“You’re doing what?”
I could only imagine the shocked reaction my family would have to my announcement that I was going to walk across Spain. It was October 2014, and I had finally decided to fulfill my long-held dream to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago. Also known as the Way of St. James, The Walk of Forgiveness. The Camino is an ancient pilgrimage along the field of stars that follows the Milky Way, a journey of 850 kilometers over the French Pyrenees across Northern Spain.
As a child, I dreamed of being an astronomer. Now, I was actually going to follow the Milky Way. The Camino attracts not only Catholic pilgrims, but also many spiritually minded people who wish to test their resilience by hiking through several mountain ranges and the Meseta of Spain. It is a journey that crosses both harsh terrain and the landscape of the soul.
My heart was telling me it was time, so I prayed and asked for clear guidance on what would be the best decision for our...
My daughter, Allie, exclaimed, “No way Mom!” But I did it anyway! It was a sunny crisp day in January, and Allie and I were going to take our dog Annie on a walk together. It was a chilly day and I needed to wrap up so I could enjoy our walk together. Allie warned me that if I was going to do what she thought I was going to do, she would walk ahead of me. We had no idea the surprises that were in store for us that day on our walk.
When its cold outside I like to walk with a hat that will keep my head warm. I had a feeling that the perfect hat for our walk on this cold day would be my Cool Elf Hat. This was my favorite hat from the holidays and it always made me smile. It was red and white striped short stocking hat that had big elf ears on it, and one of the ears even had small gold hoop earrings. Across the front of the hat, written in white letters was Cool Elf. (Check out my look in the picture to...
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