Jan 4, 2018

Happy New Year

I do hope that you had a wonderful Christmas holiday season. Our family sure did. 


And I have done lots of baking, so much so that I have put some goodies in the freezer to pull out for a later time of enjoyment.  AND, I have watched lots of Hallmark!  

Our Family sure enjoyed the holidays. Even in the midst of busyness I truly tried to savor the moments of Christmas. 


There is nothing like "Family" and the holidays makes things even more special. 


We even have Santa come to visit and needless to say the children love it. AND, some of us grownups too! LOL!


We shared together a wonderful Christmas Eve service at our church. It just doesn't get any better than when your children worship together at the same church. Just melts this mama's heart.


I got such a precious necklace with all my grandbabies initials on it including the new grand that will be arriving late Spring this year. 


Part of my Christmas from my man this year was a trip to Charleston SC. Needless to say I was excited and I am so thankful for the opportunity to go and visit there. Christmas was everywhere. 


 It was some kind of cold. We actually missed the snow by about two days. But, still Charleston was lovely. We hope to go back. 


 We took a tour around the harbor which was beautiful. The tour boat was lovely. Had Christmas decor along with a snack and drink bar. Our tour guides was the best. 


 
We toured Fort Sumter. My husband loves history and he was in his element.  




We enjoyed yet another tour with horse and buggy and we discovered the the richness of Charleston as we visited some old churches and antebellum homes. 












We even caught Santa slipping in someones home! LOL! He must have forgotten to leave a gift! 


Rainbow Row has house after house and each one is a different color. 


Downtown Charleston is a happening place. We parked and walked everywhere. And, I mean WALKED! I got my exercise for sure. Great places to eat and shop. The City Market reminded me of the market I went too in Nicaragua except it wasn't nearly as congested and way more organized. Also, there were several places that women would be making baskets and young kids would make roses out of palmetto's which reminded me a lot of what we saw in the Bahama's on the islands.



We went to see the famous Oak tree and all I can say is that my grandson would have a ball in that tree. It was around 65.5 feet tall and 28 feet around and estimated to be over 400 years old. 


We had a great time in Charleston. It's city is filled with such rich history. I've never been a history buff like my man but I gained so much knowledge. 

So grateful for the opportunity to go and enjoy some after Christmas festivities. 
 
We wish you all dear blogging friends a very happy and blessed New Year. I have praised God for 2017 and for the opportunity to enjoy life. You know, even when things doesn't go exactly as we planned or thought or even hoped for, God is still good as He never leaves His children. No matter what! My word for 2017 was BELIEVE.

 
 It would take me all day to tell you how I have seen the Lord's hand by focusing on that word this past year.  For 2018 my WORD is  
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Happy New Year!  



Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  1. Cindy, your Christmas was certainly fun and festive! Your trip to Charleston looked perfect! I haven’t been in several years and we tried to get reservations the first week of December and couldn’t get any! I am glad you missed the snow! Happy New Year dear friend! Hugs~

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    1. Happy New Year to you Pam. Charleston is fun! Love the southern charm.

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  2. All your pictures are so full of JOY, which was my theme for Christmas this year! Charleston looks wonderful and a place I hope to visit someday. It's a long way for me though :-) I did not bake my 12 kinds of cookies this year because of arthritis in my hands but two sweet friends baked some cookies for me. Needless to say, they are gone by now. I was truly blessed. Blessings to you for the New Year!

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    1. Awe, so glad you got to enjoy some good cookies. Nothing sweeter either than your friends baking them for you. Happy New Year.

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  3. Loved all the pictures. That one with all the grands and pj's...so cute! We went to Charleston three years ago in the Spring and loved it. Everything was blooming and so pretty. So glad you enjoyed it Cindy. Happy New Year.
    Connie Royals

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    1. Oh I bet Charleston is lovely in the Spring. I have friends that go in March and several that go several times a year they love it so. Happy New Year.

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  4. What a beautiful necklace! That is so very sweet. Wow...looks like you have been really busy from baking to watching Santa crawl out of the window (or in)...haha.....great photos and Happy New Year!

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  5. Thank you Pam. I loved it! So sweet to a Nana. Yes, that was too cute of Santa!

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  6. {{{{Grinning}}}} Although, we were rooting for GAWGA to win, I am afraid, sweetie, we are rooting for 'Bama now {{{giggling}}}. smiles. But, you know, I think if we were ever to meet up, we would be like those Chick fil a commercials, smiles. Fast friends, no matter the circumstances, I mean, football. lolol

    Always a pleasure to visit you, Cindy...you are always so happy, I sure wish I had your "spunk" {{more giggles}}. Have a beautiful weekend, friend.

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    1. My nerves were shot during that game Linda ! Alabama is awesome and i do line them very much . But not when they playing against my dawgs . lol . Girl i rush we could meet up . We would have so much fun .

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  7. You sure do know how to celebrate life!
    Thanks for sharing you family pictures, precious.
    I think you could be a travel agent. I still remember the detailed account of your trip to The Ark.
    Now, I want to go to Charleston!
    Happy Nee Year....

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    1. I wish someone would pay me to travel and then give reviews ! 😂 i would love it . Well, as long as I’m not gone too long from my kids and grands 😂

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  8. Cindy, You beat me again. I have been trying to catch up as usual.
    How special to see Charleston at Christmas. I know it was great. We went in November and I can just image how lovely it was all decorated. You seem to have enjoyed it even if it was cold. I know what you mean about walking and it was hot when we were there.
    I love all your pics.
    Great photos of your family too. I love your necklace with all the grands initials. What a unique gift.
    I will say your family is so pretty you could be on the Hallmark Channel. It's always fun to see your pictures.

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    1. Thank you Bonnie . My bunch is so crazy that we could for sure do a reality show !😂 Charleston was so rich with southern charm . I hope to go back .

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  9. Happy New Year Cindy and family! What a wonderful holiday you had!! I love your apron and we baked loads of goodies too (too many!). I watched my share of Hallmark Channel too. What a sweet gift you received!!How special! We loved Charleston too.We also visited Ft. Sumtner and the City Market. I blogged about it but it's been so long. I want to go back!!

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    1. I love my necklace too . Made me smile big ! Yes Charleston is lovely and lively . 😂 we had a good time .

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  10. Well, what a delightful post! You and your girls are just the cutest! Yes, worshiping together is just about as good as it gets. And, so, so glad you went to Charleston. Seeing your pictures brought back so many wonderful memories of our trip there. Happy, happy 2018 sweet gal!

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    1. Thank you Lea . Those gurus of mine are something else . They keep me going .

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  11. I loved seeing pictures of your family, Cindy, and hearing about your Christmas I went to Charleston and Savannah over a year ago with two friends. Charleston sure is special, and I loved the food and all the pretty homes, and window boxes. it must've been so nice to be with your special guy. Happy New Year to you! I love your word HOPE...it's one that I have out on my kitchen table, along with FAITH, and LOVE. I have to have HOPE in my life.

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    1. Praying for your mama dear Kitty . We all need hope don’t we ? The bible says that people without hope will perish . So true . Happy New Year .

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  12. What a wonderful present! Love the necklace and the trip too. Charleston is so pretty and quaint! Love seeing your family Christmas pics ....Christine

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    1. Thank you . I love seeing your pictures too . Girl you are the only person i know that will have a tea party in snow 😂

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  13. Happy New Year, Cindy! Glad to see that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. Charleston is on my bucket list so I enjoyed seeing the city through your eyes.

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    1. Thank you Margie . Charleston was lovely . Hope you get to go . Happy New Year .

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  14. I love your word for 2018! 💜 Cindy, your girls are beautiful... just like you. Love your necklace. I'm excited about getting to see your new grandbaby grow and be loved on. God is so good! Happy New Year!

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    1. Before we know it that new Baby will be here . Dang we will having Christmas again before long . Time passes so quickly it seems. Happy New Year friend .

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  15. Oh, how wonderful to visit with you and get caught up with what has been happening in your life! You were in our old stomping grounds in Charleston! So much of it looked so familiar and brought back so many memories! I am so glad you got to go and have so much fun!! It was so precious to see your whole family worshipping together at church...what a dear blessing that is to behold! Thank you for the dear encouragement you left for me at my blog...oh, I truly appreciated it so very much. Our hearts are so broken. It is all so hard to believe, and we reel from the shock of it all. Hoping this new year will be much healthier and better for all, and I love your word, "HOPE"...YES, that is what we all need right now. God bless you, sweet friend. :)

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    1. We did enjoy Charleston . So glad to have went and hope to go back. Cheryl my heart has broke for all you’ve been through . Praying g for you .

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  16. Well Happy, Happy New Year my darling friend! Gosh I enjoyed these photos and stories of your family Christmas and trip to Charleston too! You never stopped one minute during Christmas and the joy of the Lord shines brightly through your smile. We too had a full house at Christmas and it meant the world to me. I cooked, played, decorated and began it all over again each morning! It was so fun.
    Thank you for the sweet visit to my blog too.
    Sending hugs,
    Jemma

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    1. I know you enjoyed each and every minute dear Jemma . I bet you were tired too 😂

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  17. What a wonderful Christmas celebration! Having your loved ones all together makes it even better! And a travel gift, too! It sounds like you two even did a few romantic’ things including the buggy ride. ;) Wishing you a very happy and blessed New Year! Zenda

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    1. Yes i was excited about the gift of going to Charleston . It came with a sweet new coat and gloves and was needed as it was cold . Happy new year my friend .

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  18. Looks like y'all had a wonderful vacation, enjoyed all the pictures and I always enjoy pictures of your sweet family. Happy New Year dear lady!! ((hugs))

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    1. Thank you Miss Mary . Happy new year dear friend .

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  19. Cindy, family is a big part of what Christmas is all about. We sure had a wonderful time with ours! Love the photos you shared! I love Charleston. I've been there twice. Once with my hubby and then a couple years ago my sil and I spent a week in an old hotel right in the heart of Charleston and attended 2 home and 1 garden tour. It was such a fun event!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Wishing you a new year of good health Jann . We hope to go back to Charleston .happy new year .

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  20. This is a wonderful festive post, Cindy! I enjoyed every photo and all the colorful experiences! I would love to see Charleston. Thank you for your pretty Christmas card. It cheered me up! Happy, blessed New Year to you and your family!

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    1. Awe sweet lady , i think of you often . Happy new year to you .

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  21. You have such a beautiful family! There's just nothing like time together but celebrating Christmas together is so special. Loved seeing your trip to Charleston. Happy New Year, dear friend.
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. Happy new year dear friend . Hoping you have s wonderful new year . Thought about you during Christmas with your mama .❤️

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  22. Hi! What a wonderful trip and Christmas you had with your family! There is nothing as precious as family at holidays! My husband loves history too and we have been to Fort Sumter and other places. I enjoy learning history by visiting these places and hubby telling me about them more than just reading about the in books! Nancy

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    1. Nancy we hope to go back to Charleston . We enjoyed it . Happy new year to you and your family.

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  23. Looks like you had a fantastic Holiday Season!! Love the photos of your family!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! I am so far behind in my return visits!! Happy New Year to you!!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Girl here lately i seem to spend time catching up with sister bloggers . Holidays really put me behind but those holidays with family and friends are surely most important . Happy new year lady .

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  24. Happy New Year! What fun you had! I'm so happy for you. :) Your new word is my daughter's middle name, which was given to her as "hope for a new beginning" for her dad and I when she was born. It makes me think of Crowder's song "All My Hope Is In Jesus." :)

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    1. Happy new year to you and your family too . The Lord has dlreafy been using the word Hope . And yes i love that song . ❤️

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  25. I love your chatty posts Cindy! Indeed such joy just emanates from your heart! Truly a beautiful family in every way, and what a blessing to go to church together with them too! So sweet of your husband to take you to Charleston for a post Christmas trip. I really enjoyed seeing your pictures, and that is definitely a place I would love someday to visit because of its rich history. My husband is a history buff too. I like your word for 2018. Praying the Lord's sweetest blessings in your lives in this year :)

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    1. Thanks Marilyn. If you get the opportunity to go to Charleston do go. It's filled with history. And the shopping isn't too bad either. LOL! Happy New Year to you and your family. So glad I can keep up with you on Instagram too.

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  26. Happy New Year. Loved seeing all the pictures. It looks like you had a very fun Christmas and trip. :)

    love,
    Ashley
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Hugs and blessings, Cindy