SANTA CLAUS HAUS BECKONS

Kids of all ages can visit St. Nick year-round “One of the most unusual gifts ever requested was from a little boy, about 6 years old, who said he wanted a stick for Christmas,” Santa shared. “I asked him what he was going to do with a stick, and he said he was going to makeContinue reading “SANTA CLAUS HAUS BECKONS”

EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: DIY Nativity

Our church’s children’s ministry needed a manger for baby Jesus for an upcoming Bible story.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have much money to spend on it.  We looked online, hoping we could find a deal, but mangers are pricey these days, so I volunteered to throw one together.  My version might not be awesome, but atContinue reading “EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: DIY Nativity”

EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: Fall Break Breakdown

My family and I couldn’t wait for Monday morning. It was my kids’ fall break, and I had taken the week off so we could all hang out together for an autumn staycation. Who needs a fancy beach trip or a week at Disney to have fun? Not us! Our minivan was a party onContinue reading “EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: Fall Break Breakdown”

FROM GEORGETOWN TO HOLLYWOOD

Balancing a career in Hollywood while raising a family in SoIN Many who make their living working in the world of music, theater, television and movies have their homes in places like Los Angeles, Chicago or New York, where they’re close to the main action of these industries. Then there are those who opt toContinue reading “FROM GEORGETOWN TO HOLLYWOOD”

MORE THAN COFFEE

Local coffee shops offer the perfect fall outing If you’re like me, you think that some of the best things about fall is that there are so many things to do in the community, the weather is perfect and we get to enjoy some seasonal treats. Pumpkin picking, Halloween events and hayrides are a fewContinue reading “MORE THAN COFFEE”

Nostalgic Treats: Borden Ice Cream Shop

Nostalgia surrounds a quaint yet bustling Norma Jean’s Ice Cream. Colorful chairs for children and adults line Muddy Fork, a small creek winding through Borden. Trees, moving water and picnic tables provide a picturesque backdrop for those passing through and most often, people seeking a sense of community. Norma Jean’s has all the throwback feels,Continue reading “Nostalgic Treats: Borden Ice Cream Shop”

Backroads Market: Something unique on the backroads of Indiana

Abby Taylor knew that she was meant to open a shop and she trusted that it would happen. “I just felt like if God told me to do something, I’m going to do it and it’s going to happen because He told me that.” “I just felt like if God told me to do something,Continue reading “Backroads Market: Something unique on the backroads of Indiana”

Everyday Adventures: Facing the Mountain

I never planned to be a lifeguard in the Smokies, but that’s just how it worked out. My wife’s family used to own some old cabins on a river near the Great Smoky Mountains national park. One of the most entertaining parts of vacationing there was watching tubers go down the rapids just upstream.  There wasContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: Facing the Mountain”

A Piece of History: Restoring Big Springs Church

It’s just a small church, tucked into a scenic setting west of Marengo Cave, and adjacent to the cemetery in Old Town Marengo. However, the 163-year-old Big Springs Church embraces a vast amount of history and holds a wealth of memories. “It is truly a historic treasure that needs to be preserved,” said Pam Poe,Continue reading “A Piece of History: Restoring Big Springs Church”

Summer Fun: Coasters, Caves, and Canoes

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus is the definitive place to find the best thrill coasters in the Midwest. The park has four “adult” coasters: The Raven, which opened in 1995; The Legend, 2000; The Voyage, 2006; and the newest coaster, Thunderbird, which opened in 2015. They also have a kids’ coaster, TheContinue reading “Summer Fun: Coasters, Caves, and Canoes”