Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vacation 2010 ~ Part 1

Sorry it has taken me so long to get this post up. I actually started this post over a week ago, but as you can see, it has taken me a long time to get it finished. After returning home from vacation, it has been hard getting back into the swing of real life! Everyone has finally started school. Some actually started before vacation, but not everyone. Hopefully I can get used to this again very quickly!

Our vacation was wonderful! The first week we went to Myrtle Beach. My sister Debbie invited us to go along with her and part of her family. She has a time share that she shared with us, and it was amazing. We stayed in a 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath townhouse complete with a full kitchen and a nice size dining table. We also had access to 3 televisions hooked up to cable TV. That was a real treat for the kids, but I am so glad that we do not have cable TV at home! There is not a whole lot that I want to watch or want my kids to see, so it is a lot of money for a whole lot of channels that never get watched!

We had access to a very nice pool and a lazy river. You will see several pictures here of the lazy river as we enjoyed that quite a bit.  We were about a mile away from the Beach, so we had to drive to get there. I absolutely love the beach and could spend all day there. It is so peaceful and relaxing to me. Unfortunately most of the rest of my family were not that in love with the Beach.

My hubby is not big on the Beach and my kids have not been there very much, so they are just not in to it! Most of Debbie's family is not either, so I think someday Debbie and I will just have to go without the rest!

Most of the time we were in Myrtle Beach, the weather was picture perfect! Hurricane Earl was churning out in the Atlantic that week, so we were keeping a close eye on it. Fortunately it missed us and we did not have to evacuate! We had one day that it was overcast and the waves were a bit rough. All the other days the sky was a beautiful blue!

These first six pictures are of our first evening at the beach. We just went and walked on the beach and the kids collected shells. For some of the children, they were so young when we went to the beach last, that they do not remember it at all. Needless to say, they enjoyed it so much, especially Micah, who had a big smile on his face most of the time!

Anna collecting shells.

Luke and Rebekah


Micah walking along the Beach

Anna walking on the Beach

The Kiddie Pool at the Lazy River

Luke and Sammy and some of our gang at the Lazy River

The Lazy River at night

Micah having a Good Time!

See that smile!


Micah again!

Luke and Sammy at the Hot Tub


Luke playing in the sand

The castle built by Luke and Tori

Luke and Tori enjoying time together!
Josh spent his day at the Beach reading a book sitting under an umbrella!

Jon and Rachel and Baby Bethany!

Luke loved playing in the sand!

Anna playing in the sand

Luke again

A little friend that followed us around for a while!

And of course Faith in the sand!

We had a great time and it was so good to get away! Thanks again to Debbie for taking us along with her. We appreciate it so much! I will be back to share about our second week of vacation soon!



Sunday, September 26, 2010

He Has Become My Salvation

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Surely God is my salvation;

I will trust and not be afraid.

The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;

he has become my salvation."

Isaiah 12:2



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pregnancy Prayer List Update ~ Welcome Baby Lainey

I am excited to share with you another sweet baby that has been born. Congratulations to Holly on the birth of her Rainbow Baby. Lainey was born September 22, 2010 at 2:48 p.m. weighing 7lbs 4oz.  I am so thrilled for Holly and her husband. They have been through so much, and Holly has reached out to so many baby loss moms. What a true Blessing! Stop by and tell them congratulations!

Please remember to pray for the other ladies on the list, and if you are expecting and would like to be added, please leave me a comment or email me!



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Let's Play Catch Up!

Wow! I have missed a lot of time on here and I have a lot to catch you up on! We have been away for 2 weeks and just returned home yesterday.

After returning from Virginia from my sister in law's funeral, I spent the next several days preparing for our vacation. We left on August 28th for Myrtle Beach. My sister has time shares and she invited us to go along with her. We were able to spend a week down there. I love the Beach and it was wonderful for me to get there.

After we left Myrtle Beach, we traveled to Virginia to visit my Mom and the rest of my extended family. We usually only get there about once a year, so it was wonderful to see everyone! We made a trip into Washington DC one day and we were able to go visit Faith's grave.

I will do more posts to show some pictures of our trip. I am trying to get things in order here at home, so I am trying not to spend too much time here. Today the kids are doing schoolwork, but a little more casual than usual. We are trying to recuperate from our trip, but tomorrow we must dive right in and get busy.

Before we left, Jeremy found these eggs in the turtle habitat. The turtles will often bury themselves way down and it can be hard to find them. He was digging around trying to make sure they were all OK when he found the eggs.

There is a total of 4 eggs!

When we arrived home yesterday we found this little guy.

Isn't he or she cute?

We have not seen any other baby turtles, so we do not know if they have hatched or something has happened to them.  We are hoping there are more out there somewhere.

I have to go and get busy getting something done around here. I will post more about our vacation real soon!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pregnancy Prayer List Update ~ Welcome Baby Joshua!

I am happy to share with you another baby that was born to one of the mom's from the Pregnancy Prayer List. Audrey gave birth to her new baby boy, Joshua, on September 2, 2010, at 11:17 P.M.  Joshua weighed 7lbs.1oz. and was 20 inches long. Audrey went through quite a lot with this pregnancy and as well as with many of her previous pregnancies.  Praise God that Joshua is here safe and healthy! You can go here to visit Audrey to learn more about her story and say congratulations!

Congratulations Audrey and Family! God is so Good!

Please remember to keep the rest of the ladies from the Pregnancy Prayer List in your prayers. There are still a few more that are due really soon! Also, if you are expecting and would like to be added to the list, I would love to add you! Just leave me a message or send me an email.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hello There!

I wanted to let you know that I am still alive. Life has been a bit crazy and to be honest I just didn't feel like I could take the time to blog. The next couple of weeks are going to be busy too, so you might not hear much from me then either. I do read all comments and my email, so feel free to contact me.

Thank You to each of you that prayed for my brother and his family. Prayers were definitely felt, but are still greatly needed. I was able to travel to Virginia for my sister-in-law's funeral. Tim and Naomi and Jeremy and Leigh also went. Mike stayed home with the 8 youngest so that they could be in the Musical at our church. I left on a Thursday Morning and came back on Saturday. It was a very quick trip, but it was so good to be able to be with family.

Debbie was such a sweet, caring, kind and loving person. Her presence will be greatly missed! My brother and his children are feeling that loss tremendously. Their youngest daughter is 16 and she was very close with her mom. My thoughts and prayers are with each of them. I have known Debbie since I was about 9. I had just turned 12 when Rick and Debbie got married. They use to drag me with them all over the place. They usually took me on vacation with them too! It is so difficult to say goodbye, but I look forward to the time that I get to see her again! Heaven will be so Sweet!

The one added bonus of traveling to Virginia was meeting my new great-niece Bethany Joy! Remember this post? Jon and Rachel also came up for the funeral so I was able to get my hands on her! She is the sweetest baby. She doesn't cry very much except when she is hungry. I couldn't get enough of her!

Me and Bethany. Isn't she sweet?

Please remember the ladies on the Pregnancy Prayer List. There are many who are approaching their due dates. Let's pray for quick, easy, and healthy deliveries! Also if you are pregnant and would like to be added to the list, please leave a comment or send me an email. I would love to add you!

I have our school stuff to get ready, organized and started, as well as a few other things, so I will update when I can!