Day 5: Overnight Ferry & Olympia

WE ARE IN GREECE!! I had never been on a boat the size of our overnight ferry. It was so nice and we really enjoyed watching the boats and islands as we passed by them. There was a nice big deck on the top where we spent a lot of time taking in the view and attempting to capture it in photos. After we docked, we got on our bus and headed to Olympia. Between naps, we all stared out the windows, trying to take in the outstanding view all around us. We got to Olympia and had a DELICIOUS lunch in an outdoor restaurant. Then, we got to tour ancient Olympia and the archeological museum with a local guide. We learned all about the original Olympic games. Finally, we headed to our hotel, checked in, jumped in the pool for a few minutes, and then ate another amazing meal. […]


Day 4: Pompeii

This morning we got up early and drove to Pompeii. On the way there, the kids played games, took naps, and wrote/sang songs – so fun! Pompeii was phenomenal! Seeing the fresco paintings on ancient buildings and the complicated infrastructure they used was so cool. We got to see their sewage systems, their homes, their baths, and even a couple of preserved bodies. The view surrounding the ruins was beautiful too. We could even see Mount Vesuvius. It is one of the active volcanoes in Italy and is located in the most populated area around a volcano in the world. The last eruption was in 1944, but it has erupted around 40 times between 79AD and 1944. So fascinating! The kids really took everything in and were all taking pictures and asking questions. After the tour, some pizza, and some souvenir shopping, we got back on the bus to drive […]

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We’re in Rome!

Well, we made it! (: After our 8 hour flight from Detroit to Frankfurt, we ran through the airport to catch our flight to Rome. We made it just as the flight was boarding. I told the kids it was the perfect way to get some exercise and wake us up after sitting still for so long… I think that at least most agreed with me… Then, we had a short hour and a half flight to Rome! We grabbed our luggage and met Jacob, our tour director. He’s really great! Finally, we headed to our hotel and dropped our bags off before having our first Italian lunch a few blocks from the hotel. We all enjoyed some delicious food – we were starving! – and then spent a few minutes relaxing in our rooms before most of us hit the pool. Now we are about to go out to […]

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We’re Going to Italy & Greece!

Today is the day! We are heading to Rome! I am boarding a bus with seven high school students and four other adults to travel through Italy and Greece – with a short stop in Turkey. We have been raising money for the last two years to make this trip possible. We are traveling with an organization called EF Tours. We traveled with them to France and Spanish in 2012. It was an incredible life-changing experience. This year, we are heading to Rome for a couple of days before traveling down to Pompeii to see the ancient ruins there. After that, we’ll take an overnight ferry to Greece. Our first stop will be in Olympia where we will see the site of the original Olympic games. Then, we will travel through Greece, stopping at several ancient landmarks before stopping in Athens. There we will see symbols of their rich history […]

Crash Course

I am not sure exactly what “type” of person becomes a teacher. However, as I am one, I feel I may have some authority on the subject. I believe that one characteristic of the teacher is someone who really, really loves learning. I think the less flattering, but potentially more accurate word to describe such a person is “nerd.” We teachers are all nerds. I would say that perhaps Physical Education teachers are the exceptions, but I don’t think that would be true. Then you have college professors. They have taken nerdiness to a new level and have spent even more time and money learning about something in the most specific way possible. I digress… Anyway, teachers are nerds. In being so, we are always intrigued by new or more efficient ways to learn and to teach others. Many times these things I become fascinated by aren’t even in one […]

You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:48
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Love Your Enemies

But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [Prov. 25:21, 22.] To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]. For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? And if you greet only your brethren, what more than others are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles (the heathen) do that? You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect. [Lev. 19:2, 18.] Matthew 5:44-48 This is always so convicting. In order to show that we are of God – […] LaMar Alexander Off Grid Cabin

Get off the grid for cheap

Author Lamar Alexander has built his own off the grid cabin for under $2000. He raises animals and keeps a garden and fruit trees. His utilities are provided through solar energy and recycling. He also only works for part of the year. He has written a couple step-by-step books to build your own off the grid cabin. Check them out! Also, the more I looked into it, the more I realized that he isn’t the only one doing something like this. There are people everywhere that are wanting small, incredibly inexpensive and easily maintained homes. Read about more of them here. All of these people built these homes for under $20K. Oh wow. Maybe I should get started on one of these!

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I’m Back and School’s Out!

Back from the Instagram sabbatical and now on a teaching sabbatical! Hooray for summer vacation! I decided to take a couple of my favorite boys to dinner for an end of the year celebration! We went to Applebee’s and then a church softball game. It was an awesome night! We were all so excited for vacation! As far as my break from Instagram, it was actually really great! The first week or so I experienced some withdrawals but after that I started doing things like reading or journaling or just sitting and thinking about the day in the precious free moments that had earlier been filled with mindless scrolling. I’m glad that I did it. I am excited to be back, but I think it will be different now.

Portrait of Lotte

This is beautiful. The first time I watched it, I cried. Now I keep re-watching it, wishing that my parents had done one for me and wanting to make sure I remember this when I have children. One complaint: I want to know what she’s saying!

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
Matthew 7:11
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Ask, seek, knock

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:7-11 What a beautiful promise! This is something that I recall often, especially when asking for something and unsure of how I’ll be able to trust the response. I also use this passage to teach others that struggle with trust. […]