Adventure + Messes + Motherhood

I’ve always loved to travel. There’s something so easily correlated between God and my travels. He’s so easy to find. His presence feels so obvious to me. Think about following your favorite artist around their gallery, around each corner is a new masterpiece to marvel at. When you stand at the bottom of a waterfall…

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Bali, Indonesia

Since we’ve returned from Asia, I’ve had several people say something to me along these lines: “That trip looked incredible, it’s too bad your kids weren’t a couple of years older so they could get something out of it.”  I’ve thought about these comments for a while. “Did we waste an opportunity? Should we have…

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Holly’s Disney World FastPass Cheat Sheet

What’s the biggest mistake you can make when planning your Disney vacation? That’s easy: not taking advantage of Disney’s FastPass system. In fact, if you don’t utilize it correctly I can tell you right now which attractions you will have to miss out on. What is a FastPass you ask? Well, basically you reserve a…

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Packing Tips for Traveling with Kids

Honesty is the best policy, right? So let me start out with an honest confession: I’m not a light packer. I don’t think I’ll ever make it into that classification. I do however think I’ve finally moved out of the over-packer column. So hey, that’s progress. Because we travel so often I’ve had a lot…

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3,202 Miles of Life Lived in the Sand

Every trip we take pushes me to grow in some way. Sometimes it’s a little, and then sometimes it’s a lot. Sometimes it’s in ways I expect, and then other times, I don’t see it coming.  Sometimes it’s in the views at the top of the mountains and sometimes it’s when I’m down in the…

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Making the Most of a Rainy Vacation

This isn’t the first time we’ve had a trip hijacked by the weather.  If you remember, we spent a week water-logged in the Caribbean this past fall.  I’ll be honest, when the weather forecast showed rain for the week of our most recent beach trip, we debated canceling our trip.  In the end, we decided…

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Traveling with an Anxious Child

We all know that social media can be deceiving.  It shows polished photos and smiling faces, and not the 104 out-takes that consisted of tears, hair pulling, and blinking eyes to get that shot.  Or maybe that’s just us.  I didn’t create this space solely to encourage people to travel but to also make the…

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Niagara Falls: U.S. vs. Canada

“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream. Discover.” {Mark Twain} Last month Jimmy and I took the kids on a completely…

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