Monday, February 27, 2017


Last week the weather was exceptionally warm and beautiful... it made me eager to get outside and get into the sunshine. So I gathered my brood and Saturday we ventured out. 
Sadly Saturday was no where near as warm, but we had a grand time anyways. 
I love taking pictures and trying to notice the beauty that surrounds us that sometimes goes unnoticed. We stayed fairly close to home, but just went on a little exploring expedition to enjoy the outdoors.

 We are drawn to water like a moth to a flame... we love water.

 I haven't pinpointed what type of seed this is. It was very unusual. Kinda gave me the willies, but at the same time, it was really cool looking too.

 My kids... If I said it once, I said it a hundred times... "It is TOO cold to get in that water!!"
 They found other avenues of dare-devilry.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend as well! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Welcoming Home

When I came home from the women's retreat, I had a surprise waiting on me. My sweet family put together a little surprise for Cameo and I. 
Supper was ready.
The house was clean.
And arms were waiting for hugs!
They made my favorite....
Mexican Food!
And then they made a "Welcome Home" cake for dessert. 
I was so touched by their thoughtfulness... 
Thank you Lord for blessing me so abundantly. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Women's Retreat '17

This years Women's Retreat has once again come and gone... 

And once again, I feel like it was the best yet. 
Each year I say that I think, and each year I truly mean it.

We stayed in a beautiful cabin with 35 women we had a wonderful opportunity for conversation!  We stayed in a wonderful area of Pigeon Forge, it was so convenient to the places where we like to spend most of our time while we are visiting.
One thing I absolutely LOVE about these retreats is time in the hot tub.... we usually get in and chat with whomever happens to go with you. It's a great time to just talk and get caught up on one another.  This cabin had the biggest hot tub we have EVER seen. I was somewhat like a small pool. I loved it!

Look at that chandelier! It was HUGE!!!!
A lot of good Bible study.
A lot of good, clean, fun.
A lot of laughs
A lot of friends.
A lot of sisterly love.
A lot of great food.
It was a wonderful time.

This years theme was "In Christ Alone" Such a fitting theme... the only good in me is " In Christ Alone". The only hope I have is "In Christ Alone".... my future is "In Christ Alone". I am thankful for that promise that He is always with me.

There were 35 of us ladies, with Bible studies each night and each morning we were there. 
Look at this table!!! It seats 32!!!! I loved it!
The cabin was built right beside this beautiful creek. I can imagine if you were staying in the spring or summer it would be ideal for wading and playing and the homeschool mom in me thought of all the great nature studies that could happen with that going through your back yard! We saw a blue heron one morning wading. It was beautiful with its long legs and blue-grey feathers. 

The picture below is of me, my eldest, my eldest niece, and my sister-in-law. 

It's so nice to get together with women of the Lord and encourage and be encouraged to do the things God has called us to do. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Valentine's Banquet '17

Most every year my husband and I attend the Valentine's banquet that our church association puts together. This year, not only did we plan to attend, but it was our churches turn to host! 
Many, many hands got together to make it happen, and it was a roaring success and very beautiful!
Deep, rich red fabrics draped across the tables. Centerpieces of pearls, roses, candles, and gems.

Desserts galore! Because what Valentine's banquet would be complete without some beautiful, decadent desserts??

Kitchen workers having fun together while they prep! I love these ladies!
A greeting table!
A photo op booth! 
Love permeated the entire place. 
Everyone worked so hard and I am so proud of our church. 

The guys outside grilling it up!

I hope your Valentine's was sweet...