Hartian Family Vacation Days 9-11

Because these three days are just us driving from Florida to home, I decided to combine them all into one post, because it’s just a lot of driving.

Day 9

Sadly, this is the day we packed up to leave. ūüôĀ We had a late check out that day – at 11:00 am. We had planned to leave by then, worst case scenario, and leave by 9:00 a.m, best case scenario, because we had to pack and clean up the condo. We, uh, woke up at nine😳… We ended up leaving the condo at 11:00 and headed straight up to Sarasota to visit GUB (Great Uncle Bill) and his friend, Sandy. It took us about two hours to get there, and we spent a little over two hours there talking to them and just visiting. ¬†Then we got back into the car to drive home. We stayed that night in a Home2 hotel. It was so cool! It was a pretty new hotel and very nice, we LOVED it!

Miss Sandy was growing Pineapples! (They made me think of the Pineapple guy)
Miss Sandy is growing Pineapples! (They made me think of the Pineapple Guy).


This is GUB's dog Coco.
This is GUB’s dog,¬†Coco.
This is a verse that Dad really liked. He took the picture.
This is a verse that Dad really likes. He took the picture.

Day 10

We drove all day making it from Florida to Tennessee. (Unfortunately since were driving, this¬†post might not¬†be very interesting.) We stopped at a store called Magnolia Plantation and bought a lot of pecan candy because they tasted good and we hadn’t eaten enough junk on the trip already.😏At the hotel, some friends of Elie’s and mine, who had moved to Tennessee, came over to visit with us. We hadn’t seen them in a long time, so we spent a long time laughing and talking with them. I think we actually stayed talking with them till around 10:00. Then, we said goodbye and headed to bed.

It poured through part of the trip. It rained almost as hard as when we were at animal kingdom in 2016 (see other travel posts)
It poured through part of the trip. It rained almost as hard as when we were at Animal Kingdom in 2016 (see other travel posts).
I just thought this looked cool.
I just thought this looked cool.

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I thought this Marriott hotel building was pretty cool.
I thought this Marriott hotel building was pretty cool.
Some buildings from the city of Atlanta.
Some buildings from the city of Atlanta.

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One of my favorite books is the Mysterious Benedict Society. I was bored (Because there is only so much you can do on a road trip!)
One of my favorite books is the Mysterious Benedict Society. I was bored (because there is only so much you can do on a road trip!), so I read it.


Our dog's name is Dixie.
Our dog’s name is Dixie.


Day 11

We had stayed at Drury Hotel last night, and it was really nice. It had a great breakfast, as well. We left around 9:40 (a record for us!) to finish the last leg of our journey home. I mean we really only drove from Tennessee to home, did homework, and listened¬†to the Pineapple Guy. Sorry, I don’t have pictures for today.

I Needed to Share This!


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‚Äôs 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‚Äôll ¬†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.

Camp Harvest


Hi all, sorry it took me forever to get this up – here you go!

Imagine you’re in a place with¬†beautiful fields full of flowers,¬†lakes to swim in, lots of trees, fresh air, and plenty of places to worship God.

Camp Harvest has that and a lot more.

At Camp Harvest, the action starts right away. After unloading, unpacking, and learning what team you’re on and what cabin you’re in, you take a swimming test. ¬†You have to swim a long way and then¬†tread water. If you score red or green, your options of water¬†activities are very limited; if you score blue, you can do everything. You get a number on the band they give you.

You eat in a dining hall, and¬†worship is held in the room under that.¬†¬†You sleep in cabinsactivities. The girls’ cabins and boys’ cabins are always in the same place, but they are separated – boys are a little¬†behind the dinning hall and girls in front of it.

During the waterfront or water park (two different lakes) hours you can swim and do canteen. They alternate which lake you go to each day. During Courtside, you can play games like gaga ball (a game in which you try to hit other players legs without yours getting hit) and four square, and you can also do canteen. What’s canteen? Well, its either¬†a bus or a shed with candy in it that you can pay for. You go up to¬†the bus or shed and the person inside asks for your number, tells you how much money you have left, and then asks what you want. Everything is one dollar to a dollar fifty.

There is always game time on the big field every day where there are team games. On the last day there is a big game where all the different teams get to coat themselves in their paint color.

After breakfast and after dinner there are worship sessions. Each session lasts 30 minutes, and after worship there is group discussion where you talk about what you learned and/or do an activity. The sessions this year were done by Pastor Landon.  His sermons were so powerful that 13 kids accepted Jesus into their hearts in one night!

10 Reasons to go to camp:

  1. You feel so much closer to God
  2. You grow and mature
  3. You learn to handle things yourself
  4. You learn to live without your parents
  5. You learn to live without your modern day comforts
  6. You grow closer to God
  7. You have fun playing in the water
  8. You get to learn fun stuff
  9. You get to eat a lot of treats
  10. Bedtime is 11:00

There is one drawback to the camp that makes me really upset, they play really bad secular music, it almost makes me not want to go.

To learn more about Camp Harvest go to: www.harvestbiblechaple.org.

My Salvation Story

Dear Friends,

I hope your relationship with Christ has grown over the past few years. Let me share a little bit of my story…

Men Silhouette In The FogI was in Kindergarten when I heard some older kids talking about accepting Christ. I had no idea what that meant, so I assumed I had done it. Then at age 8, I was laying in my bed, and I asked dad to help me accept Christ for real.¬† I wandered away from God for a while until my dad brought me back. ¬†I re-committed my life to Christ at Camp Harvest in the summer of 2013 during study time with the leaders. Then something wonderful happened! ¬†God showed me something awesome through my dad; God showed me a verse that when I read it I thought, “Hey that‚Äôs me!”

Let me share it with you: Romans 7:15-25 and 8:1-2

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

It meant a lot to me, because I was crying and saying, “I can’t do this, I can’t be good, I’m not good enough,” and the verse showed me that it’s my flesh that’s being bad, and not my spirit. The Holy Spirit has set me free through Christ Jesus, my Lord!

Please continue to grow in your faith with Christ.


Your sister in Christ, Kenna

An Allegory of Faith

The need to change your lifeOnce upon a time, there was a man named John, but he went by the name Joe. One rainy af-ternoon, Joe was visiting a museum. He saw the most beautiful purple necklace. Then on Hal-loween, Joe came back and stole the amethyst heart necklace that belonged to the first queen. Then on Thanksgiving, he snuck into the closed museum and stole a bright green emerald ring that the current queen of England donated to the museum because her daughter died and it was too sad to look at. Then on Christmas, he snuck into the castle and stole a 99 pound piece of the king‚Äôs gold. He stole an opal heart necklace belonging to a duchess, Lady Rose, on Valen-tine‚Äôs Day. Joe/John led a sorry life, didn’t he? It was sure to get worse as he kept on stealing, but his life was about to be changed.

Joe/John was caught stealing a beautiful cross that was made out of opals, pearls, emeralds, gold, amethysts, and a bright red ruby heart in the middle of the cross. He was stealing it from his neighbors, Mr. Christian and Mrs. Christiana Faith.

Christian said, ‚ÄúCome back here,‚ÄĚ gently, and Joe/John, feeling like he had no choice, but dreading it immensely, went back to the house. Christiana gently pulled his mask off and gasped when she realized it was their young neighbor, John.

The Faiths asked him, ‚ÄúJohn, what are you doing?‚ÄĚ

Joe/John mumbled, “Sorry,’’ and kept his eyes on the ground.

Then Christian looked at the clock and said to his wife, ‚ÄúChristiana, it’s almost time for the Good Friday service at church. Should we invite John? He‚Äôs already wearing black.‚ÄĚ

Christiana replied, ‚ÄúYes, we should!‚ÄĚ

During the service Joe/John could not believe his ears when he heard that Jesus died to forgive his sins. He cried when he heard that Jesus died on the cross and rejoiced during the Easter service when he heard Jesus rose from the dead.

That basically changed Joe/John’s life. He became a Christian, stopped going by Joe, and started going by John. John stopped stealing and gave everything he took back, and when the Faiths gave him the cross he stole, he stated to cry. From then on John lived a better life and still is.

Proverbs 14:22
Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithful-ness.