Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Saltines Not Grahams...

Well, we did it. We had our first official bonfire of the season! We dug out the marshmallow sticks (that's what we've always called them anyway) and decided hot dogs and sausage would look pretty good on them too. And maybe roasted potatoes with butter, salt, sour cream, bacon all the toppings to go with them! We singed our finger tips trying to toast the sausage till it was crispy, but after we put it between a hot fresh biscuit and took our first bite, we barely noticed our fingers anymore:)


Nice and big the fire was. Crackly and snappy. The perfect orangey red. We added all our pine needles to it too. It gave it a nice big, five second blaze;) Our dog, Happy, hid between our legs when the flames got too big for her, but then ran around nipping at the small ashes floating through the air. Yes, it was a great first bonfire.

Oh! And if you trade your Graham crackers for Saltines when you do your S'mores...well um, you may not go back to Graham crackers. Try it and see.

Olivia




Ball jars and checkered tablecloths go together perfectly, don't you think?


Ingredients for S'mores with polka dot cups to match:)


My Mama is amazing...




Our new dog Happy.




Just a little closer...






"Than spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life." 
John 8:12


Singing this Saturday...

Our family will be singing in concert this Saturday at 6:30p.m. in Homeland Park Florida. We would like to invite anyone in that area or just anyone who may want to attend to come and join us! We will be singing in the School House located near the church.

UPDATE ON LOCATION: Our concert location which was originally taking place in the church, but was moved to the school house has been moved back to the church! Come join us!

We would love to see you!






Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day...

 " Freedom has a taste to those that fight and almost die, 
that the protected will never know..." 
  -Unknown Soldier (as told by Sam Johnson, Vietnam POW)


Today we take time to honor those who have served our country. To celebrate their service. But it's not always a happy celebration I know. Bittersweet maybe.
I won't even pretend to know everything about what this day means for those who have served. I know little in comparison to those who have served, of all the pain and loss and sacrifice. I think about the times when I'll be talking to my Grandfather and Vietnam is mentioned. Pain immediately flits across his face and tears brim in his eyes. This doesn't happen every time we speak of Vietnam, but I've come to recognize that sometimes it might just be the day, words or even certain foods that trigger the memories. We don't talk of the war very much.

I DO know that today I woke up feeling protected and safe in my home. Without any fear. I also know this security comes with a cost for all those who fought and continue to fight for our country.

I don't ever want to take that for granted.

We want to say so very sincerely to our family who have served, Granddaddy, Abuelo, Uncle Al, Uncle Joe, Uncle Albert, our cousin Eric (and cousin BJ who continues to serve) and also to our many dear friends, Thank You for your service to the United States of America. And a very Happy Veterans Day to you.

Olivia




Sunday, November 2, 2014

Junky Treasures....

The weather down here in Florida is amazing today! 60 degrees and it's only November 2nd? Let's celebrate!

We actually did...we had a yard sale on Saturday:) We know everyone normally does their deep house cleaning in the Spring, but since Dad's office has been completed at the church we've been moving his books and files over and in the process, the inevitable happened...we stumbled upon, unearthed and re-evaluated lots of JUNK items to sell or throw away. This is a good thing! We have more space and everything feels fresher. Now you can light all your Fall candles and perk a pot of coffee!

Paul made the most fun, bright signs for our sale. The day he spent outside painting, it was pretty hot. Peter was so sweet and bought him a Coke Icee from Jiffy to cool him off. The very next day it was freezing! And tomorrow it'll more than likely be hot again! Florida...
We were setting up tables Saturday morning before the sun and Samuel was worried no one was going to see his sign for hot dogs and cold drinks. We explained it might be some time yet before anyone stopped in:)

With plenty of hot coffee and cocoa to drink, sweaters to bundle up in and our very own Yard Sale Mascot, we sold quite a lot of junky treasures.

Olivia



 Alexis made her amazing hot and sticky cinnamon rolls for breakfast!

 Coffee! Come and get it!


 Samuel...our mascot for the day.

 Come on in! Yard sale here!



Monday, October 20, 2014

Mondays Surprise...



Today was like most Mondays. The start of a fresh week. We straighten the front porch furniture, put the littles Sunday shoes away, sweep up the weekend cookie crumbs and suds up the dishes from Church Potluck! Just about the time we were thinking the late night traveling hours of our recent trip were catching up with us and we needed an energy boost, our sweet friend showed up at our door and surprised us with Pumpkin Spice smoothies! Just because:) Visits like this are so special and fun for us. We receive it as a direct gift from Jesus. 

Julia, you blessed us immensely today.

Friday, October 17, 2014

#100happydays

Day #100

In capturing and recording 100 days in pictures, I was surprised at the many things I perhaps would have taken for granted or missed just because I wasn't looking for it! During these past one hundred days I can remember moments when I didn't feel like looking for the "happy" in the day, but I'm glad I continued on, because I have experienced the "Happyday" moments every day and been surprised and richly blessed by The Lord so many times...often by "happyday" moments not captured in pictures.

The ocean is my favorite symbol of God's love for me...the vast ocean that is seemingly endless reminds me of His love...The ocean depth; unknown...The grains of sand that cannot be counted...

"Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus.
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in it's fullness over me.
Underneath me, all around me is the current of Your love.
Leading onward, leading homeward to Your glorious rest above...

Oh the deep, deep love, all it need and trust...is the deep, deep love of Jesus!

"How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand..." Psalm 139:17-18


Thursday, October 16, 2014

#100happydays

Day #99 Laughter.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#100happydays

Day #98 Biking On The Seashore.




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#100happydays

Day #97 Laughin' A Latte.


#100happydays

Day #96 On The Island.