Monday, June 22, 2020

Vacation Rewind... Vancouver 2015

Sometimes a look back is just what you
need to help put things into perspective...

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"The Family w/ Teens"

Los Angeles to Vancouver, British Columbia
(approx. 1,080 miles)



"When I look around and see
what the Lord has done for me"

When we traveled to Canada for our annual family vacation
in 2015, the first (and only) thing the kids wanted to do was...

(you already know)

hit the pool!

And although...

we found the weather significantly 
cooler than our lovely Southern CA temps,
did they seem to care even one tiny bit? 

Nope. 
They wanted swimming.

morning
night
noon

But of course we had other plans...

because you don't spend $$$$ on

passports
parking

and

plane tickets

to stay in the hotel pool all day

No, you don't

You go to experience...

Victoria Island
The Butchart Gardens
(Peak to Peak) at Whistler
Granville Island
Stanley Park
Gastown

and the

Capilano Suspension Bridge
(reopened June 19)


www.capbridge.com

Gastown

The Butchart Gardens
 

So here's to...

family
fun
childhood

(and a vacation rewind)

because

the greatest lesson from my children
during our family vacation was that 

when you're done graciously

doing...
seeing...
experiencing...

"the necessary"

you should

always
always
always

find time to go back... 

to do
what you really love!

Edited to add:
Please exercise wisdom
and caution as you go

(find more Family Adventures here)

Friday, June 19, 2020

Day 100- Your First Teacher

One Hundred Days of Grace

began this year during
the same time

as a pandemic

(which proved again to
be a case "perfect timing")

because
let's admit it...

sometimes

we pray
AND
worry

but being socially isolated for 100 days
and finding grace right there...

was a gift.

THEN

on
Day 100

we emerged

lighter
fresher
focused

as the Lord proved
once again

just how

beautifully
wonderfully
wondrously

worthy and loving
He is

(and just what)

He is able to accomplish

when we allow Him
to order our steps


We ran into his Kindergarten
teacher on Day 100! 


(sharing this today)

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Class of 2020... The Road Ahead (Micah)

The final

assignments
were submitted

books
turned in

diplomas
received

all in preparation
for this moment...


as the entire world

witnessed
watched
wondered

how the

"Class of 2020" 


managed
to remain so

resilient
calm
strong


even during these
unprecedented times


Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not
to your own understanding.  In all your ways
acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path. 

Proverbs 3:5-6



Photo Credit:

Anthony Thomas
@servantguyphotography


His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His
law he meditates day and night. And he shall be
like a tree planted by rivers of water, that brings
forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not
whither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper

Psalm 1:1-3


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Here's to the next part of the journey...



He has shown you, O man, what is good; and
what does the Lord require of you but to do justly,
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God

Micah 6:8

(meet our other graduates)

Friday, June 12, 2020

Remain Connected... w/ a Girl's Night In

Social Connections
are

important
essential
vital

to our overall
health and wellbeing

as our support systems
help carry us

(especially during times of stress)

which is why the ladies from
the "Girl's Night Out" Group

have vowed to carve out time
for each other monthly

Let the ladies
show you how...
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Pamela, Lisa, Ursula, Sheronda
"Girl's Night Out (PLUS)"


Ursula, Sheronda, Lisa, Pamela
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This time last year, there were
no restrictions as the ladies enjoyed...

dinner
bowling

fun and
laughter

(while under the black light)

Neon Nights

because hanging with "the girls"
provides the perfect reminder that

"They can't stop your shine, girl"


but now that things have changed

we must find
new ways

to nurture
old friendships

Pretty in Pink

So, call the girls...
turn on your camera...

and allow modern technology
to provide the gathering space

that brings us together!

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Need ideas for hosting
your virtual "Girl's Night"?


Check out the new show
"Girlfriends Check-In"

on...


OWN



How do you remain connected?

(find more Family Adventures here)

Monday, June 8, 2020

Exclusive, Expensive, Expansive (100 Days of Grace)

Your journey through life is unique

exclusive...
expensive...
expansive...

(as you only have) 

one life...
one chance...
one opportunity...

to make an impact on the world
and the people around you

because

no other person

can do

(exactly)

what you were sent here to do


so you may as well

live big
live bold
live free

and

just be yourself!
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Here's to
"another"

One Hundred Days of Grace


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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Black Out Tuesday

If you don't know why...
You are not paying attention


If you can't understand why...
You are part of the problem

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Class of 2020... Overcoming Adversity (Corey)

This year is nothing like any of us
could have ever imagined,

causing us to...

pause
question
consider

(as life certainly does sometimes)


Remembering Dad 
"the first coach"


and the
fact that

We are still here


strong
focused
resilient

while standing
in God's grace

as another of our
"Class of 2020"
graduates

Corey Martin


continues to prove
the moment you learn to

push past pain
stretch
grow

is the same moment you'll realize
there will never be any

adversity
adversary
opponent

able to successfully
block you

Photo Cred: Rosie P Photos

"Bound to see dad's
dream come true"


while praying... 
"God, please protect us"
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submit a tribute to your
"Class of 2020" graduate

tondradenise@att.net