Saturday, June 18, 2016

Finally Celebrating The Good


          Celebrating with Ruth Ayres at Discover Play Build.  and connecting with others who share their celebrations, too. It's a joy to read everyone's words of celebration.  

I planned to write last Sunday (my first day at home) about our family trip to Captiva, but I rose on Sunday to the anguish of Orlando. I didn't write this week except posting book reviews until Friday brought a gift from a friend, and I realized that more than ever we must hold dear the ordinary things that make our lives extraordinary. Here are pictures from our wonderful time together. The days filled with sand and sea, storms and play, loving family.


at a favorite restaurant-Carter took the pic
Ingrid and Carter - card game!
     
My nephew and his husband came to visit. It's always a joy to be together
with those who live far from us.



This osprey made his presence known often.

so many sunsets

things I wouldn't see at home

discoveries like this baby starfish-found and returned
to the sea

love the water creatures
flying a kite

after Tropical Storm Colin, bigger ocean waves

evening walks

Carter and Dave created awesome sand creatures.

A sign spotted that meant a lot.

Coming home to a glorious garden for summer.

Celebrating helps make a terrific day!

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful moments. So glad you found them with your family!

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    1. Thanks, Julieanne, it truly was a wonder of a time!

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  2. Linda, your sojourn in Captiva looks perfect. Thanks again for the Tolkien. I had no idea what I was going to write until I read your post from yesterday.

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    1. Thank you, too, Bernadette. I keep a list of ideas as I read, so know what you mean about the quote. And this week, as you read, it took me a while to get going again.

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  3. "We must hold dear the ordinary things that make our lives extraordinary." Such wise - and true - words, Linda. It looked like you and your family had a marvelous time. Carter is getting so tall!

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    1. It was a great time, Jennifer. Yes, Carter has shot up to almost taller than his dad. He's evidently going to be an early grower, will be 15 in August! He ate a lot! You've been there with your teens I'm sure! Thank you!

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  4. Spending time with your loving family, exploring-enjoying together - life really can't get better than this.

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    1. Thanks, Terje. It was a special time I'll remember.

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  5. Linda, if we do not savor and linger in the ordinary moments with family we miss the delights of life. I am so glad that your family vacation proved to be restful and full of happy moments. I love your photos and will capture a few for the summer gallery.

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    1. Thanks Carol, I know that some of you have seen many of them, but wanted to post my favorites again, to capture it in a post.

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  6. "Life doesn't get much better than this" are perfect words to live by. Thank you for sharing your trip through your beautiful pictures.

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    1. You're welcome, Leigh Anne. I loved when I saw that sign in a favorite restaurant, had to take the pic!

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  7. Linda, dear friend, what a lovely tradition this is...I've loved the pictures you posted on FB...yes, life doesn't get much better than this!

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    1. It is a yearly pleasure for sure, Tara. Thanks! Your farm will be like this I think.

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  8. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures of those precious moments. Last weekend was a tough one. I am so weary of the violence and hatred and I feel helpless to change things. So yes, we have to celebrate the beauty in our lives or we can get plowed under by the sadness.

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    1. You're welcome, Crystal, as you can see, I'm weary too. We will keep on I know & work to make thing different. Thanks!

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  9. Thanks for sharing your amazing vacation with us. I'll be leaving for Africa soon, so I'll be posting lots about my trip come mid-July. Look out!

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    1. I love seeing everyone's pictures, Margaret. It's so exciting you're off to Africa! Can't wait to see your journey!

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  10. What a joyful trip! I loved that mailbox. I mean, that wouldn't stand out here in the middle of the Midwest; would it? :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful trip with us.

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    1. I thought about taking even more mailbox pics. They were all unique to the ocean. You're welcome, Kendra. It was a joy!

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