Thursday, May 16, 2024

CAN'T HAVE ENOUGH STORAGE SPACE FOR DAD!

One of our many current projects is building Dad some bigger closet & storage space. We are having a blast constructing this 6 ft x 4 ft (9 ft tall) walk in storage area with leftover wood siding from last year's projects. So far so good!
 
  
  
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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

IT'S SOOOOOO GOOD TO BE BACK IN CHURCH REGULARLY AFTER 4 YEARS!!

  
For the first time in my life I missed in-person church on a regular basis... to the tune of about 4 years!!! I'm astounded & shocked to even say that. COVID kicked off the first year of absences in 2020, and the ongoing caregiving demands, resulting exhaustion, & mere survival continued this dreaded streak throughout all of 2021, 2022, & 2023. The last 5 years (2019, 20, 21, 22, 23) nearly killed me, and this essential piece that was no longer there called church (community worship, fellowship, the inspired teaching of God's Word, volunteering & serving as part of the Body of Christ) was one of the main culprits of this near death experience. Praise God for the ministry I work in (GTD) that enabled me to do regular events with churches so that I could get the taste of church every few weeks during this time as well as the online church services I was able to attend virtually. There is no comparison to or replacement of in-person church participation, but even still the GTD events & online church services were vital parts of surviving this awful churchless phase of my life. I'm currently in the 9th month of my TAKEback ATTACK to take back everything (& more) in Jesus name that the thief came to kill, steal, & destroy in my life  (John 10:10) over the past 5 years, and getting back into church is one of several things on the top of my take back list. This may sound a little strange, but I needed to pick a church where I didn't know anyone. I'm still recovering & healing, and my cup was pretty empty so I didn't want to go somewhere that I may be prone to start volunteering right away or "just jump right back in where I left off". The other things I needed from a new church was an emphasis on praise & worship, and if possible, something close to home to remove any excuse for not going. So I picked this thriving church 5 minutes from my house called Generation Church. I've been going off & on since January, and have finally broken through to some regular consistency (PTL!). Aaaaaaaaand oh how wonderful it has been!! Worshipping God with others and hearing regular sermons bathed in prayer & based on God's Word has been refreshing, renewing, & reviving. I don't know if this will become my home church in time, but I do know that it is the church that God is using to bring me back home during this time. I always wondered what life would be like without a healthy Christ-centered church, and now I know... it's a dreadful low, low, low quality of life.
 
 
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Monday, May 13, 2024

SIDEWINDER WAS DARN NEAR PERFECT!!

  
The weather was perfect! The water was perfect! The people were perfect! Everything from start to finish was perfectly on-time! Our island time was perfect! Our devotions were based on James 4:2 > We have not because we ask not. About 75% of our participants were first timers! Everyone had a blast! I can't think of a single thing that went "wrong"! We loved every minute of it! Thank You Jesus!! Here's a quick group pic on the water... you can see all the pics from our aqua adventure on the link below. Can't wait for our next adventure!!
  
SIDEWINDER 2024 Photo Album:
https://goingthedistance.smugmug.com/2024/2024-Day-Trip-SIDEWINDER-Paddleboarding-Trek
 
 
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Sunday, May 12, 2024

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!


Happy Mother's Day to all you hard working, big hearted, selfless, care-for-your-family, protect-your-family, ain't-nobody-gonna-mess-with-my-family, fun-loving, down-on-my-knees-praying-for-my-family, Mama Bears out there!!! You deserve more than a day to honor all that you do... you deserve at least a month!!

I have been blessed with THE BEST MOM EVER, and I hope you feel the same way about your Mom!! One of the things I love most about VegetariANN (Mom) is how much fun she is, and how much she loves to laugh! I know she is having so much fun in Heaven, and I can imagine her laughing right now in the freedom & the joy-filled presence of Jesus!! Happy Mother's Day Mom!!! You did a GREAT job!!!
 
 
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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

WHO CARES??? BORA-CARE(S)!! ...GOODBYE CHRISTMAS WRAPPING PAPER!!

   
Some of you already know that I'm on a termite prevention mission. I own a 1955 wood framed bungalow so termite prevention is essential. About 4 years ago I started renovating my livingroom, dining room, & kitchen by removing all the drywall. Then my parents' health went from really bad to way worse almost overnight. I put renovating on the back burner. It was around Christmas time so I covered all my exposed walls & insulation with Christmas wrapping paper. It stayed like that for a few years (so it was Christmas year round!) Honestly, there were many many times where it looked like I would never get to finish the renovations. For a few years I could see outside through all the exposed cracks & seams in the construction. Heating & cooling the house were very inefficient and small ants & insects became my new unwelcomed roommates. Several months ago I started taking back my life in Jesus name as I watch God "restore the years that the locust have eaten". Part of my TAKEback ATTACK is finishing what I started. Recently we removed all the wrapping paper and old insulation so I could start chipping away at the renovations. One of my missions is to remove all the drywall in my house and treat the wood with Bora Care (made from a naturally occurring mineral) that soaks into the wood and kills termites & many other things when they try eating the wood. The amazing thing is that Bora Care never fizzles... it soaks in and stays in the wood forever! It's a "one-and-done" treatment FOREVER!! (I love this product!!!) In fact, many insurance companies & building codes are requiring new wood construction homes to be treated with Bora Care. I also added a mold prevention and insect prevention to the project (Score!) so I'm excited about the future of this home! I treated all the areas which were once covered with wrapping paper and for a few days it looked like I lived in a log cabin! Now I'm preparing to thicken my walls to about 10 inches wide and air-seal & insulate each renovated area... turning an inefficient home into a very efficient home. It has been a loooong time coming, but progress is being made at the place that is not only my home, but also the headquarters of my ministry. Thank You Jesus for restoring time! What is impossible for man is possible with God =) 
 
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Monday, May 6, 2024

SIDEWINDER IS SOLD OUT!!


Our PADDLEBOARDING event on May 11th is officially SOLD OUT!
 
It's not uncommon to have a cancelation or two in the week leading up to the trip so if you're still interested in this trip then you may want to sign up on our waiting list. If so, click on the link below.
 
SIDEWINDER link:
https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/sidewinder-s-u-p-trek-2.html?m=1
  
Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!
 
 
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Saturday, May 4, 2024

JOIN US IN NC JULY 24-28 FOR OUR 29th ANNUAL SLAMMED ADVENTURE TRIP!!!

  
One of the most frequent questions I get is, "When is this year's SLAMMED???" Well I'm happy to share the great news >>> We have nailed down the date & location, and the website & registration pages are ready to go!!
 
Join us JuLY 24-28, 2024 in beautiful Brevard, North Carolina for my favorite GTD event >>> our annual SLAMMED Adventure Trip!!
 
This trip is regularly $250/person, but we run one public SLAMMED event each year at a greatly reduced cost, and this is it! This year's trip is only $85/person!!! That's for a 5-day adventure!!!
 
This trip includes tent camping at a fantastic group campsite, daily devotions, nightly campfires, waterfall sliding, cliff jumping, hiking, lake swimming, team sports, group games, possible rock climbing, possible paddleboarding, tons of fellowship, an outdoor movie, and the option to go white water rafting on the French Broad River (add $65pp for rafting)!! Now that has all the ingredients for what we call a God-awesome time!!
 
I would wish the trip upon everyone!!
 
For more details and to register for this event click on the following link:
https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/slammed-nc.html?m=1
 
Aaaaaaaaaand as always, our deepest love & appreciation for all of our generous donors, supporters, & volunteers that make events like this possible!! You! Are! Simply! AMAZING!!!!
 
Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!
 
 
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Friday, May 3, 2024

ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT FOR NEXT WEEK'S SIDEWINDER PADDLEBOARDING TREK!!

   
Our next FREE event is PADDLEBOARDING on May 11th!!! LUNCH INCLUDED!!
 
Join us on Saturday May 11th for our annual SIDEWINDER Stand-Up Paddleboarding Day Trip to a nearby island in St Petersburg, Florida. 
 
We can take 24 paddleboarders, but only 4 spots are left so register asap to reserve your spot!
 
  
We hope you can join us! 
   
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our phenomenal supporters that have enabled GTD to get some pretty awesome gear (including new paddleboards) over the last few years and expand our list of activities!! You guys ROCK!
 
Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!
 
 
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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

GTD INTERVIEW AIRS TODAY & TMW... OR WATCH IT RIGHT NOW ON YOUTUBE!

  
Our 20 minute interview on the Bay Focus program we recorded last week is airing today (Wed - May 1st) at 11:30 a.m. and again tomorrow (Thur - May 2nd) at 7:00 p.m. on CTN/WCLF TV 22.
 
Or you can watch it right now on the Bay Focus YouTube Channel at the following link:
https://youtu.be/tVnaeCHZUts
  
**NOTE: GTD is the 2nd interview on the Bay Focus program and starts at 8 minutes & 18 seconds into the show.
  
A huge thank you to the host who has become a dear friend to me & GTD - Darlene Greenlee!! She always makes the show a whole lot of fun full of substance!
 
Aaaaaaaaand a very special thank you to "Bracelets & Jewelry By Haven" (my 9 year old little buddy - Haven Zeitler) for her custom made GTD THRIVE bracelet that I'm wearing on the show!!
  
I hope you enjoy!
  
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