Welcome! (or Welcome Back!)

FullSizeRender15 years ago, on July 15, 2001 I wrote my first blog entry. Although, way back then, the term “blog” hadn’t even been introduced into the online vernacular. I called it my “Daily Journal.” (I think this might qualify me as one of the first, if not the very first, “Mom Blogger.”)

I started writing that daily journal/blog because my family was embarking on a wild adventure around America in an RV for a year and I wanted a place to chronicle our journey. I invited my family and friends to follow us and by the end of our trip we had tens of thousands of new friends joining us on this grand journey.

8 years ago, I stopped writing that blog because I was going through a season of my life that invited more intentional presence at home and with flesh-and-blood relationships. But, I’ve never forgotten about the wonderful online “family and friends” I made.

Fast forward to today – I leave next week on another grand adventure, this time solo, but I don’t want to be completely alone. So, would you join me? I will be walking 500 miles across the north of Spain on a sacred pilgrimage called The Camino de Santiago.

Beginning tomorrow, I’ll tell you more about this journey, sometimes called, “The Way,” and I’ll share my reasons for stepping out on this ancient path. In the meantime, Welcome! Or Welcome Back! I’m so happy to share this epic experience with you.

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  1. Good luck. I first read of this trip 25 years ago. I have read any accounts of others trips. Throughout the years I’ve felt the pull, a yearning, to go myself. I’m looking forward to following your progress and to read your insights.

  2. It’s hard because I know I have no right to speak into your life. And you already have thousands of voices coming at you with all kinds of opinions. I will just lovingly encourage you to remember that the journey starts when we seek God with our whole hearts; not spirituality, not healing/wholeness, but God Himself- And we are not Him. When we seek and find Him, all the rest will follow. I have been and will continue to pray for you. I won’t give up on you. Much love from me to you! 😉

  3. Buen Camino!! I solo tripped this starting Sept 20 last summer. Well… I stated out solo but that changes as you will see. Enjoy every step!

  4. Hey Lisa! You are such an inspiration. I remember watching many videos with you and your kiddoes back during the homeschooling that you did with them. I wish you the best. I wish I could be this brave ha! Please be careful. I can’t imagine doing this alone. But I also know God’s got your back. Take lots of pictures !!!

  5. Lisa,

    Good luck on your Camino, I myself am planning on April of next year to do my first. So I will be following your blog on your trip, and hopefully in April your footsteps.

  6. Hi Lisa! Thanks for letting me follow you on this thrilling journey! I pray that God blesses you wholly through this experience. Xo -Teresa

  7. buen Camino …..
    you are my hero and will be my inspiration, I wanted to walk El Camino del Santiago too but I am stuck in my mind and economically hehe ….. you will be my eyes and steps ….

  8. Hi Lisa, I followed your RV journey back in the day! LOL! Although 2001 is really not so back in the “day”! Yet, today is a new day and I look forward to hearing all about this new journey you will be taking. I be walking with you spiritually! 🙂 May the Lord richly bless you and teach you what you need to learn. I will be praying. xxoo PS: With that backpack you look like Reese Witherspoon in Wild! 😉

  9. Hi,

    I want to say I grew up watching “Facts of Life.” Funny show.

    Also, I’ve walked the Camino a few times already with my first journey in 2005 and my last journey, earlier this year. The Camino has changed me profoundly. I first went on the Camino because I had read Shirley MacLaine’s book, and I thought it sounded like a great idea…to walk 500 miles across Spain. Little did I know how much it would change me. That was my own personal experience and everyone gets something different from doing the walk.

    So, I just want to say have a “buen camino”, listen to your body, drink plenty of water and have the time of your life!!

    Buen Camino!!!

  10. Hi,
    My 70 year old dad just did this! He just arrived Santiago today – Day 34, 500 miles! He is overcome with emotion.
    I am going to share your blog w him, as I know he will enjoy reliving the journey.
    Good luck and God Bless –
    Houston, Texas

  11. I enjoyed watching you on Facts of Life but even more so on Survivor. You were a classy, humble and sweet role model to women everywhere. Good luck on your journey, I will be following along!

  12. I already love this and just wanted to encourage you as well as pray you wellness and joy as you embark on another new sojourn in what appears to be a richly satisfying and adventurous life!!

  13. I am so thrilled that you are embarking on this journey. My family of six just completed this walk this summer. We’ve only been home for a month and are still adjusting to normal life, post Camino. I just can’t wait to relive it all again, through your eyes. BUEN CAMINO!!!

  14. Lisa,

    Buen Camino! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I spent about 35 days on the trail from SJPDP to Santiago in 2014. Sun, rain, heat, cold, pain, serenity, prayer, divine love, minor miracle in Ponferrada and the most magical time of my life.

    If you don’t mind some unsolicited advice, TAKE CARE OF THOSE FEET!!! 🙂

    Safe travels,


  15. Good luck on your pilgrimage. My grandson and I walked the Camino 3 years ago. It will change your life forever. There is not a day that goes by, that I don’t think about it. Be safe and God bless.

  16. Enjoy your Camino!! Relax in the moment was my mantra through 955 miles of the Via de la Plata, Camino Primativo, and Camino Portuguese… Finished about two months ago. It changes your molecules! In a good way!! Looking forward to reading your blog. 🙂

  17. I too will be making my pilgrimage on the Camino soon. I need to find my way again. As ive gotten older my struggles with depression has increased. I have been walking steadiky for the past three years and now its time to find my”way”

  18. Not sure when “next week” is, but we’ll be leaving SJPP on Sept. 18. If you see a tall American with long hair desperately attempting to keep up with his hobbit-sized Cuban wife, that will be me. I hope to see you along the Way.

  19. I think it is wonderful that you taking a 500 mile walk. I have done a 50 mile one for soul searching. There is nothing like walking through Gods land. I will love reading about your journey. The preparing to be ready was more work than the walk itself. I know for me I learnef so much of what I could do and found myself pushing through adversities. It sure is worth it I never quit even though I wanted to. Good luck with your journey. Know God loves you and will see you through it.

  20. I will be very happy to follow you on your journey. It will be both fascinating and wonderful to see all your experiences. I want to wish you a wonderful and heart filled time. I hope you can come from this journey with a new awareness and I will love to hear and learn from this too. Life is too short to waste time on mondain things in life. We need a purpose in our lives.

  21. Lisa, I’m excited to follow your journey. I walked the Camino in June of this year. What an incredible experience! It will provide more than you can anticipate! Buen Camino!

  22. I am so excited to read your blog on your Camino journey. I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time and I am looking forward to hear about your experience. I hope to do it in the next couple years. ❤️

  23. Hola-
    My wife & I just completed the Camino in May. A transformative experience for us. Every day was special in it’s own way, some were contemplative, some spiritual, joyful, difficult and several were crazy fun!

    Many blessings (and few blisters) on your journey.

    Cheers from 2 SoCal peeps. (Corona)

  24. Buen camino! (Or as you may hear on the camino ULTREIYA!!! It’s a journey to refill your heart. Enjoy the moments in every day, good or bad. Xoxo

  25. Hi Lisa,
    What you are doing is awesome and I can’t wait to read your blog.
    I’m going to be in Spain next week but will only walk about 5 miles of the Camino, just to get a feel for it!
    Maybe I will see you on it!
    Best wishes

  26. Lisa,
    I was one of your followers back in the days of the Daily Journal. I had just started my first year of college back in August of 2001 and was away from home for the first time. Your entries inspired me then and helped me to keep my mind and heart focused all those miles away from home and the people who loved me most. I’ll always be grateful to you for that and I absolutely will be following along on your new journey! How exciting! I’m on tip-toe – So eager to see what’s around the bend!

    Rachelle Marie Graham

  27. I remember following along on your family’s RV journey (and borrowing some scrapbook ideas from you)! I can’t wait to follow along with this new journey you’re on 🙂 Wishing you many blessings along the way!!!

  28. I am so excited for you, I was not aware of your past journal/blog but, the Camino is something that I want to do. So this will be great to follow you and cheer you on!! go Girl!!!

  29. Very cool! Didn’t know anything about your 2001 adventure, but glad to learn about it now. My husband and I just purchased our first RV and head out next week! Peace to you!

  30. Was(is) a big fan, even remember you when you were on the New Mickey Mouse club. Love the Camino. Cycled the Camino del Norte August 2015. Buen Camino!

  31. I’m SO excited for you! I watched The Way with Martin Sheen a couple of years ago and it instantly went on my bucket list. Looking forward to following along on your journey. I’m hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro next year, so The Camino de Santiago will have to wait, but I will definitely get there. Have an amazing time! 🙂

  32. Hi Lisa,

    I’m curious as to this big “vision quest” (your word and, good movie!) you’ve been on for awhile now. I am also a longtime Christian, just turned 43 yesterday. While some ppl seek out new experiences and adventure — not enough ppl but they are out there — it seems with you that there’s this seeking and searching and “trying to find” factor. I’m wondering what the source of that is?

    On a personal note, I have been seeking healing and wholeness since I was old enough to realize, with Gods help, that I’d had horrible, things-nightmares-are-made-of traumatic events happen to me beyond the scope of my conscious memory. Aside from a ton of demonic hells that I was very much aware of.
    All this to say that I myself, search and still am seeking my full healing and restoration.
    Because I don’t get a sense of any profound brokenness with you, I can’t help but fathom what it is you’re seeming to be trying to satisfy?
    Please don’t take that the wrong way at all!
    I’m all for growing, learning, loving, healing, exploring, creative pursuits. It just seems like somethings gnawing at you deep within and I’m wondering what it is?
    Like a deep-down dissatisfaction… and/or almost boredom? I’m not sure and even if I knew you personally, perceptive as I might be, still might not be sure.
    i went on too long here and understand if you rather not make this comment public. i imagine the new book you said you’re working on will answer these questions I’ve posed but, maybe not. In any event, I pray for you and really appreciate that you share some of your life online as you do. I can live vicariously (in part), through you until I find my own wings to fly.

    Keep soaring,

    Diane S.

  33. Buen Camino Lisa! Listen to your feet! If they’re talking to you, stop and fix them. I used kiniesiology tape and A&D ointment, and no ibu during the day (so you can feel them). Savor every moment. Give Thanks. Jot down names. I did SJPdP to SdC in April/May solo and am starting to wonder if I’ll ever be the same. I think about it every day. Everybody says the Camino will provide, but I know it’s the Lord that does and will for you. Best wishes and thank you for allowing us to share some of your experience. -Luther

  34. What’s the deal…so fat with post u should have 2 entries…when I go to site it’s the same one…the first one…what am I doing wrong..and yeah think your super cool..thanks

  35. Lisa, I’m so thrilled you’ve begun blogging/journaling again! I was right there with you the first around during your family dream vacation adventures and loved every moment of it! I genuinely looked forward to reading all about your adventures every day and was so upset when your entries became fewer and fewer and eventually ended all together! The way you live your life really inspires me and I cannot wait to go on this new journey with you!

    P.S. I also got the opportunity to meet you a few times over the course of that year, at various speaking engagements, and each time holds a special place in my heart and mind! I hope you do some more speaking engagements around New England because I would love to see you again!

  36. Lisa sending love, strength and blessings on this amazing journey. Look very forward to reading your blog and can’t wait for your next book!

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