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Where oh where have I been??

OMG!!  It has been 8 months since I blogged.  That is almost embarrassing but when I look back at all the things that have transpired in the last 8 months I realize I must have needed the break!!!  Life is busy ... as it is for all of us and a traveling Hubs makes the weeks fly by.  Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months and here I am 8 months later!!

Obviously a lot has happened in the last 8 months ... which I will sum up into photos to not make this wordy and WAY boring!!

The holiday season was filled with parties and fabulous friends!!

We spent the week between Christmas and New Years in Jupiter, Florida.  It was amazing to get to sight see as tourists and let Lawyer share his family history with the kids.  I loved their reactions to seeing their family tree laid out in bricks on the walkway toward the light house.  

The quality time with our precious cousins can't be beat!  They love each other dearly and I hope they will always have close relationships!!  How cute are these girls??

In January our youngest accepted Christ.  I have never seen that sweet girl so proud.  We celebrated with lunch at Steak and Shake with large plates of shoestring fries and milkshakes galore!!!

MHM started swimming year round and her dedication paid off.  Big time!!!  She had a great time in summer league, advanced to County and then to State and then to the finals ...

and then to the awards ceremony!  She worked her tail off for 11 months and is a machine in the pool.  And she loves every single second of it.  Year round starts again next week ... you can find me pool side for the next 11 months!

June 5 our sweet Nana went to live with Jesus.  I still am adjusting to life without this amazing woman.  For 43 years I was blessed with a pillar of strength, love and grace.  I hope when I leave this Earth I have made the same impact on my friends and family that she made on hers.  The imprint she made on my life and my heart will carry me thru until we meet again!

We love you Nana!!

We spent some quality time with friends and family!  This little cutie is both!!  It is hard for me to fathom the BFF's little one is 4.  We were lucky enough to have him with us for almost a week ... and the kids and I loved every second!!

MHM headed to sleep away camp for the first time!!  I was nervous ... she was over the moon excited.  What an amazing week she had in the body of Christ!!

I love her desire to be in the Word and close to her Savior.  I didn't have this as a child and I love that she will never know a day without him!

HSM spent a month of his summer vacation on a road trip!  They drove from Atlanta to California to Florida and then home!  He loved every single second and I am so thankful he had this opportunity!  He has now officially been to more states than I have!  Too bad I hate to ride in the car ... 

WPM took his first solo airplane flight and went to Florida to see his Grandmother.  My mom spent five weeks packing up my Nana's house and belongings and get the house ready to sell.  I couldn't bear to be witness to her empty house but my brave middle child was thrilled to pitch in and help!  The strength of this baby never ceases to amaze me.  

We spent TWO WEEKS at the beach this year.  I am now officially spoiled and won't be happy with any thing less!  We had amazing family time and were unplugged for most of it.  Sheer bliss!!!

A sunset after a long day on the water is like nothing else for me.  Its my happy place and the beach centers me more than any other place on Earth.

Lawyer and I just celebrated 18 years of marriage.  I can't believe it has been 18 years ... we have grown so much and I am so thankful to be walking this life with such a dear man!!  XOXO

We will be spending this weekend enjoying the last bits of summer.  I am sad to see the relaxation of summer leave us ... but I will be soaking up each and every second this long weekend!  

I am off to another cup of coffee and a day filled with family and friends!

Happy Labor Day to you!!




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