Friday, November 21, 2014


 So, it's been quite some time since I blogged. I'd really like to do better at it, because it's a great way to journal our lives and then come back in the coming years and remember all we did. It's just so hard to take the time to sit down and write it out. Maybe that's because we are too busy?
Well, sickness has a way of making life slow down. Tuesday evening I felt like I was getting a sore throat. By Wed. evening it was starting to move into my nose and everything was getting a bit stuffy. By Thursday evening, I was sitting at home wrapped in a blanket, going from the chills to being too hot. 
 I think things are on the it's a sore throat still, a cough that feels like it's tearing up my chest and a stuffy nose. No more chills and aches.
 All this nasty made me skip two days of work and our final Life Group meeting for the year! :( 

 So much has happened since I last wrote. The biggest blessing was likely the job I got.
 Here is a excerpt from Facebook on September 11:

 A few weeks ago I interviewed for a potential job that *I* thought was a perfect fit for me and our families needs. Someone more qualified got the job, and while I totally understood, I struggled a bit with feeling like a failure. But I knew it was God closing a door and I had peace about that. I decided not to actively pursue another job and just trust God to meet our needs that were feeling overwhelming! 

So yesterday I got a call out of the blue from a women I don't even know, asking if I would be willing to help her elderly mom a few days a week. I met the elderly lady and her daughter today and to make a long story short, next week I will be starting a part time job! But to me, this is going to be more than a job, but more a ministry/life experience! I know that older people have so much experience in life and I am looking forward to learning to know Ms. Jo and see what all I can learn from the 89 years she has lived on this planet! 
Thanking God.....

Well, it's been nearly 2 months and she is such a joy to work for. I feel so blessed. It's awesome to see the improvement in her health in the last month or so!
  I really hated that I couldn't go help her yesterday or today, but she is getting ready to spend 2 weeks with her children in Destin and then in MS. I sure didn't want to carry my germs to her and make her sick. She was very understanding and grateful that I kept my germs away! :D

Another big project in our lives is renovating our hall bath. A little over a month ago, we discovered live termites in our bathroom floor and they had done some significant damage in the bathroom floor as well as in Danny's bedroom floor.
 Since we live in the ministry house, we felt it only right to try to help raise funds to help cover the expenses. We were blessed to have some friends volunteer their time and product for a few things, but the bulk of it will still fall on GEMS account!
We will also need to get some new carpet! The hall carpet by the bathroom door had mold underneath from getting wet at some point, and then Danny's bedroom floor had to be tore up to repair the termite damage. While we are replacing carpet, we may do the other two bedrooms as well, since that carpet is pretty old!

If you would like to help with this project financially, click on our fundraiser page.....
At the bottom of the first post, if you click "Show all" it will let you read all the updates. 

We still have quite a bit to raise!

I think I will wrap this up for now but I hope to come back later and do a picture post! :) Those are more fun!! :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Estuaries Day/Birthday

Friday was the yearly Estuaries Day in Eastpoint, Florida. (an hour and 20 minute drive) We were trying to remember if this was our 3rd or 4th year going? I guess I need to look back in my photo's! 
Even though the kids are older, they still enjoy going, if just to be with their friends! :)

As has been tradition the last two years, we go down a little early and cross the bridge to St. George Island to get subs at Subway and eat down on the beach.
When we got to Subway, we saw a Mowery Elevator truck in the parking lot. We know quite a few employees from there, so we wondered if it was someone we knew. Sure enough, Keith Yoder and Caleb Willis were inside eating! They were surprised to see someone from home way down there! :)
They invited us to come see the beach house they were working at and offered for us to eat on the 3rd floor deck overlooking the beach! We couldn't resist. Scott Cloud was also working at that house! It was interesting seeing how they put elevators in!!

Lunch on the deck of a HUGE beach house....

Lovely view!!

The stairs going down the side of the house.....this house slept 40 some people!! I'm vacation!! ;)

From there we headed back across the bridge to the Estuary Reserve for a day of learning and fun!

Touch tanks....touching a stingray.

Candra and her kids....

Sarah Beth touching a starfish.

Teaching us how crabs shed their cool!

Have you ever seen a pelican on a leash? Me neither! :)
Her name was Doofy.When they rescued her after a hurricane, she had a twitch in her head and that's how she got her name. The twitch has since went away!! 

A dead lionfish....they are a venomous predator fish that they are trying to get rid of in the Gulf. Researchers are encouraging people to get rid of them if they are caught!

Beach front....

It was a lovely breezy day! :)

~ Anna, Shauna and Tamara ~

I called this a kissy face fish! He would come swimming over all puckered up and lay sideways like he was trying to see was funny! :)

Caden :)

The whole crew....minus one!
Riverbend Home Educators represent!!

The teens wanted to go walk the beach on St. George Island when we were done at Estuaries Day, so 4 of us families stayed and let the kids walk while we sat at the playground on the beach with the little kids!

St. George Lighthouse

Watching the kids play on the playground.....Denise's husband Troy works on the island so he met us there when he got off work. 

<3 Troy & Denise <3

Here come the teens......

One of the other Dad's who was working nearby came, and he and Troy took all 23 kids back to Troy & Denise's house.....then the Mom's took me out for was my 37th birthday! :) 

We ate supper at The Blue Parrot right there on the island!

We got to eat out on the deck overlooking the beach!

My dear friends.....they blessed me by paying for my yummy supper of crab stuffed shrimp, grits and cole slaw!! Sometimes as a Mom you just don't get celebrated much, so this was a treat for me! :)

The view from my seat!!

Kay, Denise, Brandy and Denise's daughter Cortney

Ready to head back to Sumatra to make sure Denise's house was still in one piece and pick up our kids! :) (They had a blast!!)

It was a great day!! And it was great coming home to my hubby!! I missed him! :)

Today, he took our family out for lunch to Sonny's BBQ to celebrate my birthday! It was a nice break not to worry about Sunday lunch!! :) I'm enjoying my 30's and still have a few more years before the big 4-0....I'll enjoy every moment I can! :)

This afternoon Dan decided to go for a run, even though it was drizzly. He asked if I wanted to go along. I wanted to make an excuse, but I had been thinking about starting back on the C25K program, and decided what better time to start? So here goes..... :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

18th Anniversary -Day Getaway!

Every year Dan and I talk about doing a weekend getaway for our anniversary, but there never seems to be funds to do it. Hopefully one year soon! :)
We still had a wonderful celebration! We had planned to spend Sunday afternoon/evening at the beach. Our kids are old enough to stay home alone, but I knew they would enjoy spending the day at Dylan & Kayla Pickron's house. I checked with Kay (their mother) and she said "bring them Sat. already and let them stay overnight"! Well, I couldn't resist that kind of offer!
So Saturday night we dropped them off with friends and spent the evening just relaxing.....talking, talking, more talking and watching a movie or two.

We slept in longer than normal on Sunday morning and by 9:00 we were on the road to Beacon Hill, Mexico Beach. It was a cloudy day but still a bit warm. We didn't spend a lot of time in the water because of the cloud cover. When you got out and were wet, it felt a little chilly!

Had to try out my "barefoot sandals" I bought on Etsy over a year ago! :P

The seagulls could sense every time we got the snacks out! Silly birds!

Sand pipers

<3 In some ways it's so hard to believe that I have almost been married longer than I was single!! Time is going by so quickly! AND, we have lived in FL for half our married life! That blows my mind even more!!

It drizzled on and off till around 2 PM, when we decided to continue on with our day......

We drove to Panama City Beach and went mini-golfing at Pirate's Island. Mini-golfing was something we did often when we were dating and have not been for a long time!! It was fun again! 

Dan is a great score keeper! :)

The alligators looked real!!

We seem to be in trouble! ;)

We both got SO close on this hole on our first hit! :) 

Self-timer! :)

This is such a fun course!! It was pretty empty of people too, so we took our good ole' time and just enjoyed the day! By the time we were half way through, the skies had cleared and the sun was quite warm!! :) That's FL weather for you!

In May I had planned a surprise 40th birthday party for Dan. Friends and family blessed him with gift cards and cash. He asked me to put it all aside for our anniversary, so it was nice to be able to have some fun and spend a little more $$ than usual! :) 
He chose the Gift Card for Longhorn Steakhouse, thanks to my brother Lynn and Lisa!! :) 
Neither of us could finish our food! It was so yummy!!

After our early supper (we ate a later breakfast and then just snacked for lunch) we spent another hour or two window shopping at Pier Park!
Then we stopped for frozen yogurt at Milk & Honey (thanks to Scott & Amy Cloud).

It was a very relaxing day that we both enjoyed and needed immensely!! :) 

A BIG Thank You to everyone who made it possible in any way! :)