Friday, February 12, 2016

"Winter" Hike

It was the end of January and the weather was so spring-like that we couldn't stay inside. Mike had plans for the day, so me and the kids made plans of our own. We went to one of our favorite summer places and took a hike.

I took them on the two mile loop that took us down one side of the creek and back on the other, passing two waterfalls along the way. It was 55 degrees, and we loved every minute of being outside.

The trail was a little rough because it was covered in ice several places along the way. We had to take our time and watch our step, and I had to carry Liza and Jason across water on my back a time or two because their legs just weren't long enough to do it on their own. It was a really fun day, and even though we were tired by the end, we were glad that we did the hike.

The waterfalls were still mostly frozen, so we will have to go back when it truly is spring and do the hike all over again.

In the meantime we are going to enjoy finally having some real winter weather here in PA. Snow on the ground, freezing cold temps, blankets and snuggles on the couch with the fire going... spring can wait. We like winter too! :)














Climbing to get to the top of a waterfall.

Frozen waterfall.

Monday, February 8, 2016

52 Lists - Ways In Which I Can Love Others

List #6

Ways In Which I Can Love Others

I can love others with my words...
saying I love you
not using my words at all... but listening
standing up for them when others put them down
sharing who I am 

I can love others with my actions...
give them my time
and full attention
do things they like
forgive them when they hurt me
give them the benefit of the doubt
serve them
give gifts

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Our school has skate parties at the local roller skating rink. Once a month it opens for the families from our school for two hours and the kids just love it! Liza and Jason eventually started asking for their own rollerblades. Their wish came true at Christmas and they each got a pair from their grandma and grandpa.



The hard thing about getting something like rollerblades in the middle of winter is that you want to use it right away but the weather isn't always right. Thankfully we had a day that was cold but dry and could just go up the street for a few minutes so they could try them out.










They are still a bit shaky on the skates but their confidence grows each time they have them on their feet. They are looking forward to another skate party this week!

Monday, February 1, 2016

52 Lists - Things I Am Grateful For

List #5

Things I Am Grateful For
the way I was raised
experiences working at different summer camps
the ability to be a stay-at-home mom
cars that work
my home
my new chairs
I have more than enough

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Path Appears

Not too long ago I shared a post about human trafficking. After reading it a friend recommended the documentary A Path Appears... so I looked it up.

A Path Appears
The title coming from a quote that goes like this...

Hope is like a path in the countryside: originally there was no path—yet, as people are walking all the time in the same spot, a way appears.

A Path Appears addresses gender-based oppression and human rights violations... situations that seem like there is no hope and no way for the world to over come them. However, the documentary also shares strategies that are in place by great organizations that are combating these offenses against women... people walking toward solutions... in the same spot... over and over... creating a path. A path of hope.

This film can be watched through Amazon or Netflix. It has three episodes, each an hour and a half long. This is a hard film to watch. It's not one where you are going to sit and relax while eating your snacks. There is a good chance you will shed some tears. I cried several times as I listened to women share their stories of abuse... and then I cried again as they shared their victories and what they are doing to help other women today.

So many times in the 4 1/2 hours of watching this, my heart broke for the women, the young girls, and the injustices that have been a part of their lives.

So many times my heart rejoiced at the success stories.

It was emotional.
It was necessary.

It is something I want to watch with my kids when they are teenagers.

The first episode focuses on human trafficking here in the United States. That is rare. So often it is talked about as something that happens in other countries. I appreciated seeing the perspective of what it looks like here on my home turf. And I loved hearing about organizations that are working to do something about slavery here.

The second episode focuses on poverty here and in Haiti and again ends with people that are doing great things to help women and children overcome the hardships that they face because of poverty.

The third episode focuses on domestic violence. It was interesting to hear things addressed like why women stay in abusive relationships and how hard it can be to leave. Sometimes we think we know everything... but we don't. Taking time to listen to these women share their stories... listen without judging... it opens the heart and the mind... and a path appears.

I am so glad that I took the time to watch A Path Appears. It was good to see the gritty reality of what goes on in our world instead of a sugar-coated picture. It was good to also see hope. There are two sides to the issues... those who are a part of the problem and those who are a part of the solution. There is no middle ground.

I hope you take the time to check out A Path Appears.

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