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On the Road with HTHL: Sunshine and Sonshine in the South

May 23, 2016-May 29, 2016 Lansing, Michigan-West Palm Beach, Florida Range of miles: 15,379-16,217 Week #14/23weeks Monday: The sunshine and “Son”shine was bright at the Knoxville, Tennessee Petro Truck Stop, where we spent the night. Sun rays glistened on the Tennessee mountains and “Son” shine was burning bright through Truckstop Ministry Inc. Pastor Steve (pictured below) was ready and waiting in the truck …

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On the Road with HTHL: Stories and Courage

May 16, 2016-May 22, 2016 Ontario, Canada-Lansing, Michigan Range of miles: 13,654-15,379 Week #13/23weeks Monday: We were up bright and early to begin our trek to the Canadian border to visit our friends at The Learning House! We spent most of the day driving through the vibrant green mountains of Pennsylvania. Oh, how my eyes never tire of green! We followed …

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On the Road with HTHL: Cousins and Comfort Food

May 2, 2016-May 15, 2016 Indianapolis, Indiana Long Island, New York Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Range of miles: 11,724–13,654 Week #11 and#12/23weeks Monday: After that spectacular lightning show and pouring rain, everything was a little damp at our camp site. But the gloomy day was not going to shade our sunshine filled hearts. We quickly packed because we were headed to Long Island, New …

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On the Road with HTHL: In Awe of God’s Wonders

April 24- May 1, 2016  Duluth, Minnesota- Indianapolis, Indiana Range of miles: 9,982-11,724 Week #10/23weeks Monday-Wednesday Green Indiana farmlands were quickly turning into industry and commerce. As we approached the city of Indianapolis, the thought of staying in another hotel room was less than appealing. Team HTHL longed for some outside time. We found a KOA (Campground of America) 12 miles from …

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On the Road with HTHL: Celebrating Easter with Good Friends

March 21-March 27, 2016  Fort Worth Texas to Clever, Missouri:  Range of miles: 4,575 -6,465 Week # 5/23 weeks Monday: We stayed an extra day in Fort Worth taking care of HTHL business and schoolwork. For lunch, we had the iconic burger of the wild west, What-a-Burger (Yum!) In my biased opinion, a very close second to California’s iconic burger In …

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On the Road with HTHL: Old Friends New Friends

March 7-March 13, 2016 Denver to South Carolina:  Range of miles: 2,950-4,575 We started our week by visiting our friends at Focus on the Family (FOF) in Colorado Springs. Our family loves hanging out at Whits’ End indoor playground. I couldn’t resist Wooten’s, (Adventures in Odyssey character), two-story swirly slide. So glad I made the height limit! However, a little …

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Help for Hurting Marriages

Dear Friend, I know your Facebook newsfeeds, not to mention your favorite blogger’s posts are gushing about marital love and wedded bliss in honor of Valentine’s Day. You scroll past sparkly red hearts and pics of couples who seemingly have never had so much as an argument over anything more significant than their favorite color or candy bar. You feel …

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Write Early! Write Often! Write Well!

I love this true story. I’m not sure who’s the author; I heard it a long time ago before the internet. It goes like this…. On the first day of a college art class, the art teacher outlined the objectives of the class and her grading scale. The student’s semester assignment was simple, turn in one art masterpiece at the …

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Six Ways You Can Help Your Child Heal Through Writing

Why teach a child to write? There are many good reasons: •Facilitate Communication •Engage in Artistic Expression •Aid in Learning •Prepare for Future Employment However, one reason that often gets overlooked is writing can help children heal. Experiences of loss and tragedy greatly affect children. Death of a loved one Death of a pet House fire Natural disasters Parental divorce …