Small Town Living 


I’m from a little town in the Upper  Peninsula of Michigan with a population of about 8,000 people. I’ve been here most of my life, even living on the same street that I was born on. Growing up it was a great place to live. Daily happenings consisted of running through the neighborhood to find whoever was allowed to come out to play. During the days we could be found playing an intense game of Kick the Can or wiffle ball. I was the only girl in the neighborhood so I was just “one of the guys” and did what they did. Not far from my house was the playgrounds. This was the place that was the main attraction for us kids. There was a park, lots of trees to climb and I can’t forget “the Shack.” The shack had everything we needed available for rent (sign your name and bring it back when you are done) to make it a perfect day! There were softballs, gloves and bats for a fun game of baseball; shuffleboard and ping pong equipment for a friendly competition. I even won a first place ribbon in the ping pong tournament!! Some of my best childhood memories are from that playgrounds!!


This town is where I got married and had my kids and where most of my family lives. Everything I needed and had ever known was here. Everyone knew everyone and even the thought of hiding anything from your parents made you think twice. If we did something we shouldn’t have “somehow” it always got back to your parents! 

Fall colors are beyond amazing!!

Out Main Street
We get a lot of snow here!!
A local attraction of everything “Yooper” (that’s what they call us)

Lots of trees around here!
Old Ish that has stood proudly in town for as long as I can remember. A fun little fact, my grandpa’s hand was the mold for this at one time
Black River Falls in the township of our town

Times have changed quite a bit from those days long ago. The population is still about the same but now when you walk down the street chances are you won’t know the person walking by you. The police are busting drug houses, cars are being stolen and doors need to be locked when you are not home. This makes me sad! To think that the times have changed so much is scary in a way. The days of innocence are a thing of the past. But the memories of all that has taken place in this small town will be mine forever and that is something that not even time can take from me. No matter where I am or what changes life brings my way, this will always be home!!

When you’re little the world seems so big and I don’t think I ever even thought about life outside of my town. But as you get older you realize that there is a great big world out there waiting for you to explore! 

  So go explore your world because life is an       adventure that is meant for you to experience!!

Valentines Day!!


Valentines Day!

Since today is Valentines Day I got to thinking about what the day really means and where did it originally come from.  Why did someone choose for February 14th to be the day when we should buy gifts for our lovers and celebrate our love for someone? So here is what I found….

**The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer’s poetry about “Valentines” in the 14th century.

**The ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, an annual three-day ritual believed to ward off evil spirits and increase fertility, was held on February 13th through the 15th.

**St. Valentine’s Day is the world’s “holiday of love.”

**Valentine, a Christian priest, had been thrown in prison for his teachings. On February 14, Valentine was beheaded, not only because he was a Christian, but also because he had performed a miracle. He supposedly cured the jailer’s daughter of her blindness. The night before he was executed, he wrote the jailer’s daughter a farewell letter, signing it “From Your Valentine.” Another legend tells us that this same Valentine, well-loved by all, received notes to his jail cell from children and friends who missed him.

Nowhere in any of these points does it say we need to buy gifts for our spouse or significant other, take them to fancy restaurants or dedicate this day solely to the “one we love”.


As Christians shouldn’t we be celebrating “Valentines Day” every day? Shouldn’t we love daily, buy gifts randomly and celebrate those we love always? GOD IS LOVE!!

My husband and I have always taken our kids with us on our Valentine dinner.  This year on this day I am in a different town stranded because of snow with my best friend. It doesn’t feel any less like Valentines Day because I’m not home with my family. After all I love my best friend! Tomorrow my husband, my kids and I will all go out for dinner like we usually do but not because it’s February 14th but because we love each other and we celebrate every day.

So as you celebrate Valentines Day today remember that tomorrow is going to be Valentines Day too and the next 363 days after that and remember “we love because He first loved us” 1 John 4:19




HI!! My name is Mackenzie. My people call me Kenzie for short. When I’m in trouble my mom calls me Mackenzie Mae!

I am a 55 pound pure bred pitbull. I was born on September 27, 2012 in Escanaba, Michigan.

                Here is a pic of my mom!


       And this is my dad with my brother!


Now I know you might be thinking “a pitbull? Those dogs are mean”.  Well this is what I say to that!!


              Sorry, that wasn’t nice!

If you would just give me a chance and get to know me, you would see that I’m not any different than other dogs.  My people didn’t raise me to fight. They taught me to love all animals and be polite to all people. Well, I’m still working on being polite. My mom says that jumping on people isn’t being polite but I just can’t help it. When you walk in the door I’m so excited to see you and you’re so darn cute, I just can’t help myself. I’m working on it, I promise!

My favorite things are going for walks,




               hanging out with my mom
                    (I’m a momma’s girl)


and of course sleeping. I’m really good at


I’m not perfect. I do have a few bad habits. I jump on people I love (I already told you that), I sometimes pee a little when my people walk in the door (I get so excited when they come home), I steal shoes every chance I get (if my people can’t find their shoes they can’t leave me), when you leave my house I lunge for your feet or hands (I’m just trying to tell you not to leave) and there is not a toy made that I can’t destroy. Well except for that unbreakable ball my mom bought me but I’m working on eating that one too!

See, I’m not mean, vicious, a fighter, untrustworthy or all the things that people say about me. The truth about me is, I love very deeply, I’m very loyal, I’m playful and very smart! Did I tell you that I can sit, lay down, shake (with both paws), leave a treat on the floor until I’m told I can have it, kiss my mom before my every meal, give high five and so many other things?

So there you go!  There is a little about me and all of my breed. I hope you understand us a little better now that we’ve talked. And if you still need some convincing, come over to my house to play and I’ll lick your face until you say uncle!!


Today is count your blessings Sunday! I have so many things to be thankful for!


These 2 guys are my reason for waking up every day. They have grown into amazing men and I am so proud of the both of them.
Dylan is 18 and just graduated from high school. He loves basketball and hanging out with his girlfriend. Dustin is 21 and he is all about fishing. If there is a fish to be caught he is all in.


This is my husband of 23 years! He is a miner that works very long hours every day to provide the best for our family.


This is my best friend, my partner in crime, my travel around the United States partner. We have been friends for 13 years and have so much fun together!



This is my baby girl. She is an almost 2 year old pure bred pitbull. She is the sweetest dog ever and I love her so much!!


This is my family! I’ve lost my mother and father and oldest brother but my sister and 2 brothers and I are still close and I love them so much!!




This is where I live. Born and raised in Upper Michigan. I am proud to be called a “yooper”.  This place I call home is by far the most beautiful place in the world. Despite the hundreds of inches of snow that we get per year, it is still so beautiful!


And last but not least, this is my J.O.B.  I have been with It Works Global for 1 year now. Starting my own business was scary and it is a lot of work but so rewarding. I love helping people to get healthier, look younger and gain financial freedom.  It was definitely one of the best decisions that I have ever made. We are a family and all about Friendships, Fun and Freedom!!

So these are the things that mean the most to me! Thanks for listening as I shared my blessings with you.

I hope you all take time today to count your blessings!!

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