• Birthday Boy

    It was so fun celebrating this eight year old. Pancakes for breakfast, present opening after breakfast, lunch at an island seafood restaurant, a game of miniature golf, swimming in the pool and hanging out with his Pop all day. Pretty much the best day ever for this birthday boy!IMG_0850 IMG_0856 IMG_0867 IMG_0870 IMG_0872 IMG_0879 IMG_0881

  • Happy 8th Birthday Gressett

    Yesterday I went through my favorite photos of Gress over the years and I was in awe how fast 8 years have flown by. Almost like I blinked my eyes and here he stands so much taller and wiser. I have loved watching his character unfold these last few years. How lucky we are to have such a sweet son who is is genuinely engaged with people and inquisitive about the world around him. Happy 8th Birthday Gressett. You are an amazing kid!

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  • Marina Bound

    Turas took her voyage to the Marina yesterday. Hallelujah! Rad had a small time window to get the boat set up and motored to the Marina before it closed. Thankfully the kids were extra patient and entertained themselves for an extended amount of time during the prep work. Single handing it (with his first mate Gressett) proved to be a little challenging for Rad as he couldn’t steer and check his charts to make sure he was headed in the right direction. And the currents were at their strongest so it made it extra challenging to get positioned at the marina. But they did it! Rad was spent last night after raising the mast and moving the boat. How awesome it will be to step onto the boat and sail away. Our next adventure will be with sails! I can’t wait to see Turas in her full glory! And for added excitement we were setting up the boat while the coast guard pulled their boat out of the water, and then came back after fueling to put it back in.

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  • With you

    It’s so much fun to have this little girl around. She’s either constantly with you helping you with a task or dragging her rocking chair to the room you are in or she’s in the bathroom washing her hands (her new favorite girl trick). And her animal noises ALWAYS make me laugh! Her favorite is the kitty. Glad to be in summer mode for a bit and enjoying our full days together.

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  • Being Known

    Oh how we love being with long time friends. It does my soul good. And for these boys who have known each other since birth, it is a sweet connection. We were lucky enough to have the Franklin Family for a visit Memorial Day Weekend. We played in my neighbors pool by the water, the boys went wild in the huge waves at Tybee and we had lots of time to catch up on life. And lucky for Mabry being the only girl, she was sweetly loved on by all the Franklin boys and her favorite was Michael! Our time between visits is too long. It’s good to be deeply known!

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  • Hot Days

    Our neighborhood pool is almost open but in the meantime we thought this would be a good activity on hot days. Not sure who loves the pool more. Mabry loves when the boys splash, jump around and she can usually keep up right with them. I love to see her dance around in the pool. So funny.

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  • Answer..

    It sure does seem like more than 3 and a half months since I started my bootcamp workouts. And honestly with 2 months of interrupted sleep it has been challenging to stay motivated about it all. This morning I was ready to quit for good and prayed as I walked through the parking lot that if God wanted me to stay it was for the sole purpose of me being a light to someone. All that to say, he definitely used me today in a conversation on so many different levels with a lady at the gym who needed to be encouraged and who needed a little push in a new direction. I have worked out with her for three months and we have had friendly smiles and little words. Today she pulled me aside and shared her heart. It was definitely an encouragement for me too. I need to open my eyes to those around me more and pray for his direction and strength to get me through these days. Thank you Lord for an answered prayer! Thank you for the reminder that my ministry goes well beyond these walls of my home.

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  • Motherhood

    I didn’t fully appreciate the role of a mother before I became one. I was overcome today by how much my mom did for me growing up…and how little I acknowledged the sacrifice she made on my behalf. Just today, over and over again my kids were not listening, they kept messing with each other, and Mabry looked at me and threw her cup and lunch at me…and honestly I wanted to go curl up under a blanket with a good book and a mug of chai latte and be left alone. This is mother’s day, surely I should crave being with my kids right? My well behaved, happy, polite, helpful children are who I like to be around. But a mother’s love is not conditional and thankfully my mom loved me through all my disobedience, my attitudes, my selfishness, and my lack of thank yous. So much of who I am is because of my mom. And for that I am so very thankful. She taught me a mother’s love…something so very vital to where I find myself in life right now.

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  • Shakedown Cruise

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    We had our maiden voyage on Turas yesterday. It was quite the adventure. We named the sailboat Turas which means to take a journey. Since it was our first time out we sailed without sails and just motored about the rivers. I realized yesterday the extent to which the life of sailing is so very different than the life of power boats. You are automatically connected to other sailors because of the nature of what is required to sail a boat. We met an older man with a cattle dog who lived aboard a sailboat currently anchored around where we sailed. I also learned that there is an art to tying knots while docking. You can tell a lot about the experience of a boater by how they use their lines. Oh I have so much to learn.

    While Rad is very familiar with sailing, there is so much to learn about this boat specifically. We toyed with the idea of immediately putting the boat at a slip in the water and sailing from there. There aren’t a lot of slips to be had so in the meantime we decided to just set up the boat and take it down each time we sailed. That was until yesterday when we took down the mast before driving to the boat ramp, resetting it back up, and then at the end of the day taking it back down. This took HOURS! HOURS! And there were 3 very patient little people waiting on us each time. I don’t often cry but I sure did want to at the end of the day yesterday when I realized I just couldn’t lift and flip the mast one more time. The great thing from all of this is that Rad (way more than me) had a compressed learning experience. And I learned that even in stressful tiring moments we work great as a team. And we agreed to find a slip to leave the boat in. Hallelujah!

    The boys LOVED exploring the boat from all angles. It was amazing to see the islands from the water side. And the boys and I loved jumping off the boat into the chilly water. It was awesome to see Rad sailing his dream. No time on the water is complete without a little adventure. While we were all sitting on the net eating our lunch (anchored in a little finger creek in the marsh), one of the trampoline pins let loose and dropped us all into the water, lunch and all. Let’s just say it was quite memorable and I am so proud of how my family handled this situation. Mabry was most upset to have been fully submerged into the cold water. Nothing like onsite training to learn how to handle water safety. Oh boy!

    Today Rad and I are spent. There is so much more adventure to be had in the months to come and I can’t wait to see Turas in her full glory sails up and all! To be continued…

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  • Our Favorite Person

    Happy Birthday to our favorite person in the whole world. We love getting to celebrate another adventurous year with Rad! photo 2 photo