Friday, July 2, 2010

Captured Moments

The smell of the salt air, the ocean breezes, lazy mornings, tropical vegetation, splashing in the waves, sand between your toes, sun beating down, family was glorious! I hope you enjoy the captured moments below.

We arrived home late in the afternoon on Thursday. It was a long drive this time, (well, it always is, but this time seemed even longer!) and I didn't help my precious husband much with the driving, as I just couldn't keep my eyes open in the wee hours of the night. I think out of the 17 hours, I drove 4 and those hours were scattered throughout the drive. Thankfully, my husband is a gracious man and didn't seem to mind.

We came home to quite a mess, as we had learned on our vacation that severe storms had hit our neighborhood the previous week. We had leaves and branches covering our yard and the pool was a mess, but thankfully no real damage. Faithy girl and Jed enjoyed picking up sticks with me and building a fire in the firepit. After dinner, they savored the ever favorite smores as a result of all their labor.

The unpacking continues into today and always seems like a mountainous job to accomplish. As you can see, I'm taking a little break. Yesterday I had to clean out the refrigerator as we had lost power from the storm for a couple of days and then on to the grocery store to replenish.

Ahhh, back to reality....and as I look at the calendar date, July 2nd....I'm reminded that surgery is just 13 days away. Upon leaving, I felt trapped in this place of being ready to leave, as I love my day to day life at home, but knowing what is waiting for me in the coming weeks. Next week is filled with doctor's appointments: Tuesday the final appointment with my breast surgeon, Thursday pre-admission testing at the hospital and then Friday my final meeting with the plastic surgeon to discuss more details on the reconstruction and then as he told me, "this will be the appointment when I will order your implants." Hard to even wrap my brain around the fact that this is my road.

But for today, I'll linger in the beautiful memories of the last two weeks, take care of some projects that I want accomplished before surgery and just walk one day at a time!

Much love,


Mom to 9 Blessings! said...


I sit here relishing in every photo you shared - soaking in every moment of bliss He gave you. I'm blown away how much the kids have changed since I last saw them. They are all gorgeous! Love Faith's personality - shines through in every photo!

I have never seen a photo of any of your sisters. The two of you are gorgeous! Love those shots and will savor looking back at them from time to time!

I know the coming days will be a new journey for you and nothing you can do to truly prepare - take it one day at a time knowing He is going before you and will guide you in His perfect love!

I love you and look forward to spending time together. Sorry you had to come home to such a big clean up job. It really was a whopper of a storm around here!


He & Me + 3 said...

Beautiful pictures from your trip, Iam so glad that you had such a wonderful time. I remeber preparing for my surgery too...preparing is difficult at times but HIS peace is continually there. Know that so many are praying for you and for your family.

Kelly said...


Thank you for sharing your pictures. They are stunning! Your entire family is gorgeous!

Please know our family will be lifting you up in prayer during the coming days. Praying for His peace..that truly surpases all understanding! Please continue to keep us updated...

Love and many hugs,

Corie said...

I am sure it is so hard to get your mind around. Thanks for the update and I will be praying for each step you take. Glad you had a good vacation...your family is BEAUTIFUL!