left to return to Florida. One other family stayed behind for a few more days and we spent the weekend enjoying as many touristy things with them as we could stuff into one weekend! On Saturday we hired a van and a local driver to read more…

Slumber Parties and Service in Lima, Peru

For the two or three people I somehow forgot to excitedly tell all about this – we are spending a month in Lima, Peru working with a children’s ministry called Heart of Christ Ministries. Our trip to Lima started with a full day of driving 600 miles from Panama City, FL to Ft. Lauderdale, FL read more…

Irma & Selma

We shelter our children. Of course we shelter our children, that’s our job. We protect them from things that could hurt them, from things that could steal their innocence and from things they aren’t ready for, until they are. We were staying in the Florida Panhandle when hurricane Irma came barreling towards the state. We read more…

Crawling across South Dakota

Through a complete lack of planning on our part our itinerary was going to put us in South Dakota during the Sturgis Bike Rally. Luckily we realized it before we got anywhere near Sturgis, so we figured our best bet was to just inch our way slowly across the state and get to the Black Hills read more…

Outer Banks North Carolina

Our first stop on our way up the East Coast was the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s been on my list for a long time ever since I heard about the wild Spanish horses that live on Corolla Island. The Outer Banks wasn’t what I expected. I can’t exactly even say how I feel about the area read more…

I originally wrote this story almost 22 year ago for one of my first college English classes. I like to think I’m at least a little better writer now, and I even considered re-writing this to make it better but decided to share it mostly as it was written then.  It sounds closer to the read more…

Emmanuel Children’s Home – Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

About five short years ago, Juárez, Mexico was given the ominous title Murder Capital of the World. Between 2009-2012 this city with a population a little over 1 million averaged 8.5 homicides a day. The good news is the city is much safer now in 2015. It still has a way to go, but it’s headed in the right read more…

Upper and Downer Michigan

None of this full-time traveling stuff actually felt real until we were finally headed out of the state, and parking our house in a Wal-Mart parking lot while we shopped for groceries. It’s really the most convenient way to grocery shop. Our first stop was Wells State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  I’ve been to Michigan read more…