An old man walked up a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying after a storm. A young man was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean. "Why do you bother?" the old man scofted. "You're not saving enough to make a difference." The young man picked up another starfish and sent it spinning back to the water. "Made a difference to that one," he said.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Day 7 & 8- BCS Championship Game… I don’t really care!

I was sitting in the "man cave" watching the BCS Championship game because I felt like it was the thing to do. But as I was sitting there I felt like I was wasting time.  I don’t really care if Alabama or LSU wins.  My team, the University of Michigan won the Sugar Bowl that makes me happy! So I decided to quit watching the football game to come blog! 

Do you have life goals, a life list or a bucket list?  One of the things on my life list is to travel to all 50 states.  I have 17 more to go and hope to knock off at least Wyoming and Oregon this year. 
My husband was out of town this weekend so one of my friends came over and we planned a trip to Wyoming.  Talk about God’s country. I was looking at all the pictures of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks and can’t wait to go hiking and maybe even hang-gliding!  My gift for Saturday was a treat for my friend (and to be honest myself also).  I bought beautifully decorated cupcakes from Designer Desserts.  I wish I would have taken pictures. I bought my friend the chocolate cupcake that had teal icing, sprinkles and a cherry on top and me a coconut cream pie cupcake that really tasted like coconut cream pie. They were delicious!
On Sunday I decided to go to church.  I had been out of the habit for almost a year. I have no real good excuse for not going.  I try to use my husband as my excuse since he works most Saturday nights and sleeps in on Sundays. But let’s be real, I’m a big girl and could go by myself. I just choose not too!

This past year I was blessed to meet a friend whose husband also works nights so on Sunday we attended church together.  My gift on Sunday was a financial gift to Valparaiso Nazarene.  I really enjoyed the service.  The worship band’s energy was contagious and the pastor preached from the Bible, was relevant and humorous.  I think I will be going back again!
I really try to support local small businesses when I can and I encourage you to do the same.  I hope everyone has a blessed week.  Try to give a gift if you can, even if it is just smiling, asking someone how they are doing or holding the door open for the person behind you. All little gifts make an impact!


  1. I've been to 48 states and 3 provinces of Canada. I would love to see Alaska and Hawaii one day! (We were over the road truck drivers!!)

  2. We have lots of common thoughts, cant wait to spend more time with you guys someday soon. Love you guys

  3. My wife is Awesome, she also took care of my K9 partner for me while I was out of town. Thanks Honey !

    Mr. Jones

  4. What a wonderful inspiration you are!!! :) I just came from the VNC facebook page to see what your blog was about. THIS is a FANTASTIC idea!!! You seem like an incredible person. Mark 9:41 in the Bible says, "I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward." Every act you do does not go unseen!!! God takes GREAT delight in people like you. :) Keep on doing what you are doing. I know that you do what you do out of the good that is stored up in your heart, but a little perk that follows is that with each kind and selfless act, you're making the world a better place for everyone thanks!!!!! You are a beautiful person!

  5. Michelle-You have me beat! I will have to get your opinion on what were your favorite things in Wyoming and Oregon.

  6. Tricia-Lets work hard to get something on the calendar.
    Mr. Jones-Thanks:)

  7. Momma Hughes-Thanks so much for your kind words. Blessings on your day-Stephanie