Girly Girl’s first remark when we told her that we were going to the beach with her grandparents was, “What day are we going on our Dolphin Trip?!”
Binocular Button Boy
Girly Freckle Girl
Button Boy on deck
Our family has favorite restaurants. We, obviously, love food! Mojo really initially agrees to go to the beach because of two things, Miss Janie’s homemade gumbo…and KING NEPTUNE’S! This year, when we went to King Neptune’s, we were real nerdy…we took the Nikon D300 in and took pictures! We *had* to!! It has the best butterfly shrimp known to mankind! Just check out the pictures and see for yourself…and when you are in Gulf Shores next time…try it out for yourself!
We Love King Neptune
Scrumptious Butterfly Shrimp
Every year, my parents rent a house in Gulf Shores and invites my family and my brother’s family to join them for part of the week. We love to go and spend time with them…last year it worked out to where it was a smaller group than usual, but this year we had 10 adults and 6 children **under the age of 8**!!! It was a fantastic trip! The kids were well behaved…and so were the adults! We spent our mornings in the house, cooking breakfast, enjoying fellowship and playing on the beach…for lunch we kind of went our own ways (sometimes ending up together) and we all came back in the evenings and took turns cooking for the entire group. Most of the meals were homemade masterpieces…mine was not! It was football night, and Mojo and I cooked brats, baked beans and chips…nice and easy!
I thought I would share some pictures from our trip over the next few days…the first group of pictures are of my niece, nephew, and my cousin’s two kiddos, but I claim them as nephew & niece, also!
When I was growing up, our family vacations included my cousin Tracy (we lovingly call him T-Bob). He was my second brother…we always said that he and my brother (JK) share one brain…that they were twins, just birthed by two different mothers…my personal favorite, Tweedle Finicky and Tweedle Grumpy (I’ll let those of you who know them, pick who goes w/ which nickname!). Well, this was the first trip since we have “grown up”, gotten married, and had kiddos that we have all gone on a trip together…it was just wonderful!!! We all said on more than one occasion during the 5 days we were together that it felt just like when we were young, just that we were watching our kids do what we did!!!
Lord, I lift my dear sweet husband to you every day but ESPECIALLY today as we celebrate his day of birth.
I pray you will give him strength to lead (Joshua 1:7) at home, work, in our community and church.
I pray you will give him a continued passion to manage his home (1 Timothy 3:4)
I pray he will be a wise steward of our finances and all we possess, remembering that ALL things are Yours and entrusted to us for Your purposes (Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 16:10-13)
I pray he will continue to be quick o hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger (James 1:19)
I pray you will protect him physically, mentally and spiritually (Psalm 28:7-9; Psalm 41; John 17:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:3)
I pray you will fill him with a desire to teach and model a godly lifestyle for our children (Deuteronomy 6; Psalm 78:5-7)
I pray you will instruct him and teach him in the way he should go (Psalm 32:8) the way to lead our family and give him peace in the circumstances and integrity in decisions he must face today (1 Corinthians 14:33 ; Proverbs 33:3)
~~I will always be thankful to God for bringing you into my life! I will always love you!
~~Thanks to Joy Portis
for the prayer and references!
- POTUS/VP 2008
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