Monthly Archives: July 2016

View a Viking Ship in the Midwest

The Draken Harald Hårfagre is a ship built on knowledge of the past viking ships. They began building in 2010.  Then took her for a ocean voyage in 2014 to to Liverpool, England and back to  Haugesund, Norway.

She is currently in the Great Lakes headed to Chicago for the Tall Ships weekend at Navy Pier.  They had unexpected expense of having to hire a pilot in the Great Lakes at the tune of $400 an hour.  Currently they have fund raised over $70,000 of the $430,000 goal to complete the Great Lake voyage.

They docked in South Haven this weekend so we made the drive to check out the viking ship.  She is docked at the Michigan Maritime museum and will be offering tours Monday and Tuesday before heading to Chicago.

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We paid admission to the museum to be able to get an up close view of the Draken.  It was $5 for students and $8 for adults.

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It is Time for Fair Trade Friday!

It was a happy day when my Fair Trade Friday package was in my mailbox and not just junk mail.  You know Fair Trade Friday is my favorite day!

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Fairtrade Friday July 2016

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First was the cute wallet.  I love the colors and the story behind it even more.

From Fair Trade Friday’s Facebook page ” Guerline is 22 years old. She’s a seamstress at Three Cords in Haiti. Her story, her faith, and her work are incredibly inspiring and an amazing example of the Lord;s redemption and restoration. In the earthquake of 2010, Guerline lost her arm when a wall fell upon her. This event was extremely difficult for her, as she was forced to relearn basic tasks such as buttoning her shirt or doing her hair. In addition, amputee victims are often viewed as outcast in Haitian culture, so lacking her arm led to much ridicule from others. In 2015, she was fitted for a prosthetic arm. Guerline was absolutely overjoyed to receive her arm, and it has been amazing seeing her thankfulness, faith, and joy every day. Guerline loves working at Three Cords because she has experienced a lot of hope for working with other women who are able to relate to her situation. she did the hand stitching that embellishes your (more than 1600 for our July box!) wallet using her good arm to stabilize the product and her teeth to pull the stitches through.
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Cedar Point Christmas Came Early Ticket Sale July 6th





Open your present now and get this hot deal! Save $35 off when you visit between July 9 and July 22. Start shopping right now through 9am (EDT) on Thursday, July 7th!

It’s Christmas come early!

Tickets must be purchased online or via mobile; not available at front gate.
Cedar Point ticket is valid July 9 through July 22, 2016.
Sale ends July 7 at 9am EDT.

*Plus applicable taxes and fees. Savings based off of front gate pricing.

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When Travel is Eye Opening

I write about the hotels we stay in, cities we visit and deals that exist in the travel world. It is good times, family bonding but nothing deep.  I write about Fair Trade Friday and how important I think their work is. I preach to my Daughter about how we cannot be afraid of this world, to fly or about terrorism. I want her to try new things, eat that unknown food and step out of the box! Give back to this world as you go.

She stepped out of that box a couple of weeks ago when she went on a school mission trip to Lesotho. The group was gone for two weeks and spent most of that time in Lesotho which is surrounded by South Africa.  They stayed at an orphanage where they painted, built benches and helped with the children.  They worked hard and played hard.  They played soccer against the local teens and lost during the kick off.  They hiked a trail to see the waterfall one weekend.

Amazing trip!  So when Daughter developed her pictures last night we took some time to hear more about her time.  She showed up cute pictures of smiling kids and the work they had done.  I asked her about the first picture she sent back home over Facebook to me.  A cute little baby wrapped up with a little knit hat on.  She had said that night it was a new addition to the orphanage.  So when his photo popped up again in her pile of pictures I asked about him, saying how cute he was.  And she responded that someone had found him in a plastic bag along the road.

Let that sink in a little.     Found him in a plastic bag along the road.        For privacy I cannot show the picture she took of this cute little baby she is holding wrapped in two fleece blankets and a hat to warm him.  Still makes me cry now thinking about our conversation about him.  For as beautiful as Lesotho was it there are still problems like any other country. HIV/ Aids as well as high unemployment are really challenging Lesotho.

So I wanted to take a little space on my blog to tell you about the Beautiful Gate Orphanage.  They care for abandoned, neglected and orphaned kids from birth to age five.  They started in 2001 with seven children.  Now they often have sixty five kids in their care.  Her team helped with laundry, cleaning, feeding and playing with the kids.  It is a lot of work caring for these little ones!

Here is a link to their homepage:

Beautiful Gate


Learn about the great things they are doing. Support them if you can!



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