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It took us two full days of driving from Virginia to Florida, but we’re here!  Yay!

And although we’ve only been here for 2 days  I’m pretty sure I’ve already gained 5 pounds and had at least that many arguments with my husband over small stuff and big stuff.  Hmmmmm…. aren’t vacations supposed to be peaceful and restful? Ugh.

So this morning I grabbed my journal, my favorite pen, and a cup of coffee, found space at a quiet table and wrote and prayed for God’s peace to encompass me.  My family should be thankful that God is faithful, peace has been restored to my heart, and no on will be injured or maimed on this trip! 😉

From some of the mistakes my family has already made on this trip, I’d like to share a few tips on how you can have a peaceful vacation:

  1. No matter what your 5 year old says to you while you’re shopping for your vacation at Costco, don’t buy junky snacks to take on your trip.  You might promise yourself that YOU won’t eat any, you’re buying it for your family…  Sorry – it’s a lie! You WILL eat the junk food, so trust me when I say that it’s just better that you not pack any. Pack grapes and nuts and organic (non-gmo) popcorn.  Lara bars (or something equivalent) and bottles of water.  Nuts are a good idea also, but don’t buy the trail mix with M&Ms because that’s the only part your 5 year old will eat out of the bag.
  2. If you’re driving to your vacation location like we did, expect that a 13 hour trip might instead take 17 hours to complete.  Bathroom stops, coffee breaks, stops for food, traffic, thunderstorms, traffic, more bathroom stops, more traffic… you get the idea.  Just plan on it taking longer than you thought.
  3. If you’re flying, PLEASE arrive at your airport EARLIER than you thought you’d need to.  Our son and his wife were supposed to arrive this morning via air and although they thought they got to the airport in plenty of time, they didn’t.  They missed their flight and the airline didn’t have another one available for 2 days.  So we rebooked them on a different airline and they’ll be arriving this afternoon. That’s what parents do.  So remember that security lines are going to take longer to navigate through than they did a few years ago and plan your time accordingly.
  4. If you plan on visiting a theme park or museum or other tourist attraction and to do so requires that you purchase tickets before you go, and you choose to buy those tickets online, BE SURE that you input your correct email address.  The wrong email address makes it really, really difficult to receive your confirmation or ticket number – I mean, realllllly difficult.  Especially when you don’t realize that you set up your account with the wrong email address.
  5. Be sure you pack and dress for the weather – your cute jeans might work wonderfully for your flight but they’re going to make you feel like stripping down to your BVDs if you’re trip is to a stinkin’ hot city like Orlando in the month of June.
  6. If you decide to go to Florida (like we did), plan on bringing an umbrella or rain poncho with you because you should definitely expect that it’s going to rain at least once (a day) while you’re there.  But if you do get caught in the rain, follow the advice my daughter Annie gave me as she joyfully danced through the torrential downpour we experienced on while enjoying ice-cream on Main Street USA: “Come on mom, enjoy the moment!”
  7. And that is my best advice to you too, because family vacations rarely go according to plan, even though you worked hard to put your trip together.  but that doesn’t mean your trip won’t be marvelous, it might just look a bit different than you originally thought.  Don’t allow any complications cause you to lose a moment of your vacation.  You’re on vacation – so just relax and enjoy!
  8. If you’re as blessed as I am to have family joining you on your vacation, please go out of your way to enjoy every single moment of time you have to share with them, even if there are any complications. These are days you’ll never have the chance to savor again; children grow up, we adults grow older, and time seems to fly.  Be thankful that you have this time together.

A few years ago we weren’t in a position to be able to take a vacation; going to Costco or Walmart for a few essentials was my big treat!  But jobs change and now I’m on of the truly fortunate ones whose love of travel is again being satiated.  Although travel isn’t without it’s challenges, if you look through my tips and remember to be grateful (no matter how long or far you have to travel to arrive at your destination), you’ll have the trip of a lifetime!


I decided that I needed to invest in myself and my growth as an entrepreneur this year, so I chose to take an online course on how to build an online business using social media.

As it is with most business building courses that I’ve taken, this one started us off with the exercise of naming what our ideal client would be like. I ALWAYS hate that question because it muddles my brain and I always feel so unsure of myself when I have to try and pin it down.

But I pushed through and completed the homework asssignment and put a check in the box.

But today I realized I’ve had the whole thing all wrong. When I’ve been trying to describe my ideal client, what I’m actually doing (in the back of my brain) is trying to figure out what type of person would actually lower themselves enough to be willing to work with me.

As it is with most things in my business, this all goes back to a lack of confidence in myself. I want to build a great business that is able to help many, many women find their potential, but first I have to believe in mine.

So my ideal of a the type of client with whom I’d like to work is a woman who has just enough guts to believe that things in her life can be better. She might feel beaten down a bit by life’s circumstances (health challenges, job or money challenges, self confidence challenges), but she wants more and she’s willing to take the risk and do whatever it takes to set goals and attain them. She wants more for her family, more for herself, she intends to leave a legacy. She might not be a natural-born risk taker, but she’s ready now to take that challenge and whatever that entails and wherever that might take her.

So that’s me. Welcome to my new world!

I was awakened from a dead sleep last night by the sound of someone calling my name.  It wasn’t the Lord or a visiting angel, it was Annie.  “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!” That’s my name, the one of which I am most proud.  Mommy.

Unfortunately, Annie was sick at her stomach and had given the sheets on her bed a covering of smelly yuck.  But these are the times that allow us moms to earn our mommy badges, so I cleaned her up, changed her sheets and held her for a while.  Being Annie’s mommy is the best part of my day – or night.

It was a cold, barely snowy day – so perfect for snuggling with my little sick gal, but it was also the perfect day to make chicken stock in my Instant Pot.  Here’s how easy it is:

  1. Place chicken bones, vegetables (onions, celery, garlic, carrots, etc) in your pot and add cool water up to the 10-cup line.
  2. Set the Instant Pot valve to “Sealing”.
  3. Press the “Soup” button and adjust the time to 120 minutes.  The program will start 10 seconds after you stop pressing the plus or minus button.
  4. After 2 hours, allow the Instant Pot to depressurize naturally.
  5. Allow broth to cool.
  6. Discard bones and vegetables and strain the broth to remove any small bits and pieces.
  7. Pour broth into jars if you’re going to refrigerate it, or divide it into gallon size plastic bags if you want to freeze it.