Traveling in America The Beautiful

Traveling in America The Beautiful

We are leaving for a jeep adventure trip soon! Our first stop will still be in Texas. When you live on one side of Texas and you need to another state on the opposite side of the state, you will still be in the same state.


Traveling across Texas is like traveling to another country. We take a family vacation every year and for about 10 years now, it has been to Georgia. When entering Texas via I-20W, the first mile marker is 635. So to travel to other side of the state, it will take many hours or days depending on your excursion habits.

I love to travel. I blame my parents. We navigated through much of the eastern half of the United States during my younger years. But I haven’t seen much of the west.

I am fortunate enough to have seen so many things that other people only dream about, but yet there is still so much to experience. For this exploit, we will venture across Texas to New Mexico, where we will visit family.


Then we will shoot up through the edge of Arizona – a state I haven’t been to yet. But I’ll take what I can get. Then to our stop at Moab, Utah – also another state I haven’t been to.

We will remain in Utah for several days, where we will meet up with some friends and venture out for some trail running and rock-crawling in our jeeps! It is going to be SO FUN!

After that, Brad and I will make a couple of day pit stop in Colorado, on our way home, for a few more trails.

I am super excited, because our goals include several Jeep Badge of Honor Trails. Do you know about this program? If not, you should look into it!

I hope you decide to follow along and check out some of these adventures with us!


Sometimes Love Is On The Net

Sometimes Love Is On The Net

Today is Brande and Tim’s anniversary! Our middle daughter and son-in-love. Sometimes love finds you in unexpected ways.

Not too many years ago, it wasn’t easy to enter the world of dating. But now, all it takes is a click. That’s it! Break out the computer and you enter a whole new world!

With Internet sites like Farmers Only Dot Com (yes I spelled it out on purpose, and now you’re singing the commercial, lol! Don’t worry, I hate it too), eHarmony, and plethora of others, finding a significant other is literally at your fingertips.

Today I am thankful that some of these exist, although I realize the dangers involved as well. This is how these two favorites of mine met! God can use any tool HE chooses to formulate the plans HE has for us!

“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬

It’s A Heart Thing

It’s A Heart Thing

It is no secret that I am a Christian. I always want to be more like Jesus, however, many days I simply fail. But when we fall, we get back up.

Plenty of times, I have not displayed the best of behaviors. Oh darn that humanity! I am a very blunt person, sometimes to a flaw, but I am working on it.

It’s funny to me, most of the occasions that I have been accused of not being a Christian is when I was calling out someone’s bad behavior. They want to say, “well Jesus wouldn’t do such and such”. But, being Christ-like, doesn’t mean getting walked on.

I have also heard people say, “well Jesus said to turn the other cheek”.The issue here is when the Bible is taken out of context. Yes Jesus did say that, but he was teaching about revenge and the attitude behind it.

It’s a heart issue. Jesus said in Luke 6 that what you say, flows from what is in your heart.

People want to fuss about gun control and I have heard everything. But even still, the guns aren’t the problem. A gun is nothing more than a tool, just like a hammer.

A hammer can’t jump up, swing, and smash your hand. However, if you don’t have a good grip on it, you might just miss the nail.

What is in the depths of your heart?

Where Is Podunk?

Where Is Podunk?

Do you know where Podunk is? Have you ever heard of Podunk? In 1934, the American dictionary characterized it as a tranquil, dull, hypothetical, meager town; somewhat tucked away from societal access.

I have lived in various places of the United States throughout my life. Also, I have traveled through many states. There are many places that I would refer to as Podunk or Podunkville.


Brad and I had a conversation a few weeks ago. During the course of this chat, he called the town we live in Podunk, the funny part of this innuendo is the population where we are now is approximately 22000, our previous place was just over 4000.

Maybe the association was in his perception of significance. In both spots, we are a bit less than 20 miles from a much larger area. We drive to the 100 thousand metro area, almost daily. (It might be that we should move there, but that is another post for another day.)

Where do you live? How do you feel about the significance of where you are? Maybe you have your own little version of Podunk.

Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill : A Review

Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill : A Review

On February 24, 2020 our family visited Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill. This has become a favorite on our yearly vacation. There have been times when the food has been better than others.

This trip, we already had great expectations and they were all surpassed!

Between the 11 adults present, we tried a bit of everything from the beloved Cuban sandwich to the Churrasco steak. (Side note: ‘churrasco’ means steak in Spanish and is the word used for “grilled beef”.)

David is fluent in Spanish, so we were able to order without the language barrier. He had questions thrown at him from all sides, but we all know he enjoys that environment.


We had to get Mariquitas, but no one could find them on the menu. David came to the rescue and soon we had 5 plates on the way.

I had the Palomilla Steak Salad. I was keeping it partly keto, but admittedly the mariquitas are not on the list. Hey don’t judge! It’s only one time per year and I have NOT been the most strict recently. (More on that later.)

Oh my it was very good! I tried a little bit of everyone’s food. (Again, don’t judge, this is something we do in our family.) The Cuban sandwich was “melt in your mouth”.

The Churrasco came with chimichurri sauce. It has lime which I am not a fan of. However, the lime was not overpowering and added a nice touch.

A couple of the kids got ‘Masitas De Puerco’, which is a pork dish. I have been moving away from pork, but this was cooked and seasoned ever so nicely.


We even splurged for dessert this trip. Have you ever tried Mango Cheesecake and did you even know there was such a thing? What?

Ok, I’m going to stop right there and say the cheesecake was interesting. It wasn’t bad at all, but I don’t know if I would order it again. The mango twist was different.

All in all, Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill was a huge hit with our tribe and we would highly recommend it, if you happen to be in the Lawrenceville, Georgia area.


3 Ways To Protect Against The Coronavirus

3 Ways To Protect Against The Coronavirus

The Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19 is currently in full-blown fear mode. Information is flowing from many sources, real or fake.


I have had heard it from coworkers, family, and down to the person on the street.


Random strangers have said, “don’t go to any Asian country!” I didn’t plan to, but thanks for the direction.


A friend actually said to me, “well that’s just great! Now I’m going to get Coronavirus.” No thanks, I won’t be participating in that!


I am a nurse and have been exposed to more viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens that no human should ever come in contact with. I am not worried or concerned.




This is a good start! Fear isn’t going to help anyone, not even yourself. There are a couple of other things that you can do to protect yourself and those you love, as well.




One of the best things you can do is WASH YOUR HANDS and use soap! It may seem trivial, but hand washing is a proven method of breaking the chain of transmission for so many things. This is considered the first line of defense.


It is also important to wash your hands properly. To make sure you scrub long enough, try singing or humming the “A, B, C” Song. I bet it’s  playing in your head now! You’re welcome!




Some are choosing to use a mask for protection, but remember it isn’t fool proof. While it may stop droplets, smaller, aerosol particles can seep through. There is the issue of your eyes being exposed, for instance.


The simple solution for when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose. No tissue available? Sneeze or cough into your elbow.




Call this one a freebie. I am digging into my Christian roots, because I believe in the power of Prayer. I also know the Bible was written for me and it applies to my life.


Psalm 91 is written as a declaration of the believers covenant of protection. I am a Child of the Most High God! His spirit dwells in me because I made Jesus my Lord. I choose to follow His plan for my life.


My friend, Shannon, posted the following prayer on her Instagram and it is certainly worth sharing!


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