Why do we blog………

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I have been asked a few times, “Why do you blog?” and “How do you find the time?”  Well, friend…. Greg would tell you he just wanted us to try something new back in October 2007.  He wanted to try this blogging thing out, just to see what all the fuss was all about.  Plus we were already  following a few blogs like Little Earthling Blog, and The Pioneer Women in addition to some personal friends sites like Blessed By Five, Squaw Creek Ranch and many others.

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We also thought it would be a great way to share with our families which are spread out all over the entire country and world for that fact.  So we started this blogging adventure.  At first yes, we were more dedicated to logging our adventures but as our family grew and other responsibilities also grew we have to admit we blogged less.  But when we decided we would do something like crazy like Remodel our Travel Trailer, or  Convert a Bus into a motorhome or other fun things we wanted to share what we learned with others and started blogging those adventures again.  Hey, we even found a name for our problem Binge Blogging.

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I have to also admit we are trying to keep the most important thing the most important thing, and blogging was not even close to being the most important thing for us.  So we took some time off from blogging, to ensure that we were focusing on the right thing. So, in our time off we added a few links about what the main thing is (By the way, HINT… HINT… It’s Jesus Christ). But throughout the years we have continued to blog.  A little at a time, and enough to keep our family in distant lands somewhat up to date on what we are doing.

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A few months ago we had something that has forever changed the way we look at our blog.  It was a complete and total break down of our computer system.  Our Laptop died and took with it our external hard drive with MOST of our pictures….. Pictures of our kids growing up, trips we had taken, pictures of friends that were no longer with us, etc.  And yes Greg being a old school computer nerd did have some backup (CDs) of the pictures, but the last copies he had where from back in 2008 when we he started working shift work again.  So all the pictures from May 2008 until November 2014 where gone, so it is safe to say that those were some sad days around the Thames home.

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However we did have this little malnourished, little-used blog in which we had uploaded some of our favorite pictures to share with our family and friends.  And it was not lost.  What a true blessing!  So now for us the reason we blog is primarily still to share with our family and friends the comings and going-ons in the Thames home, and to share that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life but also to ensure that at least some of our most treasure memories are in the Internet Cloud for us to fall back on.

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Island Time……Northwest Style….

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A few days ago we went to visit some friends that live on Whidbey Island. Well, it is safe to say that it was one of the rare times we were able to get out of the house without pain or suffering.  A pretty smooth (for us) operation, we were so smooth in the transition from house to van that we left a bit early.  Ah, the feeling of not being rushed.  And no we didn’t forget anyone (this time) but we did get to Whidbey a bit early, so early in fact that if we went directly to our friends place we would have been about a hour early. So we decided to find a beach, or harbor to explore for a bit since we didn’t want to invite ourselves too early.

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So we found a cute, little boating community that had a little beach front we could play at.  The kids took no time at all finding shells and other dead things to play with.

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Even Charlotte was able to get into the action, but I not sure she wanted to get in on the action.

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Because 2 seconds after taking this picture she dropped the crab, with a look of disgust.

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It was a very fun way to start off our visit to Whidbey Island.  We were even able to burn off enough time here that we were back into our natural element of running late again.

Oh well, Life is short and God is good so might as well enjoy all the little get aways you can.

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