Food For Thought Friday

Flashback Friday: 2015 Highlights

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Happy Friday, Folks!!

Since we have just crossed the border into 2016 – and I am still writing 2015 at the end of every date…I thought we would do a Flashback Friday…into the past year, and all most some of what has happened with our little family.

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We started off the year by buying our first home together – in Westbrook, ME!

 

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Pier went back to school at USM for a 2nd Bachelor’s.
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It was cold in Maine…
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Really…
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Really…COLD.
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My sweet Grandma came to visit in Maine and met her Great-Grand-Furs…
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Of course they loved her – and she loved them!
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Despite the freezing cold weather and feet upon feet of snow…Maine was/is gorgeous…
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We began fixing up our Maine home…Built in 1901, beginning with this little Harry Potter Closet – under the stairs…
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We began transforming it into…
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…a media cabinet…
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…and slowly but surely…
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…it came together to form this…
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…Here’s the other side of the wall where we placed the plug-ins for our entertainment system…
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…And here is the TV and the first speaker in place…
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…And the finished product. Sweet and very hand Craig installed surround sound in the ceiling, as well, and with my ‘midnight blue’ walls and ceiling, they were completely hidden. (Confession – We miss this little house.)
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I also did ALOT of painting and wallpaper removal…This spot was my favorite to work in…I almost broke my neck on multiple occasions.
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Of course it was also a wonderful spot, as well… It’s where Lucy came to sit and tell me she loved me. ❤
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We spent Valentine’s Day at Home Depot…More work on “Our Old House”
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We visited Minnesota in the early part of 2015.
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And flew back through Boston – Logan…the last flight in before the blizzard hit.
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Craig and I shared about 2 weeks at home – sick as could be. But between the coughing, we really enjoyed the quality time together….#pilotswifeslife
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I began running…thanks to a great area to explore and some asthma running/breathing techniques.
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Craig was really impressed with the green beer I ‘made’ him for St. Patrick’s Day!
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We journeyed to Georgia for Ralph’s 60th Birthday Extravaganza and had an absolute BLAST! Wish we had more pictures, but I LOVE this one of me and my grandma!
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We celebrated Easter…The COLDEST Easter I have ever known – Hence my fur coat!
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Easter (What was UNDER the heavy coats!)
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We spent a lot of time with our Youth Group.
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YM – An amazing group of teens seeking after Christ.
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What a great experience! We have missed them!
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We celebrated Craig’s 33rd with a visit to the beach – Old Orchard in Maine…
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…a trip to our favorite restaurant in Maine – Mulligan’s!
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And the absolute COLDEST baseball game on record – Literally our teeth were chattering! Go Seadogs!
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We came back to Georgia and have enjoyed some great times with family – and getting to know my brother’s sweet girlfriend even better! ❤
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I celebrated my dear friend Lauren’s precious Baby E with a shower and enjoyed time with my fave girls!
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Craig was promoted to Captain – and we couldn’t have been more excited. It was SO well deserved for such an incredible man & pilot.
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I was hired by an awesome company with a lot of FUN people!!
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We celebrated out anniversary in Hawaii!
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And thoroughly enjoyed…
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We cheered on my Georgia Bulldogs!
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It was Craig’s first SEC Football Experience – and I think he really enjoyed himself!
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We went to MN again – And thoroughly enjoyed some much needed snuggles with our precious niece, Eden.
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We also ventured to the top of the Foshay Tower…
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…it was a great view with amazing company. ❤
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We were blessed to celebrate the baptism of our Goddaughter, Charleigh Mae.
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Miss Charleigh is quite the little angel!
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At work, we had a costume contest of sorts for Halloween. I may have won. 😉
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We enjoyed a lot of time at one of our favorite Georgia spots, Kennesaw Mountain.
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I can’t BELIEVE it, but we celebrated my baby brother’s 30th birthday…Oh my goodness…
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We made Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time ever – on Jonah Day.
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11/29 Turkey! 😉
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We celebrated Christmas with a trip to see The Nutcracker in Atlanta…
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…and also with my precious family. Obviously, we need to take more pictures when we are with my parents!! 😉

What a wonderful year we’ve had!! Farewell 2015! Welcome 2016!! Here’s to our following the Lord wherever He is leading us and standing strong in our faith, no matter what!

Have a beautiful weekend! We’ll see you on Monday!

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What's Up Wednesday

Aloha!

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It’s been awhile since we’ve had a (nearly) Wordless Wednesday, but since our return from the great state of Hawaii left us with some pretty amazing pictures, now seems like a good time. 🙂 Enjoy & Mahalo!

Our first leg of the journey was to Houston, TX. We arrived, booked a room at a hotel we chose randomly, and when we arrived...who should step off the elevator, but our long-lost friend Josh!! Small World!
Our first leg of the journey was to Houston, TX. We arrived, booked a room at a hotel we chose randomly, and when we arrived…who should step off the elevator, but our long-lost friend Josh!! Small World!
We made it on the Houston to Hawaii flight!! (Note: Our Big Smiles!)
We made it on the Houston to Hawaii flight!! (Note: Our Big Smiles!)
Kailua Beach, Oahu
Kailua Beach, Oahu
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Kailua Beach, Oahu (plus, Pier)
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Kailua Beach, Oahu (and our toes in the sand!)
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Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

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Hanauma Bay

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Waimanolo

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Punchbowl Cemetary

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From Our Hike Up Diamond Head

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After Diamond Head

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Our Sunset Dinner Cruise.

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Pearl Harbor & the USS Bowfin Submarine

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Pacific Aviation Museum

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Y'all...see Monday's post about my CRAZY ISLAND HAIR! This WIND and my MANE really didn't help with our picture-taking!
Y’all…see Monday’s post about my CRAZY ISLAND HAIR! This WIND and my MANE really didn’t help with our picture-taking!

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Our Dinner Cruise Catamaran

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USS Bowfin Submarine

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Kona Brewing Company

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Polynesian Cultural Center

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Hawaii Baptist Academy – Where I Attended Middle School

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Diamond Head – Again

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On the flight over…while my hair was still behaving!! 🙂

And there you have it folks – the highlights reel!

Until tomorrow…

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What's Up Wednesday

A Vacation In Pictures

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Welcome to another edition of Nearly Wordless Wednesday, telling the story of our wonderful and much-needed beach trip to the Florida Gulf!

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We made it!! Can you tell how happy and RELIEVED we are to finally be away from it all!??! 🙂

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Naptime!

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It had rained ALL DAY LONG – downpour rain, thunder and lightening – so we had to wait until evening to step onto the sand, but what a beautiful walk and gorgeous SUNSET!!!

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Taken from our condo balcony. GORGEOUS VIEW!!!

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Reading The Harbinger. Seriously – this book is a MUST-READ!

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Angelo’s Steak Pit – I hadn’t been since I went with my grandmother when I was 5-6 (at most) years old. I remember she bought me a gold-dipped shark tooth necklace… I was so proud. LOL. Craig and I ventured back and had to have a souvenir – We chose this lovely red boot glass.

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TTC Tuesday

We Are Family

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Ladies & Gentlemen, we have returned!

We have plenty of pictures to share from our wonderful beach trip, tomorrow, but today, I’d like to talk a little bit about another side of our “Family Vacation”.

As a married couple, Craig, myself, our kitty cat – Miss Daisy, and our puppy girls – Lucy Eliza & Caroline Elise, are our own little family. We go on trips together, have meals together, have our own home, celebrate our own mini-Christmases and Thanksgivings, and make the best and most responsible decisions we can for our little family – together. But sometimes, it doesn’t seem as if others see us in that light – and one of the most glaring instances of this is when we are in a family-oriented vacation setting.

Picture yourself on the Florida beach. The sun is shining brightly (some of the time anyway – on this trip we had 2 days of rain and clouds!); the waves are crashing on the sand at your feet. You lay on your towel, soaking in the rays, hoping for a tan, and yet every time you glance up from the book you’re reading (The Harbinger in my case – I could NOT put it down!! Read it!!!!), you see couples your own age with 1, 2, 3, 4 – or more – children, running and splashing in the water, giggling as their dads hold them over the waves. You remember going on a ‘family’ vacation when you were a child, and never considering there was a time your parents might have gone on their own, before you were born. You decide to venture inside to the indoor pool, and are aghast at the 57 children crowding the water. (Surely, that’s a hazard of some kind?!?) You find a pair of lounge chairs just inside and right next to a floor to ceiling window, and figure you’ll relax there for a bit and get the best of both worlds. A family of 4 follows in behind you and noticeably scoffs that you and your spouse are taking two lounge chairs and have no kids in the pool (We couldn’t fit them in if we did!). When you’re done reading and relaxing, and head up to the room, you find yourself gazing longingly at the family on the elevator with you – realizing later that you probably seemed creepy. Everything to do on the beach strip is either geared towards young single people or families with children.

There is no middle ground.

And although many of you may have just rolled your eyelids farrrrr back into your skull, when you have been trying to conceive for nearly two years with not even ONE positive pregnancy test, this entire scenario is really. heartbreaking.

Even when you know God holds the blessing of beautiful children for you in His promise. Even when you know with certainty your little sweet baby girl is on her way.

It’s devastating when your husband taps you on the shoulder and points out a father, mother and little girl on the beach – splashing in the waves, and whispers, “I can’t wait until that’s us!”

It literally makes me want to cry.

But this is where faith comes in. Without it, where would I be? I’ll tell you where – In a padded room, wearing an I-Love-Me Coat. Without the knowledge that ‘all things work together for good’ (Rom. 8:28) and that my God ‘so loves the world he gave His only Son’ (John 3:16) and, as was whispered to me shyly after a Bible Study I led a few weeks ago, ‘I hate to barge into your life like this, but the Holy Spirit won’t stop putting it on my heart that I need to tell you something – Don’t worry – Olivia is going to be Jonah’s sister.’, I don’t know where I’d be…

So today, two things to keep in mind and thank Jesus for:

1. Remember that everyone’s family doesn’t look the same – Some of us are childless (by circumstance or by choice) and others have several children with only one parent. One more modern definition of family is: “Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another and reside usually in the same dwelling.” Be kind.

2. As D.L. Moody said, “Faith makes all things possible…Love makes all things easy.”

Until Tomorrow,

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What's Up Wednesday

wAhOo!!!! wEdNeSdAy

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Y’all. We made it! Today is our Friday, because tomorrow is Day #1 of our trip to the beach!!!

I cannot TELL you how needed this trip is! We have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off for months now, and to have a few days on the horizon with nothing to ‘worry about’ except for our sunburns tans…is a dream come true!

I spent last night doing all the laundry, and packing for the both of us. Craig may think we finally have sold our house and are finally moving with all of the luggage that is packed and ready to go! 🙂 I think, in the back of my mind, maybe I’m hoping we can just stay at the beach and never come back – provided we got to pick up the furs! 😉 Ah, wishful thinking!

I am probably more excited about our beach trip because of WHERE we are going than anything else. It will definitely be a stroll down memory lane! Panama City Beach was the beach to visit when I was a child. I have fond memories of visiting with my grandmother and adventuring at the Miracle Strip Amusement Park. I remember going with my parents and another set of grandparents as a child, and being amazed with the sugary white sand, and going crabbing on the beach at nighttime.

This is the definition of “the beach” to me. I have lived in Hawaii; visited Grenada, Jamaica, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Atlantic coast and the Pacific coast. Hands down, my favorite beach will always be the Florida Gulf.

We are looking forward to sharing our photos on our return, and who knows – While we are away, you may even get an update or two…

But if you don’t hear from us until Tuesday of next week – we are just fine…Relaxing by the waves!

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What's Up Wednesday

Big Surprises For The Birthday Boy!

WednesdayEeeek! Only a few more days until my husband’s special birthday extravaganza begins!! Can you tell I’m excited?!?!?!

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I have SUCH a special weekend planned, and I am BURSTING to share everything with him! (Good thing he’s out of town, so it’s easier to keep my secret!)

Of course, until tomorrow when Craig returns home…I have a TON to do – errands to run, things to bake, places to go, coolers to fill, clothes to pack  Oops! Did I say that?!?! 🙂 Tonight is church – for which I am super excited – but then it’s time to head home and finish making all the last minute preparations!

Just wait until next week when we get to share all of the details and pictures with you! Promise you it’ll be worth the wait! 🙂

In other news, we have our summer vacation planned!! TO THE BEACH WE GO!!!! I found a heckuvah deal on Groupon, and we booked our room today at Majestic Beach Resort! By mid-July, our view will be like this…

…and I cannot wait! There is nothing like crashing waves on the beach, fresh seafood, and a summer glow to make everything better!

Don’t forget to wish Craig a Happy Birthday on Sunday! He’ll be the big 3-2!

xoxo