Saturday, May 14, 2011


At the end of a long year comes this:

We work hard from August through early May with our regular jobs and all the volunteer positions we hold: Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, American Heritage Girls, church, our homeschool support group.

Our kids work hard, too. Our oldest son got home a few days ago from his first year in college. His grades were posted last night, and he finished his freshman year with a 3.67. We're really, really proud of him.

The younger kids have spent their lives going with us when we volunteer in various ways. For 8 years, they have gone with me to Scout meetings 2 hours early so that we can set up, have meetings, etc. This is the life they know. They've never, ever said, "Do I have to go?"

It's so nice, after all the classes, activities, ceremonies and other closing events are over, to be able to take a few days just to relax, all by ourselves, just our little family and the ocean.

Sun, sand, salt, seafood. Catching lizards and lounging. Hot tub and a promise of key lime pie. Taking some long, deep breaths, grateful for another year and the gift of vacation.


  1. Looks wonderful! Our beach vacation is late summer....really looking forward to it!

  2. Girlfriend, this post is gonna make me cry. We had frost on the ground this a.m. What I wouldn't give for some beach time.
    The pics are beautiful, hope ya'll are having a blast!

  3. Where is that beach? It's gorgeous!

    Mrs. H


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