Vacation recap

Well, we're home from vacation and settling back into routine.

Here's a recap of our vacation:

On Monday morning Mark and I headed out of town to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

We stayed at a B&B near the beach. This photo turned out dark so I'm not sure if you can see it, but the weather was clear and beautiful, and we had a great view of the water from our room.

We spent a large part of our time walking along the beach, talking. We asked each other all sorts of questions, ranging from: How would you like to grow in your relationship with God this next year? How about in your relationship with me? The kids? to If you had $1000 cash and you had to spend it on a gift for someone TODAY, who would you spend it on, what would you buy, and why? We ate yummy food, played cards, and even went to a movie together one night, just because we could!

On Wednesday afternoon we came home to some happy-to-see-us children (I just love it when they miss me!), although they had a blast with Mark's parents, who had come to stay with them at our house. We had my parents up for dinner Wednesday night, and then Thursday began painting an upstairs bedroom. (Isaias recently moved down to share a room with Ella and Isaac, but eventually we plan to have the girls (Ella and our hopefully-coming-soon-adopted daughter) upstairs). Since the room is now standing empty, we decided to paint. We bought a gallon of pink paint (think Pepto Bismol), and a gallon of green (think celery), and my idea was to have one wall in vertical stripes- wider pink, smaller green, and the other walls white, with green stripes randomly coming up from the bottom of the walls to meet a pink flower at the top. Ella is in charge of painting the flowers. We're still in process, but here are some pictures of our little painters:

Friday morning we packed up the van and headed over the mountains to celebrate my grandparents' 65th wedding anniversary with the entire family. We stayed at a lodge, which was the a first for the kids and they were duly thrilled. Ella ran around the room marveling at everything, "Look! Two beds! We get to sleep in a bed right next to daddy and mommy! And the beds are the same! Look, mommy! There's a hook on the wall! And there's a toilet over here! And, and..." And Mark and I marveled at how easy our kids are to please. :)
We swam in the pool,

had a "slumber party", which is what we kept referring to the fact that our whole family got to sleep together in one room,

and I was able to see cousins and aunts and uncles I hadn't seen for several years as we shared memories and gratitude for grandpa and grandma.
Here's a picture of the whole gang. (My grandparents had four children.)

And here we are, (my sister's family and my own, as well as my biological dad and my grandparents)

I am so thankful for the faithfulness of my grandparents over the years. Not just to one another, but to Jesus Christ, as well.

We made it home Saturday night, and had a wonderful Sabbath together before heading into our week.

Glad to be back!


  1. Oh Stacy!

    Jealous of that view and your walk on the ocean and time alone with your man. And LOVE that picture of just the two of you. You look so happy and rested! AND, your family reunion pix were so delightful. I know we've sort of "discovered" this about one another before, but our family heritages sound similar. Brought a tear to my eye to remember my sweet grandparents because they're both with Jesus now. Can't wait to see them again!

    Love You!

  2. Glad you had such a great week! Hope this one is great as well.

  3. Yay! I've been lurking for a post-vacation post. I loved the whole family picture! And only 4 kids - I pray Justin and I will be sitting in the center of one of those pictures some day.

    Now where did you go again at the beach? Looks beautiful.

  4. Congratulation's! I love family pictures. When my Gram and Gramp celebrated their 50th, we told them to kiss so we could get a picture. My Grandpa announced he couldn't 'cause he forgot to put his teeth in. We all fell apart!

  5. Now if only we could figure out how to get that "vacation after the vacation" to recover!!! I am so glad that you had a great week!!

    And you are soooooooooo sweet to paint my room for me!!!!! I LOVE what you are doing with it!! Tell the kids that I said "Great Job!!!!" =)


  6. Happy Anniversary... glad you had a wonderful time with your hubby! What a beautiful view and purple starfish!

    What a big family. What a blessing to have a Christian family and Grandparents celebrating a 65th anniversary. Truly blessed!

    Love the paint job in progress. Look forward to seeing the beautiful finished look!


  7. Sounds like you had a great time. Love the questions you guys discussed on your anniversary.

    It's good to have you back!

  8. How fun! And Happy Anniversary!

    You are a very nice mommy to let those kids paint. :) I spent all of yesterday shooing my would-be painter out of my bedroom...I was not up for the mess! *grin*

  9. Good to have you back! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

    And your little painters-- how cute!!

  10. Glad you are back! Sounds like a wonderful time, especially w/your husband.

  11. Looks like you had a wonderful time ... what a lovely and loving family you have!!

  12. Welcome back my friend-happy anniversary, I missed you!

    Glad you and Mark had some time to talk and walk along the beach. Your B & B looks lovely-looks like you had a nice little porch to take in the sights and sounds from ;-)

    God bless your grandparents- so sweet and how awesome that they have had that godly influence in your life.

    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

  13. Stacy, your time together with your man sounds heavenly. I'm in dire need right now of something like that!!

    And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the painting ideas! Too cute! What a good momma you are.

  14. How wonderful - what a beautiful place! I really loved seeing the pic of you two so happy and lovely!

    Glad you're back, too, sweet friend!

  15. Beautiful! All: the lovers, the children, the family legacy.
    What a story God is writing in your life...
    You are appreciated.


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