Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wildlife in Florida

Since Hunter and I have been walking the beaches, biking the trails, & fishing the bay of the beautiful state of Florida we have encountered the following wildlife.











Yes, that "giant" fish was caught by me on a spinner rod. More on taking up my hubby's hobby next blog!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

same kind of different as me.



"Denver Moore and Ron Hall's story is one that moved me to tears. The friendship that forms between these two men at a time when both were in great need is an inspiration to all of us to be more compassionate to everyone we come in contact with. This is truly a wonderful book!" Mrs. Barbara Bush

My sentiments echo those of Barbara Bush. I literally cryed and laughed my way through this gem of a book. Each day, since I have completed it, I find my mind wandering back to some portion of it narrative. The lessons to be learned from it's content are numerous. For me I was inspired to see the homeless in an entirely new light and to ask God to give me His compassion for those less fortunate than myself. I was also challenged to reach out to strangers in a more loving way as He brings the opportunities.

Please go buy a copy of this book and enjoy the roller coaster ride through the emotional ups and downs of this true story.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Oswald Chamber's Wisdom

In my devotions a few days ago I read the following by Oswald Chambers:

"The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. God calls us to His service and places trememdous responsibilities on us. He expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part. God wants to use us as He used His own Son."

At this Christmas season may you be a vessel God can work through to bring glory to God and his Son Jesus Christ!!

Merry Christ-centered Christmas!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Scuba Diving at the Vortex

Florida has a number of naturally occuring springs and many of them are prime spots to scuba dive. Their water temperature is a year round 68 degrees requiring wet suits. Vortex is a spring close to where Hunter and I have been doing volunteer work this past month. The project is over and we had a few free days so decided to check out the springs, especially since the weather was a balmy 75 degrees with plenty of glorious sun.
We were the only divers who decided December 17th was a scuba diving day at Vortex. It was fun to have the spings to ourselves and even though the water was cold we enjoyed the little "adventure". I especially like scuba diving where no boat is needed-no waves-no dramamine is required so I'm not half drugged and actually have all my facilties in tack. What fun!!

Getting everything ready.


Trying to pull on a 7 m wet suit-very hard!


Got it on!


Ready to go under!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Gleaning

There is a Bible story in the Old Testament about a woman named Ruth, who followed her mother-in-law's instructions to glean grain from the field of Boaz. She was obedient, which eventually led to her marriage to Boaz and "landing" in the lineage of Jesus!

The idea of gleaning never really struck me as it did the other day when I went with two other MMAP ladies to gather pecans. We went after the big machines pick the pecans by shaking the trees then gathering the nuts as they fall. Check out this video for the fascinating process. Our job was to glean what was left on the ground. It was a fun activity on a beautiful late fall day in northern Florida.





I took the little bucket of nuts back to the RV and guess who was coaxed into becoming a "cracker"? Yes, my dear husband.



From the delicious nuts we made homemade butter pecan ice cream. Then I made a egg-less, gluten free, dairy free pie that I thought would probabay be ineatable but I was wrong as evidenced by the photo taken only a few days after baking it. One piece left-and it is mine!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

THANKGIVING!




On November 24th I'm thanking God for:

a loving husband
retirement years full of travel & time together
"6" children
5 grandchildren
a praying mother
2 incredible sisters and their families
a "number" of wonderful friends
being reasonably healthy at 62
and a God who is always faithful!

THANKSGIVING

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

MMAP

As most of you know we live full-time in our motor home. We enjoy spending time sight seeing around the United States and visiting our children, who are scattered all over the globe. But people often ask what else do you do without a house or yard to maintain or local community involvement to fill the days. Our answer is MMAP: Mobile Missionary Assistance Program.
My parents joined this organization in the late 80s and found it to be the highlight of their married life-actively serving the Lord together in their retirement years. Hunter and felt God's calling for us to follow "in their footsteps" as we began contemplating retirement 3 1/2 years ago. Now, with 12 MMAP projects under our belts, we can look back and see God's hand leading us into this ministry and continue to find purpose in serving others.

Currently we are working at Bethlehem Bible Camp near Bonifay, Florida. In December we will return to this same location where it appears Hunter and I will pick up paintbrushes and color the walls of some dorm rooms just completed this month by MMAPers. Oh the joy of serving Jesus-it knows no bounds!!

As we labor for the Lord we are continually reminded of our "retirement" Bible verse:
"Even in their old age they will bear fruit, they will stay fresh and green. They will declare, 'The Lord is just. He is my rock. There is only goodness in Him'" Psalm 92:14-15

Saturday, October 22, 2011

"Grandchild Hopping"

From Italy to New Jersey and now in North Carolina with Aiden and Ella.
Love this life!






Monday, October 10, 2011

Grandson arrives!

Introducing Keaton Hunter Stall
Arrived September 26, 2011
Weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz. & 21" in length

Isn't he adorable???









Saturday, October 8, 2011

Biking through Tuscany and Umbria

How does one accurately describe, in capsulated form, a week's worth of biking through one of Italy's most beautiful and varied landscapes? Photos nor words will do it justice but suffice it to say the trip was spectacular not to mention extremely challenging. Did someone say Tuscany has hills? Most definitely! Thankfully our tandem came equipped with disc brakes which slowed our descent but it took "raw" muscle, more developed by day 7, for the ascents! We rode to and stayed in the towns of Montepulciano, Cortona, Montone, Assisi, and Spoleto. Middle Age and Roman architecture abounded in these quaint villages as well as Italian cuisine and rich wines. We traveled with 8 other bikers and 2 tour guides, who were both knowledgeable and fun. Iron Donkey is the company that sponsored the tour. It was such a memorable experience we plan to take other tours through such countries as Ireland, France, Denmark, Portugal, and maybe even New Zealand. Anyone interested in joining us on a bike tour please let us know. We'd love to share these experiences with others!!