Saturday, March 25, 2017


Last Saturday we left for Ocala, Florida to visit a supporting church. We had a wonderful time of fellowship there with some wonderful people! On Monday we headed towards Cedar Key, Florida for a few days of rest and relaxation. We stayed at a beautiful bed and breakfast, and had a time away from the busy-ness of life and ministry. Our second day there we went on a sunset tour and saw many birds, some dolphins jumping, and a gorgeous sunset. We are back in Sebring now, and I've caught some kind of stomach virus. I'm hoping it goes away quickly! On Sunday I am flying to northeastern PA to spend a week with my parents and family. My mom just had an issue with her heart, and it scared all of us. I'm going up to visit and to help out. I plan to return next Sunday.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Travel Tuesday

Bratislava and Novy Zamky

We evacuated from Odessa Ukraine due to possible war conditions in March 2014.  We began our trip by flying into Vienna Austria, where some team members from Slovakia met us at the airport and took us to their home.  We stayed with them at their place just outside the capital city for about a week.  The weather was turning springlike so we took many walks and stopped at some small stores to look around.

In the second week we went further away from the capital.  We took a day train to Novy Zamky and our teammate there took us to their home.  It was just the guy and his cat.  His wife was in the US helping their daughter prepare for her wedding.  Novy Zamky was a nice small town.  There were some remnants there of the old communist system, but it was also somewhat modern.  We did alot of walking there as well.  The one day we walked to the falls on the river, it was quite a nice walk.  We also ventured into town a few times, once we ate at a Chinese restaurant where we did not speak Slovak or Chinese.  Thankfully the Slovak Chinese meals were translated into English on the menu, we received what we ordered, and we paid the right amount.

At the end of our stay in Slovakia we spent some time in Bratislava with our regional team leaders. Bratislava is a beautiful little town and isn't overrun with tourists like other cities.  We ate a a Slovak restaurant and I ordered halusky, which my mom made when I was younger.  The restaurant was an old theater which was restored and remodeled into a restaurant.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


I thought y'all might like to see my bucket list! 1. Alaskan Cruise (we actually have a date of summer of 2020, our 30th anniversary celebration). 2. Grand Canyon 3. Canadian Rockies 4. Hot Air Balloon Ride 5. Professional Figure Skating Show 6. Grandchildren 7. Plitvice National Park, Croatia 8. rustic camping trip 9. Appalachian trail 10. Back to Odessa Ukraine to visit ----Next post is on Tuesday March 21, another TRAVEL TUESDAY.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blog Contest


1. Who got married on Feb 7 2016?
2. When did Doug and Karen get engaged?
3. What was Karen's mother's maiden name?
4. Where was our not-so-memorable conference held?
Extra credit: When did we arrive on the field in Ukraine?

Hint: Look at the blog posts for the answers to 1-4. PS Even if you can't answer all of the questions, see how many you can answer! The commenter with the most right answers wins! ----This is sad, not even one entry as of 11:30 pm Friday March 10

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Travel Tuesday

Prague and southern Czechia

  In the southern part of Czechia lived teammates and friends of ours.  They took us to the center of their little town and to a few beautiful castles not too far away.

We also were in Prague three times - twice with our children and once by ourselves.  Prague is such a beautiful city!