Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We're Back!

We had a wonderful time on vacation. It was MUCH colder and rainy than we had hoped; but we still had a great time going here and there and visiting with family and friends. Here is a glimpse into our time away.

We took time to stop and smell the flowers...


We explored interesting places...



Laughed and played together...

and shared many silly moments that are impossible to schedule or plan. Our kids did an amazing job being flexible and rolling with what each day brought to us.

We have memories of Superman and Blue Moon ice cream, peanut butter fudge, and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Bobbers watched for what seemed like hours, fish caught, birds and chickens fed, dogs to run with, and the sweet smell of fresh hay. Fireworks, snap and pops, sparklers, and roasted marshmellows. Lightning bugs, spiders, mayflies, frogs, and baby birds. Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandma, and the phrase, "just hug and smile!" And SO MUCH more. Each of us have memories that are special to us in different ways.

I am still processing all that the Lord has and is showing me through this trip. I am hoping to be able to share some of it with you soon; but for now...I'm off to face the mounds of laundry and unpacking to be done!

THANK YOU for praying for us. It was a precious time for our family.

Blessings and peace to you!

Shanda

14 comments:

HappyascanB said...

Welcome back! You were missed! Love the pics; looks like y'all had a fabulous time! Don't you love the things the Lord teaches you while away on vacation. I can't help but wonder if it's not that I am not as busy and able to more focus on Him when I'm out of my normal world. I like it, though!

Laura said...

Great pictures, Shanda! So glad you and your family made such wonderful summer memories! God Bless!

Kelly's Ideas said...

great pictures! looks like my kind of vacation - welcome home.

Love,
kelly

http://www.ivebecomemymother.com

momof3darlings said...

LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEE your pictures!! I love laid back vacations. So glad you guys had fun! WELCOME HOME!

joanofalltrades said...

Looks like you all had a fun vacation. Great picks! Don't cha just love it when kids go with the flow.

rhemashope said...

Missed you. Thought of you. Clearly the Lord blessed your time of vacation and making memories with your family. Praise God!

christy rose said...

Shanda, I am glad that you are back! You were definitely missed! It looks and sounds like you al had a great time.Great pictures!

twofinches said...

Oh you all look so incredibly happy! It seems like the perfect vacation. We haven't had a real vacation in years. My husband is very dedicated to his work...but I wish sometimes he wasn't so in demand :(

Gretchen said...

Beautiful pictures, Shanda. And what a lurvely post--you sound refreshed and just full of gratitude. Clearly, you haven't been doing your laundry, or you'd be crabby. J/k. ;)

Glad you're back, and glad you went.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Hi Shanda,
So glad you're home and had a great trip. Looks like you made a lot of wonderful memories. I just got back from vacation too and it always makes you appreciate home a little more I think:)

Sue said...

Welcome home. Looks like you had a fantastic time and that God really blessed your time together as a family!

Midwest Mommy said...

Wow, from the pictures it looks like a great trip!

Sarah Dawn said...

YAY! Happy fun fun! Such a joy to have a break and relax. Praying you'll bring the peace into your everyday life back at home.

Hugs from Costa Rica,
Sarah Dawn

Dawn Jenkins said...

glad you are back too...looks like tons of memories were made.