4-H Projects

The county fair is in town right now and 
the 4-H club the kids are involved in 
encouraged entering a project.

Each kid got to choose what they wanted to enter.
They handed in their projects this week.

Elijah chose photography.
He has a good eye for pictures.
So impressive!

Wendy's World

Kacey loves anything artsy. 
She loves to paint, color, draw, write and anything that is creative.
She chose to do a sewing project for her entry.
She sewed this adorable bag she plans to carry her 
Bible to church in.
She did it all by herself on a sewing machine.
Yeah Kacey!

Wendy's World

Wendy's World

Dani loves baking.
She decided to bake cookies for her entry.
The whole family benefited from her choice.

Wendy's World
Wendy's World

Wendy's World
Her favorite part is getting to lick the beater.
Can't blame her! 

Wendy's World

Had to add this shot of Elijah at the 
Georgia State Fair last week.
Looks like a natural.

Wendy's World

We haven't gotten the results from their entries.
It was rewarding for me to witness their excitement in creating something all by themselves.

Grandkids At Wedding

I have been wanting to share about the grandkids at the wedding that seems only weeks ago but guess what?!
It's already been 6 months.

Kristen & Felix's wedding was so wonderful.
All the family together makes for a happy mother.
We all flew out to Texas.
Can you imagine how excited the grandkids were?
They love flying.
They were thrilled to be in Aunt Kristen's wedding!
Add the fact that they were getting a new uncle.
They think Felix is a prince.
They even call him Prince Felix.

Joyful is how I describe the whole occasion.
I have a katrillion pictures.
I thought I'd share a few of my grandkids.

No one looks all too happy in the picture below but I had to document Abigail.
Her dad pointed at his eyes to remind her to look forward.

She cracked us up when she pointed at her eyes and told him to look forward also.
Really funny if you know how weddings 
are not my sons favorite thing. 

Elijah feels like his Pops.
Mark always said he wanted to find the inventor of the tie 
and hang him with it.

I'm not sure how the tie came about but they sure look handsome.

Hope you are having a wonderful week.
We are expected to have cooler here in Florida this weekend.

Love to ALL!

How 'Bout A Little Fire, Scarecrow!

Wendy's World

The Anchor Holds

I don't know about you but I sure am glad the past week 
has come and gone.
I have always loved a good storm.
When I was young, my mom celebrated EVERYTHING.  Hurricanes were no exception.
Growing up in Miami, we had regular afternoon thunder showers.
It was a party. We would count one mississippi, two mississippi to see how many miles that lightning strike was from us. 
We would go ahead and turn the lights off 
so we could light the candles.
Today, the media encourages buying water, 
cases and cases of water.
Back in the day, mom would clean out the tub 
and we'd fill it just incase we needed good drinking water.
Today, we fill our tubs so we have flush water, 
which I might add is quite enjoyable.

Our new (to us) house on the river is at sea-level. It brings on a whole new world of issues that we are just learning how to deal with.
Docks floating away, neighbors docks landing in our yard, 
toilets that have no where to flush,
water in the house.
I must say, it is no less fun. 
It changes up the daily mundane world 
that we have grown accustomed to. 
It provides an opportunity to purge and clean and redecorate.

This is our dock just after Matthew.
Doesn't look too bad.

Get a little closer.

Could have been worse.
We are in the middle of replacing the old pilings with new and improved ones. They were about 1/2 way done before the storm.

Doing without teaches me to be more thankful for the simple luxuries that I am spoiled to enjoy.
1. Ice
2. cable
3. flushing toilets
and in that order.

The sailboat below weathered the storm pretty well.
Can you see the boat behind it?

She is sitting on dry land.

Not sure if you can tell,
the rope connected to her anchor is right where it was dropped.
Reminds me of the song The Anchor Holds.
It reminds me of no matter what life hands us,
The Anchor Holds. 
Jesus is my anchor and He is always right there.
No need to stress.
No need for worry.
Trust Him.

Easier said than done!
The night before the storm hit us,
the news announced to expect a 9 foot storm surge.
Well, if that would have actually occurred,
our house would have had about 5 feet of water in it.

Mark and I decided to run back to our house and grab a few things. 
As I walked through the house,
we had already stacked things high.
It was eerie to look at all our "stuff."
I tried not to be anxious.
I know I trust Him.
It was emotional.

Our neighbor, who stayed and weathered the storm,
sent us a video of our property. 
Water did enter our house. 
The back den is lower than the rest of the house.
It got about 3 inches in it.
We had emptied it.
We have terrazzo floors.

When we came home to access the damage,
we walked in and the floors were dry.

The tide came in and went out just the same.
I was so surprised.
God is good!

Life is getting back to normal.
no more Matthew's for a long time.

Of course,
there will be other traumas and crises.
Hopefully, my faith is a little stronger 
and I will trust Him a little better.