Mini Vacation on the Cheap: Our Long Weekend in Pigeon Forge

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Let me just start out saying…I love to travel! I love the planning, the preparation. And the LISTS! Oh, how I adore the lists! So, in that spirit, I thought it would be fun to use FUN FRIDAY to talk about some of the trips we’ve taken or plan to take, and some little tips I’ve picked up along the way. I’ve been to foreign countries and across this country during my travels, but one of my favorite things to do is go off for a long weekend (aka mini vacation) with my family.  Another thing I love is to save money while doing so. Continue reading “Mini Vacation on the Cheap: Our Long Weekend in Pigeon Forge”

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How to Walk on Water: When a Step of Faith Becomes Real

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Well, this is it, folks. This week is my last. About 11 weeks ago, I turned in a long notice at my job. It’s probably the craziest thing I’ve ever done. (And I’ve zip lined through a rainforest in Nicaragua despite being deathly afraid of heights.) While it was a step of faith I knew I needed to take that doesn’t mean it’s been easy.

Truthfully, it’s been pretty terrifying. Continue reading “How to Walk on Water: When a Step of Faith Becomes Real”

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When You’ve Blown It: Five Ways to Overcome a Mom Fail

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“Every single day, I’m late for work because you won’t do what I’ve asked you to do! Every. Day.”

Our mornings are not always spectacular. It’s great when my son is compliant and obedient. It’s perfect when the dogs behave as they should. It’s amazing when my hair does just right and I pick out a good-fitting outfit the first time.

But let’s be real. That doesn’t happen most of the time. And mainly because the dogs don’t understand anything I say, my boy can sometimes bear the brunt of my frustrations.

I hate those times. Continue reading “When You’ve Blown It: Five Ways to Overcome a Mom Fail”

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Review: Five Sensory Toys that Work for Us…or Not.

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It’s Fun Friday on my blog! Sometimes I will stray away from the main theme of my blog, faith and family, to do something off-topic. This week, I’m going to talk about some of the sensory toys we have bought for my son, who has Sensory Processing Disorder. (You can read about our journey on my blog here.) Continue reading “Review: Five Sensory Toys that Work for Us…or Not.”

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A 21-Day Challenge to a Stronger Faith

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My family and I were watching the animated movie “Prince of Egypt” a few nights ago. If you aren’t familiar with it, it tells the story of Moses from the time he was a baby in a basket until he led God’s people out of Egypt. (It uses some artistic license and fudges on a few details, but is basically the true story and is a very entertaining movie, with a fabulous soundtrack.) When it got to the part about the burning bush, I turned to my husband and said, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could receive messages from God that clearly?”

As I thought later about that statement, I began to see that maybe He was giving me those clear messages, even if the shrubbery wasn’t on fire. Continue reading “A 21-Day Challenge to a Stronger Faith”

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Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip (Day 5)

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Five Days in Paradise: My Trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian BahamasHello, friends! I’m straying a bit from my usual inspirational-type blogs to do something a little more fun! As you may have already read in an earlier blog here, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to an all-inclusive resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian. I wanted to share a few more details about our experience – the good (most of it), the bad (well, a little), and the ugly (mainly just consisting of sunburn and sickness). Below is my report for Day 2.

You can see Day 1 here.

You can see Day 2 here.

You can see Day 3 here.

You can see Day 4 here.

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DAY 5: Headed home & final thoughts…

So we come to the very last day of our trip, which really wasn’t a full day. We woke up somewhat early to do our last-minute packing and, thankfully, had the breakfast buffet. It was again very good. We then went to the photo shop to look at the pictures from our photo shoot, as well as some snapshots that resort photographers had taken of us over the last four days. We ended up buying a few digital prints to go along with our free 5×7, which was from our dinner on the beach and was beautiful. Continue reading “Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip (Day 5)”

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Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip (Day 4)

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Five Days in Paradise: My Trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian BahamasHello, friends! I’m straying a bit from my usual inspirational-type blogs to do something a little more fun! As you may have already read in an earlier blog here, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to an all-inclusive resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian. I wanted to share a few more details about our experience – the good (most of it), the bad (well, a little), and the ugly (mainly just consisting of sunburn and sickness). Below is my report for Day 4.

You can see Day 1 here.

You can see Day 2 here.

You can see Day 3 here.

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DAY 4: Beach bumming & candle light dinner…

After a late night for both of us the night before, we decided to sleep a little later and order room service for breakfast. It came quickly, but was just okay. Continue reading “Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip (Day 4)”

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Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 3)

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Five Days in Paradise: My Trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian BahamasHello, friends! I’m straying a bit from my usual inspirational-type blogs to do something a little more fun! As you may have already read in an earlier blog here, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to an all-inclusive resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian. I wanted to share a few more details about our experience – the good (most of it), the bad (well, a little), and the ugly (mainly just consisting of sunburn and sickness). Below is my report for Day 3.

You can see Day 1 here.

You can see Day 2 here.

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DAY 3: Venturing outside the resort…

We had already decided that today would be a shopping day in downtown Nassau. We decided we would have a sit-and-be-served breakfast at Bacarrat, where we had such an enjoyable dinner earlier. The food itself was great, but service was a bit slow, and those same windows they sat us in front of for dinner a couple of nights earlier were brutal when the sun was pouring in from them in the morning. (Maybe they could add some shades for breakfast service?) We actually spent our indoor breakfast wearing sunglasses. Again, a sign that we should have eaten the buffet every day. Continue reading “Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 3)”

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Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 2)

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Five Days in Paradise: My Trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian BahamasHello, friends! I’m straying a bit from my usual inspirational-type blogs to do something a little more fun! As you may have already read in an earlier blog here, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to an all-inclusive resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian. I wanted to share a few more details about our experience – the good (most of it), the bad (well, a little), and the ugly (mainly just consisting of sunburn and sickness). Below is my report for Day 2.

You can see Day 1 here.

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) if you make a purchase using one of the affiliate links.

DAY 2: Private Island Paradise

We slept in a bit the second morning…because we could! Unfortunately, I woke up with a major sore throat and just feeling a little puny. It would not bode well for the entire trip, but I tried really hard to be a trooper. Continue reading “Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 2)”

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Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 1)

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Hello, friends! I’m straying a bit from my usual inspirational-type blogs to do something a little more fun! As you may have already read in an earlier blog here, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to an all-inclusive resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian.

I wanted to share a few more details about our experience – the good (most of it), the bad (well, a little), and the ugly (mainly just consisting of sunburn and sickness). Continue reading “Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 1)”

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