Jul 18, 2017

{The Count Down Is On}

I am counting down days until our family beach trip.


Until then I will share some happenings around the family this past week.

My beautiful daughter Melissa and her husband Brad just celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary. They are also parents to two of my granddaughter's Mallory and Kyleigh.


I ordered myself a new ladder stand for bow hunting and it came in. It's in one of my trees right now so I can practice a little before bow season. That thing went high in the sky and I decided It needed to be lower to the ground so off came some of the ladder part.


Been baking cookies for a few church events and a few special folks as gifts.
Strawberry cookies and so ever easy. They are my go to when I am pushed for time.


And of course I couldn't leave my man out. 


 Watched these two grands participate in a Track and Field event that they have been training for all summer. It was so much fun oh my was it oh so HOT! 
 


 They both have medals to prove their wins! 

Coach AJ was awesome with these kids and put a lot of time into their summer practice.


I am so proud of this beautiful flowering plant. NOPE, can't remember what it's called. I found it sitting in the markdown section at Walmart and it was about 3 inches tall and almost dead. I paid maybe $1 or so for it and decided I would bring it back to life. It has flourished. Can't wait to see it in full bloom and surrounding that wagon wheel which belonged to my husband's grandfather. 
 

And I have to share this picture and I had permission from the sweet mama of these two precious kids.  


After witnessing a man collapse in Walmart, she turned around to find these two kids praying! They knew who to turn to for help. Now if this doesn't melt your heart then LAWD have mercy! 

I ordered two books in a series to take to the beach and they came in. I told my man to put them in his truck so maybe if they are out of sight they will be out of mind. OR I WILL READ BOTH BEFORE WE LEAVE! LOL!



Of course I am not real sure how much reading I will do with five grandbabies. But it will be so much fun. 

Yes, I am counting down till beach time. As of this coming Thursday at 4:30 pm I will be off for ten days in which seven of those days I will be on the beach. YES, I am surely looking forward to spending some time looking at God's beautiful creation and enjoying family.


I will see you all in a few weeks but until then I leave you with this.


  Hugs and blessings, Cindy




61 comments:

  1. Look at me---commenting TWICE in one day! hee! I am so happy you get to go to the beach. Enjoy yourself and your family! And thanks so much for sharing that awesome picture of those children praying for that man. That is truly amazing!

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    1. You are on it today girl. Yes that picture of those babies praying is so sweet . We are looking forward to our beach time . So glad you stopped by .

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  2. Cindy, I know you will enjoy the beach with the family. I am looking forward to lots of pictures. Enjoyed all the pictures but those kids praying....YES, it did melt my heart. Have fun and stay safe. PS: Love your daughter's dress.
    Connie Royals

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    1. Connie, I'll have plenty of pictures for sure . Lol ! Yes that dress was really pretty on Melissa . I wanted her shoes though . 😊 I sent you an email for the recipe you wanted . Next church dinner you need to bake that .

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    2. I am baking your chicken and dressing for Sunday dinner. Thanks for your recipe.
      Connie

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  3. Beach vacations are the best especially when surrounded by grand babies.

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    1. Yes they are friend . I love seeing your pictures of your crew. Nothing like those grands .

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  4. Hi Cindy, I am sure you will have so much fun at the beach with your grands. Is the beach far from you? Those cookies sound good but I have to cut back on sugar. What is the ladder chair for? I am a city girl. I added a new page on my scavenger hunt at Disneyland. Have a great week!

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    1. No beach isn't far at all from me susan . I really should go more ! City girl, the ladder stand is got me to bow hunt out of . I'm a white tail deer huntress as we call it .😂 Will head over to see you in a bit .

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  5. Oh I want to go.....I am missing the beach this yr. Sounds like you will have a great time between reading and grandkids. How adorable on the children praying.....sweet. Have fun on the beach, put your feet in the sand for me!

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    1. Pam, I'll put my toes in the sand for you girl . Yes that was a sweet picture . I just loved it .

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  6. I love rescuing those poor little flowers at Wally World too! It seems like they just sit them out in the sun and ignore them, doesn't it? And those precious children praying is about as precious as it gets. You have a beautiful family...enjoyed all the of great photos of them. How wonderful that you are all heading to the beach...have a blast, as I know you will. I will be heading to Ohio as you probably read in my should-have-not-been-published-yet-post...lol! Thanks again for inadvertently bringing it my attention! See you when you return!

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    1. Debby, you crack me up . Yes, I too go for the poor flowers that look half dead . Some how I manage to bring them to life . But I also love to grow things from seeds . There is just something about new life . I'll try and see you tomorrow girl .

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  7. Cindy, I hope you have a great time! Beautiful photos! Enjoy a relaxing vacation!

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  8. Oh my! The children praying not only made my heart melt, they made my eyes sting. Precious children...somebody is raising them right.

    Have a wonderful, beachy vacation!

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    1. These kids mama teaches them the Word of God . Yes so precious .

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  9. Oh, my word! I am in tears!!! Those precious children praying like that! That is one of the sweetest stories I have heard in I don't know when. That picture speaks a thousand words. GOD bless those dear little ones and may they always love and serve Him and turn to Him first in every crisis they encounter! I hope you have an amazing time away at the beach, sweet friend. Soak in every moment and just enjoy it all! I can't wait to read and see all about it when you return!! And, congratulations to your daughter and son-in-law on their anniversary!

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    1. Thank you Cheryl . We are looking forward to some time away. The beach we are going to is only about an hour and a half away so we can always get back if needed and not so far that we have to drive all day to get there . Hoping to have a little down time .

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  10. I REALLY would like to see the beach one more time before I die...LOL HOPE you all have an awesome time. What a sweet picture of those kiddos praying...so precious! I'd love the recipe for your cookies, if you wouldn't care to share! Take lots of pics of your grand babies to share when we "see" you again. Love you...Deb

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    1. Deb, wish you could come and go with us for a few days . We all are looking forward to it but mainly Marty. He needs some time off . I think the girls are looking forward to him cooking them a big breakfast 😂

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  11. Have a wonderful time! Now I am envious of you! I thought of you and your dead plant brought back to life when I was in Walmart yesterday. Lots of dead plants there but not on sale! I walked on by. Yours is lovely and I have no idea what it is. I'd love to know how the books are!

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    1. I too love buying those near dead plants and trying to bring them back to life. Most often I have success with them. I also love growing things from seeds. I cannot tell you how many things I have grown from seeds. I will have to do a book review if I get to red the books. LOL!

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  12. Love your beautiful post of family, the wagon-wheel plant you revived and the little ones praying in Walmart! Those cookies look yummy. Have a safe, great family time at the beach, dear lady! I know you will enjoy a much deserved vacation and take beautiful pix for us to swoon over. Blessings!

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    1. Mary, you know I will have pictures to share. Everyone will get tired of seeing them I am sure. LOL!

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  13. I'm betting a lot of great memories will be made this next week. Those strawberry cookies sound wonderful, may have to give those a try. Enjoy the coming days and I'll look forward to hearing all about your fun!

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    1. Lea, I am praying for good weather and safety and if the Lord throws in piles of fun then YAY.

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  14. That sounds like pure bliss!! Love seeing all these great photos. Those cookies look so good!! What sweet children praying over a man. I hope you enjoy your vacation! I know you will!

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    1. Thanks Heather. We are looking forward to our beach stay.

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  15. Ohh my word, that photo of the two kids praying just brought tears. What a blessing they are! And say, bow hunting is way cooler than gun hunting!! :-)

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    1. I know, right? When this sweet mama posted this picture it just melted my heart. I love to bow hunt. But I also like to rifle hunt too. LOL! I like it all.

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  16. A beach vacation! What a wonderful thing to be looking forward to. My heart melted with the photo of the two little ones praying. What a wonderful upbringing they are having Have a great time with your toes in the sand!

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    1. Hey Melanie, was thinking about you this morning and your mountain life you have now. Yes, we are beach ready!

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  17. Hi Sweet Friend,
    I love your heartfelt energy and joyful spirit! I always feel the goodness of your life and attitude every time I visit you!
    I cannot believe that it is already time for your traditional Beach Vacation, goodness where did the time go!
    Oh it'll be so wonderful and there is just nothing as soothing as the sea, I will be looking forward to some great photos and news of the vacation once you return.
    Your little daughter and hubby are precious!
    I'll be thinking of you! Have fun!
    Hugs,
    Jemma

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    1. The sea is soothing for sure. I the breeze that the ocean brings. And it's a good thing there is a breeze too or I couldn't stand it. But we carry several big tents and large umbrella's so we are good to go. And staying right on the beach helps because we can easily get back to our home away from home for a week. Thanks Jemma for coming by to visit.

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  18. Those precious children praying absolutely touched my heart!! Hope you have a wonderful time at the beach!!

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  19. Happy vactioning to you, my sweet friend! I know you are going to have a wonderful time! Thank you also for sharing the picture of those two young ones praying and sharing why it was they were praying. What a testimony that is of the kind of life that their parents live out before them. They didn't start a prayer chain, they WERE the prayer chain!

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    1. Yes they were the prayer chain ! I love that .

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  20. Have a wonderful beach trip with your family. There is something so special about being together at the beach. Everyone relaxes and has fun. TV is not important and it is a great time of rest and relaxation.
    The children praying was so sweet. They knew who to call on. Always enjoy seeing what your kids and grandkids are doing. They keep you busy.
    Have a great vacation.

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    1. Awe so glad you stopped by dear Bonnie . We plan to have lots of fun at.the beach.

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  21. I remember last years vacation and now I'm counting with you!

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  22. I loved seeing all your happenings, my friend! Happy 12th Anniversary to your daughter and her hubby. Enjoy your fabulous beach getaway with your dear family, and happy reading!! I read a book that I enjoyed very much when I was on vacation in CO.
    p.s. Your cookies look wonderful!!
    p.s.s. Loved those sweet praying kids!

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    1. Thanks Kitty .looking forward to our time on the the beach . This kids are looking forward to crab hunting st night and that's always a hoot .

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  23. I know you'll enjoy your beach holiday with family and will be counting your blessing constantly! I love the flowering plant you rescued, it looks perfect on the wheel and will only get better xx

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    1. Thsnks Jodie . The plant has really flourished. Hope it continues too . Thanks for coming by .

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  24. Sweet Cindy, I hope your beach time is fabulous! Enjoy your family and especially the grands! I love reading and seeing your week in review! The children praying melted my heart! Blessings

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    1. Thanks Pam. We are truly looking forward to time at the beach. Especially my man. He isn't a beach person so to speak but his days are long and I think just getting away and doing NOTHING will be a vacation for him. Have a great week Pam.

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  25. Oh Cindy, I couldn't help but laugh at your comment about reading the books before you leave for your trip. I would be the same way, my friend.

    Such a fun and sweet post. Oh, those two kids praying....what sweet innocence! It's a joy to see that nowadays.

    I truly hope you have a blessed time away on the beach. What fun that will be! Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. Yep, girl, I will read those books so quick! I am already thinking....I will start reading on my way to the beach! LOL! I love to read and so does my oldest daughter and youngest daughter. Now the middle daughter....NOT SO MUCH! But she makes her kids read! LOL! Which is a good thing for sure. Have a good week Stephanie.

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  26. I love your wagon wheel and beautifully budding plant! Nothing better than a good deal:) Those two kids praying is the sweetest thing and I'm sure one of that mama's proudest moments!

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    1. Thanks sweetie. Yep, I like me a deal! But I truly do love the challenge of trying to bring those poor pitiful plants back to life. Most often I succeed. I sent the kids mom the blog so she could see the remarks being made about her babies and it made her cry again. Thanks for stopping by.

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  27. Sigh...I am so jealous you get to go to the beach, have fun...smiles and Happy Belated Anniversary to your daughter.

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  28. So much about your post to comment about! But! that bow hunting ladder just got me! LOL...I've yet to get that much into hunting, you go girl! I hope you have fun hunting in your new spot!

    Oh those precious kids! That should go viral, really! It is just so precious to see their tender hearts and sincere prayers for this man! And how exciting to be headed for a beach vacation with your family! I hope you have a very blessed and special time! Always enjoy all the sweet pictures of your family that you share :) Hugs and blessings!

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    1. Marilyn , my new stand is so condy too .

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  29. Hello Cindy,

    Looks like someone is enjoying being a beach bum...ha!ha! I am so jealous. Your summer seems to be perfect. Relaxing by the water, reading, baking yummy cookies and spending time with your beautiful family.

    So happy for you Cindy,

    Hugs,

    Janet

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    1. Janet , we are enjoying the beach right now with our family . So fun .

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  30. OK...the picture of those two children sent me into TEARS!

    I hope you enjoy your time away at the beach. Dig your toes into the sand for me!

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy