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Bumps in the Road: Learning to Roll with ’em

When Plans Don't Work Out as Planned

For Mother’s Day, my husband felt ambitious and took on the task of heading out for a three-day week-end. We were going to stay in a state park and when we arrived, we were warmly greeted and given a site. We backed in, unhooked, leveled everything and hooked up the amenities. The kids were settling in to the new space and even the lawn chairs had been unpacked. My husband went to go pay for the week-end and then… we learned that the hosts of the campsite and assigned us a site that had already been rented out.  They wrote down 4-5 options and so my hubby and I drove around to check out the various site.  Settling on one, we returned to the front gate to learn that… you guessed it, once again they had made a mistake.

So we managed to secure our third site choice and paid for it before we even moved the RV. We returned to our original site, unhooked all the water and electricity, pulled in the slides, and hooked up the trailer to our vehicle, loaded five chairs, fishing gear, and lastly five kids.  Down the road we went, found our paid site and unhooked. Rain began to dump from the sky in a torrential downpour, my husband getting soaked as he parked the truck and rain around the trailer to come in.

To say the least the “perfect week-end get away” didn’t feel so perfect.  I felt mad. I felt irratable.

And then I remembered. I had a choice.

I could choose my attitude.

And as the rain thundered and pounded on the rooftop of our RV I began to count my blessings. “Lord, thank you I am not in a tent right now.” “Lord, thank you that I am surrounded by those I love and not alone.” And as I began to do this in my head and heart… my husband pulled out the popcorn and put a batch into the microwave.

It’s amazing what a little thankfulness and the smell of popcorn can do for the heart and mind. Popcorn popped and popped and popped until everyone had their fill. And we smiled again.

You see, not every moment will be picture perfect.  Every good adventure is frought with obstacles to overcome. And some of the best stories have ups as well as downs.

Upcycle | Fire Starters


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For years we spent countless dollars on fire starters from the grocery store.  The good news is, with a little pre-planning, you can make your own at home using items you may already have around.

To do this project you will need:

    • Empty cardboard egg tray
    • Lint from dryer
    • Leftover candles
    • Old pot or old Pyrex glass measuring cup with heat safe handle
    • Stove or heat source for melting wax
    • Aluminum foil
    • Hot pad
    • Kitchen Shears or box knife
    • Plastic Ziplock Sandwich Bags

Step 1: I keep a used egg carton tray (paper not styrofoam, nor plastic) near the dryer.  Stuff lint into egg carton as you do loads of laundry — you will want each egg unit to be completely full of lint.

Step 2: When you have a couple of trays full of lint, you are ready to do a batch.

Step 3: Begin by placing old candles in a old pot or old Pyrex measuring cup with handle and melt at a low temp over a burner.

Step 4: While wax is melting, place egg carton tray on a sheet of aluminum foil — this will keep any wax drippings from going onto your counter.

Step 5: Once wax has melted, using hotpad to stabilize the hot Pyrex, pour carefully and evenly over the lint coating well.

Step 6: Allow wax to cool.

Step 7: Once cool, cut into individual units.  I placed four units into a Ziplock plastic sandwich bag to keep them dry.

Step 8: When ready to use, place one under kindling and fire will start with ease! We use this to start camp fires as well as the smoker with success each time.