Exploring Idaho and BIG Potatoes

Exploring Idaho There are so many places in this beautiful country to see and explore and Idaho was no exception. Do you like to hike, fish, swim, and observe nature?  We do and had fun visiting friends and making more memories together in the state that is all about potatoes and so much MORE! Here…
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Adventures In Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

Adventures In Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks Yellowstone National Park is a place that you can visit year round and have a completely different experience.  Jon and I both have fond memories of visiting the park with our families when we were young, so we decided it was time to make those memories with…
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Oregon Highlights

Oregon Highlights Of all the places we have seen in the United States, Oregon has to be one of our favorite places to spend the summer.   My very first teaching job right out of college and Jon’s work time spent as a police officer both took place in Oregon.  We also made some dear…
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How To Work From Home

How To Work From Home Can It Really Be Done? So many people ask us all the time: “How do you work from home?”  “Can you travel and work?” Because there is such an interest in this integrated life, we wanted to dedicate a blog post to that topic. If you are really interested in…
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What Do Trains, Lakes, Charcoal Ovens, Nerf Gun Battles and Giants Have in Common?

What Do Trains, Lakes, Charcoal Ovens, Nerf Gun Battles and Giants Have in Common? Do you want to know What Trains, Lakes, Charcoal Ovens, Nerf Gun Battles and Giants Have in Common? NEVADA! We hadn’t planned to spend as much time in Nevada as we have on this trip, but it is such a varied and…
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Wishes Come True

Wishes Come True Have you ever wished for something that you really wanted to come true? You make your request known to the universe, your family, your friends, anyone who will listen, then it finally actually happens? One of the last things we did in Arizona, before we headed out to Idaho for a conference,…
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Homeschooling Vs. Traditional Schooling

Hello! If I had to pick the ONE question we get asked the most it is, “How do you teach your children on the road?”  For me, that is an easy one to answer.  I have my formal education in teaching with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with a dual emphasis in Early Childhood Education…
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Adventures In Death Valley

If you ever get the chance to visit Death Valley in the spring, it is gorgeous! The weather isn’t too hot yet and there are wild flowers everywhere!  We managed to get there after they had a lot of rain so there were plants blooming that aren’t typically seen and there was standing water in…
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The Biggest Surprise In Las Vegas!

A Day of Exercise and Learning We have decided to spend a few months in Nevada so, we are determined to find the MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY things to do. Typically, I would not have thought of the Las Vegas area as a place I would want to take my children for rich educational experiences.  But,…
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Trina’s OMG Chicken!

How can you eat delicious homemade meals on the road? For that matter – how can you create delicious and nutritious meals that are healthy for your family at home? I get asked this all the time so I want to start adding them to the blog for those of you who want to eat…
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Living The Dream

Living The Dream Have you ever dreamed of living the life that you wanted and you just don’t know how to make it happen? We designed an 8 week plan that took us from our future dream life to implementing it and we’re SO GRATEFUL we did. Jon and I were sitting at home in Missouri…
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New State Of Life

New State Of Life We ended up driving to Pahrump, NV where we got a great monthly rate at Wine Ridge RV Resort and Cottages.  Here’s there site if your’e interested in learning more about what they have to offer: http://wineridgervresort.com/ Our friends had traded us memberships to an elite training facility called Front Sight,…
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Slow and Steady

On the road again… Headed out of Williams, AZ we took our time because of the wind advisory and stopped for lunch in Kingman, AZ.  Historical Kingman is really cute and we enjoyed checking out the Locomotive Park, too.   They are adding a lot of new shops and restaurants so it will be a…
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The Joy Is In The Journey

The Joy Is In The Journey After returning to Pine to get our kiddos and say goodbye to family, we hosted a pizza party to visit with local friends.   It was so much fun getting hugs and catching up with everyone!   We headed up the Rim and it was nice to see so…
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Road Trip Warriors!

ROAD TRIP WARRIORS! The next day, we traveled on through Globe, past Roosevelt Lake, visited family in Tonto Basin, then headed up to the Mogollon Rim area.  (There are a lot of campgrounds near Roosevelt Lake we’ve enjoyed staying at before, but you need to get a Tonto Pass first at one of the stores…
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A Beautiful New Mexico Evening

New Mexico – land of the beautiful sunsets After San Antonio, we headed on to Lordsburg, NM where we stayed at the simple and quiet Lordsburg, KOA.  We were so grateful to be stopped for a night and enjoy a beautiful sunset.  Here’s the link if you ever want to stay there.  http://koa.com/campgrounds/lordsburg/   It…
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The Adventure Begins!

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS! Our first stop in our adventure after leaving Branson, Missouri on March 15, 2017 was to give hugs to our family in Oklahoma on our way out of town.   We spent the first night sleeping for a few hours in our fifth wheel in a church parking lot, and the next…
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Get To Know The Gunzel Family 🙂

Getting to know our family:   We are Jon and Trina Gunzel, high school sweethearts who have worked very hard to improve ourselves, acquire our education, training, and skills, and have always had huge hearts for helping others.  Our careers have included working professionally as a teacher, a police officer, construction, sales, owning and operating…
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Grow With Us On The Adventure Of A Lifetime!

Grow With Us On The Adventure of a Lifetime! We had the most wonderful neighbors, our dream home and property!  We had the best friends, church family, and community!  Yet, we couldn’t ignore a prompting to lay it all down and go help a lot more people.   ARE YOU SERIOUS??? After a lot of…
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Communicate With Your Spouse

How To Communicate With Your Spouse Do you ever wish you could really know how to communicate with your spouse? Do you find yourself running into the same old issues time and time again? Sometimes you might feel like nothing you try makes a difference. You might even feel like your relationship isn’t worth the…
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20 Ways How To Strengthen My Marriage

How To Strengthen My Marriage Learn: 20 WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR MARRIAGE When I was first married, I always wanted to know how to strengthen my marriage.  I wanted to really know, over the years, what else I could do to improve.   Couples always ask us what Jon and I do to keep our marriage…
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A NEW Season of YOUR Marriage

A NEW Season of YOUR Marriage Today’s post is about the issue of fairness.  I know for me, I have always wanted to be heard in our marriage and have my opinions and ideas be known.  However, it wasn’t until I embraced my purpose in life as a wife and a mother that that view…
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I Couldn't Win And I Hated That!

Does anyone else relate to this?   Have you ever had a great idea that nobody else even liked?  Have you ever tried your best and someone else didn’t make you feel appreciated?  Have you ever felt disappointed because you wanted your way to be the “right” way and couldn’t “sell it” to your spouse?…
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10 Practical Ways To Make Your Husband A Priority

Life can get so busy!  Especially if you have a career or are raising children.  During this “busy” phaze of our life, it is especially important to make our husband a priority.  Yes, ladies, it’s true.  If we want to have our soul mate still by our side after our children are grown, we need to…
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All I wanted was appreciation.  All he wanted was connection.

For years I thought if I just made my husband meals, cleaned our house, worked my job, helped him with his projects, took great care of our kids, and loved him and his family, we’d have a great marriage. I was wrong. For years I tried my best, wished, prayed hard, and thought I was…
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Key Truths For Your Marriage

  Dear Couples, The divorce rate in our country is staggering and old ways of trying to help marriages just isn’t working. So many people keep trying to do the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. It seems like nobody is talking about the REAL issues that marriages face that are resulting…
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Getting Over The Hurt In Your Marriage

Dear  Couples, There will be times in your marriage that you have a breakdown of communication.  There will be times when you wonder if your marriage has a chance or question why you even got married in the first place.  If you find yourself in that situation, you will want to consider a one on…
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Your Family Traditions

Hello! This is a fun topic because people seem to feel absolutely passionately about traditions or don’t have any all.  Here is my big three word sentence for you on this:  Create Something NEW! Yes, this is YOUR marriage!  Your new family consists of YOU and YOUR SPOUSE!  Any children are an added blessing, but…
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In Sickness and in Health

Dear Friends, Have any of you ever struggled with the issue of a child being sick?  When our son Wyatt was four years old, we almost lost him when he went into a diabetic coma and we were told he had Type 1 Diabetes.   Ever since that time, we have been stretched in every…
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BE YOU

Hello! Are you ready to grow and rekindle your passion?  Start here: Make a list right now of 20 different interests that you have.  What do you like to do?  Do you enjoy outdoor activities?  Are you a hiker, fisherman, swimmer, or do you enjoy playing any group sports?  Or, are you someone who enjoys…
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10 Date Night Ideas On A Budget

Hello! So, you’ve reached your “date night” time for the week and you are strapped for cash, but you still want to be able to have a great time with your spouse and improve your relationship.  Just because you are low on funds doesn’t mean you have to be low on fun.  Check out this…
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Improving the "I" in marriage

Hello! Today I wanted to take a moment to talk about the biggest factor in your marriage that can change.  YOU!  Many people don’t want to accept the fact that their reactions, their emotions, their own insecurities, and their beliefs have a huge impact on their marriage.  However, YOU have the greatest ability to affect…
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Improving Your Marriage

Hello Couples! I was thinking today about all of the ways that we choose to spend our time.  I remember back to the year Jon and I were engaged and all the planning and time we spent focused on our invitations, the guest list, the food, the location, the ceremony, the flowers, and of course…
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Be Intentional

  Hi Couples! It’s Trina Gunzel and I wanted to check in because I had this message on my heart for you today.  If I had to think of one piece of advice I could share that would bless your relationship TODAY, I would say be intentional.  What do I mean by that?  Well, I…
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