Sunday, July 15, 2012

Perfect Weekend

After working some overtime the past few weeks, I was ready for a break. Didn't expect such a perfect weekend, but God has a way of blessing me and showing me grace even though I am so undeserving. After re-reading old journal entries, and thus realizing my recent lack of journaling, thought it wise to document some of these possibly-otherwise-forgotten memories.

Friday: pool all day with friends; dinner date with husband at Chick-Fil-A; drinks at Hunters-Gatherers and World of Beer; Moonrise Kingdom at Nickelodeon Theatre

Saturday: sleeping in until 10:00am; morning pineapple-strawberry-banana smoothie; Desperate Housewives; grocery shopping; nap; more Desperate Housewives; homemade blueberry pie; Mid-Summer Night Party at R. and S.'s; late night bike rides home

Sunday: sleeping in until 9:30am; egg-cheese omelet and blackberries to be shared with husband in car while driving to church; thought- and act-provoking Sunday School message;  a church to love and be loved in; lunch date with good friends; pool day; coming home to ice cold water and cold blackberries; husband in office listening to Pearl Jam, windows open and evening light pouring in; leftovers for dinner; night of rest and relaxation

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Let Freedom Ring!

For as long as I can remember, the fourth of July has been my favorite holiday.  Yes, while most kids preferred Christmas, I favored the day that was hot-as-balls, sticky and mosquito-ridden.  In elementary school I remember spending the night at our local mall and watching a great fireworks display.  One year my cousin was eaten alive by red ants, but still, we all had a terrific time sitting in the trees watching colors explode in the sky.  Later, the holiday became a time when I would go to North Carolina for the summer and camp during the holiday by a lake.  We would go to the pool, kayak, fish, and then again see those terrific fireworks. Soon, the holiday evolved into a day of spending time with close friends at the beach all day, playing in the sand and water.  Now the holiday holds an even more special place in my heart because four years ago, J. and I went on our first official date to the annual Peach Festival held in Gilbert, South Carolina.  While most people reflect on their independence, freedom, and the luxuries this country affords, I like to reflect on the blessings God graces me with -- husband, home, friends, family, the coast, and most importantly, salvation. Yes, this is what the holiday is for me. A celebration of those things most dear to me!

Here's a look at some of the previous years' celebrations!

4 July 2005 --

4 July 2007 --

4 July 2011 --

4 July 2012 --

How did you celebrate your Independence Day?

P.S. More Perdido Bay photos here