Traditions

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Happy Fall Everyone!

I bet you thought I forgot about you?!? Life has been very busy over the last 6 weeks or so…all good stuff, but its been keeping me from sitting down and finding the time to share with you. Last weekend we went to the upper peninsula of Michigan. It was a beautiful sight to be seen. This is a tradition in our family. Lots of times we go to Mackinaw Island, or White Fish Point (my personal favorite, rocks…you get it!!) This time we visited the Soo Locks. Its quite amazing to see how much higher Lake Huron is than Lake Superior. There is a whole process they go through of “locking” the boat in an area until they can raise or lower the ship to send it out to the lake. I highly recommend the visit. After the day at the Soo, the kids came back to the campground for some trick or treating. That was a first for all of our kids and they had a great time. This was our first trip to the UP this summer, so of course I wanted to pack as much in as I could. Sunday morning we went to White Fish Point for some ship gazing and of course rock picking. After that it was on to Taquenenom Falls. There are upper and lower falls. So beautiful, so powerful and the color was awesome. A lot of nature to absorb. Sometimes the colors of the trees are just so spectacular its hard to take it all in. I would like to share a few pictures of our trip in case you have never been to Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula!

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Notice My Little Rock Picker in Training!

Hope you get a chance to enjoy some fall beauty!

Peace,

Julie

Little Pieces of God’s World – Great Inspirations!

Collecting rocks along the beach is one of my most cherished, serene activities. I guess I can’t just say the beach because I’ve been noted to pick a rock or two from the shoulder of the road or anywhere I see a rock that strikes me! I have no real purpose for collecting these rocks other than it gives me great peace and joy to do so. I feel they are just another awesome piece of God’s creation!! Some day I may find a great inspiration of something to do with my rocks, but for now I’m okay with just letting my collection grow.   There are 2 favorite places I have collected rocks from this summer: White Fish Point and 2 Hearted River, both in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. My mission was to find some Agates during our last trip to the UP. A guy at a craft show pointed me in the direction of 2 Hearted River. What I have learned is that it would be a good idea to take someone with you who knew the difference in rocks. I get caught up in the “Pretty Rock Syndrome!” Not sure if I have any agates, but I sure do have some pretty rocks!! Some day I’m going to make a trip by myself or with another fellow rock picker as my husband tends to get a little impatient. Hobbies are so important to our wellness and mental health. It is the number one thing I encourage my clients to find…a hobby. So, what are some of the things you consider a hobby or like to collect?

Rock on!

Julie

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