Musing on Cruising

This month we left behind our trailer and took a cruise to New England & Canada with my mom and aunt. It was an amazing voyage full of family, the kindness and skill of hardworking people, spectacular sights, and incredible food.

I decided to create a list of a few things that I learned that may sound overly generalized, but it is truly my experience…


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  • Family is priceless. The value only increases when it sticks together regardless of the flaws and imperfections in each person.
  • Being treated like royalty means someone else has to willingly choose to treat you with honor.
  • Food is an extension of the heart of the preparers.
  • Kindness and humility reach far enough to bridge across cultural chasms.
  • God is everywhere.


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Author: Manatina

Mark and Tina are both US Army veterans who feel blessed to have served and to have seen so much of the world. Mark works as the Director of Military Outreach at a university. He also drives and maintains the camper. Tina is a retired homeschool teacher, does leatherworking, and writes/maintains the website. They unwind and live in the 150 square feet of their travel trailer as often as possible with side kick Hero (Lhasa Apso mix rescue). Their grown kids tent camp nearby when college and career schedules permit. Being close to nature rejuvenates the family and lends time to focus on what matters most. They're thankful to God for all of the blessings and opportunities.

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