Wednesday, July 27, 2016

the glowing pictures

Jupiter Inlet, Jupiter, Florida
Pictures from our family vacation.....

Sometimes, not very often,
but occassionally,
you catch the sunlight just at the right time.
The light produces a glowing effect
on those it chooses.
Here are some examples...

Our Harry B,
engaging in a rare but beautiful
smile for a picture.
Aren't his eyes just so dreamy?

This group is really glowing.!

David and Erika glowing.
Love these two so much!

Eli and Jake lit up by the sun.
Thes two boys make my heart sing!

Uncle Mark and Gus.
Mark is strong and Gus is riding high.

You all see what I mean about the glow?
Its only for just a sprinkling of minutes.
You have to hurry,
but the light is 

God does wonderful things.
The beauty of His creation always
takes my breath away.
Thank you God for the beauty of Your Holiness.
You alone are God.
There is no other.
Thank you for the love of my family
and time spent with them.
To You I direct All of my worship this evening.

Monday, July 25, 2016

once upon a beach ~ 2

A picnic with some sand
and the greatest view ever.
The day started with snorkeling
at Blue Heron Bridge.

Lots of big waves ~ lots of froth.
So much fun to ride them in.

Harry building a fort with a moat.
Always, the big desire is to get the moat to fill with water,
which involves a whole lot of
running to the ocean,
filling buckets,
bringing the water back,
pouring it in the moat,
watching it go away immediately.
They never stop though....
always think they can get the moat to hold the water.
so much fun to watch this process.

Sunscreen application...
never fun.

This pigeon is eating my Cheez It.

We stayed in the water for a long time.
We jumped the waves and got knocked about.
The water was so clear we could
see the bottom.
I love the beach so much.
My favorite place!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

once upon a beach

We are saving to take a cruise next summer.
Amanda and Mark invited us to have
Family Vacation 2016
at their new home this year
in exchange for a little home decorating help.
We had a blast, and
the house ended up looking just fabulous.

The "POP" of color was chosen....
tropical green.

Erika hung the curtains in the common room.
She is really good at this,
but it is a very frustrating job...
mainly, everything drops to the floor,
and what you need at the moment
is always somewhere else.
In spite of, 
she did a beautiful job.

Bubba tore out an ugly old wine rack
that was part of the kitchen cabinets.
Amanda & I wept when we saw the results.
Erika knew just how to fix,
what to buy,
and how to make it a reality.
Decorations by Cathy.
I just love open shelves in kitchens.
We all fell in love with the finished project.

As you can see from the first picture,
our trip wasn't all work. 
Here, the boys are having breakfast with Granddaddy.
Uncle Mark cooked waffles and bacon.

This is David with Archie.
I bet you didn't recognize him.
The kids found the costume box and had a ball.

My favorite is Captain America...
they know, and he always makes an appearance.

There is a banana tree in the backyard.

We had a most wonderful time
all being together
counting our blessings.

This travel blog will be continued at a later time.
Probably tomorrow.
Too many pictures for one post, :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


"For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believes in Him
should not perish 
but have everlasting life."
John 3:16

Sunday, July 17, 2016


I got into a nest of old photos.
Came up with a few priceless ones.

This was our very first cruise back in the eighties.
My Mom and Dad saved up
and took all of their kids and grandchildren
on the high seas.
There were eleven of us at the time.
We sailed out of the 
Port of Miami.
We had so much fun.

Bubba and I are planning to do this for our family.
There will be twelve of us.
I am selling on Ebay to pay for the cruise.
I found out last week 
that I will need to do a lot more
selling on Ebay for this cruise to happen.
I have four more years to save!!
Was going to do it sooner,
but cruising is very expensive!

Here we are leaving the port.
We all went to the front of the ship
to watch the land slide away.
Dad took it seriously and put his life jacket on.

Here are the girls on dress up night.
Moma was seasick...
don't know where Sally was.
Lots of eighties style here....
big hair,
shoulder pads,
crazy bridesmaid dresses,
huge smiles,
except for Moma.
She wanted to be back on land.

This picture cracks me up.
I have asserted myself with some food dish.
Bubba is not happy about it,
David is not buying any of it.
Looks like some sort of vegetable dish.

I cannot wait for us all to go do this!
Now I just need to really work hard.
will you match what I make
so that we can go sooner?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

this cracked me up

For Lou....

Thirteen years old we were.
Must have been my birthday.
We're on 35th Street.
Not a care in the world

Top row left to right...
Geri Woods. 
Nancy Fountain, 
JoAnn Deloach,
Suzanne Moore,
Nancy Witherington. (I saw her at the reunion.)

Bottom Row left to right....
Debbie Sevier,

Out in Front,
My Brother Frankie
stealing the show.

What a precious, crazy picture.
Who knows what Suzanne is doing to your head.
I had gotten a perm :(
Geri is giving Debbie bunny ears,
and Debbie seems to be praying.

But how cute is Frankie...
he is posing with all of us girls,
looking so cute
and thoroughly enjoying his role as baby brother.

My the time has flown!
Love old pictures.

Friday, July 15, 2016

sleeping with a bar of soap

This has been one of those weeks...
so rare and unusual.
It was quiet,
A stay at home week,
A get a lot done week..

Lots of time to read,
and reflect 
on the goodness of our God.

One thing...
Always lock your car.
Bubba's trusty van was broken into
on Wednesday night.
Most of the time he doesn't lock.
We are lured into a false sense of security out here.

They didn't get much...
just a little cash and some loose change,
but still...
somehow you feel violated when
someone pilfers through your stuff in the middle of the night.

Another thing....
Bubba has leg cramps,
those jump out of the bed in agony kind.
He inherited these from his mom,
Nothing has ever worked.

About a month ago I listened to a woman
on facebook who swore to a cure.
All you have to do is,
wait for it....
sleep with a bar of soap in your bed.

I went out immediately,
bought a bar,
the best I could find,
lavender scented,
nice and thick.
I put it under the sheet in the middle of our
king size bed.

Believe it or not,
He hasn't had a cramp since.
It works!!!!

Old wives tale?
I don't think so.
We are both sleeping like babies.

Thankful tonight for a very good day.
a bar of soap,
locks on doors, 
a clean house,
and a husband who loves to cook.

God is good all the time.
I praise Him and thank Him tonight!