Lamplighter Challenge

Hills & Valleys – Italy

May 13, 2023

Dad’s Day –We woke up at camp to the birds singing.  Then we left to rent mountain bikes.  The day turned out to be a day of prayer.  Our first opportunity was to pray over the weather.  The forecast said ‘Thunderstorms that are seriously a threat to human life!’  We prayed and had clear skies […]

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The rocks will cry out – Italy

May 12, 2023


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The Gift of Seeing – Italy

May 7, 2023

The whole family piled into the van to launch us on Tirzah’s grand adventure.  It was 6a in the morning, but that did not seem to phase any of the smiling, chattering children.  The littles (Faythe/Glory/Honour) were just excited to be going somewhere.  We made it too and through the airport with no issues.  We […]

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The Time Has Come – Italy

May 6, 2023

“For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths.” – Proverbs 5:22 Covid happened right before our Tirzah Joy Tuten turned 10 years old.  She was ready to set out on her adventure, but the world stood still.  We all were put in a holding pattern as […]

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Live Like That – Kerosene Creek & Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

April 5, 2017

As we were leaving the Rotorua Canopy Tours, Gary (a native of Rotorua) gave us some local ideas on things we may enjoy. He gave us a local glow worm spot and the location of a thermal heated creek that we could soak in. We tried the glow worm spot first and it turned out […]

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Ready…Set..Zip – Rotorua, New Zealand

March 31, 2017

We have always called Sydney, our zip line girl. From the time she could speak she would beg to take her turn on any zip line I set up or we happened to be near. When traveling once, we found ourselves at a camp in South Carolina. Sydney was around four years old and there […]

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Hairy Feet – Hobbit Town, New Zealand

March 30, 2017

            The big day was upon us! Sydney was so excited that her smile wrapped all the way around her head. We were one of the first people on-site and we had signed up for the first tour of the day. If you ever go, be on the first bus. […]

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Time For Tea – Zealong Tea Tour, New Zealand

March 29, 2017

We left our hotel at 5:45a this morning to fly to the North Island. Landing in Auckland, I was not really looking forward to driving through a major city. It turned out to not be a big deal. The airport is on the south side of Auckland and with two turns we were headed out […]

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Write Your Story – Queenstown Hill, New Zealand

March 28, 2017

We spent the night south of Queenstown at the abandoned Fairlight Railway Station (the one campsite we have seen twice). In the morning we took our time getting ready and having our bible time. It was nice to have a relaxing morning with no major driving needed to get to the next thing. We made […]

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Into the Beautiful – Clifden Cave, New Zealand

March 27, 2017

We have been “Freedom Camping” this whole trip, which means we have been tent camping in legal areas around the country. The areas are far apart and usually off the beaten path. Leaving Milford Sound around 6p and then getting caught in the traffic jam, I knew we would be getting into camp late. Driving […]

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