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Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: June 27th, 2017

So Tuesday has become the new Monday. So we asked everyone, what is your favorite day of the work week. Some said Saturdays, which totally counts for a work day since we are working our butts off 7 days a week and Jonny said every other Wednesday at Midnight because that is pay day! We also talked with United Way and Be Healthy Berrien about the Mobile Farmers Market and the Benton Harbor Farmers Market!... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: June 26th, 2017

First World Problems. We have all experienced them and we have all seen all the countless memes about First World Problems. Whether it’s something like “the WiFi at my house is too slow” or “I ran out of creamer and had to use milk and sugar for my coffee”. We were also joined by Cornerstone Alliance and All Star Driver Education to talk about job opportunities. Also Kate Thomas stopped by to talk about Steve’s Run!... [Read Full Story]

The Sarah Diaries: One Perfect Date

In my last blog I told you about being in a funk. it should be no surprise that during that time I had zero dates. Can you blame them though? Going out with someone who’s personality is that of Jane or Daria doesn’t exactly scream “good times ahead!” (Props if you got the name reference!)
The last date I was on was actually pretty perfect. It was the beginning of May, and it was easy. Conversation flowed, there was a physical attraction, but our long term goals didn’t match. The biggest part of his job requires being able to uproot and move as quickly as 13 weeks after arriving. Just long enough to get settled in, then pack up and off you go on the next great adventure!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic way to see the world, but wow! That’s a lot of packing and unpacking in a short amount of time, over and over and over…
It wasn’t just the job and moving, we were also at two different points in our life. He’s been married and has kids, I’ve been rocking the single world and am looking to settle down and start a family.
Oh, did I mention the location of the next move? It was between two places, Alaska and Arizona. Not to say a LDR can’t or wont work because I have many friends who it has and does! I’m just not the most confident person in them. And yes, before you ask, we did have a frank discussion about trying to make it work, would I move, etc… but both agreed it didn’t feel right.
We ended our date, and I went on my way. We texted a little after, but after a series of failed second date attempts, we stopped chatting. Honestly, I’m pretty ok with how it ended. All things considered, I don’t think I would have changed anything with him. I’m a believer that God put’s people in your life for various reasons, I think this one was to remind me I’m capable of actually having a good date.
Now to find another…
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The Sarah Diaries: Case of the Blahs

I know, I haven’t posted in a while. Not to say I haven’t sat down, opening up my laptop and looked directly at the screen trying to figure out what exactly I was going to write. Hoping by some miracle I’d get inspired. Not the case. Nothing came to me. I’d walk away, head outside, mow, pull some weeds, nap, anything to try and find some inspiration to write. And yet nothing. Its like a mix of writers block and just blah.
Clearly you’ve been feeling the lack of blog love too, as I’ve gotten many requests about when I’m going to post another.
But… this isn’t a normal blog for me. If you’ve interacted with me face to face for the last month or so, you know I haven’t been myself. I’ve been in a funk. I’d tell you it has something to do with seasonal depression, but I’ve never had it hit me when it’s spring/summer out. Winter yes, May and June, no.
My patience has been tried, my attitude crap, and I will even admit to a few outburst – which I will apologize right now for. If I have been anything but my normal upbeat, bubbly self to you – I am truly sorry! (**cough, cough John & Mike cough, cough**)
I have no other explanation than to say I’ve been in a funk, I am aware of it, and I’m working on getting out of it. I’m also working on a vacation, which my hope is that will greatly assist in returning me to “normal”. Meanwhile, any suggestions for how you beat the blues, or even vacation places are gladly welcomed and appreciated!
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Congratulations to Rodney Pletz of Benton Harbor, our 2017 Dynamite Dad Winner!

A big congratulations to RODNEY PLETZ of Benton Harbor, the winner of our 2017 Dynamite Dad contest, from Martin’s Super Markets and 98.3 The Coast! Rod’s daughter, Erica Kirksey of Decatur, nominated Rod. Here’s her story:

I always knew my dad was the best of the best, but on September 11, 2001 he had proven my theory correct. My dad being a Volunteer Firefighter and working for the Fire Brigade at the Nuclear Plant has had an immense amount of training for situations like this and knew his training could be of some assistance to our country. When we were attacked his heart of gold kicked in and he headed to New York to lend a hand in searching for survivors at ground zero. He slept on the streets, ate whatever he could find and saw things unimaginable. He put others before himself and became a true Hero in my books that day. My dad has organized fundraisers for burn victims, those with cancer, and events in our community. He is my Hero, my mentor and my best friend. He has taught me courtesy and respect and I can not thank him enough for raising me the way him and my mom did. He has spent more than half his life helping others and saving lives I would be thrilled if he could get this amazing gift of becoming this year’s Dynamite Dad! What an awesome way to show my dad how much he truly is appreciated!... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: June 14, 2017

Father’s Day is coming up soon and for Ask Meagan today we wanted to help Steve who wrote in to Meagan asking for advice. He has a 2 yr old and wants to start his own traditions with his young son and also his wife wants to spend time with her father, but Steve’s mom wants him to come and see his dad. So Steve has a Father’s Day dilemma so we tried to help him out. Also we talked about the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival that is coming up this weekend!... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: June 9, 2017

So it is the last day of school and now your kids will be home all day unless you have activities that get them out of the house and doing things. So we listened to suggestions of what Meagan’s kids could do this Summer that gets them out of the house. Some of them include: swimming in the lake, swimming in a pool, working at the Hartford Speedway, Summer Camp at YMCA and more.... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: June 7th, 2017

It’s that time of the year. Potluck season! Between graduation parties, church picnics, and school picnics. You will be going to a lot of potlucks, some of which will have some “questionable” dishes that you may not want to eat. Well Meagan tried to offer her advice about that today for “Ask Meagan”. We also got some great advice from other people as well and we went on a rant about that Jell-O fluff stuff.... [Read Full Story]

The Clooney twins have arrived!

In a statement released today (Tuesday), new parents George and Amal Clooney say, “This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days.”... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: June 1st, 2017

Life is getting too easy for us. We don’t even have to remember simple things like phone numbers. Remember when you were a kid and you had to remember your home phone number, or your friends phone number. You even had to call the movie theater for showtimes or call the “Time Lady”. Jonny & Meagan talk about that and they also learn about something cool called “Story Line”.... [Read Full Story]