Beach Trip 2015


One week turned into two, then three, and now its been a month since I posted last. We had a wonderful time with our children on our beach trip. The weather was perfect and the water beautiful.

dawn on the beach

We watched the sun rise

dawn on beach 2

and we watched the sun set.

sunset on beach

We breathed in and out,

rosemary beach

letting go of stress that had been mounting for months.

family beach 2015

A much needed rest for the soul.



“The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'” Exodus 33:14 NIV Bible

Friday Fun #6


The temperature outside is frigid.  I would love to sit all bundled up under a blanket reading but today is a writing day.  I’m making progress on my bible study but the tempo is slow.

  • Beautiful images of our world found here on Distractify.   I couldn’t pick a favorite.  They’re all so stunning.
  • Do you dream of traveling the world to see those beautiful sites in the above link?  How much fun would it be to go around the world meeting and filming a new person each day?  This pair of filmmakers are doing just that. Check it out here.
  • Bored with your job?  Would you like to work for a doggie daycare and be the puppy lifeguard on duty?  Puppy Pool Party here.


    A quote from Isak Dinesen:

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” 

 Autumn on the beachbeach in the fall 2



“You are the salt of the earth…”  Matthew 5:13

Friday Finds #2


Latest Friday Finds, enjoy!

These pictures of Tybee Island caught my attention by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality.  The whole post is filled with gorgeousness.  Check out her post by clicking the picture.

Tybee Collagevia Rhoda at Southern Hospitality

  • The 20 Most Beloved Books list according to Facebook users’ postings of their 10 favorite books, click here.  Did your favorite make the list?
  • Check out this precious daddy and daughter dance to Taylor Swift’s new song.
  • This post is snort-laugh-out-loud worthy, click here.

A jazzy rendition of Chim Chim Cheree by Esperanza Spalding



“Freely you have received, freely give.”  Matthew 10:8b NIV Bible


Beach Trip #2


My last post, I shared pictures of our awesome beach house.  Today, I’m sharing pictures I took while we were shopping and eating in Seaside, Florida.
We found this amazing art glass store.

 Aren’t these chandeliers beautiful?!

This fish wall art installation was wired with light in each fish.  The picture really doesn’t do it justice.

Love these boots!!

Worked up an appetite shopping — Shrimp and grits with sweet potato crunchies on top– Yum!

Just for display, but what a great idea for a project.  I also love the color palette of the shells.
Honey do spotted this canvas.  I really like the multi-layered  dimension and of course, the bling.

What interesting places have you found on vacation?
“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore …”  Genesis 22:17  NIV Bible

Beach Trip and House 2013


We stayed at a wonderful beach house this year in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida.  The view was stunning out our back door.  We saw all sorts of marine life this year:dolphins, skates, sand sharks.  But, my personal favorite was the sea turtle.

Blue Mountain is trying to maintain the dunes so the habitat is left to grow.

Come on in and enjoy our beach house 2013! 
I love the gloss on this canvas in the foyer, but what a bugger to take a shot without a reflection!

One of four bedrooms –  Besides the incredible views of the ocean, the other bonus to this property was everybody had their own bedroom and bathroom. 

The house had an open kitchen, dining and living room plan.

I loved the coastal decor.  This artwork would be a great project out of a pallet.
Just looking at the pictures takes me back — I told Honey Do I wanted to stay longer next time! 

After all, you only live once.  YOLO, anyone??

If you didn’t get enough coastal house pictures, here’s the  link to our beach house in 2011.



“The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.  Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the LORD on high is mighty.” 
 Psalm 93:3,4  NIV Bible

Seashell Mirror Project

I have dog eared, ripped out and/or drooled over seashell mirrors in magazines and books for years.  Finally, I have my own.  I can’t wait for you to get to the after picture of this project!

I made this mirror specifically to go over the sink in our pool house.  I know that sounds really grandiose to have a pool house, but trust me, this room is only a very, very, small bathroom.   I have to be careful what I put out there because the house is not heated or cooled and shares the space with the pool pump and equipment.  Not to mention, sometimes critters get in there.

I started this project with a thrift store frame.  I think I paid about $1.  I bought one that had a flat surface and then spray painted it white in case some of the frame showed through the shells.

Next, I added the mirror to the frame (with Honey Do’s help).   Do you remember the mirror that I had cut for my side table for free?  If you don’t, you can see it by clicking here.   This mirror was cut out of the same original piece.  Bonus! I got this piece cut for free, too.  The last step was adding the seashells.  I have been saving seashells from our beach trips for several years for just this purpose.  I used a glue gun to attach them to the frame.
And here is the wonderful after!

I’m including this front view shot so you can see the mirror straight on, but I’m not crazy about the angle or the lighting of the picture.  It’s so hard to take a picture of a mirror and not be in the shot!

I think the mirror turned out perfect.  What do you think?  And if you’d really like to see more, you can click here to see the start of our pool house renovation.

I’m also linking up with Jennifer today.  Drop by her site and see all the other wonderful projects! Click here.



“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore…” Genesis 22:17  NIV Bible

Beach House 2011


I just got back from a wonderful vacation with my family on the beach!

We spent a lovely week in Seagrove Beach, Florida.

The weather was perfect, the water gorgeous and my family happy!!!

And now, if you’re like me… I know you want to see what our beach house looked like so…

First floor: Kitchen, Family room, and Dining room
Obviously, we were moving in!!!
First floor: Bedroom
Super cute pillow on the bed!!!
Second floor: Master bedroom with a covered deck
Cute beach-y frame (don’t know the kids but they’re cute!!)
Second floor: Master bathroom –love it! 
Watch for more to come about this bathroom in a future post!!! 
Second floor: “Jill” bedroom
Second floor: “Jack” bedroom 
Both of these bedrooms shared a connected bath —
Third floor: Family room with TV, covered deck, and mini kitchen /bar area with ice machine
Third floor: bedroom
Cute dresser in the bedroom in that wonderful beach blue-green color
Third floor: Bathroom — also had a large shower and double pedestal sinks
View from the Third floor deck — the beach was about a 5 minute walk.
Isn’t the house great??!!  We had plenty of room to spread out and relax!
We found this rental on VRBO (vacation rental by owner).

What about you? Where are you vacationing this year??

“…take off your sandals for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
 Exodus 3:5  The Holy Bible