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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness - Travel Story 1

In my About Me page I talked about how one of my prayers is that God use me on my travels to help others out.  To be able to pass the love of God onto complete strangers in some little way.  Not to show everybody how wonderful a person I am, but for God's glory, to show His kindness and love to His people through me.  I am sooo excited to be sharing this story with all of you, because it has been an answer to that particular prayer of mine.  I had to get the story down before I forgot about it, haha.  I hope that this will inspire you to pass the kindness forward in your own lives somehow.

We stayed at one of those park and stay kind of hotels so I could park my car for free for the 10 days that I will be gone.  The hotel, which I shall not name, was borderline.  As in, it was clean, but the toilet didn't flush(nasty) and the TV would randomly turn on in the night, until I unplugged it.  A little bit freaky I must admit.  This was interesting because as we were to learn the next morning(bright and early at 5am) that several people, including a pilot and a flight attendent use this hotel repeatedly for different stays while they are in town.  So I guess I would have expected better quality.  Anyway, I tell you this because that is where we first met a wonderful lady from LA. 

We all had to wait for the shuttle to take us to the airport, so as is often the case, everybody starts chatting about where they are from and where they are going.  What they do for a living and so on.  Many people are quite fascinated to hear about my husband who farms and usually I get several questions about farming, then when we get to the part where I mention that I raise huskies, more questions often follow that as well.  This wonderful lady I will nickname "J" said that she was flying to LAX.  I said that I was too, and we found out that we were on the same flight.  Pretty cool, I have to say.  She was flying home, after visiting some friends in the city.  So we get to talking, and I find out that she is just getting over cancer, it is in remission(thank God) but it has left her with some handicaps.  "J" is having a hard time dealing with some of these handicaps, because she is used to getting around very easily and it was frustrating to her that she had to use a wheelchair sometimes.  "J" has lived a fascinating life, originally from England, but has been living in the states for many, many years.  Her husband died, some time ago, but before he did they traveled all over the world.  She regaled me with wonderful stories about their travels and adventures together and we griped about how airplane travel has become so complicated nowadays, along with some of the travel dreams we still had.

Once we got to the airport and since we were going to be on the same flight, I helped her with her luggage as we chatted away.  I ended up carrying my two heavy bags and pulling hers through the airport, along with making sure my son kept up with us.  She loved that she didn't have to pay somebody to do it and I really enjoyed our conversation.  We got to our gate and then took turns getting our breakfast and restroom breaks taken care of without having to lug everything around. 

We ended up at the baggage carousel together in LAX and I was able to meet her youngest son.  Beautiful how it all works out, especially when you step out of your comfort zone to help somebody.  It was just a little thing, but I was able to share my love and trust of God with her, in a totally non-threatening, natural and non-preachy way, along with being able to help her out and enjoy some good conversation while we sat around and waited.  It made what could have been a really loooong wait for our flight, fun and easy.  Thank you God for bringing this opportunity to me and I pray for "J," that her life be one of fabulous travel adventures and that she be able to enjoy the love of family and friends for a long time to come.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Vacation Memories - How to Capture Them

We are roughly a week away from our trip to California and that always gets me to thinking about all the travel memories that we will create while on our vacation.  That excited feeling of what cool, new thing are we going to do today and how to capture some of those memories.  Since I travel with my son on most trips, I also would like him to be able to capture some of those memories too, beyond just taking pictures.  Which is probably the number 1 thing that I do for preserving travel memories.

I am a scrapbooker by heart and have been for many, many years.  A couple of years ago I went digital with my scrapbooking and wow is it great!!  I can actually fit so many more pictures on a page then I ever could before.  This is great for me because I love to take sooo many pictures.  My FIRST way then to save those vacation memories would be to put them in a bound digital photo book.
These are just my digital photo albums.  I have a bunch of other more tradition travel albums

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Monday, May 7, 2012

California Dreaming - Travel Preview

We are a short time away from what is probably going to be the longest trip of 2012 and I am really excited about it and trying not to freak out too much.  My son and I will be heading out to Southern California for about 10 days to visit my dad(PaPa) to the kids and spend a few days wandering about.
This will be state number 20 (more if I count childhood trips, but I'm not at the moment) on my fifty states list and I am looking forward to the visit out there, BUT not the flight.  I'm going to let you in on a little secret of mine.....

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Travel Photo of the Month

May Travel Photo of the Month

This month's travel photo of the month is from my National Parks album, which is really cool because last week was National Parks week.  This photo was taken at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore outside of Bayfield, WI.

Madeleine Island, WI Apostle Islands National Seashore

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