Wednesday, May 24, 2017

weather related

A friend and the manager of  our condo property
sent us these pictures this morning
of a tornado over the water in front of our unit.
Nature's fury is so awe inspiring.

Thankfully there was no damage.
I think I would have had to commit Bubba if there had been.
Our trek back from Hurricane Matthew 
is still a work in progress with the insurance company.

We decided to go to Pearl's for dinner last evening.
Kind of a "just the two of us" celebration
of his birthday.
Pearl's is one of our favorites.
It is all windows overlooking a tidal creek and marsh.
Yesterday the creek was full because of high tide.
Bubba got crab stuffed flounder and I chose shrimp and crab au gratin.
Just after we got our food the storm descended in all of its glory.
What a sight to see the wind and rain running up the creek.
At some point, all of the cell phones in the restaurant
sounded forth with an ear splitting tornado warning.
It was kind of funny and kind of scary.
We all chose to stay, though.
It was the right thing to do!

I just want to say...
they have these little hush puppies,
fresh out of the fryer,
that taste like donuts,
served with honey butter,
that are to die for.

We stayed for those and so much more.
Thankfully we were spared.

I love storms!
I love storms with a view!
I love storms when I am home cleaning our home.
I got some of all of that these last two days!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

the sweet may birthdays...

Jake turned twelve.
Granddaddy is now 73.
What a joy to have a big, fun birthday weekend.

Grandaddy got a shout out for being the 
world's best Grandpa.
He Is the best!

Jake wanted a Star Wars Rebel birthday party.
I made my famous Coca Cola cake.
Bubba got to pick the dessert.
Amanda and I got up early yesterday morning to get it made.
It was delicious.

The party game was this BB8 pinata.
The kids get to whack at it until it bursts open
and lots of money falls out.

Lining up to take the first try to bring the goodies in BB8 down.

Jake first then youngest to oldest.

Lucy knocked it off of it's perch so Amanda had to help
get BB8's loot emptied to the ground.
everybody got six dollars.

I just love this picture!
These kids have such a good time together.
Thank you Lord for these past few days.

Friday, May 19, 2017

the start of something wonderful

Jake turns 12.
Granddaddy turns 73.
Big birthday weekend starts today!!
All the grandkids at Get Air.....
jumping to their heart's content.
Jake says his birthday has gotten off to a great start!

Just now we celebrated with the family at
La Parilla Mexican Restaurant.
Jake got treated to a real Mexican birthday celebration
 complete with a sombrero,
singing and clapping,
and a delicious desert to share with everyone.

I love birthdays!
Always so much fun!
More tomorrow!

Happy Birthday Jake & Grandaddy!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

beach dreaming

Lucy and I were at the condo pool Friday evening last.
This shrimp boat was anchored just steps from the beach.
 I'm always looking for the perfect picture
so I took this shot.....
so much going on here.
The days work over, the shrimpers were hauling in their nets.
The sea birds were hovering, looking for scraps.
The dolphins were playing close by.
I am never disappointed at Tybee Island.
So much much to see and hear.

Someone asked me today....
What would you like to do with the rest of your life?
My answer?
The beach.... I want to live so close to the ocean
that I can see it, smell it, hear it.....
every day and night and day.
Somewhere where it is never too cold,
somewhere that I can walk on the sand daily
and take a dip in the salty water,
riding some waves
and floating to my hearts content,

I want a really comfortable chair 
down close to where the waves break.
Lots and lots of really good books to read.
A small beach town 
where nothing I need is more than a few miles away.
A grocery 
with lots of fresh veggies and fruit reachable on my bike.
A porch where I can watch the sun rise and drink some coffee.
Comfy shorts and a drawer full of 100% cotton white J Crew T-shirts.
No shoes, but tiny little Crocs with barely there straps.
Some very simple swim suits 
and the best sunscreen money can buy.
I would have my quirky long skirts and funky tops
for those rare times when I go out on the town.

I would praise and worship God every single day,
all day long and into the night.
I would read His word.
I would tell everyone I meet about our Savior
 and what He has done for all of us.

I would hope to find a little church 
nestled in the sand dunes 
with views of the ocean 
with a preacher man that would preach the truth boldly 
in a way I can understand.
That church would be a place where I could serve others.

And when I come to die,
I know it will be a joyous time,
because all of the pain and suffering will be over
and I will be escorted by my angels into the presence of my Lord
to worship and praise Him and enjoy Him forever!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

mother's day musings

I love Mother's Day!
I love Mother's Day at church.
David brought God's word to us this morning.
What a blessing that was.
I love my family and their thoughts toward me...
the kids with their handmade cards and their sweet whisperings of
"Happy Mother's Day Grammy!"

I received 21 beautiful tulips,
some sweet essential oils,
some Chanel nail polish with the name "ballerina"
and a couple of those absolutely fascinating cards I mentioned earlier.

The first card is from Gus.
He and I are at the zoo looking at a giraffe.
The giraffe is remarkably like us....
the arms are definitely an anomaly
but you can tell it's a giraffe by the coloring.

The second card is by Archie.
His is very detailed and well thought out!
I am always taken aback
 by how God arranged for this little guy from China and that little guy from Ethiopia
to be my grandsons.

I put this picture on facebook today.
These two call me mom.
They are, along with my husband,
the greatest blessings of my life.
Always sweet, kind, respectful, loving children.
God, thank you for choosing these precious souls for me.
I love them so much.

That's me with David in the first few minutes of motherhood.
Oh the joy of that moment.

Lastly tonight me and my mom.
She had the magic.
She gave it to me.
It's what makes life beautiful and exciting.
I love her.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

me and my mom

I was seven years old.
She was expecting my brother Frankie.
We were in New York City...
at the top of the Statue of Liberty.

She gave me so much....
my love of travel,
my sense of humor,
my love of getting all dressed up.
I was # One for seven years.

Mothers are gifts from God.
He knew we would need their tender love and care.
I am thankful that I had 82 years with mine.
I am glad that I was by her bedside when she died....
 my hand was on her pulse
 and I felt the last pump of blood through her body.
She was at peace.

hardest job on this earth, also the most rewarding.
Thank you God for my mother!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

hello again....

This morning the port of Savannah 
welcomed the largest container ship 
to ever dock on the east coast.
photo @ Visit Savannah on Facebook

I'm hoping it made its way safely under the bridge!
I love watching these big ships pass by our condo on Tybee Island.

The Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument 
would fit end to end along its deck.
That's a really big ship!!

Today, for the first time in a while, I feel good.....really good.
I had to take some medicine that took away my will to do anything.
Just the thought of writing my blog was abhorrent to me.
Thanking God just now for healing and a clear head.
So often we take being well and feeling great for granted.
Actually, wellness is a huge blessing from Him, 
He, who is our healer and the One that sustains us in life.
How often we forget that truth.

"It's Your breath in our lungs
and we pour out our praise...
we pour out our praise to You only."

Congratulations to Ivan....