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{Life Is A Precious Gift}

  Good Sunday Afternoon everyone. Hope that you all have had a wonderful weekend. I posted last on May 8th...I think...Seems like so much has happened since then. I am going to try and catch up this week with my blogging friends. Wanted to share a few fun pictures since I have last posted. These little girls sure enjoy fishing with papa. Our six year old granddaughter pulled in her fish all by herself and was so proud. The four year old eats more bread than she lets the fish have! LOL!  We had a nice harvest of potatoes. Some still had  few green spots but I can cut those off and we are good to go. I've already roasted potatoes and made potato soup. Mashed potatoes are up next.  Marty and I had a day date recently and stopped at Maple Street Biscuit. My, my! Now this is a biscuit and so yummy.  I was doing some baking for a fund raiser and decided since I was on a roll with the baking I would make Marty a fresh raspberry and lemon loaf cake drizzled with lemon glaze. It turned out

{College Graduation and Kentucky Derby}

Happy Mother's Day to you all on this Sunday afternoon. I am sure in some form or fashion many of you have mothered children whether by being a sister, cousin, aunt, friend, mentor or etc. It is surely a most precious gift. 


I am very blessed that God chose me to be a mom to these three women. They are each wonderful moms to their children. 

They carried me to brunch yesterday and showered with me lovely gifts and we had such a great time. There is NEVER a dull moment with my tribe of women!


We had the awesome opportunity to watch our oldest granddaughter graduate with her AA degree in Associates of Arts on Friday. Our sweet Raygen was duel enrolled with High School and Junior College. She graduated with a 3.95 GPA from College and will attend the University of North Florida in the Fall. 




We are so very proud of her. 


Marty and I attended a fund raiser for our Local Isaiah 117 House in Baker on Saturday afternoon. The theme was Kentucky Derby. 



We had so much fun. I haven't had the opportunity to wear a fascinator hat in years so it was fun to pull it out and dust it off. Marty's Fedora was perfect for the Derby. 


The fund raiser was held at someone's home and they had everything set up in their barn. They just finished their lovely barn and it is perfect for entertaining. Complete with mini kitchen, bathroom and large screen tv and wouldn't you know it...located right next to a horse stable! Perfect for Kentucky Derby style. 


Our lovely host had the event catered with all the fixings and the tables were decorated beautifully. Each guest was given a beautiful cookie decorated and shaped like a horse shoe.  Oh...and my horse came in 2nd place! LOL!  

 



The Isaiah 117 House is a wonderful organization. Every child deserves a chance. I am loving how I am seeing so many of our churches and people get involved in our community to provide a safe haven for a child awaiting respite care or foster care. 


You know, we can all serve in some way or another in our community or church. Or even our very own neighborhood. It may be something as simple as donating diapers to the little ones, socks to the elderly, or baking a pan of cookies for a family. It might be running an errand for your neighbor or freezing an extra casserole for a single mom that could sure use some help.  Serving others can truly bring JOY to the heart. 


I hope that you all have a wonderful week and that the Lord blesses you in ways that you can't even imagine!

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Comments

  1. Lots of fun here! Your granddaughter sure looks like her mama. Congrats to her for such good standing with her studies. And how nice for you and your Beloved to get gussied up for a cause. You make a great-looking couple.

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    1. Thank you Vee. We enjoyed getting gussies up for sure and are hoping to make this a bigger and larger event next year.

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  2. You just have TOO MUCH FUN. I love how your family does stuff. Congratulations to Raygen. She did fantastic.
    So many great photos of you and your hubby!!

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    1. Thanks GM. We are proud of Raygen and Marty and I had a ball at the Derby party.

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  3. Always fun to see what your family is doing. Congratulations to Raygen on her degree.
    What a neat Derby party. Yall looked very cute. I've never attended a Derby Party.
    The Isaith 117 House House sounds like a very good program.

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    1. Thanks so much. Oh Bonnie, I can see you now in your beautiful stylish dress and hat for the Kentucky Derby. You would look stunning.

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  4. Congratulations to Raygen! Such lovely photos my friend. Wishing you a beautiful week.

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  5. How fun to have the Kentucky Derby party to go too. Raygen looks just like her mom. Congrats to her and all she has accomplished so far in her young life. It is always fun to see all you have going with your sweet family. Glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Have a beautiful start to the new week. xoxo Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris. I hope your Mother's Day was lovely.

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  6. Congratulations to your graduating granddaughter! Dual enrollment! She is truly a marvel and so very accomplished!

    You and Marty look great for the party (and the picture at graduation, too). What a well-planned party and for such a good cause! Thanks for sharing these things!

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    1. Thank you Barbara. We are proud of her accomplishments. Marty and I had a great time and yes it was indeed for a great cause.

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  7. Happy Mother's Day Cindy! How exciting that your granddaughter is already a college graduate! That party looked like so much fun. You and Marty looked awesome. My dream is to have a party barn!

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    1. Thanks Heather Lou. We have a barn but it's a barn! LOL! But do sit out there close to the pond a lot on weekends if possible. I too would love a PARTY BARN.

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  8. How fun! Congratulations to Ray Gene! The Kentucky Derby looked like a blast. I grew up on a farm and riding horses.......Nancy

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  9. Congratulations to Raygen on her graduation! I'm sure that she'll also excel in university!

    Love your fascinator--it's also perfect for a tea party!

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    1. Thank you Margie. Yes that fascinator would indeed be lovely for a tea party.

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  10. P.S. I hope my last comment went through...I'm still getting used to this new commenting format.

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    1. It went through. Yes, I have been totally confused lately with blogger!

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  11. Congratulations to your darling granddaughter. Raygen!! What an accomplishment!! How fun with all your girls for Mother’s Day, Cindy. You and Marty sure looked super cute. I always love seeing your happy family pictures.

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  12. Congratulations to Raygen! I loved all the pictures and your dresses! I am going to Texas on Saturday for a few days and will be taking dresses to stay cool! Our church helps out with the local Foster Kids program. I just posted on Tuesday 4 but talked about Mother's Day at church and a special service that my grand was in. Enjoy your week Cindy!

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  13. Beautiful Mother's Day pics Cindy! How fun to have brunch with your girls. Love your Kentucky Derby hat, adorable! The party looks like it was so much fun, with a stable no less! We have a Derby party every year, the kids love picking the horses with their funny names! Have a great week Cindy~
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks Jenna. Yes, I always look forward to your Kentucky Derby post each year.

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  14. Your Mother’s Day weekend looks perfect. Your girls are beautiful and I know they are great mothers, after all, they learned from you. Marty and you look so festive! Have a wonderful week dear one!

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  15. Congrats on the graduation!!! And wow, love the dress. You all go all the way out on everything and I love it. Thank you on the comment of my painting. I really need to grab my oils and play some, its been forever.

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  16. How exciting! From start to finish...you raced through this post with all kinds of awards and prizes!! I loved every exciting moment of it. And your fascinator hat! Oh, I'd love to have one of those! They are so cute, and especially on you!!! What a lot of blessings...so proud of your Raygen! That's pretty amazing already getting her AA and her HS diploma at once! That' pretty amazing. I love the Isaiah 117 house idea. Thank you for sharing all of this with us. Just so great! Praise God!

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  17. Oh I love that snapshot where your daughter scoops you up in her arms! And those little black gloves! All just so fun, friend. You are the best medicine.

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  18. Cindy,
    I thoroughly enjoy visiting you and seeing your posts about your family and all the pictures are just so delightful!! Looks like you had a great time at all the events but the Kentucky Derby event really struck my fancy!! How fun!! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  19. Such a lovely post and wonderful photographs.

    Have a happy day and week ahead.

    All the best Jan

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  20. Dear, sweet friend! You look SO beautiful in all the photos! Your beauty is not only external, but you are so beautiful on the inside, as well. I love seeing all the fun things you do with your sweet daughters! I got tickled at the one where it looks like your daughter is about to drop you! LOL! I hope all was well & there were no injuries. :) I continue to pray for you and am sending many hugs your way today and much love!

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  21. This event sounds like a wonderful affair and for such a worthy cause! You and Marty looked fabulous! And no wonder your daughters have turned out to be such great mommas, just look at their role model! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Zenda

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So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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