Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Sunday in Michigan: Fall

October 29th, 2017

The colors, the crisp air, the light… fall is a fabulous season. And life is a series of memories, and bonding with your family. With fall schools are back in session and cooler temperatures are moving in, meaning Fall is the perfect time to browse a local bookstore, indulge your taste buds at a cupcake shop, explore an aquarium or even a day trip to a pumpkin patch.

Whatever you decide to do, it’s all about being together because you want to. Fall fun is about creating heartfelt memories to reflect upon in years to come. Build some memories this week.


Friday Funnies

October 20th, 2017

I’m flying to visit my family tomorrow morning for a week. This will prove to be full of fun memories, such as over the summer. Many summer days my Dad found himself spending them with his grandchildren. The kids always wanted to play ball and Grandpa somehow always got coaxed into the game.  Heather came outside one day and witnessed her father take a fake shot as Gavin pointed a water gun and yelled, “Bang!”  Grandpa slumped to the ground and stayed there motionless. My sister rushed over to see if he was all right. Grandpa opened one eye and whispered, ”Shhh, I always do this. It’s the only chance I get to rest.” 


Families are like fudge .. mostly sweet with a few nuts. In fact, there are a few teenagers in the family and I’m convinced raising teenagers is like nailing JELLO to a tree. And another thing, if you have trouble getting your children’s attention, just sit down and look comfortable.

My cousin Neese decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart. “Wal-Mart?” the preacher exclaimed. “Why Wal-Mart?” “Then I’ll be sure my family visits me twice a week.”




Sunday in Michigan

July 24th, 2016

Sundays have always been cherished days in my family. It’s the day we sit down to a large dinner after church and either take a nice drive into the country or take naps, rent movies and play games before another week begins. It’s a precious time, a day to look forward to and enjoy whether with your family or on your own.

When you spend your Sunday doing what you want, you set a tone for the upcoming week. You began it on your terms…you can conquer the week on your terms. I’m fortunate to be spending this Sunday with my family in Michigan just talking and enjoying each other’s company. It’s been a great visit and as I prepare to begin my next assignment I’m comforted in knowing I have such a wonderful family supporting me wherever I go.

How you spend your Sunday is up to you. Sometimes, commitments and scheduled events take your time, by chance or by choice. But, if you find that you have time on your hands, consider making Sunday your family day and create memories of a Sunday well spent.

Fun With the Family Pets

August 25th, 2014

While visiting my family, I’m getting to know my niece and nephews a bit better, along with their various animals.

There are reptiles, amphibians, birds, a hamster named Frosting, a couple dogs and a few cats. When I go into the house each morning I pick fresh thistle greens for the tortoise, and he along with the other reptiles, birds, hamster and dogs respond with gratitude. It’s as if they’re thinking “Hey, these nice people we live with feed us, love us, provide a warm home and take care of us. We’re so happy to have such wonderful owners.” The cats, on the other hand, strut around as if to say, “Hey, these people we live with feed us, love us, provide us with a warm home and take care of us. We have a good staff working for us!”

Seriously, I can say any foolish thing to the dogs and they’ll give me a look that says, “You’re right! I never would have thought of that!” That’s about the time Bif, the tortoise, retreats to his shell.

Winston is the lazy dog. This dog is so lazy at times, that when Dad was watering the garden yesterday he never lifted a leg to help him. I get the feeling this dog waddles from the living room to the kitchen and forgets why he walked in there.

I find the pets, and their behaviors entertaining. May your surroundings provide a multitude of reasons to smile and feel joy.

Fun Times with Family

July 15th, 2014

I am currently visiting with my parents, siblings and niece & nephews before heading out for my next assignment. My nephews kept me hopping yesterday! We played kick ball in the back yard, GaGa ball at the school yard, came home to cool off in the pool and went to spend an hour on the trampolines after dinner!

As if that weren’t enough fun, my nephew wanted me to camp with him before they leave for vacation tomorrow.

When I entered the tent I saw him kneeling at the side of the cot with his head bowed. This isn’t unusual with our religious upbringing, so I decided to present a good example and kneeled at the other side of the cot with my head bowed.

Chandler looked over and asked, “Whatcha doin’?”

“Why, I’m doing the same thing you’re doing,” I replied.

“Grandma’s going to be mad,” my nephew said. “The pot’s on this side!”


Happy Thanksgiving

November 28th, 2013

Come to Me with a thankful heart, so that you can enjoy My Presence.

This is Thanksgiving; a day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! He wants you to rejoice today, refusing to worry about tomorrow. Search for all that He has prepared for you, anticipating abundant blessings and accepting difficulties as they come. Our Lord can weave miracles into the most mundane day if you keep your focus on Him.

Go to God with all your needs, knowing that His glorious riches are far more than adequate to meet your needs. Stay in continual communication with Him, so that you can live above your circumstances even while you are in the midst of them. Present your requests to Jesus with thanksgiving, and His Peace, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your heart and mind.

I wish each of you the happiness of good friends, the joy of a happy family, and the wonder of the holiday season. Have a magical thanksgiving!

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.