Sunday, August 30, 2015

discovery cove ~ yesterday

 
My only regret is that I did not ride the dolphin
at Discovery Cove yesterday.
I opted out and regret,
but such is life.
 
This was our first time at "the cove,"
and it certainly was all the wonderful we had heard.
 
The picture above is right before we left...
the rain came about 3pm
and ran us away.
I had just gotten out of the lazy river
where we floated away life's cares and stresses.
My hair was still dripping wet.
 
Jake and Eli stayed in their wetsuits all day long.
There was scubering,
the bird aviary,
the dolphin swim,
the lazy river,
free food and snacks all day,
hammocks and lounge chairs,
clear blue water and white sandy beaches.
We found paradise....again.
 
It was one of those days
 that I will relive over and over
 in my heart and my head.
 
Thank you Mark & Amanda
for making it happen.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

We're going where she is going


We will drive down 
and meet up with her sometime around
Monday or thereabouts.
Interesting that her name is Erika...
someone very dear to us.

Keep a close watch on where she's going
and that's where we will be.
(Lord willing)

We may be swimming alongside the dolphins (literally)
with Jake and Eli at Discovery Cove
or maybe we'll be at the
The Magic Kingdom
running with Mickey and friends.

Hopefully, this little storm will keep crowds away
and afford us some much needed cooler temps.

You know how much I love storms....
I could not be more excited!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

except for the beautiful sunset


Everybody likes to go to Harbor Town over on Hilton Head.
There is the lighthouse,
the red rocking chairs,
all of those big floating palaces.
There is the dock,
 great restaurants,
 little shops,
a playground.
We have watched them light the Christmas tree,
and listened to the man sing 
under the big oak tree.
We have ridden our bikes there
and walked all around.
It is truly a fascinating little piece of property.

This picture shows what Harbor Town
looked like before....
before anything was there except for the
beautiful sunset.

I thought you would like to see this.
I can't stop looking at it.
So here it is on my blog tonight
so that I won't lose it somewhere
and never see it again.

Hope you had a happy day.
I sure did.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

so i won't forget


There is God and His son Jesus Christ....
and there is the Holy Spirit.
These three people are distinct but they are one God.
They are known as the Trinity.
The Bible is where their story is told.
Just before Jesus was crucified
He told his disciples,......
"I tell you the truth....
 It is to your advantage that I go away;
 for if I do not go away, 
the Comforter will not come to you;
 but if I depart, 
I will send Him to you."  
John 16:7

The Comforter is the Holy Spirit
and He resides in everyone who is a believer.

"I must always remember that the Holy Spirit is a Person,
I must always recognize the fact that this Person is within me.

It is a very good thing for Christians,
the moment they wake up in the morning,,
to say to themselves.....
'I am a child of God.
My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit;
I have this gracious guest within me.
Wherever I am today or whatever I may be doing,
the Holy Spirit will be with me.
I am not alone,
I do not live an isolated life.
there is nothing that I can do or that can happen to me
but that the Holy Spirit is a sharer in it.'

If we but walked with that realization uppermost in our minds,
it would transform everything."

Assurance of Salvation
Martyn L Jones.

I read this today.
I want to meditate on it and make it a part of my mind.
I wrote it here,
so that I won't forget this truth.
cc



Monday, August 24, 2015

sweetness....


She had just gotten up.
Her beautiful eyes were still puffy from sleep.
Lucy always comes and sits with me in my big white chair
first thing in the morning.
She had her Puppy and her Lily.
Lily is a blanket that my dad gave me.
He got it free from the countless charities to which he gave money.
She has claimed it as her own.
We sit together for a while and talk
before getting on with our day.
Times like these, you know, are priceless.

She and I have been going to sewing lessons all summer.
On Saturday past,
I thought for sure that she would
finish the apron she has been working on so diligently,
but it was not to be.
On Saturday,
Mel, the wiener dog was there at the sewing studio.
Mel, the wiener dog, as lovable as he was,
became a huge distraction.
He took a liking to Lucy and she to him.
before the two hour lesson was over, they were bonded together
like glue.
The apron remained unfinished.
I thought sure I would be modeling it for you by now!!!
Watching Lucy with Mel was the best
I found all of this hugely enjoyable.



I ~ Love ~ Lucy!


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Our new church building


Simple yet beautiful.
God was glorified here today.

I will write more in a little bit.
A really huge thunderstorm is moving in
and I want to watch it from the porch.

Great Storm...
and we met David and Erika and the kiddos
at the Mexican restaurant
to talk about the first day in the new building.

Community Bible Church of Savannah
had humble beginnings.
It has grown in under ten years
from 30 people meeting at Johnny Harris Restaurant
to over 1,500 at the two services this morning.
God has truly blessed.

People of all ages gathered to praise our Lord,
to worship Him in song,
to hear His word proclaimed,
to fellowship,
to serve,
to be among other like-minded believers.

The room has no adornment at all
except for the striking plain glass windows
that point our eyes  heavenward...
to the One who gave His all.

Thankful for God's blessings,
for providing this place
for us to worship.

Bubba and I have spent the last few months
 attending the Saturday evening service.
It was good to be back with our family
 worshiping together today.

"And let us consider one another 
in order to stir up love and good works, 
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
as is the manner of some,
but exhorting one another,
and so much the more 
as you see the Day approaching."
Hebrews 10:24&25





Thursday, August 20, 2015

flowers on my table


Today is like any other day......
Sin is present,
grace is required,
Jesus is your hope,
your future is secure in Him,
there is reason to continue.

from a friend

"For I am persuaded 
that neither death nor life, 
nor angels nor principalities nor powers,
 nor things present nor things to come.
 nor height nor depth,
 nor any other created thing,
 shall be able to separate us from the love of God 
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
 Romans 8:38&39

Meditate constantly on the beauty of the truth.
It will change your life.



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

keeping gus.......


......is such a pleasure,
but it doesn't leave me much time 
to think about and write a blog.
We just finished reading Cinderella.
I love that he loves that story!
Bedtime kisses were sweet tonight.

Soon he won't be four anymore.
I will miss four,
but look forward to five.

Our day starts early with pancakes and chocolate milk.
I always rise early to get a head start when I'm keeping kids.
A bubble bath,
a few songs,
a book or two read,
and he's out the door with his granddaddy 
to visit friends and family.

We read some more when he gets home.
He looks at a movie
(so that I can rest)
and then we play games ,
do spelling work,
and read some more books.

Sometimes I think,
How in the world were we so blessed
to have this little Ethiopian boy
in our family?
What a joy he is with his
southern accent
 his beautiful eyes,
his chocolate skin,
and his smile,
O that smile!!

Lord, you have been so kind to him.
You have brought him here to us,
He is being raised to love you.
Hopefully,
his heart will always be yours.



I love you Gus!!!



Saturday, August 15, 2015

conference on the beach


Bubba to Cathy....
"You have been on this beach all day long.....
don't you think its time to come on back up to the house?"

Cathy to Bubba...
"I'll be up in just a little while,
I need to watch the sun get all the way down."

Things....
My ability to load pictures onto my computer
has ceased.
Along about # 500 of the 600 beach pictures
it sighed and said "no more."
Our computer guy has been alerted...
I am on hold until he shows up.

This greatly affects our E-Bay business.
If you can't get pictures of your merchandise on,
nothing can sell.
We are up over $2000.00 now.
The 50th anniversary family cruise is taking shape.
In 5 years
when the cruise will take place,
Jake will be 15,
Lucy will be 14,
Eli will be 13,
Harry will be 12,
Archie will be 12,
and Gus will be 8.
Plenty of time, if the Lord wills,
to save more money for this fabulous event.

Thanking God for a great start to the school year 
for all of the above,
except for Gus.
He has one more year as a free man.

This is the middle verse of the Bible....
"It is better to trust in the Lord,
than to put confidence in man."
Psalm 117:8






Thursday, August 13, 2015

these kids.....


....love the beach.
These kids are happy here
basking in the glow of the late afternoon sun.
It doesn't matter if they are in the water,
or covered in sand,
it is all magical.

I love the look on Gus' face 
as he watches the antics of his older cousins.
Archie has grown to love the beach in his short time here.
You would think he had been raised on it as the rest of these have,
Lucy is kneeling on her boogie,
and is covered in mud.
Jake and Eli are so filled with joy
that it is literally bursting out of them.
And Harry...
well Harry is in "hog heaven" on the beach as well.

"Grandchildren are the crown of old age."
That's what the Bible says.
It is so true.
They are the blessings that allow you to be a child again.
To experience the world through their eyes.
To see the wonders that they see,
to ride the waves,
to write on the sand,
to build sandcastles,
to collect shells,
to be filled with joy at the sight of a dolphin.

These guys were handpicked by God to be ours.
I think He did a marvelous job.
Each is unique in his or her own way.
You can see this in the picture.

They are gifts,
treasures!
Thank You Lord God in heaven!!!



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

in the ocean....


There's no where else I'd rather be,
than floating here in the deep blue sea.
cc

Already, the days are getting shorter,
the kids are going back to school,
summer is coming to an end.

For me,
this summer has been very different.
My usual frenzy of activity was cut short.
Back in the middle of June
I was sidelined,
stopped in my tracks,
given a mandate that was not my own.

The Lord decided 
that I needed to stop doing what I was doing
and start on another path,

The yard that I left on the evening of June 15th,
has not been touched since.
The flowers are still growing, but they need fertilizer and care.
Much debris is on the ground.
 Weeds have sprung up and grown quite large.

The kidney stone, surgery, and long recuperation
were not in my plan book.
In spite of the misery though,
I was able to read...a lot.
That is what God wanted me to do.
Much soul work has been accomplished.

Quiet places,
alone a lot,
learning to be content,
what it means to be justified and sanctified,
to be "in Christ."
Joyously reading the book of Acts,
as the new church gets started,
wishing for that unity and fellowship and giving spirit in the church today.
Slogging through Romans...
agreeing with Paul about what a wretched girl I am.
Being thankful that Christ died for me,
and that I have been reconciled to God by His blood...
and all that truth implies.

And O, that book by Martin L, Jones...
"Assurance of Salvation."
I've read it before,
but this time every chapter has jumped off the page at me.

Yes, its been a different summer!!!
Looking back though,
I consider it one of the best summers I have every had.
So thankful for the healing power of the truth
for my body and my mind.

I'm very thankful for that vacation too.
It came at just the right time.






Sunday, August 9, 2015

blogging....


First ever picture of me blogging.
Amanda had my camera for most of the beach week.
She took random shots.
Of course,
I could never take a picture of myself writing,
so I am glad to have this.

I am writing blog #2,318.
I started Koinonia back in June of 2007.
Eight years ago.
Who would have thought it would have lasted this long.

I just went back and read some of my early posts.
(the first 30)
I didn't know how to include pictures,
so the posts were just words....
short.
I struggled with spelling,
I worked really hard to get it going.
I persevered.

We were living in Washington, DC,
in a high rise
 on the eleventh floor.
Bubba had my cat Priscilla of Tyrone put down
while I was on one of my many trips to  
Savannah.
Both of our moms were nearing death.
Soon we would make the decision to move back home to Savannah.
It was right about that time that the grand babies
started to come around.

In the writings and pictures on my blog since that time,,
I have watched our grandchildren grow.
I have chronicled 
our trips,
our holiday celebrations,
our family gatherings,
all of the good times!
I have posted much about the God that I love,
and His word that I cherish.
Hopefully, every post gives the glory to Him,
because without Him,
I am absolutely nothing at all.

What a journal,
a keepsake,
a treasure!

Thank you for sharing my life,
for reading my posts,
for loving my pictures,
for putting up with me when I get writer's block and
 don't write for weeks at a time
for in so many ways conveying to me how much 
you enjoy my Koinonia Blog.

I plan to keep writing,
until I run completely out of anything to say.
:) cathyc :)



Saturday, August 8, 2015

beach week with david's fam


David & Erika.....
still haven't finished their conversation.


The three musketeers....
brothers connected at the hip.
It doesn't take blood to make you a brother.
Is Harry trying to get in on the Hollingsworth thumbs up event?


Lucy and her dad strolling on the beach.
Lucy became a full on fishergirl on this trip.
She justs loves to
 "drop a line" in the water.


Archie boogie boarding in the surf.
He loves what we do over here in America!


Harry...
facing the waves head on.


Lucy.....
unaware of the bird over her head.


Gus...
his handsome self.


Harry....
trying his best to fly.


Lucy and her dad...
surveying the surf and wondering why it was
a "red flag" day.


Standing in the glow of a beautiful summer evening.
the best ever...
week at the beach!

To God goes all thanksgiving and praise!!!!



Friday, August 7, 2015

thumbs up


Mark seems to have found 
just the right spot for his chair on the beach.




Eli is out in the ocean with his thumb up.
Seems as if the water is
just right!!!



Jake and Eli 
spent many hours on the beach 
burying super heros 
in the sand.
Apparently,
Jake approves of what has been done.

I really have no idea why all of these thumbs were up.
Seems as if before Jake's illness manifested itself,
and before the golf car incident with
Eli and the new Honda Pilot,
everything was just right!!


I never saw Amanda with her thumb up...
no, not one time.
but I know she had a great week
in spite of  it all.
Somehow, when you are living at the beach,
you just cope with things better.







Wednesday, August 5, 2015

beach creatures


This mourning dove came by for a visit.


Up close and personal with the dolphins.


Twins! 


 Mark caught this sting ray. 


Inspecting the sting ray.


Dolphin tail.


Alligators in our backyard. 


This one was eyeing us.


Dead fish.
He was just lying on the beach,
we didn't catch him.


Harbor Island, South Carolina is a wildlife sanctuary.
What a beautiful place.
God made all of these creatures
and placed them here for our enjoyment.

We found tons of sand dollars
over on Hunting Island.
They were nestled in the mud.
The children had such a good time finding them.
We threw them all back before we left.
We "Chose Life" for them.








Tuesday, August 4, 2015

beach faces


This is Jake.
He is holding a hermit crab he found out in the ocean.
Jake is ten.


This is Lucy.
Lucy is floating on a boogie board.
Lucy is nine

                                  
   This is Harry.
He is fearless in the ocean.
                         Harry is seven.                     

                                                                     
                                                                              This is Gus.
                                                     Gus has his floaties on just to be on the safe side.
                                                                               Gus is four.


                                                                            Here is Eli.
                                                 He can catch minnows with his bare hands.
                                                                            Eli is eight.

     

                                                                   This is Archie.
                                                He is learning to be a good swimmer.
                                                                  Archie is seven.

                                               I love every one of these beach faces!
                                                                I love the beach!

Monday, August 3, 2015

birthday at the beach


Eli loved this unexpectedly chocolate birthday cake
that I bought on the way to Harbor Island.
In fact,
most of it was consumed directly by him.


Amanda loved her new flip flops and purse.
She had to wait a long time for her gits and her party,
but we finally got to celebrate our first night at the beach house. 


The first night at the beach is always the best.
You go to sleep knowing that you have the whole week ahead.


We had a low country shrimp boil
and then headed down to spend the first evening
on the beach.

Family time,
all together under one roof.
No better blessing in the world.
Thanks be always to the One who allows such joy!!!!




Sunday, August 2, 2015

where do I begin?


I will start here,
on this extremely narrow drawbridge
that got us onto Harbor Island,
South Carolina.
The link to paradise...
and yes,
we had no idea that a place like this existed.
It was beautiful,
 pristine,
 free of traffic and congestion,
quiet,
peaceful.
A place where we were content to sit on the back porch,
drinking coffee,
talking and laughing
watching the alligators, 
playing games,
letting the night settle in,
gazing at the full, blue moon.
Hard to remember a time when
 I was more relaxed, content and happy.




This is where we spent most of our time.
We would go to the beach,
ride the golf cart and
our bikes.
We would eat and clean up,
but all of us would soon find each other back
on the porch,

The alligators were in the creek right below us.
They put on quite a show,
All of us were mesmerized by these awesome creatures.


So,
I begin here.
I will probably be blogging on this trip all week.
I am still basking in the glow of this wonderful island
and the time Bubba and I got to spend
with our family.



Thanks to our friends Lou and Wally
for enlightening us about this wonderful place.