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An Afternoon With Daniel

Daniel and I had such a good afternoon yesterday.

When he saw his mom’s shawl I made her, he said he wanted me to make him one. We went in search of the yarn he wanted to use. It took us a while to find it. We went to Michael’s first but they didn’t have what we were looking for. We then went to Hobby Lobby only to remember they are closed on Sundays. Last stop was Joanns. We found the colors he wanted there and it is very soft yarn.

This is the brand and the color.

I started working on it last night. I think it will be so pretty. What makes it so special to me though is all the fun we had looking for it.

When I finish his project, I want the other grandkids to pick out something for me to make them and go together to pick out the colors. It was such a blessed afternoon.

God bless.

Katies Birthday

We have been celebrating birthdays here!

This sweet girl turned 8 on Saturday. For her birthday, we went to a tea house in Salem. Katie loves tea houses!

The food was DELICIOUS!

Her other favorite thing to do is go to Build A Bear.

I love this picture of her and Jess.

It was a good birthday!

Fall

I love fall!

I thought I would share a few fall colors with you all.

I love this picture of Dave and Jess!

We had a Halloween party at Jess’s on Sunday. It was a lot of fun. They had all been sick so we hadn’t been able to get together for weeks. Jess always makes parties fun.

God bless.

Monday

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a good Monday.

I have something I want to share with you all. I’m sure some of you may have realized that the Jekyll trip was another huge “first ” for us. Our first trip there without Julie. It was hard without her but many new, happy memories were made!

Many years ago, I saw a picture of a plague on Facebook. I have remembered it many times since then. The plaque said something like this-“on my darkest days I remember whose daughter I am and I straighten my crown”.

The Lord brought this quote to my mind just a few days before we left on our trip. I had definitely prayed a lot about this trip.

As soon as we got there and unloaded the car, our first place to go was Driftwood beach. While we were walking, something shiny in the sand caught my eye.

Now I know to many this is just a necklace but to me it was hope. A visual reminder to help me in this hard time. I walked the beach every morning watching Him raise the sun. I talked, He listened. He talked, I listened.

On that first morning when I stepped onto the beach and saw the sun peeking over the water, I thought, ok Lord, this is me attempting to straighten my crown.

I realize the death of a child is something a person never gets through. It is a place I will walk in the rest of my days here on this earth. I will try though with God’s help, the help of my family and friends to walk in this place with my crown straight.

I plan on hanging the necklace on the wall beside my bed to help me remember that God is with me in this. That I am His and He is mine.

I realize this post is not a normal post for me but I wanted to share this. I am not good with expressing my feelings in words but I wanted to try.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Jekyll Sunrises

I have so many beautiful sunrise pictures!

I decided to just put some of them into one post.

They were all amazing.

I probably can’t put into words how sunrises make me feel. They make me feel special, privileged to see such glory.

And in my opinion, sunrises at the beach are just extra special.

If you look closely in this picture, you can see Grace taking her last sunrise pictures of this trip.

I love this picture! It is the last picture of the trip. But what makes it so special to me is this. Grace called me down to where she was on the beach and said “It’s so pretty this morning, I thought you might want to take a selfie”. Why yes, sweet girl, I do!!

God bless.

More Jekyll

We spent Thursday morning collecting shells.

Then we went to the historic section.

Such beautiful old homes there!

We enjoy going in all the old shops and looking around. Mostly tourist stuff. We do always go to the candy shop and get a piece of homemade candy. My sweet Julie loved Turtle candy. It was hard but I got a piece and ate it just for her.

We then went to the turtle center. This is one of Grace’s favorite places to go. We didn’t go into the hospital section though as it was almost time for them to close when we got there.

After that we went back to Driftwood.

It was so pretty with the tide coming in!

We so love this place!

God bless.

Driftwood Beach

Driftwood beach is our favorite place to go.

We spend a lot of our time here.

I love this picture of Grace. I think it is my favorite so far of this trip.

We stayed at Driftwood all morning Tuesday then went back to the rental house and ate lunch.

We have had so much fun on this trip. I am so thankful we got to come.

We decided after lunch to go to the Clam Creek picnic area. We went out on the pier and I took a picture of the big bridge.

We didn’t get to walk the trail though as it started raining. So we just came back to the house. It was time to eat supper by then anyway. We did the trail the next day.

God bless.

Trail at Dairy Queen

Another one of our favorite walking trails is the one behind Dairy Queen. It is such a pretty walk.

We did this trail late afternoon yesterday. At first, I thought we might not see much activity but I was definitely wrong. The following four pictures are just a few Grace took along our walk.

We saw this beautiful buck. First time, for us, ever seeing a buck this size antlers here.

We also saw a woodpecker,

This beautiful eagle. I didn’t even know eagles were here on the island.

And this awesome bird. He is an Anhinga. They are here during breeding season. He posed so nicely for Grace. We saw three different ones of them. They were at the little pond where the alligator lives. We didn’t see the alligator though.

God bless.

Clam Creek Nature Trail

We started off our morning by going to Clam Creek nature trail.

I love to watch these little crabs scamper off.

There are a few flowers still blooming here.

Another one of my favorite pictures of the trip. If you look at the right of the picture, you can see a white bird. Grace is getting a picture of it.

We really enjoy this trail.

God bless.