A Weekend Recap...On a Wednesday

7.31.2013

So, it's Wednesday, and I had hoped to have this post up on Monday...clearly that didn't happen, but thankfully, I am a big believer in better late than never!

This past weekend, Andrew and I took a long weekend (something else I'm a big believer in) and to visit his grandparents in South Carolina.  They live right outside of Beaufort on the amazingly beautiful Dataw Island.

We hit the road pretty early Friday and arrived at his grandparents house just in time for lunch.  The rest of the afternoon was spent enjoying each others company, reading and relaxing.  Mind you, none of these things make for a very interesting blog post, but it made for an awesome day. 

the view from their patio
tending to her garden

doing the aforementioned reading :)
For supper, we headed to Sweetgrass, which is an awesome restaurant at the marina.  I love restaurants with a view and this has one that cannot be beat.  And I consider it a plus anytime we can take a golf cart to dinner!


I love this place because the food is great, the atmosphere is amazing and as I said, the view is nothing short of awesome.


After dinner, the husband and grandparents indulged me and agreed to some pictures.




Saturday was beach day and that translates to a happy day for me!  There were some pretty big clouds in the morning and I was worried that rain would run us off, but thankfully the weather was pretty perfect all day.




There were a ton of families and a fair amount of dogs, but I think the beach is the one place in the world where chaos and noise don't faze me.  The beach is just a place I've always enjoyed.  Whether it was as a kid and coming in with sand all in my bathing suite or as an adult and reading, relaxing or strolling, it just makes me happy.  The only thing that had the potential to make the day not so great was when a wave swept Andrews sunglasses off.  These were not $5 sunglasses, so this caused some serious feet sweeping and pacing of the shoreline...

THANKFULLY, the feet sweeping paid off after a few minutes and I looked up to see him holding the sunglasses victoriously in the air.  Honestly, I'm somewhat embarrassed by how concerned I was about these, but as I said, they weren't cheap-o's and I know how much he loves those shades.

I am not sure if I'm alone in this, but when we left the beach that afternoon, all I wanted to do was nap! The combination of the sun, walking and ocean just wears me out, so clearly, a nap was a must after all that relaxing.

Saturday night, was as equally low key and consisted of dinner at the club, Duck Dynasty and just hanging out.  I promise we're still 20-somethings, but I have accepted that life doesn't need constant excitement to be enjoyed.  And though I realize a recap wasn't necessary for this weekend/vacation, I loved every minute of it and figured this is my blog, so I can write as many boring recaps as I want!

 

Happy Wednesday!

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Peace.

7.25.2013

You know that inexplicable sense of contentment you sometimes get when you take a big, deep breath?  Or the relief you feel when you pass a test of some sort?  Or, when instead of the bad news you had possibly been expecting, you get the exact opposite?

I used to think each of those things were "peace."  However, I'm learning more and more just how very different feeling contentment or relief and having peace can be.

Feelings are tricky, change constantly and are completely of the human persuasion.  My husband will be the first to tell you my feelings can go from one end of the spectrum to the other without any apparent cause. For some reason, he finds this odd...

Peace is not something you feel; it's something you know.

Baker's Evangelical Dictionary says this about peace; In English, the word "peace" conjures up a passive picture, one showing an absence of civil disturbance or hostilities, or a personality free from internal and external strife. The biblical concept of peace is larger than that and rests heavily on the Hebrew root slm, which means "to be complete" or "to be sound."

Too often, I mistake the absence of conflict or strife as peace.  What I need to recognize is God is my source of peace and the lacking of something is not.  I hope that makes sense to someone else because it was one of those things that sounded good in my head, but I'm not sure how to convey it.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. 
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 
John 14:27

I don't want to be the type of person that is trying to look past the storm to find peace, but the person that finds it despite the storm.  

Each day I allow myself to see it, the Lord is teaching me something new...something more.  This morning after my devotional, the sense of peace He poured over me, was so strong that I couldn't help but to write something. I know nothing I've said is profound or life altering, but the peace I've talked about, can be.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. 
2 Thessalonians 3:16
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Hiatus Over (Hopefully)

7.19.2013

Hiatus (hi·a·tus) - A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break

First of all, you're welcome for today's vocabulary lesson.  Second, this is a word I have become all too familiar with when it comes to this blog.  This writing journey started shortly after I got married, and why I maybe wasn't sure then why I was doing it, I wrote my first post on June 24, 2008.

Honest moment: I used to think blogging was only really worth it if the number of followers I had was constantly on the up and up.  I'm here to tell you, as if you didn't already know, this is by far the least important aspect of blogging as far as I'm concerned.  It makes me heartsick that we're almost into the eighth month of 2013 and I've written (being generous) fourteen times.  It's not for lack of at least attempting to write more, but somehow, the desire I used to have to keep at bay during the work day, just ebbed away.

I'm literally shaking my head as I write this because I love writing.  I love being able to ramble or reminisce using the written word.  I love connecting with people and even call some friends.  Blogging and writing alike give me a chance to reflect and this blog is proof positive of me growing up over the past five years.

During this somewhat impromptu hiatus of mine, I thought about this blog a lot.  I thought about the title of "blogger" and if it was something I still wanted and "deserved," for lack of better word.  I'm not sure I've reached any sort of conclusion during that thought process, but I what I did do is accept that the occasional hiatus is okay.  At this point, blogging is something I do for fun and the only compensation I am earning at this point is self given :) And comments of course!

In all honesty, all the words written up until this point, were mostly for me.  I needed to somehow jump start myself back into the blogging world.  However, for your viewing pleasure, my life in pictures from the past couple of months!



(from the top, left to right)
one. visiting some sweet friends in their new home
two. Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
three. Nationals vs. Cubs baseball game
four. Had the chance to be a 2nd shooter for a wedding
five. Celebrated 5 sweet years of marriage
six. Anniversary trip to where it all began; Boone!
seven. Hung out with my awesome nephew
eight. Started the Bible in 365 days plan along with the She Reads Truth devotionals
nine. And finally, got a tattoo

Though each of these things are common, they are sweet treasures to me.  To me, life has become increasingly more about finding the blessings in the ordinary rather than searching for the extraordinary.

I've missed this blog because, honestly, I love sharing and connecting and all that other stuff.  Writing is a such a blessing to me and I really, really need to embrace it...

Happy Friday, y'all!
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