Favorite Airline Rewards: Southwest Airlines

 On my blog today, I'm talking about the Southwest RapidRewards program and how it works! To learn about earning and using points as well as elite levels, check it out!Check it out here....more

The Mini Vacation

It’s a new year!  And that means that writing a new vacation blog is in my near future.  Last year, I was extremely excited about this year’s vacation, as it was supposed to be a trip to Ireland.  However, there were many factors that played into the reason why we will not be heading over to the Emerald Isle this year.  To me, one of the most important things about travel is the ability to remember it.  I use my youngest daughter as a barometer for when it comes time to book a trip to Europe.  My test is simple.  I ask her a few questions about the va...more

Welcome to Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme

Friday, 18 April 2014 Here I am sitting in a delicious coffee house/deli in Amherst, Massachusetts, with baby sleeping soundly next to me in the stroller while I happily create my first ever blog entry....more

To Ride or Not to Ride, That Never the Question!

 To Ride or Not To Ride, That’s Never The Question...more

reverie: tango in paris

Daydreaming of dancing tango in Paris under the stars. Warm weather and light from the moon. Comment parfaite. How perfect.  ...more

Home from another semester in Africa

We are back from another semester teaching in a Tanzanian seminary in East Africa. No way to do blog posts from there. I taught Bible and American History, Life and Culture. Wonderful, eager students. I preached in villages and went to a village parish most Sundays. I loved it. The color, the drumming and dancing in worship, the people.  I encouraged twelve step recovery for a family member of an alcoholic. It is good to be one of a very few white people in an African culture. Changes the dynamic of race. Eternal summer. Africa rules!...more



Favorite Airline Rewards: Delta Airlines

 Check out my newest post about the Delta SkyMiles program and how it works. You can read about how to earn and spend miles, as well as all about the different elite levels.Check out the post here!...more

What to pack?

Hello everyone! Hope 2015 is treating you well!My family has always been cruise people. I'm pretty sure my grandparents have been on 30 cruises.  This year Ryan and I invited ourselves with my parents and my younger sister to embark in a 7 day cruise to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Kits! I haven't been on a cruise since I have been of drinking age so I am excited to check it out! I conjured up a packing list for you all to enjoy in case you ever decide to sail the ocean blue....more

Ice Ice Baby!

Over the weekend, we finally made our way out to the Matanuska Glacier! We had plans to go around Thanksgiving when family was in town, but the stars didn't align (read: the Army didn't cooperate with my scheduling) so we weren't able to make it. We've lived in Alaska for nearly two years and this was the first time I had step foot on a glacier. Pathetic I tell you!  ...more