Hartian Family Vacation Day 8

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We were able to rent our condo for one more night, and so we decided to actually leave tomorrow instead of today. Yay!!!!! Warm weather for another day! Anyway, we left for the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. They were beautiful! Apparently, Edison and Ford were best friends. So much so that Ford moved his family’s winter abode to the place right next to Edison’s. After touring the estate, we went to The Island Cow for lunch/dinner (we left our condo really late….), then we went on an alligator hunt at the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. There was a trail that you could follow and see alligators, no barriers or anything in between you and them. We saw one as we were walking over a bridge. He was sleeping, but kept opening his eye to look at us. We left and went to the beach that was by the Sanibel Light House. We didn’t go swimming, but we walked along the beach as the sun was setting. The sun looked so cool! I did a photoshoot with Tenney, and we left right before it got really dark. We then went and ate at Love Boat Ice Cream – can you tell we really enjoyed the ice cream from there?  Then we came home, cleaned up all the shells we collected (there were a lot), did some packing, because we actually are leaving tomorrow, read our Bibles, and went to bed.

I think this is Ford's house.
I think this is Edison’s house.
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This is the actual furniture that the Edison family used.

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This is the pantry.
This is the pantry.
The flowers and plants were gorgeous.
The flowers and plants were gorgeous.

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The mangrove trees were so cool and I really wanted to climb them!
The banyan trees were so cool. I really wanted to climb them!
This is too funny.
This is too funny.

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Inside one of the rooms.
Inside one of the rooms.

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These were some of the meals we got. They were huge! (We really need to remember to take pictures before we start eating!)
These were some of the meals we got. They were huge! (We really need to remember to take pictures before we start eating)!
This is the sign at the beginning of the trail. It's kind of freaky to think that were looking for alligators with nothing between us and them.
This is the sign at the beginning of the trail. It’s kind of freaky to think that were looking for alligators with nothing between us and them.

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The alligator was close. This photo is zoomed a little, but he wasn't that far away.
The alligator was close. This photo is zoomed a little, but he wasn’t that far away.
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I did a photoshoot with Tenney on the beach. These are the raw images (no editing or anything like that). Enjoy!
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I think this one is my favorite.

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Hartian Family Vacation Day 7

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We had a slow start to our morning, eating breakfast late. The kids ate inside due to the fact that we kept getting bit by No-see-ums. We played Uno while we ate. It is an American themed Uno game with the pictures on the cards being jukeboxes, the Liberty Bell, the American flag, and an eagle (which I said looked like Cato from Jenny L. Cote’s new book).

We left Sanibel Harbor at around 12:00 noon, and drove down a road that is close to our condo to see what was there (when we turn into our street, there is another road right next to it, and mom always wondered what was down there). It was another hotel and more condos right on the beach. Then we drove to Shell Point Retirement Communities, because the friends we met up with last night told us we could see manatees there. It is a beautiful retirement community. It is also a Christian one, and they have a ministry elderly people can be a part of that helps send money to a publishing company that produces Christian curriculums and Sunday school tracts. We did get to see the manatees, and it was fun watching them poke their snouts up to breath. They were so cool!

Then we left, and drove back to Sanibel Island – we drove right through Sanibel, and up to Captiva Island. Well, on the bridge connecting Sanibel to the mainland, we saw a dolphin jump. It was the coolest thing! Before we went to Captiva’s beach, we drove around exploring the island. It was a small island, and didn’t take us that long to go through. There were a lot of big houses. Captiva seems like a place where a lot of wealthy people live.

After driving around, we went to the beach. It was beautiful! And there were more shells than there were on Sanibel or at Lovers Key. Mom, Ricky, and Dad found a lot of conch shells. While we were swimming, three (or more) dolphins came playing around us. They were not more than 20 feet from us. It was amazing! We played on the beach and in the water for two to three hours, then cleaned up and went to dinner.

We ate at Doc Fords. It was DELICIOUS! Before the main course came, Dad ordered calamari and all of us ate it and really enjoyed it. Then he told us it was squid (it still tasted good after I learned what it was, though😂). I ordered shrimp tacos. They were yummy! All of us ate till we were stuffed. I would definitely go there again.

After dinner, we drove to the shopping center Love Boat Ice Cream is in on Sanibel, because mom saw a sweatshirt she liked, and wanted to buy it. The drive was long enough that we were able to listen to the Pineapple Guy (for an explanation look at day five), and pray on the way home. Then, we came back to our condo (which I keep accidentally referring to as home), and packed, because this is sadly our last day (unless we extend our trip). Then, I read my Bible and went to bed.

This is part of the retirement place.
This is part of Shell Point Retirement Community.
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Can you see the manatee?

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We counted at least five of them.
Us playing frisbee on the beach
Us playing frisbee on the beach

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Dad keeps taking these gorgeous pictures of the beach.
Dad keeps taking these gorgeous pictures of the beach.

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The view was marvelous.
The view was marvelous.
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As we walked along the beach, I helped Elie and Brynn practice their parts for H.E.A.R.T.’s end of the year play. I mean, it’s set on a beach, so it only seemed appropriate.

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Where we ate menu.
The menu from where we ate.
The Calamari.
The calamari.
My order.
My order. (Well, what’s left of it by the time I remembered to take a picture! 😂)
Our table
Our table.
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Hartian Family Vacation Day 6

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We didn’t actually sleep in this morning, though we kind of lazed around.  Mom cooked a wonderful breakfast that consisted of eggs and donuts, which we ate as a great start to the day. Then we cleaned up, and slowly started getting ready to go to Sanibel Island. Then we looked at the time and hurried to get ready. It was around 10:00 am when we left. This side of Florida is beautiful. You can capture stunning photos almost anywhere. So with that announcement made, I tell you that the view from the bridge was marvelous. Since the ride there was longer, I read my Bible. A part that really stuck out to me from what I read today was Philippians 4:11-13. The idea that through Christ comes contentment is amazing.

The route we took was very scenic, though, and there was a good amount to see. We saw dolphins on one side of the bridge, and, thinking we saw something from the other side, we stopped at a small beach by the side of the road, got out of the car, and went to look at the water. The water on that side was too shallow for dolphins to get through, so we trooped back to the car, and drove to the information center. After getting some info, we drove to the J “Ding” Darling Wildlife Center and went into the info building to look around. Dad wanted info on the driving tour, which is what we did. We ended up staying there for longer than we expected, because it was cooler than we expected. There was a bunch of info on J “Ding” Darling (the guy who founded the wildlife preserve), alligators and crocodiles, and manatees. We ended up spending half an hour there before we actually started the driving tour. It was one of those things that you drive for a little bit, then get out to look. It took us an hour and a half to complete.  It was a very beautiful drive, and we saw a lot of birds and fish. The J “Ding” Darling Wildlife Preserve takes up about a third of the island, and the other amount of the island is condos, homes, the beach and restaurants and shops. For lunch we bought sandwiches from a general store and ate them in the car on the way to the beach. Sanibel is great for shelling. We found several full fighting conch shells, and many other really good ones. We also played in the waves (the water was really shallow) and splashed around. It was a lot of fun. When we finally had to leave, we all had to rinse off because there was sand everywhere due to the nature of the ocean. We drove right to another beach to watch the sunset with some friends. It was an amazing sunset. We ate dinner with our friends at a place called Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger. I got – guess what? – a cheeseburger.:-) The cheeseburger was delicious. It was a nice little place. We parted ways afterwards, our friends going back to their condo and us going to a Love Boat ice cream on Sanibel. Me and Mom opted to get smaller cones this time; we did, but every one else got the big ones. The ice-cream served at Love Boat is probably the best I’ve ever had. Then we went to a store to grab somethings we had forgotten, then went back to our condos, read our Bibles, and went to bed. 🙂

This was the view from the bridge. The pictures don't do it justice because we were moving and the bridge is in the way!
This was the view from the bridge. The pictures don’t do it justice because we were moving and the bridge is in the way!
This was when we stoped to look for dolphins
This was when we stoped to look for dolphins.
We saw this sign at the visitors center. My reaction:😑😂
We saw this sign at the visitors center. My reaction:😑😂
This was part of the inside of the wildlife center
This was part of the inside of the wildlife center.

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We visited the souvenir shop in side the wildlife center. We didn't get anything but I though these were cute.
We visited the souvenir shop in side the wildlife center. We didn’t get anything, but I thought these were cute.
I though the box was really pretty
I thought the box was really pretty.
This was cool. By the doors to the restrooms it was painted to look like you were underwater.
This was cool. By the doors to the restrooms it was painted to look like you were underwater.
The Wildlife place was beautiful!
The Wildlife place was beautiful!
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This was a jumping fish we saw. Dad caught it in the middle of the jump.

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Family pic on the beach!
Family pic!

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We saw lots of fish.
We saw lots of fish.

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I thought this was interesting. I found this at the general store
I thought this was interesting. I found this at the general store.

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Dad, me, snd Mom at the beach.
Dad, me, and Mom at the beach.
The sunset was spectacular
The sunset was spectacular!
We were unable to get Ricky and his friend to stand still to get a picture if them....😂
We were unable to get Ricky and his friend to stand still to get a picture if them….😂
Second try!
Second try!
Family sunset picture.
Family sunset picture.

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Where we ate.
Where we ate.

 

My dinner.
My dinner.
Us at dinner.
Us at dinner.
My ice cream cone.
My ice cream cone.
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Ricky enjoyed his. 🙂
We brought our ice-cream outside, where there were a bunch of parrots.(well they weren't all parrots and I actually think this one isn't ether.)
We brought our ice-cream outside, where there were a bunch of parrots.
This was inside Love Boat Ice cream.
This was inside Love Boat Ice cream.

 

 

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Hartian Family Vacation Day 5

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This morning we slept in till about 8:40, got up, I read my Bible, we ate a nice breakfast that mom cooked of eggs and bacon, looked at the time, then scrambled to get ready. We wanted to go to Lovers Key, and since it has a really nice beach and is great for shelling, it takes a good long while to get down there due to traffic. We did eventually make it there, though. The view from the bridge was incredible, and it was filled with boats. You actually have to go across two bridges to get there, because you go across Fort Meyers Beach (side note: We decided that  Fort Meyers was more of a party area, and though there are a lot of shops, there were plenty of ones that sold not so great things) to get there.  While we were there, we checked out a local library. I wish that we could go to that library again! It was beautiful, peaceful, had nice lighting, and was quiet.  The library I have back home isn’t like that as much. I enjoyed that stop quite a bit and would have stayed there for longer, but we needed to finish our commute to the beach. Since the drive was so long, we decided to listen to something. Mom and Dad put the Pineapple guy on, and we listened to his sermons till we got to the beach. The Pineapple guy’s real name is Otto Koning. He was a missionary to Irian Jaya, and the things he learned, saw, and did were INCREDIBLE. God really gifted him with being able to speak so that everyone is able to understand and enjoy it. We listen to him a lot and still learn something new each time. He’s called the Pineapple guy because of the first message he gives, The Pineapple Story. To hear some of his sermons click here. It will take you to youtube and a bunch of videos of his messages.  We sunscreened up in the car, then again when we got out. We rode a tram to the beach, then ate lunch from a concessions stand called Hurricane Charlies. It was just ok. I would recommend bringing your own lunch if you go. Then, we headed to the water. Well, first we traveled along the beach picking shells up and going away from people. We got to a nice stretch of sand, set our stuff down, then ran to the water. It was actually pretty cold, and took me a while to get used to, but when I did, it was awesome. We rode the waves to the beach, swam around, and generally had a lot of fun. After a good long while of this, Mom, Ricky, and I went waaaaaaaay down to the end of the beach to find more unique shells. We found a lot of unique ones that were complete. Mom found a fighting conch (Strombus alatus) that was completely full (at least thats what I think it was). When we came back, we had a full bucket of shells that were beautiful, colorful, and unique. Ricky really wanted to make a sand castle, so we started making a fortress. Pretty much everyone left me before it was over (mom did come back), but we ended up with a really cool fortress-type thing. The funny part about building it was that the tide kept coming up and washing out the underneath of the gate, so we had to keep refilling the sand in that area. Brynn and Elie decided to play with the snorkeling gear instead of building the castle with us. We left around 4:15, then came back to our condo, watched the sunset, ate pizza and veggies for dinner, read our Bibles and went to bed. 🙂

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Brynn enjoyed the library as well
Brynn enjoyed the library, as well.
The library had a few cases with older dolls on it. I came across these American Girl mini dolls. I'm not totally sure, but I think they are Pleasant Company.
The library had a few cases with older dolls in it. I came across these American Girl mini dolls. I’m not totally sure, but I think they are from Pleasant Company.
Sorry for the poor image quality. There were also these doll ornaments.
Sorry for the poor image quality. There were also these doll ornaments.

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I totally wish all libraries had a section like this. It's a great idea.
I totally wish all libraries had a section like this. It’s a great idea.
This is the Library's first floor
This is the Library’s first floor
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The library had these cute little niches. They were very peaceful.
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This is the Library’s outside
Part of the Library
Part of the Library
Ricky enjoyed the beach!
Ricky enjoyed the beach!
Sandcastle building!
Sandcastle building!
Dad took some really neat photos of the water.
Dad took some really neat photos of the water.

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This was Hurricane Charlies.
This was Hurricane Charlies.

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At one of the co-ops my siblings go to, H.E.A.R.T., they are putting on the play Not your average Joe and one of my friends plays a character named The Great Kahuna.
At one of the co-ops my siblings go to, H.E.A.R.T., they are putting on the play, Not Your Average Joe. One of my friends plays a character named The Great Kahuna.
This is a view from the bridge.
This is a view from the bridge.
We happened upon this neat truck at a gas station.
We happened upon this neat truck at a gas station.

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Hartian Family Vacation Day 4

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Today we slept in. I did wake up around 8:00, because Elie got up to see the sun and knocked a lamp over 😂, but most of us didn’t get out of bed till later. After getting up we ate parmesan cheese crackers, cinnamon rice cakes and fruit, outside as we read our Bibles. We read Ephesians. Chapter four really spoke to me. Then, we walked down on the beach and explored. We got to pick up some shells, which were really cool. There weren’t that many, but the ones that were there were pretty much intact and really cool. God’s creation is incredible! After the beach, we explored the hotels that were next to our condos. Then we went shopping, because we were unable to bring a lot of food along, and were all hungry. By the time we were done shopping, it was four-something, so we ate and discussed what we were going to do tomorrow, and the rest of this day. Upon finishing the discussion, we went out to eat ice-cream at a place called Lover’s Boat. They had the best ice cream ever (and they gave us a lot of it!) When we got back to the hotel, we took a walk down a nice little path, then we came back to our condo, showered, read our Bibles, and went to bed. 🙂

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This is made out of sand
This is made out of sand
Family picture! missing one, however. 😔
Family picture! Missing one, however. 😔 Dad was taking the pic.
A book Elie found when we explored the hotel. My opinion is she dosn't need it. 😂
A book Elie found when we explored the hotel. My opinion is she doesn’t need it. 😂
This backpack reminded me of Luciana's.
This backpack reminded me of Luciana’s.
Elie and I had an epic lightsaber battle in the toy aisle at Walmart.
Elie and I had an epic lightsaber battle in the toy aisle at Walmart.
I was being artsy....
I was being artsy….
The sky was very cloudy today.
The sky was very cloudy today.
We are on the eighth floor. This is the view from the deck down.
We are on the eighth floor. This is the view from the deck down.
This is the ice cream I got. S'mores and vanilla.
This is the ice cream I got. S’mores and vanilla. I devoured the ice cream, but could’t finish the cone. I got really full!
quote by Elie "Yes, it was all for me... Yes, I ate it all... Yes my stomach hurts... No, I do not regret it at all..."
Quote by Elie “Yes, it was all for me… Yes, I ate it all… Yes, my stomach hurts… No, I do not regret it at all…”
Ricky really enjoyed his ice cream!
Ricky really enjoyed his ice cream!
We took a picture to celebrate this special moment where we all got way to much ice cream and ate it all. 😂
We took a picture to celebrate this special moment where we all got way too much ice cream and ate it all. 😂
This is actually a lake we discovered when taking our short walk.
This is actually a lake we discovered when taking our short walk.

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Hartian Family Vacation Days 1-3

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Since I had lots of people liking the last vacation series I did, I’m going to do another one. Thursday, Mom and Dad decided we should go down to Sanibel Island, Florida, because we have this week off. They found an AirB&B and booked it. We packed hurriedly that night and part of Friday morning. Then, Friday in the afternoon, we left. It took us three days to get down to Sanibel, and since the drive wasn’t all that interesting (it would have been “today we drove a good long way, stopped for lunch, drove more, stopped for gas, drove more….” ), I decided to combine all three days into one. On Sunday, we made it to Florida and were actually able to visit with the LaCognata’s.:-)

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The first hotel we were in I took a few pictures of Tenney.
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Which version do you like better?
Since I'm homeschooled, we brought our school along!
Since I’m homeschooled, we brought our school work along!
I though this was kind of a cool building.
I thought this was kind of a cool building (taken in Atlanta, GA).
Part of the city of Atlanta(Georgia ;-)).
Part of the city of Atlanta(Georgia ;-)).
Last nights hotel (sorry for the strange angle - I was feeling artsy)
Last night’s hotel (sorry for the strange angle – I was feeling artsy)
We drove past the smokey mountains. These pictures are really bad because we were in the car but...
We drove past the Smoky Mountains. These pictures are really bad because we were in the car, but…

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It takes a lot to pack for all six of us.
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This sunset is so pretty.

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Florida sign!
Florida sign!

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Whenever we see them, we take a group photo.
Whenever we see them, we take a group photo.
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Code Of Silence Series Book Review!

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This book review is way overdue. A couple years ago, my friend, Gabbie, recommended the Code Of Silence trilogy to me. She let me borrow her two books, (unfortunately I had to wait till the choose your own book week in my Homeschool literature class to read Back Before Dark, the third book in the trilogy), and then I had to wait and get the third book from the library. I absolutely love this series!!!!!!!

 

 

WARNING! SPOILERS! DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE GOING TO READ THE BOOK! HAVE YOUR PARENT DO IT! MAJOR SPOILERS! LIKE SERIOUSLY! IF YOU READ, THIS WILL RUIN THE BOOK BECAUSE YOU WILL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! 

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Brief Summary

Code of Silence is a wonderful book series for teenagers written by Tim Shoemaker. These books are murder mysteries (note that only in the last book is a murder committed. The first book is a robbery/attempted murder, and the second book is a kidnapping) from a teenage Christian worldview.  All of these books are set in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, except Beneath The Surface, which is set in Geneva Lake, Wisconsin. Note that the worst word used in the series is “h***” by an adult. There is not really any swearing and no romance-y stuff. The kids are Christians, and most of what they do is through a Christian worldview. These books are written for Junior High and High schoolers. I would say, however, if your middle schooler gets scared easily, don’t read it. This series has covered a few middle school and high school topics, and I discuss what they are below.

 

Code of Silence: Living a Lie Comes With a Price. 

Book One

The first book, like I said, is a robbery/attempted murder at Frank-n-Stines, a fictional restaurant in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. After witnessing the robbery, Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy – despite Hiro’s misgivings – make a code of silence to not reveal they were there because the robbers saw Cooper and took his house key. They learned later that the man thought to be dead was actually in a coma, and the robbers had tried to kill him because he knew who they were.  Now they are faced with an extremely difficult choice. Do they stay silent and wait for the police to catch the robbers before they learn Frank is still alive? Or do they tell the truth and hope that the police can catch the robbers before they get to them? How do they know what to do when both options have a price?  Cooper lies through this whole book, but, there is a consequence and it is big. As in they get caught – and by the wrong people. This book also talks about how lying can trap you. After the story is over, Mr. Shoemaker has a section that talks about lies and what they do to you.  This book is an absolute thriller. I love it. It leaves me in suspense and I can’t put it down, however, if you don’t like suspenseful action stories you probably won’t like it. Hoooweeever, I would read it anyway. 🙂

 

Back Before Dark: Sometimes Rescuing a Friend From Darkness Means Going In After Them.

In the second book, Gordy gets kidnapped; and it hits Cooper hard. Hiro can tell. Cooper is falling apart emotionally over losing his best friend and cousin. And he is doing crazy stuff to try to find the kidnapper. He and Lunk, the bully-turned-friend, repeatedly do non-smart things to find the kidnapper, such as breaking into peoples yards, planting evidence to get the police to search the house, and Lunk lies. This book shows there is a consequence for all the bad things they do, too.  Eventually, being so distraught, Cooper baits the kidnapper – with himself. He ends up getting kidnapped too. The kidnapper puts him with Gordy and tells them he will release them in two days. Cooper realizes who he is, so the kidnapper changes the “game” and locks the two teens in the basement – a flooding basement. I think the worst thing about this book is Hiro looks up sex kidnappers and shows the list to the boys and the police, so they know there are kidnappers living in the area. There is one part towards the end where Hiro is worried that Cooper might commit suicide. At the end of this book, there is information on what to do if you find yourself in a situation similar to what Gordy went through. He covers a few tips on trying to escape, fighting, and what to do if someone points a gun at you.

 

Below the Surface: Fear Can Be Buried…But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Dead.

 

The third book sends Lunk, Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy to Geneva Lake, Wisconsin for a vacation on Cooper’s boat that was introduced in book one. But guess who else is in WI? Stien. The guy who tried to kill Frank, Lunk, and Cooper. He is working at a casino, and he is mad. And he’s a sociopath. Which basically means he can do something horrible, and it won’t phase him. The story starts with Cooper and Gordy freaking Hiro out by pranking one of the boats in the piers next to theirs by lobbing dead fish in it. Hiro is not thrilled (of course), and guess who’s boat they dump the stinky fish into? The guy who Stien babysits. This guy, Kryptoski, is also very spoiled. When Cooper and Gordy are making their getaway, Cooper has a full-blown panic attack in the water.  After he recovers and the three are hanging out on the deck of the boat, they see something very weird. Kryptoski and his girlfriend are having an argument. A very dangerous sounding argument. In fact, it gets so dangerous that the three hear a splash in the water, then the girl’s camera goes off in front of the boat. Next, they see Kryptoski driving his boat around like a madman. That’s when Cooper blows on the boat horn. Fast forwarding a good amount, Hiro calls the police, and while they are interrogating Kryptoski, a girl who looks exactly like the one on the boat arrives on the scene soaking wet. The police think it’s over, but a bit later, a missing poster for a look-alike girl named Wanda shows up. As the four teens get closer and closer to the truth, they start getting stalked, and danger seems to be encroaching on them. On top of all that, there is Cooper’s problem with water… This book includes helpful information on fear and combating it.

 

 

Congratulations if you made it to the end of this post! This series is incredible, and I really hope I didn’t make it sound boring.

🙂 I put a link to each book in the titles. If you have a question or comment, say it below. Thanks!

 

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These pictures are from the book, Hana’s suitcase.  I first listened to this book at one of my homeschool co-ops H.E.A.R.T.. One of my teachers would put books on cd on for us to listen to as we sewed. The book stuck with me so much that I actually named one of my dolls, Hana (Sometimes spelled, okay, mostly spelled, Hanna), after her.

 

This is Kit posing as Hana.

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I Needed to Share This!

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At my youth group, we were talking about needing to fear God. And not just any fear; a real paralyzing fear that causes you to fall down as if dead (read Revelation 1). During the small group part of the night, my group was talking about comparing God to a loving Father Who takes care of and loves His kids.  That got me to thinking. Most of the time, parents want what’s best for their kids. When we get in trouble, though, we get terrified of what the punishment that will follow will be. A really terrifying, paralyzing fear.  Sometimes, though, when I get in trouble, Mom and Dad will do something incredible. They will forgive me. My punishment will be lessened, or completely taken away. Then I’ll  feel a deep relief because I have been forgiven. But the most amazing thing is that we compare God to a loving Father. He has forgiven us. The God that created the universe has forgiven us. Shouldn’t we, if we feel a sense of deep relief when our parents forgive us, feel an even more incredible sense of deep relief that He has forgiven us? He has forgiven us for killing His Son. He has forgiven us of every single sin we have ever committed. All we have to do is accept His gift. He has taken away our eternal condemnation and given us eternal life (John 3:16).

 

Now that is something we should really be thankful for.

 

If you want to know more or have questions, please comment below, and I will respond as quickly as I can.

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