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Greetings from Cleveland, OH!


All packed and ready to go!


My Co-Pilot!

Hello!  The first half of our drive from Atlanta to Cleveland was filled with tears, but also inspiration for a funny blog post.  I had snapped a few pictures entering Tennessee and had a rolling voice note in my phone of all sorts of witty things to write about.  You’ll just have to take my word for it, but it included lost hits from the 80’s & 90’s, cows wagging tails, llama farms, monster mini-vans, and I’m sure so much more, and I think it was funny!


Pretty shot through TN!

Once we hit Kentucky, all of those thoughts faded and the drive because so very stressful (and I’m not including the pouring rain which accompanied us through TN.)  My 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, going around 70 miles an hour, proceeds to completely shut down and kindly tell me to “Stop Safely Now.”  So I drift over to the shoulder of I-75 and do just that, shut down.  Thankfully Steven was close by in our rented Budget truck, but he had 2 dogs with him, and I had 1 dog, and 2 kids with me.  200 miles to our 1st stop in Dayton, OH, 400 miles from Cleveland.  Panic set it.


It was pretty though – wish we could have enjoyed it more!

I start-up again and for the next few hours I grasp the steering wheel white knuckled and hold my breath at various points and have both words of anger and pleading with my Creator.  It happens 7 more times on the way to Dayton.  We do some research, seems like a common problem, albeit annoying.  Could be a computer glitch, could be a small problem, could be major.  We decide to push forward Sunday morning and TRY to get to our final destination. (After enjoying a nice night with family!)

I do need to mention that my kids are ROCKSTARS, seriously.  They are the best passengers I could have asked for during this time.  What should have been maybe 12 hours in the car, turned into closer to 16, and they powered through.  Much better than I.

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8 more times this happens between Dayton and Cleveland.  I plead with AAA, they can tow my car, but can only call us a rental or a taxi for me and my small kids.  Yes Steven was there, but we all couldn’t fit in that truck.  And it was Sunday, no rentals available, and I’m not even going to guess what cab fare from middle OH would be.  We push through.  And we made it Sunday afternoon.

So to the point of this post, we are in our rental house at our intended destination.  I’m sure I have a few more gray hairs, my kids have heard words they shouldn’t have, and we apologize to anyone that came in contact with us yesterday.  But we are here and things can only go up from here.  We had some great family help us unload, received our first welcome basket, and are started to get unpacked.

We were hoping house searching would commence this week, but our new plan – buy a new car.  Now don’t think I’m crazy extreme, but from what Google is telling me, they haven’t pin-pointing this issues, so it COULD happen again – you just don’t know until you go 100-300 miles on the highway.  Not risking that ever again.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
Psalm 107:6

But in conclusion, we were delivered, yet again, and as always by our gracious, yet always teaching God.  Not quite sure what to take from this lesson yet, but all I can do is be thankful it is over and push forward.  I miss you all and look forward to some happier posts, but for now – greetings from Cleveland, OH!

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And just for fun (as I have a million pics from the last few weeks – here is Steven and I when we moved into our house in June 2009, and when we moved out in May 2014!)  We did have  of the pups, but look how our family has grown!  So blessed!



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Because I knew you – I have been changed FOR GOOD!

I’ve heard it said,
That people come into our lives
For a reason
Bringing something we must learn.
And we are lead to those
Who help us most to grow if we let them.
And we help them in return.
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you.

Wow, I cannot believe I have to write this.  My heart is so heavy, which may be why much of it will be staying in GA as we head up to OH.  To all of our friends, family, neighbors, to all of those who have been in our lives the last 11 years for me, 18 for Steven, 4.5 for Molly, and 2.5 for Cooper, we will miss you.  You have all taught us, comforted us, loved us, prayed for us, prayed with us, grown with us, celebrated with us, grieved with us, helped us, been with us through good and bad, ups and downs, and because of that, we are all who we are today.

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime.
So, let me say before we part:
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you.
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart.
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you’ll have rewritten mine
By being my friend.

This song brought me goose bumps when it was just a song in a musical (albeit the best musical ever – Wicked), now I could not think of a better way to express my feelings on physically leaving all of you.  And you all know by now I like to express myself in song, so this is my chosen Swan Song (Sing Off anyone?)

In Wicked, Glinda, the good witch, sings this song with Elphaba, the “wicked” witch, when their lives take different directions and they must part ways.  They started as enemies but developed an unusual friendship which each of them came to cherish.  Their paths may never cross again, but because of knowing each other, they were changed for good.

I think I will keep it short, because this song really says it all (and I could probably ramble on for quite sometime), take a listen below.  Each one of you has left a hand-print on my heart, and in a great book metaphor from this song, has been rewritten my story by you being my friend.  This also is true of all the other chapters in our lives, God places people in our lives at very specific times for a reason, and this song speaks to that truth.  I hope it is not the case, but we may not meet again, as everyone moves on, but I am still so thankful I knew you, even if only for this chapter.

“Whatever way our stories end, I know you’ll have rewritten mine by being my friend”

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we love you, we will miss you, and we have been changed for the better because you were in our lives.  Keep in touch, come visit, and we will be back.

“Because I knew you, I have been changed for good”

*Not the full song from Wicked (find that here) but the best video I could find to embed.  Or here are the lyrics.

And a post from me would not be complete without a few bible verses.  Here are a few on friendship and the companionship of others that I’ve been meditating on this week:

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future.
Proverbs 19:20 

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17

Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Amen – thanks for reading.  Stay tuned for much more from OH, love you all!


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And All The People Said AMEN!


Give thanks to the LORD for His love never ends!

Happy Monday!  I haven’t done a song in a while and if you’re like me, Mondays I could always use a bit extra encouragement.  We’ve been loving this newer Matt Maher song lately and even been ending our prayers with the chorus of this song.  It has such a good message that I wanted to share to anyone that needs a little extra push this Monday morning.  (For another Matt Maher favorite and constant prayer of mine – check out Lord, I Need You.)

Simple message – yet so profound and a great reminder each and every day. “We are all the same in need of mercy, To be forgiven and be free, It’s all you got to lean on, But thank God it’s all you need.”

The Lord’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. Lamentations 3:22 (NCV)

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:19 (ESV)

That’s it for today.  Short and sweet.  Meditate on it, share it, live it!  Enjoy your week!  Amen!

“All The People Said Amen”
Matt Maher

You are not alone if you are lonely
When you’re feeling frail, you’re not the only
We are all the same in need of mercy
To be forgiven and be free
It’s all you got to lean on
But thank God it’s all you need

And all the people said Amen, whoa oh
And all the people said Amen
Give thanks to the Lord for His love never ends
And all the people said Amen

If you’re rich or poor, well it don’t matter
Weak or strong, we know love is what we’re after
We’re all broken but we’re all in this together
God knows we stumble and fall
And He so loved the world He sent His son to save us all

And all the people said Amen, whoa oh
And all the people said Amen
Give thanks to the Lord for His love never ends
And all the people said Amen

Blessed are
The poor in spirit who are torn apart
Blessed are
The prosecuted and the pure in heart
Blessed are
The people longing for another start
For this is the Kingdom
The Kingdom of God

And all the people said Amen, whoa oh
And all the people said Amen
Give thanks to the Lord for His love never ends
And all the people said Amen

Praise the Lord! He is good.
    God’s love never fails.
Praise the God of all gods.
    God’s love never fails.
Praise the Lord of lords.
    God’s love never fails.
Psalm 136:1-3

One last shout out for the day – Happy 1st Birthday to Evergreen Church.  Amazing accomplishment and a great church home in the Peachtree City GA area.


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We won’t move without You

“God Walks With You”
Isaiah 43:2

It’s been awhile, I apologize.  It’s been one of those times, where a prayer has been answered, just maybe not (or really not) what we expected (wanted).  It’s taking time to adjust, and while I’ve felt close to God, it’s been a lot of “Really, God?”, and just pleading to open my heart to acceptance, surrender, and faith.

We are moving from Atlanta, GA to Cleveland, OH.  I had started a post, and hope to find some time during this hectic time, to list out some of the positives.  It will be good, and my attitude is probably 99% of that.  But it will be hard.  To leave family, friends, our church, our preschool, our neighbors, the amazing network we have worked to build for us and our kids.  And while I have and will cry many tears for that, I feel God keeps placing on my heart that He is what matters, He will provide, and He will not abandon us.

“We won’t move without You”

Lyrics sung tonight by Jay & Abby Akins (two people high on our list of who we will miss) at Evergreen Church, that hit right to my heart.  We may be physically moving, but we won’t be leaving God behind.  He will guide us there, He will be with us every step of the way, and He will never leave.  I need to be comforted in this, I am, but during such an emotional time, it’s hard.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isaiah 43:2

More to come, but tonight, I wanted to share with you the aforementioned song (take a listen below) that I’m singing and meditating on this evening.  You will lead us, we will follow, and we will always cry out that You are the LORD OUR GOD!  Amen!

The Lord Our God
Kristian Stanfill/Passion

Promise maker, promise keeper
You finish what you begin
Our provision through the desert
You see it through ’til the end
You see it through ’til the end

The Lord out God is ever faithful
Never changing through the ages
From this darkness You will lead us
And forever we will say
You’re the Lord our God

In the silence, in the waiting
Still we can know You are good
All Your plans are for Your glory
Yes, we can know You are good
Yes, we can know You are good


We won’t move without You
We won’t move without You
You’re the light of all and all that we need


And forever we will say
You’re the Lord our God

The Lord our God (x2)


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Book Review: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Lost Lake (click book for product page)
By Sarah Addison Allen
Published: 1/21/14
Book received free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 bones

Finish Time: 4 nights.  Actually 3, and one afternoon.  This was a quick read, not too challenging, but so sweet.  And I had to confirm, especially being in Georgia, the setting of this book, but Lost Lake(or Suley, GA) is sadly not a place.  Although they were only in black & white on my Kindle, the postcards that began each section were so cute and could have been real, but from my quick Google search, are not.

Since I will not make it to a Tuesday to do a Teaser Tuesday from this book, I thought I would share one two.  Not only are these great teasers, they really are words to live by and help me describe the overall greatness of this book.  The book is full of these little nuggets!

“When your cup is empty, you do not mourn what is gone.  Because if you do, you will miss the opportunity to fill it again.”

“If we measured life in the things that almost happened, we wouldn’t get anywhere.”

The full description can be found below, but the story follows Kate Pheris, a young widow, and her 8-year-old daughter Devin.  (Similar to my name and my 1st dogs name!)  After mourning her husband for a year, she finally “wakes up” and with no ties to her current place of residence in Atlanta (other than an over-bearing and controlling mother-in-law), she find an old post card for Lost Lake, and decides to make the 4-hour drive down there.  She soon is thrown into the lives of her great-aunt Eby, her mute best friend Lisette, many other quirky long-term guests at Lost Lake and other locals.

The very beginning of the book introduces Eby, the owner of Lost Lake, her (now late) husband George, on their extended 8-month honeymoon to Paris and other spots in Europe in 1962.  It begins seeming like it would be a mystery as they save a girl from near suicide, but it quickly fast forwards to the present and doesn’t beat around the bush at what happened.  Not bad, just unexpected, as books that tend to begin that way, seem to take the whole book to explain it!   Eby and George both came from families with a lot of expectations (mostly financial), and they make the decision, upon return from their honeymoon, to give it all away and invest in a little lake getaway – Lost Lake.   Fast forward many years and Eby’s great-niece Kate shows up at just the right time as Eby is considering selling the place.  Her past, present, and future all rally together to celebrate Eby and Lost Lake.

A bit predictable, but such a sweet story.  The characters were all very developed for a short book and all so unique (you’ll love Selma and Bulahdeen).  There were a few love stories woven in.  Devin brings the youthfulness to the story and what may be confused with an active imagination ends up being a critical point in the book.  I found myself smiling and really satisfied with the ending.  If you have a few days (or even just a few hours), I would really recommend this book to put a smile on your face, you’ll like it!

Description from Amazon:

From the author of New York Times bestseller Garden Spells comes a beautiful, haunting story of old loves and new, and the power of the connections that bind us forever…

The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.

That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband George is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.

It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing  Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.

Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve,  before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Now she’s all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer… and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.

One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren’t sure they needed in the first place:  love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended.  Can they find what they need before it’s too late?

At once atmospheric and enchanting, Lost Lake shows Sarah Addison Allen at her finest, illuminating the secret longings and the everyday magic that wait to be discovered in the unlikeliest of places.

As I just searched for the author – Sarah Addison Allen – I found this little eBook here that says it’s a tie in to Lost Lake.  Bonus!  I’ll let you know what I think!  I’m definitely intrigued enough to pick up some of her other books, which doesn’t happen often for me!


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Christmas in Atlanta Bucket List


I love Christmas time.  Maybe even more than fall, so that’s a lot for me if you saw all my posts from this fall.

There are so many amazing and fun things to do to get in the Christmas spirit (I guess you can say holiday, but no filters here – I’m a Christian and I celebrate the birth of my LORD and SAVIOR this time of year!)


I started thinking about the realistic things we will check off our list this year, but also thought I would add a few more either because we have gone in the past, or may in the future (as kids get older, or just to spread out the fun!)

New this year in Atlanta, and top of my list is the Global Winter Wonderland at Turner Field.  This opens November 21st – January 5th from 5pm-11pm daily, and is $24.99 for adult tickets, $16.99 for kids, and best deal for us this year, kids 4 & under are FREE!  It appears they have made many of the world’s most well-known landmarks into light displays (some up to 7 stories high according to the video!) in the Global Village.  Also traditional Christmas light displays, a dinosaur maze, carnival rides, daily entertainment (including Christian artist Aaron Shust one night!), meet & greet with Santa, and more to be announced!  Wow – I really can’t wait.  Review definitely to come – stay tuned!

Stone Mountain Christmas – I keep saying I want to go here, for all seasons.  I’ve already missed the Pumpkin Festival and the Yellow Daisy festival – so maybe we’ll make it for Christmas!  So much to do including (but not limited to); shows, parades, 4D theater, shopping, characters, Santa, and every night there is a snowfall and fireworks!  All of this in addition to their usual activities (which is a ton!)  I haven’t been in a good number of years, so maybe it’s time for a return trip and this sounds like a pretty good time of year to go!

Macy’s Pink Pig at Macy’s Lenox Sqaure – An Atlanta tradition (so I’ve been told).  Have yet to go – but the kids seem good ages to maybe check this out.

For more than 50 years, Atlantans have started their holiday traditions by riding the Macy’s Pink Pig. Kids of all ages are now invited to ride the Macy’s Pink Pig train on top of the Lenox Square Mall. Atlanta’s most unique and beloved holiday tradition rides beneath the signature 170-foot, 1950’s themed Pink Pig Tent.Since 1953, Macy’s Pink Pig has been delighting generations of Atlantans. Come ride Priscilla the Pink Pig on train tracks through a life-sized storybook featuring Priscilla and her friends. Tickets are available at the Macy’s Pink Pig kiosk inside the East mall entrance at Lenox Square. A portion of the ride’s proceeds will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens Lights, Holiday Nights.  We just joined the garden (see our last visit here!), and while this is not included in our membership, we do get a discount, and we can’t wait to go back!  Last time we checked this out was actually it’s first year, and the weekend before our LM was born!  Beautiful lights adorn all the gardens.  There is also a Holiday Model Train Show (LM will like this!)  Also during the day throughout the season there are many kids activities (including a ride-on train) that sound great too!garden_lights_storza_by_joey_ivansco_1

Callaway Gardens – Fantasy in Lights.  Another great holiday light display.  I took LL last year with some family for a ride on the “Jolly Trolley”.  You can also drive your own car through, but for little ones the trolley is a nice way to make sure they can see everything.  Be sure to bundle up though, and hang on, it can get cold and bumpy, but its beautiful (especially by the lake) and we loved it!  There is also a big indoor and outdoor area to shop, eat, drink, and meet St. Nick.  Will definitely go back, probably not this year with everything else we want to check out – but maybe next, and definitely recommend.  Also they had a Groupon – keep your eye out for another if you’re planning going to save some $$!

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Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands – I’ll list this as a “someday” activity.  We are not very close to Lake Lanier, but I would love to go up there once the kids are older.  This sounds like another great light display.  Anyone been?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Looks like they have ice skating, a live nativity, Santa, and carnival rides.

A few honorable mentions:
Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park (maybe even check out SkyView?)
Lights at Life University (Marietta)
Season of Magic (Piedmont Park)
Gift of Lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway

I’m sure I’m missing a million other things, but thought I would share our Christmas bucket list.  Updates to come throughout the season!  What’s on yours?

Merry Christmas Season – bless you and your family this special time of year, and may you keep in the front of your hearts and mind the TRUE meaning.  Amen and have fun!



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Pumpkins, Princesses, and Pirates!


Hope you had a Happy Halloween!  October was a busy month that topped off yesterday with Halloween!  So much fun was had at pumpkin patches, botanical gardens, local parks, airshows and ferris wheels, walks outside, and reliving Halloweens past!

This past week we picked out our pumpkins from the local fire station:03-IMG_0352

And carved them: (found this fun website with lots of stencils here)

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We had a fun neighborhood pumpkin carving party too – complete with a hayride!
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And roasted the seeds:  (I clean them, let them dry out overnight, then bake at a low temp for an hour with some olive oil, cayenne pepper, and garlic salt!)


On Wednesday at the kid’s school, they had a parade of all the little ones, followed by a sing-a-long of Halloween songs, and completed with a party!

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On Halloween AM, we headed to MainStreet Newnan for a little trick-or-treating practice at all the local stores around the square.  Crazy busy, but great weather and a really fun time!

Then after naps, we headed to a good friend’s for dinner and MORE trick-or-treating.  Their neighborhood attracts a ton of traffic and lots of people go all out with decorating, so it was really fun.  Also LL enjoyed having one of her BFF’s to run around with!

On a side note – LM’s costume was probably my best thrift store score (say that 3 times fast!) ever.  I found it in September at Clothes Less Traveled for $6!!  Someone clearly spent a lot of time on it – the jacket was an Old Navy Pea Coat altered, as well as the pants too!  Probably the most compliments I’ve ever received on a costume – isn’t he cute!?

A really fun October, but really here in GA, we’ve only seen glimpses of Fall weather.  So looking forward to a great NOVEMBER, lots more fun in store, including a trip to the N. GA Mountains and Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Ole McDermitt had a farm….

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You’ll probably be seeing a lot more fall family fun posts this month since October is the best month EVER!  This past weekend we opted for a longer road trip (Dramamine packed for LL) to Carrollton, GA to visit Ole McDermitt’s Farm.  We had never been before, and having sworn off our more “local” pumpkin patch/family farm, we opted for the longer drive.  It was quite a hike, through farmlands and countryside really not much at all (but much nicer than the views of the ATL interstate!).  Although I wish I had taken more pictures of the drive, as it was beautiful.  We finally arrived at Ole McDermitt’s farm and I think were the first ones there!

Not a huge area, although we were told the large corn maze consisted of 4.5 acres, the space they had was packed in with perfect fall activities for the lil’ ones!  Upon arriving, you enter into barn full of beautiful fall decorations and directly inside are two large corn boxes.  And bonus, packed with toy trucks and tractors.  I think LM could have stayed in this the whole day and been perfectly content.  There were also picnic benches, a small snack bar, and roaming roosters, chickens, and a large dog.

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Once we pried LM away from the corn box, we went to check out the animals.  If you know me (or even if you don’t) nothing can make my heart hurt more than uncared-for animals.  Our previous fall farm visit was guilty of this.  Luckily though, these animals looked pretty happy (as happy as you can with people posing for pictures and trying to pet you all day!)  They had goats, sheep, pigs, a donkey, and my favorite – the llamas (or alpacas – not sure the difference).  LL got some carrots to feed them too!


Other attractions were the mini-corn maze where the kids could push wheel barrows. 12-IMG_0139

A scarecrow dress-up station – meet princess scarecrow!


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A little playground. (And face/arm painting)

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A haybox to search for pennies.  A rubber duck racing station.  Cornhole.  Haybales and tractors for perfect picture ops.

And OFCOURSE – pumpkins.  LM kept going around to the biggest ones trying to pick them up saying “Big Punkin!”


Pumpkins in hand and lots of fun under our belts, we headed out in search of a picnic spot.  Close to both Chattahoochee Bend State Park and McIntosh Reserve, we went into McIntosh Reserve to eat a quick lunch before the long drive home.  This is a great part that we “think” we may have visited way back when…but it has plenty of trails, many of which are used by horses.  So the kids (and me) really enjoyed seeing all the horses around the park.  And LM even cried half the way home for a horse.  Not sure if he wanted to ride, or pet, or what, but definitely another activity to keep in mind for the future.

Overall a beautiful fall day, spent with my beautiful family!  More adventures coming soon, including Disney on Ice (ok not really fall themed – but LL is SUPER excited!) and the Great GA Air Show!  Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!


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2013 Summertime Fun!

LL and I were just going through pictures from this summer and I started to write down all the things we did.  It didn’t seem like a lot at the time, but we kept very busy this summer!  I thought I would do a post to document, highlight some local attractions, and ofcourse breakout more pictures!

Our summer started off in May with our trip to Hilton Head Island, SC.
Check that out here!

Also in May was the Senoia Memorial Day Festival.  Always a fun one!  (I think this also kicked off the summer of face/arm painting, a new favorite of our LL)

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June brought lots of outdoor activities around the house/yard at home and with friends:


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Strawberry Picking at Adam’s Farm in Fayetteville, GA


Summer Fun Days at LL’s Preschool


Walks around Lake Peachtree for me, LM, and Bax


Newnan Utilities Splash Pad – See that and other activities in my first
Summer Fun Post!

Southern Ground Senoia Social (didn’t get any pictures – but fun times listening to good music, supporting a great cause, and even a surprise on-stage appearance by Zac Brown!)

More Berry Picking at Whitely Farms in Sharpsburg


Doggie Swimtime at Drake Field in Peachtree City


Grant Park Playground with old friends (and a sighting of our old neighbors from Grant Park – the APD Mounted Patrol)

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Shenanigan’s Toys Indoor Playground (awesome addition to PTC – but don’t tell too many people it’s a hidden gem that is never too busy!)

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Exhausted yet?  That was only June – now on to July, which kicked off with our trip to

Neighborhood Garage Sale (to earn some nice spending $$)

LL’s 1st Haircut (and LM’s 5th!)


North Carolina/South Carolina Trip
(Finally documented late HERE!)

The Rock Ranch Summer Fun Days

Blueberry Picking right up the street from us

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My niece’s 9th birthday party (camping in her backyard!)

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VBS at New Church (kids attended, I helped lead up the Craft area)

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AND finally there was August!

We always enjoy Newnan Market Days

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Uncle S’s 20-something birthday


Giant Snake on our Front Porch (ok this was NOT fun – but I documented.  It was seriously 4 ft long and I had to get some neighbors to come “take care of”)


Oakland Cemetery and Six Feet Under with city friends


August Kids Photo Shoot to support our neighbor’s daughter – Erin Spruell


Turin Tractor Parade & Pull


Too much rain in August!


Starlite Family Fun Center Toddler Time

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Grant Park Summer Shade Festival (and more Six Feet Under)


Devon’s 10th Birthday!

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LL’s 1st Day of 3-year old Preschool


AND finally it was Labor Day weekend.  Rainy for the most part, but we enjoyed some time outside at the Power’s Fest.  See some pictures from my last Sunday post.

And how could I forget – my LM’s first day of Mother’s Morning Out.  Seems like just yesterday LL was starting this.  Time is flying. 

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Thanks for stopping by.  Hopefully we’ll have lots of fun to post about in the Fall – the BEST time of the year!  But this year it may be hard to compete with such a fun-filled Summer!

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