13 January 2015

Competing, contrasting or complimentary?

Our last January in West Africa, we took the family camping at a nearby game park.

We camp a lot in the States – sometimes even in some pretty out-of-the-way places, but that was the first time I’d ever camped in Africa, under an African sky, in a really remote location. No city lights. No electricity. No paved roads. No leaving the campsite without a guide in a vehicle or with an armed guard when on foot. Hippos and elephants nearby in the river. Lions hunting on the other side of the rocky ridge that sheltered the campsite.


In some ways, it was surreal, like something I’d only see on a television show on one of those nature or documentary type channels back in the States; I had to keep pinching myself to make sure it was really real. Yet in other ways, it really felt a whole lot like “regular” camping with our gang back in Michigan.

Except for one thing.

Want to know the one thing that was totally, vastly, drastically different?

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09 January 2015

Five Minute Friday ~ a South Carolina welcome

It was a bit of an impromptu, impulsive decision...

We'd had such a great time last year, we missed our friends, we really didn't need any excuse to head back.

We just had to decide to do it.

And we did...

All of those miles?

They were definitely worth it!

It is such a gift to have friends where the welcome is always warm (especially when you live in Michigan and it is wintertime!) and the simple delight in another's presence is easy and comfortable.

It was a welcome too short-lived... at least from our perspective!


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