Monday, August 28, 2017

~Road Trip to FL 2017~

The loads of laundry are pretty much done for today, my family is all fed, and my sweetheart and Elijah and Mary ran to work on the house that my in-laws purchased here in Ohio, so I have a few minutes to blog about our FL trip. :-)

If you did not see it, click HERE to see my COMARGO CAMP POST.
In July we were HAPPY to be heading on a road trip to Florida!  Friends of ours have a home in FL that they have graciously allowed us to use when we get a chance to get away.  And a HUGE PERK is that our DEAR U. Scott and A. Libby and family live just 4 blocks from their home.  :-)
So, Here's LOTS of pics from our time in FL,
It was a MUCH NEEDED R & R (Rest and Relaxation) time for our family!
~Abigail eating cherries as we go down the road.~
 ~Florida WELCOMES you! ~
 ~This trip seems like it last FOR-EVAH!!!~
 ~We finally arrived and here's Abigail ready to swim~
 ~Mary hadn't been in the water very long, when she got stung by a bee! :-(~

 Knowing that we would get into Hobe Sound, FL in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, I had asked Sweet A. Libby if she would get a SMALL amount of groceries for us to eat the next morning, and I would pay her back.
When we arrived....we found that she had purchased one of EVERYTHING that Walmart carries.  :-)  Lots and LOTS of goodies for the kids and us to enjoy...and her homemade cookies and cinnamon rolls too!!!
~Here Abigail is carrying TWO packages of Oreos that A. Libby bought for us to enjoy!!~
 ~The Dear Shamber family.  Mrs. Shambers prays for our family everyday!!~
 ~Our Dear U. Scott And A. Libby and family~
 ~A Yummy snack together at their house.  A. Libby's food is always delish!!~
 ~These are some of the treats she purchased for our family~
 ~Delicious...we had these in Colombia~

 ~Nothing like A. Libby's cinnamon rolls~
 ~Sweet Abigail...and Sweet Leah~
 ~U. Scott and Abigail~

 ~The kids LOVED these building blocks that were in the house where we stayed.~
 ~Sweet Abigail and Sweet A. Libby~
 ~Pool and sun time~
 ~A Yummy salad that reminds us of Argentina / Uruguay salads.~
 ~On Tuesday night we invited U. Scott and A. Libby over for pizza, and we were going to pay.  (They had already purchased a TON of groceries for it was our turn, right?!  Well, I asked Rachel and Leah if they would order the pizzas on line and then Leah and I would jump in the car and go pick up the pizzas, and I would PAY!!
The little stinker SWEETHEART snuck and paid for the pizza!!! :-) ~
 ~Family time.  WE LOVE OUR DEAR U. SCOTT, A. LIBBY, JACOB, BETH, RACHEL, OSTYN, and LEAH to PIECES!!!  WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED getting to be with them!!!~

 ~Noah and one of his great creations~
 ~David W. and his little girl and ours. ~
 ~Noah took this selfie of himself to send to Ostyn, because Ostyn had been trying to find Noah after church on Wednesday night, to tag him, but Noah had hidden himself and we picked him up down the road.  He and Ostyn had a continual game of tag going each time they saw each other. :-D~
 ~Sarah and I started an instagram account this was our profile pic.~

 ~Sweet Abigail~
 ~The pool, Sarah's towel and glasses, the mug that says Florida with can't get much better than this. :-) ~
 ~Strawberry shortcake~
 ~A fun hat I got...that totally matched my blouse.~
 ~We ran down to the ocean together~

 ~Loved all the tropical fruit we got to enjoy.  Made us miss our Beloved COLOMBIA!!~

 ~Mango for breakfast....yummy!!!~
 ~Going down to the beach on our bikes.~

 ~Bikes for as long as you can see. :-) ~

 ~Sarah took the time to play with Abigail in the sand.~

 ~The girls half covered with sand.~

  ~Heading get ready to go to Cracker Barrel to meet U. Scott and family for supper.~
 ~Mary in front of me.~
 ~Abigail fell sound asleep on the way home!~

 ~Ostyn and Noah playing Checkers~
 ~On Saturday morning we ladies went out for breakfast.~
 ~Berry Fresh Cafe~

 ~The Stuart Lighthouse.~

 ~Abigail made such funny faces before she would jump into the pool~
 ~I was slicing an avocado and the knife slipped and cut a deep gash into my finger.  (It is STILL sore weeks later. :-(  )
Phillip made sure I could move it with no problem and then he superglued it shut for me. ~
 ~Ostyn, Elijah, and Mary building a tower~
 ~Quesidillas galore!~
 ~Fresh mango and fresh pineapple~
 ~This little girl (Abigail) got soooo TANNED!~
 ~Shoes, Shoes, and more shoes.  We Loved it when U. Scott and family could come over to visit.~
 ~Mary's creation~

 ~Company coming over for Sunday dinner.  There were 19 of us...and I served Skyline chili, my homemade French bread, a pickle tray, and A. Libby made us her yummy Strawberry shortcake for dessert.~

 ~The guys sat in the formal dinning room.~
 ~Us girls sat off of the kitchen~
 ~Rachel and Abigail enjoying A. Libby's strawberry shortcake.~
 ~With Elijah photo bombing~
 ~A. Libby's yummy shortcake...and adorable cake stand.~

 ~Ostyn and his brother Eli~

 ~Noah and Surge's sister building blocks.~

 ~Benji playing Ring around the rosies with our Abigail and his little girl.~

 ~My finger.  It turned black and blue and Phillip had to make me a splint so it would heal better.~
 ~Rachel and Leah took our pictures Sunday evening before church.  We enjoyed attending Hobe Sound Bible church every service while we were there.~

 ~Abigail put this empty toilet roll on her arm for a "CAST."  She has seen her brother Elijah wear 2 casts on his arms, and Mary a cast, so she was feeling left out. :-) ~
~On Monday evening the Shambers invited us over for a nice visit.  
Here's Abigail and Bro. Shambers.~

 ~Their daughter Mary made us a yummy chocolate cake with Peanut Butter icing.  Kimberly and Sarah ran their Mary to the store and got some ice cream to go along with the cake.  Their son Rodney made us some coffee.  ~
 ~We had a mini missions service for them and sang for them.  God's presence was close and we cried and prayed together.~
 ~Silly Abigail pics from Rachel~
 ~ The pool...and a storm coming in.~
 ~A. Libby showing Sarah about crocheting.~
 ~A yummy cucumber, tomato, onion, and feta cheese salad I made.~
 ~Tuesday evening we were invited over for a delicious LA meal at my dear friend Kayla's house.   We really enjoyed getting to be at Harold and Kayla's house. ~
 ~Kayla, Liz, and I spent about 4 of our teenage years together in LA where my Daddy pastored their church.  We laughed and laughed about LA and Pell City, AL camp and youth camp memories!!~
 ~Abigail praying~
 ~Kimberly, Liz's daughter, and Sarah.~
 ~The boys...and Abigail~
 ~The boys, Abigail, and Mary~
 ~My "missionary splint" that Phillip made for my finger out of a pop cycle stick.  This helped keep in straight so it would heal better.~
 ~It doesn't show in this pic but it had turned all blue and was swollen.~
 ~Sarah took this pic of the iced coffee I made for her.  :-) ~
 ~Abigail having "children's service" for Mommy! :-) ~
 ~Delicious baked broccoli~
 ~Ostyn holding Abigail during our last Wednesday night church service.~

 ~Sweet A. Libby and I.  I love this lady to the moon and back.  We truly are kindred spirits.  Twins separated at birth!!~
 ~Yummy "Dagwood sandwiches" that A. Libby made.  She used to work in a sandwich shop and this is one of the sandwiches she made there.~

 ~U. Scott and Phillip.  U. Scott is only about 10 years older than Phillip.  They are great friends and love to discuss and talk and talk and discuss...mainly the Bible for HOURS.  :-) ~
 ~Leah helping Abigail on her chin bar.~
 ~The girl cousisn...with Ostyn photo bombing. :-) ~

 ~Notice Abigail's feet.~
 ~The older girl cousins~
 ~Elijah, Mary, and Abigail were playing hide and seek.
Abigail hid behind the door...and her little hand sticking out cracked us up. ~
 ~Dear Miss Bonnie Cleaver leading the ladies morning prayer meeting.~
 ~A. Libby spoke that morning and gave her sweet testimony.  I cried and cried...and nearly shouted!!  I did shout "Hallelujah" but not as loudly as I wanted to.  What a MIRACLE any of our salvation stories are...but hers is so sweet and special!!! THANK YOU, KING JESUS!!!!~
 ~A. Libby, Sis. Bonnie Cleaver and Heather~
~After the ladies prayer meeting A. Libby and I ran to McD's and got a little snack together.   Love every minute I get to spend with her!!!~
 ~That last afternoon my family wanted to go back to the beach.  So...we did!~

 ~Last trip to the beach on our last full day in Florida!!!~

 ~Sarah took this cute pic of her watermelon beach towel, watermelon bag from Argentina, sunglasses and flip flops...on the beach.~

~We ate a delicious supper at U. Scott and A. Libby's house on Thursday night.  Mary made this shimmery pillow have a heart that says Love for Rachel.~
 ~Abigail cried and cried and didn't want to leave.  So, Jacob and Beth drove her and Mary back to our home with their dog in the back with them.~
 ~July 20th was Colombia's Independence day!~
 ~Our last night with U. Scott and A. Libby and family they snuck a card with cash in our truck.  I texted them to THANK THEM...and A. Libby wrote this "Love You" back. :-) ~
 ~Since we went to the Ocean our last day...There were LOTS of wet and sandy clothes to wash.  Dear A. Libby kept our beach towels and washed them up for us...then folded them and we picked them up the next morning. HUGE HELP!  :-)  ~
 ~We got up at 4:15 A.M. and packed up, and cleaned the house where we had stayed.
Anywhere I go, I try to leave the place as clean as when we arrived. :-) ~
 ~Then around noon we headed to Pell City, AL to be with our friends Donald and Melinda Shirk...where we had a Missions service that Sunday.  Pics of that and our time in LA coming soon.~
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