“If you do not stand firm in your faith you will not stand at all.” Isaiah 7:9b

I sit in my chair and reflect on my life. I talk to my God and read His Word. I take comfort in knowing that even though I’m going through a storm He is holding my hand. He is like a daddy who loves his little girl more than the world itself. I’ve witnessed His miracles in my own life. I’ve seen them in the lives of my friends. He has rescued me from the storms of this life in the past and I have no doubt that he will rescue me now and in the future. Life is hard. Even Jesus said that we would have trouble in this life. Jesus overcame the world and with Him holding my hand I can step out of the boat. I can get up and walk. I can rise up. I can stand fast, be strong and courageous.

“If you do not stand firm in your faith you will not stand at all.” Isaiah 7:9b



I’m home now from our family trip through Michigan. It rained a lot and we didn’t get to do most of what I wanted to do. Now that I am home the road trip aftermath has hit. The house is trashed and the camper has yet to be cleaned. I did 7 loads of laundry and my daughter put dinner in the crock pot. The garden I spent so much time on is full of weeds and the grass needs mowed. It’s time to decide what is more important: weed-less gardens or camping. I’m tired and the house is a wreck. I look at it and want to get started but then I get overwhelmed with so much to do. Tomorrow the real world is back on the schedule: daughter to karate class, grocery shopping and taking the car to the shop for an oil change and some body work. It never ends. Life keeps on spinning and I’m doing my best to hang on.world

Memorial Day

Why is mom always waiting on the family? I’m the one that’s out of bed early. I’m the one that cleans and packs. I’m the bad guy who wakes everyone up and says it’s time to go. Too bad Family! Like the guy from the 80’s commercial, “It’s time to make the donuts.

Well, we’ve had a change of plans. I posted previously that our destination was Mackinaw City but it’s raining so we are going inland away from Lake Michigan. It’s wonderful to be able to change direction without a hitch. There’s something great about not making reservations or having an itinerary. And, with the beauty of the internet, I found two awesome stops: First, a gluten-free café located in Muskegon that I can’t wait to go to. Second, a campground that sounds like fun. There is a pond with paddleboats and kayaks, an arcade with a pool table, an outdoor swimming pool – and dare I say – legal fishing without a $65 Michigan license! Yay me! This girl gets to go fishing today. Even if it is raining I’m going fishing! Wish me luck Daddy!

Memorial Day Weekend Morning Two

What’s better than a pancake breakfast? A gluten-free pancake breakfast cooked over an open flame. I wasn’t sure it was going to work because I think that pancakes need just the right temperature to brown perfectly. Well, these weren’t perfect but they sure were good. I used Pamela’s Baking Mix. Normally I add apples or bananas to the batter or at least vanilla but today I did not. What was icing on the (pan) cake? I did it! I’m very proud of myself for being creative and not afraid to try. I could have made then on the gas top in the camper but what’s the fun in that?pancake on grill

pancake plateBacon would have made the breakfast complete but I’m not complaining. Today is our last day in this campground. Tomorrow we head up to Mackinaw City, MI. I’m very much looking forward to seeing it.

Memorial Day Weekend Continued

Yesterday we went to Ludington Beach. I was born in Ludington, at this hospital. I can’t believe we drove right past it. To be honest, it didn’t feel any different than driving by any old building but for family history; it was neat.ludington hospital

I stuck my feet in Lake Michigan and it was super cold. I didn’t care about the cold though. I just wanted to see the lake again. It’s my favorite of the great lakes. I don’t know why. It’s beautiful though. I wonder if the water ever warms up. Maybe just in time for fall again.feet

I wanted to go fishing but I don’t reside in MI so an out-of-state license costs $65! That’s way overpriced. No fishing for this girl.