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Cleveland Botanical Garden

We’re learning about plants this year in science class in our homeschool, so we’ve been spending a lot of time out in nature! When I found out that my husband was flying out of Cleveland for his long 3 months of military training, I knew right away that I wanted to see the Cleveland Botanical Garden! I first saw this place on Pinterest, because it has something unique: two separate indoor recreations of natural habitats — one is Madagascar and the other is Costa Rica. These habitats are so cool. Like a real-life, miniature Bio-Dome. I was also totally stoked to find out that we got in Read More

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WIN a Passport Holder from Nunes Ohana Momma!

Several weeks ago, I posted a giveaway for this awesome Envelope System Wallet from Nunes Ohana Momma. I’m excited to share that I have another giveaway for you guys — a super cute passport holder! If you’ve been around my blog before, you probably know that I *LOVE* to travel! I’ve been to 21 countries {and counting!} and I speak several languages. Wanderlust is a big part of me, and it’s a big reason why I try to save so much money in my everyday life, so I can get out there and see more of God’s amazing creation! My family packs light when we Read More

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Toledo Botanical Gardens

This year in our homeschool, we’ve been studying plants in science class. I have been loving this subject, because it has given us lots of opportunities to get outside and enjoy God’s creation! A few weeks ago, we went on a field trip to the Toledo Botanical Gardens in Toledo, Ohio. I wanted to share with you some photos and a few things I loved about it (and a few I didn’t). A few other things I loved: Free admission AND free parking! Walkability: it was big enough to explore, but not so big that it would be exhausting for the kids to see it Read More

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Ohio Day Trips: Tiffin Civil War Museum

We love field trips in our homeschool! We try to take one every week {though sometimes I fail and skip it} A few months ago, we were learning about the Civil War in history, and I was surprised to find that there was a Civil War Museum in Tiffin, Ohio, only about 30 minutes from where we live! We’ve lived and traveled all over the world, and I’ve personally visited many of the world’s best museums. I have to say, most of them have one thing in common: they are not very kid-friendly. It’s unfortunate, really, that more places don’t make an effort to reach Read More

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Mazza Museum

We love field trips in our homeschool! For the past two school years, we have had a field trip every week, and it has made school so much fun! Sometimes they are simple, like a nature walk in the park, or a morning spent ice skating. Other times we visit local museums, parks, festivals, attractions and more! As I mentioned when I introduced our 2016 school year, one of our elective subjects this year is ART. We have been using How To Teach Art To Children, which is awesome. It goes through all the different components of artwork, as well as famous artwork and their media. We Read More

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Haiti: What I Learned

It’s been hard to sort out my thoughts surrounding this trip. I experienced so many emotions, both extremely joyous as well as completely heartbroken.   Before I dive into all that, I want to tell you a little about our family’s personal situation, and our “plan” for the next few years. {I say plan very loosely, as we know that God has ultimate control over it all, and we are open to any changes He makes!} My husband Byron has been in the military for 12 years. A few years ago, he shared a desire to enter a program called the Chaplain Candidacy Program. Through Read More

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Haiti: What We Did

On Monday, I shared with you some of my observations about life in Haiti. Today, I’m going to show you some of the projects that my team undertook during our stay, and tell you a little about some of the ministries taking place on the Borel compound where we were staying! The Borel Compound The Borel compound houses about a dozen missionaries, most of whom live there full-time. It is surrounded by a wall, with a guarded gate and 24 hour security personnel. Even with these measures in place, Haiti seemed like a fairly safe place, and not crime-ridden like one might expect. This is Read More

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Life in Haiti

We returned home yesterday from 8 days in sunny Haiti on a mission trip with our church. People keep asking me how my trip was and I don’t know how to answer. It was great! But it was also sad, and hard, emotional, convicting, wonderful… just so many things! Overall, I’m so glad I went and I learned a lot. I plan on writing a few posts about some of the things we did and saw there, but today I wanted to tell you about what life is like in Haiti. It was jarring, and so different from life here in the US. Let me Read More

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Off we go: HAITI!!!

I am SO EXCITED to leave tonight on our long-awaited mission trip to Haiti!! We have received overwhelming support from friends and family — thank you all so much who have given money and donations, and those praying for us!   If you’d like to pray for us while we are gone, here are some things you can add to your list: *Prayer Requests*  safe travels open hearts for those we are ministering to that we will encounter the people who need us pray that God is with our words and actions, so we can represent Him in the best possible way! no motion sickness {I’m Read More

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Haiti: How You Can Help!

Byron and I are SO excited that we are joining a missions team to Haiti this winter! I want to tell you a little bit about what we will be doing there and how YOU can help!! Our team is going to be in Haiti from January 9th through the 16th. While we have both been on mission trips before, this is the first time to Haiti for both of us {though not the rest of the team — they are old pros!} Haiti is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. It shares the island of Hispañola with the Dominican Republic. It is a poverty-stricken nation, Read More