Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sun-kissed, sandy, salty and sweet!

I'm aware that our city is not the only city sizzling in this summer heat right now. But, oh my stars!!! The heat indexes and humidity may be the end of me!
We took all of our boys on a walk up to our church playground this morning--only a couple of miles away--but I knew it would be tough for them in the heat. We brought water and even a Frisbee to hold water so Glory (who came too) could drink. Everyone was doing fine on the way there. We had lots of fun practicing for American Ninja Warrior (our boys are pumped to be American Ninja Warriors, but they have to wait until age 21, yikes) at the playground!

But then, on the way home, obviously hotter than when we started, people struggled a little. One of them just couldn't keep scootering and had to walk (though that just made him hotter). And then there was me. My fair skin and born-winter-girl body was about to collapse. I decided to run while pushing Way, because the faster I get home, the faster I get cool--if I make it home!!

And yes, I made it home, but as I was running down our street, the heat kept rising and I could feel my desperation to get inside. Get out of my way, don't talk to me and get me inside or take me to the ER! Whew!!!! 107 degrees is nothing to mess with! ;)

So what do I do when it's sizzlin' at home? I reminisce about our lovely beach trip!!

It was just last month, when we were at the beach, and the sun was out, but it was glorious! Not too hot and the ocean water was so very inviting! Way loved watching the waves, sitting in the water, calling out "Go, Go GO!" as the waves came up to him and trickled back down. He was hardly phased when one of the waves knocked us over! And the bigger boys took to their body boards and Daddy, who made it safe for them to enter the waves with the red flags!

We love the beach. We are good at the beach. Ya know? This family "wings" things. We are on our own time table at the beach. Nowhere we have to go. Only places we want to go and when we want to go there. It sounds extravagant, luxurious even, to me. And it is. Some people want schedules, routines, a plan. We can handle them, but we do every other week of the year. So our week in Florida is always a welcome change!

We splurge on seafood dining too. Not much better than Smoked Tuna Dip! Mmmmmmm!!! And we discovered snow balls at one of our fave restaurants this year! A treat indeed!!

On the days we do leave our beach, we sometimes head over to Seaside and enjoy a meal, a book stop, some treats and maybe even a game of Frisbee! Or we head over to Baytowne for ziplining and trampoline bouncing and more seafood! Aahhhh, the beach life!!

But still . . . being down on the beach, playing in the waves, going for walks, reading, building sand castles, burying brothers or sons or Daddy--it's all a good Jackson family time!

So thankful for our family beach trips to Destin! #J6Destin2015 in the books!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer is . . .

Summer is . . .

the juice of a peach (picked by you) so ripe, that it overflows out of your mouth!

Summer is . . .

the biggest waves of the ocean knocking you down, but enticing you to get back up again!

Summer is . . .

hanging loose and wild and free!

Summer is . . .

date nights on a patio outside!

Summer is . . .

enjoying the view!

Summer is . . .

throwin' it back on the beach.

Summer is . . .

finding a spot with the perfect book! Or two! Or five hundred!

Summer is . . .

searching for treasure!

Summer is . . .

riding the waves!

Summer is . . .

scanning the horizon for what's to come!

Summer is . . .

swingin' til our hearts content!

Summer is . . .

letting things go and just divin' in!

Summer is . . .

busy and relaxing and time to soak everyone up! We're still around, just enjoying our time together!

Monday, June 1, 2015

a return to Kazakhstan!

It's been a month since Hubby and I departed for Kazakhstan to help lead a marriage/family conference. Leaving in May was quite a feat as any of who have children or are in the teaching field know. May is not for the faint of heart! There are so many school programs and projects being wrapped up, field trips and field days and by the end of May we are all tuckered out!

And yet somehow, the week that Hubby and I went to Kazakhstan, we missed nothing school related! Hooray!!! We've told plenty of people about our trip, but I've yet to document it here, so I thought it's time I do!

That's our team above, minus another man who met us in Almaty! We were so blessed to go with this crew--we learned so much and were just amazed by what each person brought to the team! Our first day in Kaz was a day of acclimation. We needed to adjust to the 11 hour time difference and get our bearings about us. What better way to do that than visit with some old friends (Dan and Catherine used to be missionaries in Kaz, and I met some of the friends on my trip to Kazakhstan last year) or new friends for Hubby and Delana over lunch! And then, we headed up to the mountains! There's nothing quite like God's beauty in nature for me. I'm mesmerized and just in awe of it, especially these mountains! It was a great way to get the trip started!

Over the next 4 days, we spent 2 days leading a marriage and family conference to a Russian speaking church and then to a Kazak speaking church. First, our entire team spoke briefly before Dan led an introductory talk. We then separated into men's and women's groups. The girls talked to the women about being the heart of the home and the guys taught the men about being the spiritual leaders of the home. Once we joined back together, Fred led us all through a talk on conflict in marriage. And finally, we wrapped up with a question and answer time. The conference material was jam-packed and our friends were eager for more! Honestly, we needed more time there!

I absolutely loved the relationship building part of both trips to Kaz that I've been on. Throughout this trip we were able to meet with several families, hear about what the Lord is doing in their lives, pray with them and just get to know them better! I fell in love with the people last year and once again felt the same way this year! And as usual, just like here in the States, our time with friends always involved food or tea and coffee! These people truly know what hospitality is all about!

When Hubby and I were asked to consider going, I think both of us had no clue why the Lord wanted us to go. We were excited to be going on a mission trip together for the first time in 15 years and were excited to say "Yes" to the Lord, but we didn't know much more than that. I had been last year, but that was a special needs trip and was completely different.

By the end of the trip though, the Lord showed and taught us why he had us going. Different reasons for both of us, but we are so thankful we went. It was truly a blessing to be with our team and to get to see the Lord at work in Kazakhstan! We treasured the time spent with our Kazak friends and are thankful for all the Lord taught us!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Way -- a study of the heart!

Good morning, little cutie! I see you studying that big heart. Wondering what it is. What it does.
You know, hearts keep our bodies alive. They help us thrive. Hearts also represent love.
And love? Well,
"God is love." 1 John 4:8

One year ago today, Mommy and Daddy were studying the heart, too. We were filled with information on your heart and the ASD and VSD, the holes in your heart. And we handed you over to a surgeon, who knew so much more than we did, and prayed the Lord would guide his hands as he mended the holes in your heart.

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." 
Psalm 73:26

Last May 6th, was a study of our heart. I remember being at peace with it all, but emotional as you left my arms in your little gown. This surgery, if all went well, was supposed to help you thrive. Ideally, it would relieve your body from working as hard as it was and prevent future complications as well.

"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way." 1 Thessalonians 3:16

Heart surgery is a pretty big deal. God is an even BIGGER deal! You (and Mommy and Daddy) were showered with love and support! So many friends and family members prayed for you and came by to see you. They came to love on you and love on us. The Lord granted us the prayers we asked. You were a champ and your surgery was a success! 

"And this is the confidence that we have toward him,
 that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us." 1 John 5:14

We handed the Lord our hearts and you, Waybe, our little heart. And here you are. 
YOU are a study of the heart!

Happy 1 year Heart-versary, Way! We love you and your smile. You are a joy and a light! Thank you, Lord, for mending our little boy and pouring out love on us! You are Mighty and we praise you!

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night" Psalm 91:2


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...