weekend

It’s been a lovely weekend in these parts, and I’ve enjoyed being outside. Yesterday after a solid 12 hours (yes!!!) of sleep, we had a late breakfast and headed to my home away from home (Thomasville, Georgia) for the 95th Rose Festival. The weather was perfect, especially in the shade, and we took our time walking through the car show, stopping in some downtown shops (I couldn’t resist a stop at my favorite yarn shop to pick up some skeins on sale), perusing the prize-winning roses, wandering through the arts and crafts at Paradise Park, and having a delicious meal at Jonah’s.

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Then, today (Sunday), I re-read a blog post I wrote 3 years ago to the day and was reminded once again of my Father’s love for me. After church (a sweet time of worship and fellowship), Paul and I had lunch at a new (to me) restaurant. The day was so nice that he suggested we walk a little before returning to the car, so we ended up strolling through some old neighborhoods. I love to do that. You see so much more than you notice when you drive by, and I’m always surprised by little discoveries. Today it was a cute little garden shop, and flowers popping up beside the sidewalks:

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Now it’s time to read a little and rest before putting supper together and taking another walk.

Oh, and Paul has informed me that in honor of my birthday later this week, Anne Week has kicked off today. 🙂

Happy Sunday y’all!

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saturday

We’ve had unbelievably beautiful weather this week here in North Florida. Today was just about perfect. I soaked up a little sun while Paul took care of his beloved 1970 Camaro:

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Then we took it on the road to Thomasville for a late lunch outside at George & Louie’s.  Wonder of wonders, he let me take a turn at the wheel.  Yeah, that was fun. 🙂

Hope you had a happy Saturday, y’all!

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a friday that feels like a saturday

It was so nice to have another day off and no schedule other than catching a movie this morning. We saw Creed, and after that you really just want to go run up some steps. Instead, we stuffed ourselves with pizza (hello, we are not boxers) and then headed to the mall and Best Buy. I haven’t been out and about in Black Friday craziness for as long as I can remember, and while it was a madhouse at the mall, I was pretty relaxed because there was nothing I *had* to find. Now we’re at home and hanging out. It’s a beautiful day here in North Florida:

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I hope you’re enjoying your Friday,
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all good things must come to an end

Well, we’re back to reality. Or almost. We got back home earlier today, and I’ve been busy unpacking, restocking the fridge, and doing laundry. I’m back on the Whole30 wagon tomorrow, so I boiled eggs, made a big salad, cut up some veggies, and have some chicken marinating.

We return rested and relaxed and grateful for our time away. Paul and I agree that we have fun traveling together and even going to Costco together. We’re grateful.

Here are a few more photos from our time away:

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coffee with a nice view

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not a cloud in the sky…

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umbrella, multiple layers of SPF, hat, sunglasses — it’s hard to be a white girl in the sun.

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nice view! 😉

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bliss!

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chips & salsa for lunch

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We stayed on 30A, and enjoyed the scenery and several good meals. Our favorites: The Great Southern Cafe (we liked it better than Bud & Alley’s), The Perfect Pig, and La Cocina Mexican Bar and Grill.

Ciao,

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the beach

Paul and I are enjoying a little getaway to celebrate our first anniversary. Yesterday and most of today was dreary with rain and clouds, but the weather began clearing up late this afternoon:

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We haven’t minded the non-beachy weather; we’ve done some outlet shopping, watched football (if Auburn doesn’t kill me one day, it’ll be a miracle), gone to a movie, taken naps, and enjoyed some really good meals. Tomorrow the forecast calls for sunshine, so I suppose I’ll spend the day trying to keep from frying my white skin.

Relaxed,
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monday miscellany

another hodgepodge of links to start the week:

~ I’m not sure I’ve ever lived in a town with as many upscale burger joints as Tallahassee. Now there’s even a Burger Trail here.

~ a little pep talk from Nancy at Femina Girls

~ Why God makes you wait

~ We are what we read

~ some symbols of hate that no one is clamoring to ban

~ Well Fed and Well Fed 2 are just $1.99 each for Kindle right now. They’re regularly priced at $9.99, and I don’t know how long they’ll be on sale.

That’s it for this Monday.

Have a good one!

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anne day

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Earlier this week my sweet husband informed me that today, July 3rd, was Anne Day (for an explanation, read the note at the bottom of this post).

As I tweeted last night, I was pretty excited about having a break from my before dawn alarm, but, of course, my eyes popped open at 5:00 a.m. on the dot. I powered through, though, determined to stay in bed longer. Next thing I knew it was almost nine. Nice!

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So far this morning, I’ve exercised (yay! 3 days in a row!) and am enjoying my first taste of dairy in over 30 days:

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So very delicious!

We’ve got some very loose plans for the rest of the day, and I’m taking my camera along. I love spending the day with the man that I love, and I love not having a schedule. Life is good, y’all.

Happy Friday!

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what’s going on

Well, it’s official: I’m a Florida resident again. We moved last weekend, and we’re both still recovering from the total chaos and exhaustion. My office is closed today, so I’m enjoying a day at home to put things in order. I can’t tell you how glad I am about that! When the nest is a mess, I can’t rest. 🙂

Paul and I are so very thankful that the move part is over. God graciously provided excellent weather (sunny and cool), and Paul’s son and three of his friends went above and beyond in heavy lifting and cheerful dispositions. As I shared on instagram, I walked about 9 miles inside my house on Saturday. I’m covered in bruises, and my hands and nails will take a while to recover from cleaning two houses.

But we’re in, even if we’re still digging out.

I’m still working in Thomasville (in a couple of months, I’ll begin working two days here in Tallahassee), so I have the best of both worlds. I’m looking forward to getting to know Tallahassee better, and Paul and I already have a list of restaurants we want to try.

So this Good Friday finds me very grateful — grateful for God’s lavish provision for me. He’s surrounded me with His people and shows me His loving care daily in countless ways, large and small. For me to ever utter a complaint shows me just how desperately my heart needs a Savior, and He has provided!

ephesiansI’ll leave you with this passage on Ephesians 2:4-7 from Sinclair Ferguson’s Let Study Ephesians! – a book I’m slowly working through:

The gospel truly reveals the deepest heartbeat of God towards us. Jesus’ work did not — nor did it need to — persuade an angry Father to love his wayward children. The atonement is not a form of inner-trinitarian blackmail. No: the Father loved us and did not spare his own Son for our salvation (Rom. 8:32); the Son loved us and ‘did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped…’ (Phil 2:6); the Spirit loved us (Rom. 15:30) and is not ashamed to indwell and sanctify us.

Why should it be so important for Paul to emphasize this? Because we can misinterpret ‘the gospel’ message to mean that God loved us because Christ died for us, as if the sheer amount of suffering he experienced made the Father relent of his hatred towards us and now begin to love us and be kind to us.

Our spiritual forefathers used to speak about the way Christians ‘live below the level of their privileges’. This is a case in point. If only we would settle our hearts on what the apostle says here about the character of God! Think about these three statements – they merit a lifetime of meditation:

1. God is rich in mercy.

2. God has loved us with great love.

3. God has shown kindness to us which expresses the immeasurable (the word is the root of our word ‘hyperbole’) riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.

Grateful!
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