Day 6 – Dripping Springs, TX to New Mexico

Day 6 – Dripping Springs, TX to New Mexico

As I write, we’re driving through the oil fields of West Texas.  We are on Day 6 of our epic cross country trip.  It’s flat as the eye can see with oil rigs in every direction.  I’ve learned so much about Texas in our short two-day trip through the state, even though it is my birth state.  I was born in Lubbock, Texas because my dad was stationed there with the Air Force.  I only lived there 6 weeks before…

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Day 5 – Waco, Texas – Magnolia Market

Day 5 – Waco, Texas – Magnolia Market

Today was a stay-put-in-one-place day.  My kind of a day and my spot.  My daughter mentioned in our last blog that we each got to pick a spot in the country that we wanted to see.  My spot is Waco, Texas.  Since Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite were taken by my kids, I got to pick another place.  I’m sure everyone knows Chip and Joanna Gaines – the stars of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper.  I realized that more people…

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Day 4 – Memphis to Arkansas to Waco

Day 4 – Memphis to Arkansas to Waco

Day 4 is here!  We got up at 5:30 a.m. because we knew we had a 4 hour journey to our next stop.  My travel hint – I tried to plan the trip so that we have at least one fun stop on long travel days.  This would be one of those long travel days.  I tried to alternate these days with staying-put-in-one-place days.  That way, we get a little rest here and there and don’t feel like we’re driving…

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Day 3: Murfreesboro to Memphis

Day 3: Murfreesboro to Memphis

My daughter, Emma Grace, is my guest blogger today: It’s officially Day 3 of our cross country trip.  After staying the night at our friend Kate’s house, we ate a delicious breakfast with their family, consisting of eggs, bacon, biscuits and homemade blackberry jam. We packed up the car and set out for Memphis, Tennessee. It took us about four hours to reach our next stop: The Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramids, the largest retail store in the world….

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Mom, Dad, 4 Kids, and a Minivan across the Good ‘Ole USA

Mom, Dad, 4 Kids, and a Minivan across the Good ‘Ole USA

We started yesterday on my dream vacation – traveling across the good ‘ole USA together as a family.  I guess you could say that it’s a bucket list trip – something I’ve always wanted to do.  We’ve been talking about it for 3 or 4 years now, not knowing if we could ever really pull it off.  Our daughter is going to be a senior and we knew that this was the last opportunity to make it happen as a…

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“I Am a Wicked Sinner”

“I Am a Wicked Sinner”

“Hi, my name is Tiffany and I’m a wicked sinner.” I’ve heard over the years that when you go to Alcoholics Anonymous, you’re encouraged to introduce yourself by saying your name and declaring that you’re an alcoholic. I too was joining a new group yesterday – a women’s Bible study. As I was blow-drying my hair before going to my first meeting, I was thinking about how I should introduce myself to the group.  What should I say to accurately…

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Best Ever…

Best Ever…

“Best ever…” Those are my favorite search words in Google. I love to use it when search for recipes. “Best ever pancakes” “Best ever oven-baked ribs” “Best ever chicken marsala”  (one of my favorites) “Best ever chocolate chip cookies” Is your mouth watering yet? It’s usually pretty easy to hit the internet search jackpot when I use those words – BEST EVER. You’re likely to stumble upon a recipe that someone has been perfecting for years or decades.  They’ve put…

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Our House Raising Saga (Part 2)

Our House Raising Saga (Part 2)

“Thank you for contacting me about the lot on Salem Church Road.  It is not listed for sale, however I do plan to list it in the near future.  Without real estate brokers involved, I would be willing to sell it to you for $              .  Please let me know if you have any questions.” I was giddy.  Could my plan really work?  Almost immediately, I remembered to check my emotions.  I had gotten my…

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Flowers and Chocolate in Heaven?

Flowers and Chocolate in Heaven?

There’s something about March 1st that makes me long for spring.  There’s something about closing the door on February and opening the door to March that gives me hope – hope for warmer days, budding trees, and colorful flowers.  Just outside my window, God’s creation seems to be coming back to life. Spring is one of my favorite times of year.  My birthday is in the spring.  Easter (my favorite holiday) is in the spring.  I can get back to…

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Our House Raising Saga (Part 1)

Our House Raising Saga (Part 1)

2016 was quite a year.  It was the year we found land, designed our dream house, and had it built.  It was a year of learning new things.  It was a year for me of finding contentment without having a place to call our own. A theme passage for me was 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18:  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  These verses reminded me…

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