The Gaga Grandmas

August 7, 2014 — 8 Comments

We have 807 miles to cover today so I’m not able to post a very long entry. This post is actually being done on my phone and I’m finding that it’s a complicated business compiling a post on an iPhone. But it’s fun trying to figure it out.

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We are currently (albeit temporarily) enjoying life as Floridians. Happy day!

On our trip here we stopped off in Charleston, SC for a little bit of sightseeing.  Although the weather report forecast a 70% chance of rain we only got a few sprinkles here and there and weren’t hampered too much by the overcast weather.

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First thing tomorrow morning, we’re hitting the road for points south–Charleston, SC first and then on to Florida. In the meantime, I am realizing just how much my house needs to be cleaned. 

Now if you’re wondering why a road trip would make me see my need to clean, it’s because whenever we take an extended trip, we open our home to a pastor or missionary family while we’re gone. With the high price of lodging on the Outer Banks, some families just can’t afford to vacation here so it’s a nice little thing we can do to bless someone else.

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Last Monday night, Steve and I did a concert at a local restaurant as part of a Concert Series that raises money for the area food bank.

Truthfully?  I don’t normally enjoy those kinds of concerts. We had performed as part of this series two summers ago and during most of the time we were singing, people were talking and eating and ignoring us. I do understand that when there is music in a restaurant, people are supposed to eat and talk; it’s just not my favorite kind of venue.

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A Video

Yesterday Sarah made a video demonstrating the best way to dunk an Oreo and at the same time, achieve perfect Oreo soakiness.   Steve was the camera man as well as the appreciative audience.  (Music by Glenn Miller.)

Try to watch this without smiling.


 Also, does anyone remember this big occasion?


 Can you believe Nathan and Meagan celebrated THREE years of marriage yesterday?

I wanted to share with you what they wrote to each other on Facebook yesterday; it was so very sweet.

Here is what Nathan wrote to Meagan:

3 year anniversary today. Cant believe we have been married that long. I’m just trying to figure out how I got so lucky to get you all that time ago. Meagan, I wouldn’t want to spend my life with anyone else and I believe we are made for each other. We have faced some of the challenges that life can bring and we have overcome them. Thank you for being the joy, strength, and the encouragement that I have needed. You are beautiful and hilarious. I love you. Happy Anniversary! 

And here is what Meagan wrote to Nathan:

To my husband, my love, my baby daddy, my best friend, my main squeeze, the answer to my dreams, the head of our home, my spiritual leader, the one who knows just when I need a laugh…let’s be honest…the past three years have been hard work. BUT, they have been so fun. I have learned so much with you and I thank God I have the chance to walk this journey with YOU. You make my heart smile on a regular basis. As I said in our vows “I eagerly anticipate getting to love you a little more every day” Thanks for all you do for our family! I love  you Nathan and I honor you today on our 3rd anniversary! 
Happy a anniversary to our sweet, sweet kids.

I heard a woman speak at a conference a long time ago who said, “There are people waiting for you on the other side of your pain.”

That line took root in my heart and has never left. Whenever I am in the middle of something incredibly difficult, the one small consolation I have is that when I come out on the other side, I will be able to use that pain to help someone who is going through the same thing.

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An Odd Question

July 17, 2014 — 17 Comments

(Note: All invitations have been spoken for.)

I haven’t done a Lovely Scenery Post in a while so I thought it might be time!  (Also, don’t miss the Odd Question at the end of the post.)

This picture was actually taken on a different day than the ones below but I wanted to include it because it makes me feel peaceful.

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Just because I think Mondays need to start with a smile, here are a few Noah photos. I love how he is lined up with his two sweet cousins just like a big boy—although I have a suspicion that the straw is more of a prop than an actual usable drinking device.  (By the way, Noah is now crawling!  I got to see him on Skype the day he started.)

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