Miracles, Faith, And God

If Ever there was a question in anyone’s mind about the existence of God in our lives, it was answered this week by not just one, but two amazing rescues.

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     Against all odds, when these boys and their coach were reported missing and then found after 9 days trapped in the cave. You all know the story s the whole world followed this amazing story and successful rescue. The fact that they were all found alive and well after 9 days was a miracle in itself.  To rescue all 12 boys and their coach successfully as flood waters began to rise due to the monsoon season is yet another miracle. Then, after everyone had been rescued and safe, the water pump breaks causing rescuers to scramble for their lives as the waters in the cave quickly rose. I have to believe that God had a hand in everything during that rescue. God’s hands were with the rescuers and everything held in place until everyone was safely out. How can anyone doubt that God was not right there in control of the situation? Yes, there was one death during the rescue attempts. One rescuer lost his life and that was a devastating loss to everyone. But his death was not in vain and everyone made sure that was the case. The success of that rescue was motivated by Faith and determination… no other life will be lost.

 

Then the second miracle and proof that God is with us… The miracle baby buried in the woods and missing out there for 9 hours was found alive. GOD IS SO GOOD!!!

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“A 5-month-old baby was rescued after a man allegedly buried it in the wilderness of the Montana mountains.”

It just seems so clear to me that God took care of the helpless and innocent during these moments. I know there are many other cases where children have suffered and died due to abuse and I will never understand why those things happen. Why some are saved through miracles and others are not. But I believe that God has a reason far beyond what anyone of us will ever understand and it is just important to trust and have faith. I don’t know any of these people, but their lives affected my heart.

Through all the tragedies in life, I have often found some good that occurred. Sometimes we are so devastated by the tragedy that it seems impossible to see any good that can come from it. But there is always good in every situation even if we can’t see it right then. Only when we allow ourselves to rise above the heartbreak and devastation of any tragedy or loss will we be able to appreciate the small miracles of good that still surround us every day. The two amazing stories above made news all over the world, but there are so many stories like them happening every day in our world, and every day God’s hands are a part of it all.

As for me, I capture God’s amazing love for us through my camera. It is how I show the world the miracles we take for granted every day. It is God that points me to what He wants me to capture, it is what He wants the world to see through the eyes of just an ordinary person like me. I am someone who has experienced many traumatic events in my life and yet I always see the beauty of life and God’s love all around me. It is an amazing feeling to feel and know without any doubt that God has control over my life.

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I hope you are all able to find the beauty of life and God’s miracles all around you each day.  They are there for you to enjoy.

 

 

 

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The Journey Begins Again

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Here we go again. After 2 years of struggling, scraping and saving… of not being able to enjoy summers in the outdoors because we had no transportation… 2 years of suffering from deep depression and walking a tightrope of hopelessness… We have made it! We have found our home on wheels. This 1995 Chevy G20 Explorer is so much like our previous van but so far in much better shape. Everything that did not work in our old van works in this one. We are elated and our journey will begin the first week of August. Scott has decided that the first place he wants to head out to is Mount Rushmore. Although we had worked out in Yellowstone and had traveled in that area, we had never been there.

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I am looking forward to capturing my own images and experience of this amazing place and sharing it with all of you. From there we will be making our way down towards Mississippi by September 20th for the wedding of my middle son on September 29th. It will be the first time in more than 5 years that I will have all three of my sons together with me. You know I am going to capture every moment.

Now, I do have quite a bucket list of places I want to see that I have never been to so this is going to be an amazing life. I know my little dog Wally is just as excited. When we first got the van and I took him out for our regular walk, the first thing he did was head to the van and was waiting for me to open the door so he can hop in. He is truly a traveling dog. He already has his spot set up in between Scott and me.

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We have already enjoyed a couple of local trips and Wally was so happy in his element. He sat up tall and was just looking ahead at everything. You would think he was doing the driving!

Here are a few of the images I captured on a couple of local trips. A wooded park in Hamden, Pushaw Lake in Orono, and a beautiful picnic area in Acadia National Park called Frasier Point on the scenic Schoodic drive.

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Of course, I have some anxiety as we prepare for this journey. Anxiety due to a current situation I am living with that will accompany us as we begin our life on the road. I am praying and hoping that the Florida DMV will finally release my Driver’s License from Medical Review so that I can obtain a valid driver’s license here in Maine before we head out. That way I can help Scott do some of the driving. There are other issues as well that I worry about but I won’t get into it here. Perhaps I will write about it in a separate post.

     These are just a few of the places I am looking forward to visiting:
Yosemite National Park
Glacier National Park
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon
Arches National Park
Mount Rainier
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Custard State Park
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Jacob Lake, AZ
Oatman, AZ
Monument Valley
Canyonlands National Park
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And of course, I am looking forward to returning to Yellowstone National Park, The Grand Tetons, and Death Valley National Park to visit friends who still live and work there.

On top of all these places, we hope to meet up with many of our online friends and just enjoying the beauty of life. By next winter, we hope to be in Quartzsite AZ where many of my friends get together and spend the winter.

So, we have quite an adventure ahead of us and I am looking forward to sharing it all with you through photographs, videos, and blogging. So be sure to subscribe to this page for all new writing and information. I do have a YouTube channel and I will be uploading videos from my adventures so please subscribe to my channel on youtube as well. This is going to be fun!!!

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Yellowstone And The Grand Tetons National Parks

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I will never forget my time working in Yellowstone National Park for 2 summers. Yellowstone is such a beautiful and magical place and I look forward to returning once again. My fiance and I were seasonal workers in Grant Village during the summers of 2014 and 2015. We both worked in the Grant Village restaurant. He was a cook and I was a host. I loved that job more than any other job I have ever worked in my life.

 

        

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        These images I took during the time I was working at Grant Village in Yellowstone National Park.  This image above I took in Grant Village down by Yellowstone Lake. I had spent the night in my van by the lake in order to capture the first rays of the sunrise over the lake. As you can see I was not the only one with this plan. This Photographer was also out there capturing the beauty of the lake. You can click on the images to see them without the watermarks. 

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                    While working in Grant Village, We traveled to Jackson, Wyoming also known as Jackson Hole in order to get supplies during our days off. It was a 2-hour trip that took us through Grand Tetons National Park. There were always photo opportunities along the way, so while it was a trip to run errands, it was also always a sightseeing trip on the way and back.   The next few images below are some of my favorites and were captured from Colter Bay and Leeks Marina which are on located south of Yellowstone. The sunset with the mountains and the lake was just amazing.

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              Of course, the biggest attraction in these parks is the wildlife.  Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons are full of wildlife. This often causes major gridlocks as the tourist would literally stop up and down the roads whenever wildlife is spotted. Grant Village was full of Elks and during the mating season, you can just hear their bugling all over the park.  The Bison were also quite a treat to capture. I was fortunate enough to capture these far from all the tourists. Below is a slideshow of the wildlife I was able to capture. 

 

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Yellowstone is also famous for its many Hot Springs and Waterfalls. 

 

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Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons are just one of the most breathtaking places I have ever experienced. I look forward to returning once again and capturing more of its beauty. Below is the final slideshow of general images I captured during my time there. I hope you enjoy them and please support me and my work by making a purchase or buying me a cup of coffee or two. Thank You for stopping by!

 

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A Wonderful Life

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I live a life of freedom…
Freedom to go wherever the wind blows and my fancy takes me.
Freedom from the  bills that leave you living life paycheck to paycheck. I decided if I was going to be broke and poor all my life then I want to do it in my own way, on my own terms and in a way that brings me peace, joy and comfort. I have a gypsy spirit and there is nothing wrong with that. I may settle for a while, but when that calling strikes my soul, I know I must heed the call in order to continue living a life of fulfillment, peace and joy. There are some who may shake their heads and consider me a vagabond wasting away my life.  Well, Maybe I am. What others think of me is not my business or my problem. I don’t go around telling anyone how they should live  because I believe we must all live the life that fulfills us. I may not like their choices, but as long as they are not hurting me or anyone else, I say live and let live! I choose to live the nomadic lifestyle and I absolutely love it! And, contrary to what most people believe, this lifestyle is much more affordable with my limited income than living in a stick and brick. So much so that for the first time in my life I can actually build a decent savings account for emergencies or whatever may come up. Once I began my life of freedom, I rise to greet the glorious sunrise that has become my morning news and my day ends with the grand finale of a breathtaking sunset and a night sky that leaves you in complete awe as I wonder…. “Is this real life?”

 

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Now, no one said that a life of freedom also means a life free of challenges. There are plenty of obstacles and challenges that must be overcome. But there are obstacles, challenges and hard times no matter the path you choose to live in life. How we react to those challenges is what will always determine how much we love our life and how blessed we truly are with each day we are given to live the life we have chosen. 
I love my life…. hard time and all. Because without the hard times and the challenges how can we grow? How can we learn? Most importantly…. how can we appreciate how blessed we are when we experience those days that bring us so much joy. I live my life for the joys, the blessings, and every person who has crossed my path and have enriched my life even more in their own way. So no matter how rough the road may get, the sun will rise and set each day and how I choose to make the best of those hours is completely up to me…. it is completely up to you as well.

 

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Stop the hate, the jealousies, and the competitions to be better than the next man. Focus instead on loving people in the way you would like to be loved and treating them in the same way you would like to be treated. Life is so short. We have no idea how long we have to make the best of our time. Tomorrow is promised to no one. So why waste it by feeling anything other than love, joy and peace in your life. Why waste tears of sadness or anger on those who may never care how much they hurt you. Be better than they are. Just do whatever you need to do to live the life that you have always dreamed of. Just make sure you are blessing others along the way.

Every good seed you sow will only breed goodness and love. It will allow those whom you have touched to pay it forward in the same way. Peace for the world is possible…. if only we do our part in any small gesture to make it happen- one human at a time. So go on… Live your life… Live your dreams…. Live your own sense of true freedom. I know I am and I’ll be waiting for you to join me in this life of freedom that is overwhelmingly filled with Peace, Love, Joy and so many blessings…. It really is a wonderful life!

 

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

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Today We celebrate International Women’s day. During a time of the #MeToo movement, women today have have risen like a The great Phoenix  that symbolizes renewal and resurrection.  Today Our voices are heard, Our power is felt and we will never return to the silence of the past. 

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Many years ago, I wrote a couple of poems dedicated to being a woman. It was during a time when we were rarely heard or acknowledged. Today I am sharing these poems with you. Poetry was my first form of expression as a teenager and I have quite a large file of my poems over the years. I hope to publish them someday. Below are the both poems I wrote in my early 20’s. I hope you enjoy them. 

 

I Am A Woman

I am a woman of many talents…..
A woman of intelligence never understood.
I am a woman with a soul
That reaches beyond the stars
to feel what others feel…..
But I am never sought out.
I am a woman lost in a world
of self-greed and self-gain
because all I want to do is give.
I am a Woman
a mother and a wife…..
I am a teacher, a cook, and a doctor;
I am a disciplinarian and a problem solver.
I am an unending provider
for the needs of others-
a constant supply of love and care;
I am a woman that the world
may never know about…..
A valuable soul lost
to this selfish world.
A creator of Life…..
I am a Woman.

©Mistyck Moon

 

 

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Woman

Soft and gentle is her touch,
Owing to the world- not much.
Beauty in her bosom lies;
Untold secrets in her eyes.
Dead things seem to come alive;
Woman helped the world survive;
She who nursed both you and me-
Gave us love then set us free.
No other creature can compare
To this woman’s tender loving care.
For she takes the wilted flower-
Gives it life within the hour.
This woman who has done so much
Goodness with her tender touch.
Arms that rock a child to sleep-
Gives you all her love to keep.
Graceful as a swan is she,
Busy as a honey-bee.
Give her love through all her days-
She who has loved so many ways.
Beauty in her heart does lie;
Untold secrets in her eyes.

©Mistyck Moon

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Finding Our Way Home

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This blog is about getting help to be able to return to our home on the road

First, let me begin by saying that this blog is not about money but about getting just a little help in finding another home on wheels. Scott and I have been saving and we do have enough saved up for a used home but not enough for a decent one yet. Our goal is to find a small RV or camper van that we can fix up ourselves. We are even considering a small shuttle bus with a front passenger seat. Let me share our story with you.

Scott and I were high school sweethearts. We met in NYC as teenagers and we were both in the JROTC after school program. We fell in love and we were each other’s first love. Unfortunately, Scott had to move back to Maine. He promised me that he was going to come back for me, that he wanted to marry me…. but being so young, I didn’t believe him. So I graduated high school and I left NY. I started hitchhiking around the country. Life took us in different directions. But 28 years later, we found one another again on facebook. We have now been reunited once again for 5 years and our love is just as strong and even stronger than it was back then.

After our first year together, we decided to become nomads and travel the country while living full time in a van. In 2014, we purchased a 1995 Chevy G20 conversion van and our journey began. We both landed jobs working in Yellowstone National Park during the summer and we worked in Death Valley during the winter. Eventually, our health took a toll and we could no longer do the jobs we were hired to do. But we continued our life on the road in our van with the little income I was getting from disability.

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I am passionate about photography and capturing the beauty of this beautiful country we live in. That was the primary reason for living on the road full time. All the images you see here were taken by me while we were on the road. I will post a link to my photography and art page below. This is what I miss so much. Being surrounded by nature is where my soul truly feels free. It is the only place I ever felt like I belonged and there is a large community of full-time van dwellers and RVers that live this beautiful life as well. And no, it doesn’t cost any more to live on the road than living in a traditional home. In fact, we find it more affordable. The only bills we had were gas, insurance, and food. We were not tied down to rent or a mortgage or utility bills on top of buying food, gas and paying insurance. Living on the road is truly a life of freedom.

When we came to Maine last year so Scott can visit his daughter and granddaughter, Our van completely died on us beyond what we could afford to fix. Having traveled and stayed in warmer temperatures, we forgot about putting antifreeze in the van and on one night when the wind chill was 30 below, everything froze and busted. So we had to remain here in Maine until we could save up enough for another home on wheels.

Both Scott and I are disabled. We have mobility problems so walking gets a little hard at times. But we love being out in the woods and camping. We have not been able to do any of the things that we love to do since being here in Maine. We have not had any transportation to get around and unfortunately, the family could not help. Because our hearts and spirits are nourished when we are out on the road, not being able to get around or be back on the road has been devastating. We are both now suffering from severe depression. Losing our van- our home on wheels to us is the equivalent of a homeowner losing their home to a fire or natural disaster. The road is our home.

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This year Scott and I WILL return home. We just cannot handle another winter here. Our plans are to leave here in May, head down south to visit my sons before heading back out west. We will travel the Northwest during the summer and head Southwest during the winter.  I will be sharing my journey through my photography and hoping to inspire people to visit these beautiful places. When you are out in nature and see these places, it’s like all your troubles just melt away and all the problems of the world no longer exist. We meet people from all walks of life and I have made so many wonderful friends this way. That is what this life is all about, to inspire others, to share a love and feel united as humans. In nature, you are not influenced by the media or modern technology. Our needs remain basic and we live a life of minimalism. It is such a beautiful life for us and all we want to do is get back to living that life once again.

We need help in finding just the right home on wheels and getting it to us. It is almost impossible to find a decent vehicle here in Maine that we can live in that doesn’t have the frame rotted from all the snow and ice and salt.  We have a little money to purchase something used but not enough for something in great shape. What would be perfect is if someone has a van or small RV or small shuttle bus that they are willing to donate. If they are willing to bring it to us here in Maine, we will be willing to pay for their transportation to return home. You can also help by purchasing one of my photographs or artwork on the link below, that way, we can try to raise enough money so if we have to travel ourselves to pick it up, we can rent a U-Haul van to get there. By purchasing some of my work you will help us raise the money we need. I am not looking for any monetary donations, just help in getting my hands on another home on wheels so we can get back home on the road. It is all we want to do and it is where we belong. Please be sure that you share this with everyone you know. You never know whose heart God will touch and we could really use a blessing right now.  Thank you! Be sure to check out the links below and enjoy my pictures.

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A Blank Page (Poem)

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A Blank Page…

An opportunity to create my world-

To show my heart and soul.

A writer yet unknown

To the world…

But not for long.

To let the world know who I am.

A soul that has been lost

For so long

Has found her way into the light.

So many words…

So many stories…

Ready to be unleashed.

So watch out world

Here I come

I will rise to the occasion

As I break down all barriers

In my way.

No longer will there be

A blank page.

©Mistyck Moon

 

 

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