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Michigan trip, the beautiful RV (Part 2)

Me in Snoopy slippers by the fireplace at the RV

Me in Snoopy slippers by the fireplace at the RV

Recently I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to visit my friends Herb and Diane Bishop, who live there and to attend an Encounter ministry weekend. When I arrived, they took me to Holland, Michigan to see gorgeous tulips and Lake Michigan, which is like the oceans in Florida, except it has no salt. You can read the blog post and see the pics of that here.

Gorgeous tulips in Holland, Michigan

Gorgeous tulips in Holland, Michigan

This is part 2 of my Michigan blog post series, about Herb’s and Diane’s beautiful RV, where I stayed for free when I went there. It was like my own hotel room, except without the high cost!

It was an amazing time of peace and solitude for me to pray, journal, and think about things for a few days.

Herb and Diane live in a farmhouse that is over 100 years old, out in the country. They’ve talked about whether to gut the house and renovate it to be decorated into more of their taste, or to build a new house with a solid foundation or buy a modular home to sit on top of the hill, where their beautiful RV is now located.

Herb and Diane's beautiful RV

Herb and Diane’s beautiful RV

During my time in Michigan, I stayed in the RV, about 30 feet away from the farmhouse. That weekend, I went to the Encounter ministry time with Diane and her two friends, Laurie and Cheryl, which was so good.  More about the farmhouse and Encounter later.

Herb's and Diane's farmhouse

Herb’s and Diane’s farmhouse

When you look out the windows of the RV, there is an amazing view.  Herb said that you can see beautiful sunrises and sunsets on it. The acres of the field belong to their neighbor, but it’s incredible scenery. Herb and Diane’s land has such a feeling of peace on it. (They are devout Christian believers and prayer warriors for God’s Kingdom.)

View out the windows from the RV

View out the windows from the RV

 

Sunset view from the RV steps

Sunset view from the RV steps

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Our beautiful cabin on our Grand Canyon trip for Leah’s college graduation

Where you stay on a vacation can be just as important as where you go and what you do. Originally  I had booked a hotel near the Grand Canyon when I planned a trip there with my husband Ray and our daughter Leah, to celebrate her college graduation with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Graphic Design.

But Leah searched online and found a big, beautiful cabin in a remote area near the airport in Flagstaff, Arizona  for us to stay at, and I’m so glad she did! Initially, I was concerned that it might be in the middle of dark, deep, scary woods and we might encounter grizzly bears and cougars at our cabin’s front door, LOL. Ray and Leah rolled their eyes at this!

It was remote, not not too remote—several vacation rental and residential houses were nearby, as well as a Dollar General store and a Shell gas station, which proved to be quite convenient for our water and snack needs and refilling the gas tank in our rented SUV, prior to returning it at the airport the early morning of our departure. Ray filled up the gas tank the evening before we left.

Cabin for Grand Canyon trip

Cabin for Grand Canyon trip

It was perfect for our vacation trip! The cabin was big, rustic, quiet, with cute nooks and crannies, and so comfortable with pretty decorations, like this pic below: “Not all who wander are lost.” I highly recommend this cabin, which can sleep up to 12 people.  The vacation rental agency has many more properties to rent, also. You can find out more here: https://www.kdprimevacationrentals.com/vacation-rental-home.asp?PageDataID=172699

Not all who wander are lost pic

Not all who wander are lost pic

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Our trip to Grand Canyon to celebrate Leah’s college graduation

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Our youngest daughter Leah graduated this year (in spring 2021) from college with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Graphic Design. My husband Ray and our family are so proud of her for this huge accomplishment! Ray and I have rarely been able to take our children on vacation throughout the years, due to the expensive cost. But because Ray and I received our stimulus checks this year, we were able to travel to Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon to celebrate Leah’s graduation. What an amazing blessing from God!

Ray, me, and Leah at Grand Canyon

Ray, me and Leah at Grand Canyon entrance

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