Visiting the Dawes Arboretum- Gem of Central Ohio

Our family loves The Dawes Arboretum.  Located just outside of Newark, Ohio and easily accessible to I-70, it’s an easy drive from Columbus or Zanesville, and a gem of Central Ohio. Our first experience at Dawes Arboretum was as a couple when we went on one of their night hikes.  After Jackson was born, I would take him for walks in the stroller and sometimes meet up with a girlfriend for a long chat during our stroll.  Once our family was …

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#WishfulWednesday- The “Oh Canada” edition

                                                      I shared in my Bucket List for 2015 that I have been wanting so badly to go to Canada.  I think the country to our north won’t win a popularity contest amongst US travelers, but it definitely does among overseas travelers. Here are some places that I’d like to visit – and what …

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A Conversation about Retirement

I know that most of my readers are in the 25-39 crowd, but I think retirement, or our vision for retirement should really be in our minds from the onset of our careers.  While retirement can seem ions away, we should have have a conversation about retirement at the onset of adulthood. I know some people wake up everyday living for the paycheck, and others wake up everyday living for retirement.  From what I have encountered, the younger you are …

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The #3 Must-Do for Financial Success

I think most financial experts will tell you that 90% of success with money is really just behavior.  You can make very little and leave something for the next generation if you are very wise about your spending and how you invest.  Even my previous posts (here and here) were nothing about financial strategies but more about your overall outlook on life.   I heard this quote recently and it kind of wrecked me.  Really, this quote about legacy could …

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The Destination Always Beats the Path

I’m currently sitting on the next to last row of a Southwest Airlines flight.  Sometimes when flying domestically I wish I could look out the window and see below a “Welcome to Kansas” sign instead of seeing only dry soil and lots of farmland and thinking, “Hmmm, Kansas?” Isn’t this true in life, we know the final destination, but we can’t see the path.  As a believer in Christ, I know my destination is Heaven.  But as far as the path-what …

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#WishfulWednesday- Great Outdoors Edition

The change in seasons and warmer temps has me longing to get outdoors and do some exploring.  Here’s 4 places fairly close to (my) home that I’m hoping to visit soon. Natural Bridge, Kentucky– Located in the Red River Gorge area, there are opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and birding. Cathedral State Park– The hemlock trees are nearly gone from Appalachia.  This is one of the few places you can still see some, although the park was hit hard by heavy snowfall in …

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5 Reasons Why Marrying Young is a Good Thing

I’ve been thinking of this post for a long time, but I’ve noticed a few other posts in blogland that also talk about marrying young so I debated whether to share our experience.  You can never have enough of a good thing, though, right?  So here’s 5 reason why I think marrying young is the way to go…   1.  Maturity isn’t a number.  I’ve met 18 year olds that act like they are 30, and I’ve met 30 year olds …

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Do Not Grow Weary

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who …

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