Originally posted on Sally Dog:
I love Chicago. In the 80′s Chicago was home. It’s changed a lot since then, but still feels like an old friend. We took the train from Michigan and visited friends in Chicago. One friend was packing up a recently sold condo. We were lucky enough to spend the night…
Originally posted on Joanna's Walkabout:
The Canadian National Park of Banff isn’t just fun to say it’s also fun to visit! Here are a few shots from our visit there in October 2013. The first few pictures are of highway views had from the Canadian border north of Sandpoint, Idaho, to the town of Banff.
Originally posted on Gabriel Grace:
I remember when my son was younger he always insisted on learning things the hard way. I realize even as we get older a lot of us are still like that. When your kids are babies you try to protect them for anything that could hurt them. Then as they become toddlers you start to let them be a bit more adventurous in the world because they are learning some independence, but you still have to watch and try to correct them. Whenever I would see my son Jacob looking to get into something that could hurt him I would constantly hear myself saying, “Jacob don’t touch that you’re going to get hurt.” After so many times of him ignoring my warning, if I knew he wouldn’t be seriously hurt, I would just let him do it and learn for himself that it hurt so he would know not to do it again. Now let’s say it is something more dangerous like playing too close to the street. I may give him a few warnings but I make sure to be near him and never take my eyes off him. Just as he goes to push his limit and step in the street I would grab his arm, and explain to him how bad he could of just got hurt. As he got into his teens I could only pray that Jacob learned enough when he was younger because I knew I could no longer protect him from the world. I had to let him grow, make his own decisions, and if needed be there to console him when he got hurt. Now my son is a man and off on his own. While mom will always be there for advice on a decision or to help pick up the pieces after a bad one I have to let him do it on his own and pray that God protects Him because He is the best parent my son could have. I’ve realized God is a lot like this with us, His children. When we first come to Christ we are Baby Christians and God will look to protect and He will also give us all the people we need to help us. As we mature into a spiritual toddler He still gives us support and He will warn us but knows we have to test our faith. I know from personal experience that sometimes He will let you get so dangerously close to getting hurt and at that last second He will grab you with His mighty hand and He will show you what could of just happened to you. As you “grow up” in your faith He wants you to strengthen your faith muscles so He will let you get hurt, but He is always always there to comfort us when we get hurt. He is equally always there listening when we choose to seek His counsel on something through prayer. The decision is always ours though. The guarantee is our Father is perfect. He will never leave you or forsake you. No matter how hard we try to wriggle out of His hand He never let’s go. “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.” When you feel like God is far away you may want to sit back and figure out if you’re the one moving away from Him because I guarantee you it is. G.G.