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    February 23, 2018 by Brandy Vencel


    :: 1 ::

    We don’t camp. Neither my husband nor I grew up camping. We don’t own gear. I wouldn’t really know how to do it. It’s an ignorance thing, I think.

    The question, then, is how to travel when you have four children. In many states, renting a house is probably an option, but if you haven’t noticed, California is kind of pricey. I was delightfully surprised, then, when I discovered the website Six Suitcase Travel. It specializes in hotel searches for families the size of ours (and a bit larger, too!) — and only searches hotels where we wouldn’t have to rent an extra room.

    I was thrilled when planning a recent trip. I found a reasonably priced hotel that includes breakfast (bonus!), free parking (double bonus!), and a full kitchen (can you say gluten free bonus??).


    :: 2 ::

    The latest episode of Scholé Sisters is out today! I know some of you have been waiting a long time for this episode, asking me about what could possibly be inside that Paideia Project notebook I showed on Instagram weeks ago. In this episode, I spill the beans.


    :: 3 ::

    This week, we finished up reading aloud the second book in Jonathan Rogers’ Wilderking Trilogy, The Secret of the Swamp King. Just like the first book, it didn’t disappoint. It contained a number of great life lessons, and the children and I found a new motto in its pages: Live in the grace you are given.

    Wanna know what that’s about? Read the book!

    This book is one part retelling stories from the life of King David, one part Florida, one part fantasy. Definitely recommended.

    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2015:

    I still think feeling the burn is a reason to take a nap.


    :: 5 ::

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  • Reply Rebecca Beck March 4, 2018 at 11:10 am

    To know the beauty of Gods creation in an intimate way is camping! Sleeping on the ground absorbing God’s vibe! It may be dirty and messy, but it recharges the soul in a way nothing else can. As a kid, my family would go packing in the mountains every summer for at least a week or two. Take nature study to a deeper level and live it, breathe it! I haven’t braved a packing trip with our kids yet, but we live and work on a large ranch, so the kids can go on hikes by themselves for miles around! They get to live it everyday! The oldest wants to camp by himself this summer?but I will take a deep breath and let him go. Beg and borrow the gear and just do it! You don’t have to have the latest gear, you really can just use old quilts! Why did the old monks go off into the desert? Because they couldn’t hear with all the noise of city life. Excited to check out your link for traveling with a crew is tough!

    Whenever I look at gun control, the most dangerous places have the strictest gun laws and the safest places per capita have the most lenient gun laws. I believe we should make companies that make games and movies about shooting people responsible for gun violence. We are made in the ‘image’ and therefore we imitate. Monkey see, monkey do!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Rebecca, I love that your oldest wants to camp by himself! We had a child live in our back orchard for a few days once. 🙂

      I am with you on gun laws! I’ve read the same data in regard to gun-free zones becoming targets.

  • Reply Betsy March 3, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I’m a huge fan of The Wilderking books! I like them even better than the Wingfeather books. 🙂

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