I wish I could say I'm writing to you all from here, but I am not:-)
We have had so many things going on here, I need to catch y'all up. We were blessed to take our family on a little vacation to Daytona Beach, Florida. Being in ministry, vacations are *few* and very far between, so this one was much needed and welcomed. We had a wonderful suite on the beach just below Ormond Beach, and really enjoyed the quiet, family atmosphere.
We took the kids down to Ponce inlet to see the second-tallest lighthouse in America. And, yes -- we all climbed the 203 steps to the top in the 100-degree sweltering heat.
It was nice to reach the top and finally feel the breeze.
The inlet was gorgeous and so peaceful. I could have just stood there forever and listened to the wind and looked at the ocean.
We wrapped up that day with a wonderful meal at Aunt Catfish's on the River with one of our church members who lives in the area.
We mostly enjoyed just lying in our chairs on the beach while the kids played in the water.
Just before catching this stingray, an Argentinian man, near us, caught a small shark. There was a shark attack down the beach from us the day before, and none of us knew what the red flags were for until later that night.
Storm clouds didn't roll in until the last evening we were there when I tried to shoot photos of the kids.
But the light (not too bright) was just perfect, so I was able to get some nice ones.
We really enjoyed every single minute of this family time and are so appreciative of those who helped make it happen:-)
We returned on Saturday, then I had gall bladder surgery Monday. This was my first surgery ever, so I thought, after hearing how simple and easy this was, I'd be up and out the next day. I was mistaken! It was nice, though, to have some quiet rest and recovery time at home. My husband was such an awesome caregiver, I'm dragging out the recovery as long as I can:-) Well, not really!
In any case, I am doing fine and looking forward to finishing my summer decor posts for you all before it's time for fall tours. I sold a photo to a magazine, which will be on news stands in August, and Country Living Magazine featured my Bohemian-chic bedroom on their site, so there are still some exciting things going on around here.
Thanks for stopping by:-)