Dark Cloud

When Life Hits You Hard

From The Heart

Do you ever feel just a little bit overwhelmed by life… or maybe a lot overwhelmed? Maybe you feel like there is a black cloud following you around. Maybe, as in our case this week, there is actually a literal black cloud following you around. It seems like the last two weeks have spawned one circumstance after another for our family. I won’t bore you with the details, but I will say there have been some things this month that have us waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. It brings to mind the story I first read in Max Lucado’s book In the Eye of the Storm. Keep reading

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Panfish and Bait

Minnesota or Bust


So, this last school year I successfully completed my senior year of high school! Because we are homeschooled, we are free to do kinda whatever we want for our senior trip. The tradition started with my older brother when he graduated to have a father son weekend outing for our senior trips. Justin, being the oldest of us three brothers, decided to go backpacking in the Smoky Mountains. So for my trip I decided to go fishing in Minnesota. Keep reading

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Mike and boys in hammocks

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We’ve always enjoyed hiking and camping. But, I must confess ours has been of the more modern sort. We would camp, but we did it out of a 30’ RV. We would hike, but we always did it in such a way that we could be back to our starting point by day’s end. That’s pretty much it. Day hikes from our fifth wheel. We love it. We’ve seen some beautiful places. But we’ve been wanting to try something new. See some places that you can’t get there and back in the same day. This presents the need for a new skill set and some new equipment. So we thought periodically we could share with you some of the things we have learned along the way. Keep reading

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