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If You Fall Get Back Up – Stay Motivated – Skateboarding Can Be Dangerous

If You Fall Get Back Up – Stay Motivated – Skateboarding Can Be Dangerous

Life can be at times difficult, or one can get easily discouraged by certain situations, especially when one hits a rough spot. Stay motivated, and don’t let a small fall discourage you from getting back on that horse (metaphor). It helps having people around that portray that, people that fall and are not afraid of getting back up to try it again, or something similar. I was reminded of this again last week when my husband had an incident. It…

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Photography Sunset Chasing – Find New Locations And Visit Old Locations

Photography Sunset Chasing – Find New Locations And Visit Old Locations

A while ago we took a small trip to the Wachenburg (castle) in Weinheim, Germany. We drove for a while, since this castle is situated a bit higher up on a mountain. The weather was rainy and a bit gloomy, and it was getting dark already. The drive up the mountain felt extremely long, and when we finally arrived I saw it was very foggy. I had brought my camera, and though the fog was giving the castle a cool,…

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Take Continuously Small Trips – Taking Advantage Of The Weekends

Take Continuously Small Trips – Taking Advantage Of The Weekends

Last Thursday marked the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, and during those days my husband usually stays in the mosque. I knew in advance that we would not be taking any exploring trips for two weeks, since the weekend during the last ten days of Ramadan my husband would be in the mosque, and the weekend after would maybe be Eid (Religious holiday marking the end of (fasting) the month of Ramadan). On Eid we usually do…

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Walking To Pass Time Until Fast Break – Photography Of Castle & Field

Walking To Pass Time Until Fast Break – Photography Of Castle & Field

Yesterday we went for a little walk to pass some time, since we still had about two hours until we could break our fast. The fast this year is especially long here in Germany; we start fasting at around 3:30 AM until 9:30 PM.  So since my husband came home a bit earlier from work yesterday, we decided to take a stroll through the city. This would also benefit our 14 year old son, who had surgery last Friday for…

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Color and Learn the Prophets Names – Children Learn Best When Coloring

Color and Learn the Prophets Names – Children Learn Best When Coloring

This blog entry is somewhat smaller, and it highlights the importance of children’s education in the form of coloring and playing. It’s no secret that children learn best when they are playing or coloring. It’s a relaxed and fun environment. No pressure, no stress, and no fear of failing. It’s also an easier way for teachers to teach, since the children want to learn, and are super excited to what is going on, instead of retaliating and refusing to do…

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Heading For One Destination But End Up Somewhere Else – Weekend Trip

Heading For One Destination But End Up Somewhere Else – Weekend Trip

Our last weekend trip was the weekend right before the month of Ramadan. I would not dare try to take a trip where some hiking would be involved, especially with all that heat that we were having these past days. So I wanted to get out of the house, I really didn’t care where we were going; however, most attractions cost money and castles don’t, unless you take the tour. I am happy to just see the outside, so I…

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Rise Above Hate Speech – Teenager Being Insulted While Playing PlayStation

Rise Above Hate Speech – Teenager Being Insulted While Playing PlayStation

I am sure it’s safe to say that the majority of people around the world cringe their noses when they hear the name Trump. Most wonder how someone like him could have come into power, and others wonder how much of a racist someone has to be to vote for him. It is no secret that hate crimes have gone up, and that people all of a sudden feel they have the right to harass others because of their skin…

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Sunday Trip When All Businesses and Stores Are Closed – Odenwald And Breuberg Castle

Sunday Trip When All Businesses and Stores Are Closed – Odenwald And Breuberg Castle

My husband went to a retreat a couple of weeks ago at the Odenwald (Germany), and was very fascinated with the surrounding area of the city. He had told me that it was a smaller city, peaceful with many hiking opportunities. He also mentioned a castle. I took note of it, but somehow didn’t pursue the thought of going to see this castle. I don’t think I even looked at it online, until last Sunday. It was actually not me…

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Historic City Ladenburg Germany – Bike Ride Adventuring Or Traveling The World

Historic City Ladenburg Germany – Bike Ride Adventuring Or Traveling The World

I had the overwhelming urge last Sunday to go on a bike ride. The weather had been kind of chilly and rainy throughout the week, but on Sunday it got quite warm, and even sunny. My husband was all for it, but my two sons were complaining and dragging their feet, especially when they heard we were riding to a small town thirty minutes away. This reaction is normal, really I don’t even respond to it because I know the addiction to…

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Lay Off Your Usual Routine – Get Out And Adventure

Lay Off Your Usual Routine – Get Out And Adventure

Humans, they build a routine and most of the times have a hard time getting out of their daily chores. Every day and weekend they find themselves doing the same thing over and over again. Yes we all fall into that trap! The trap of Netflix, 500+ cable channels, and dvd move night. It takes only the first step to say, No! This weekend I will do something else. I will choose a place, even if it’s just twenty minutes away,…

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