Friday, August 24, 2012

something to smile about:)




Love this pic of me and my Alicia girl cracking up.  We were literally a hot mess;)  It was only like 150 degrees out.  She had just gotten to my house (after driving 6 hours) with her three kids in tow, and we plopped down on some wicker chairs under my deck, looking out onto my fancy dirt yard while honey finished up what we thought would be an awesome idea...the pool that never happened.  That's a blog post in itself.  Can't remember what was so funny, maybe it's because I had my 50 lens on and our faces are ginormous...who knows.  What I do know is that I'm getting ready to spend a week with this girl and her sweet family.  EEEK!



About a year ago I got a text from her saying "I've got an awesome idea." and from that little seed grew a whole lot of excitement, and then we just plunged in and booked a beach house...in the OUTER BANKS!!!  This was waaaaaay back in January people.  You know, when summer feels a million years away, especially the last week of summer.  All I've got to say is thank God we're still friends...'cause that would be awkward;)  We've never done a family vacation with friends before.  I have a feeling it's going to be an incredible experience.   



Recently a sweet reader offered a $25.00 gift card to her shop for one lucky winner.  Origami Owl sells all sorts of cool personalized lockets and charms.  Did you know I love lockets??!!  The one I picked out is a "wish" locket.  I wrote some of my deepest dreams on a little piece of paper and now I carry it close to my heart.  To win a $25 credit to her shop just leave me a comment about something you are wishing/dreaming/praying for.  I will choose a winner when I get back.  Good luck girlies.





**And if you can't wait to see what we are up to while we're gone check Instagram...farmgirlpaints for me, or bigchick7 for my girlie.  Her pics are better than mine any day of the week!






Have a blessed week.
 








737.  one last hoorah before summer is officially over
738.  feeling famous for a second when etst mentioned me on IG;)
739.  love packages in the mail
740. oral surgery for my little chick finally over...she's doing great!
741.  freshly painted toes

 
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58 comments:

  1. Have a great time. We love the OBX!

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  2. Have a GREAT time on the OBX. Good thing that hurricane Isaac seems to be headed west. Otherwise the last week of summer can be dicey, weatherwise (I still get shaky when I remember Irene, last year) on the outer banks. I hope your vacay with friends it GREAT!

    Praying over my decision to retire and whether to move to SD, CA or DB, FL. These are wonderful problems to have. :)

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  3. I'm so impressed that your family is doing family vacation with a blogging friend and her family...God is amazing how he connects our hearts to others.

    Have a blast...I'll totally stalk you guys on instagram!!!

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  4. I love that picture too and I hope ya'll have a fantastic time! My wish right now is to be able to improve my artistic abilities and to get into art school!

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  5. Yeah fun. Our beach week is winding down. Nothing like the beach! Thanks for the invite to follow big chick. I also look at her pictures but wasn't sure if it was "cool" for an old lady like me to follow her. Have an amazing time and see ya in instagram friend!

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  6. How exciting! I hope you all have a wonderful time.

    I'm praying for peaceful transitions and a new path.

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  7. Very fun! Have a wonderful time at the beach. I'm praying for finding good friends.

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  8. awwwww...what FUN we're gonna have!! can.not. wait!!!

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  9. That sounds amazing the beach for a week have a great time! I love both of your IG's!

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  10. Fun times!!!! I'm praying for a sweet healthy baby. we've been trying for years....

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  11. So glad little chick did well! Yay. I bet you feel famous after kelle mentioned you she is my absolute fave besides you of course:)

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  12. Right now I am praying to find someone who wants to rent the house we are in so that we can move onto on-base Air Force housing and save some money!
    I'm also praying that God will have perfect timing as we start planning for baby number 2!

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  13. Praying over a job, whether to get one, what kind and how to balance out life's priorities. Have a wonderful family vacation.

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  14. My husband and I are facing a huge decision that needs to be made soon and I am praying for peace.

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  15. wishing to be able to go home for Christmas to give my mama and papa a big fat kiss in person and not over the computer... You and sweet Alicia for a whole week together???!!! How fun! Can't wait to see those insta pics. Enjoy Becky

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  16. So excited for y'all - you're gonna LOVE it!

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  17. you're going to have a wonderful time! can't wait to see your pics!
    xo

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  18. Have a yucky scary doctor appt on Monday..wishing I go out of the office with a smile on my face.

    maggiecolorado@gmail.com

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  19. I wish my freshman son would make a few good friends at high school. New school for him.

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  20. Oh, my goodness, y'all are going to one of my favorite places! I love, love, love the Outer Banks!

    What am I praying for? That's easy - that God put His hand of mercy back over this sad country of ours and favor us again. We are in serious trouble.

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  21. Oh, what a fun time you have ahead. I know we'll get to see all kinds of great pics when you give us a recap of your time together. Enjoy! Enjoy!

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  22. Awe, what a sweet locket idea. I pray that my kids and family are healthy and happy, and that I have an abundance of love and patience for them.

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  23. I'm praying that God make it possible for me to retire early.

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  24. I have always wanted to visit the outer banks - I hope you have a great time there with your friend and your families!!

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  25. I *love* your big smile. It is so conatagious. I also love your idea of putting your dreams wriiiten down into your locket and keeping them close to your heart. What a wonderul idea.

    Mary

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  26. The locket giveaway - thank you for the chance! I am wishing for a direction. An arrow. A neon sign from God telling me what He wants. (That's all! :)

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  27. Sweetest picture ever! I can just hear the giggles! Have SO MUCH fun girlies! Can't wait to read all about it! Safe travels!!!

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  28. Praying for the courage to do some things I know God wants me to do....I'm scared!

    Enjoy your vaca girlie!

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  29. Praying for discipline in my bible studies.

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  30. Praying for discipline in my bible studies.

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  31. Praying for discipline in my bible studies.

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  32. Have a great time! I love it when people ask me easy questions. The answer to yours: complete and permanent healing for my little brother.

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  33. I am wishing/praying for my son to thrive in Kindergarten. That he would feel secure, confident and comfortable in his new school and that he would make friends easily.

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  34. I hope you have a wonderful vacation! It sounds fabulous! I love laughter pictures! Love, love, LOVE 'em!

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  35. oh man, i am so jealous! what fun you'll have! what am i praying about??? wisdom in this homeschool year, my kid's hearts to be for Jesus, peace in the home rather than squabbles!

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  36. Just praying for some peace of mind- I get going with thoughts sometimes that overwhelm me and need to learn to give those to God!

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  37. I am praying that we can find a resolution to my beautiful daughters health issues so that she can enjoy her freshman year of college. She worked so hard during her four years in high school to get accepted into the school of her dreams and now she may have to leave due to her health issues. Thank you for this wonderful give away. I love their jewelry. Your blog is inspiring!
    Stact

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  38. Have a wonderful time on your vacation. I love this giveaway! I would pray for a healthy pregnancy for my daughter. They just found out they are expecting their first child in April..our first grandbaby! Thanks for the chance.

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  39. I would pray for my oldest daughter's health issues. Skin cancer, plastic surgery on her face that needs to be redone, lots of dental problems and now newly diagnosed migraines. All of this with a 15 year old daughter, a three year old son and a new business. Thanks for the opportunity. Have a great family/friend. I always found those to be the most memorable.

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  40. Before I even knew you would be asking the question, I had already envisioned my prayer on that piece of paper: that my marriage would turn into the fairy tale kind. please, Lord....Amen

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  41. YAYY!! Beach house - how fun!!!!!! Something I'm praying for....hmmm... while right now, nothing in particular for me but something important for some girlfriends! Praying they are each soon blssed with having babies!! So I'd love to win the give away but having this prayer answered would be a much, much greater 'win'! :)

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  42. Have a great vaca! I'm praying for my boys to have great teachers this year.

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  43. I trust you're having a wonderful time with your precious family and friends on vacation. What a great way to end the Summer.
    My prayer is that I can handle the transition of our only child, Emily, going off to college tonight. Such a huge deal for a Mom like me that has lived her life and given all for her entire marriage for the betterment and nurturing of her one and only offspring. Since I got pregnant on our honeymoon, it is all I've known. No worries about my honey and I as we have a strong union and will have a great life together, but will sooooo miss my precious girl. She truly is a best friend, but struggling with not having her sweet spirit around to see on a daily or at least weekly basis. She says we'll see her Sept. 20th when we take her out for her 18th birthday. Yikes! Not sure I can handle waiting 3 weeks. lol I can't imagine other parents that are sending their loved ones away to college or even the military at a far away place. Enjoy your moments with the girls Becky, as it goes soooo fast, and than they are independent beings, not so much in need of us hovering/loving parents. I've worked for 2 years to get used to this new phase of life, but being a tender spirited gal, everything is bringing up the tears....
    :( On a side note, Emily is soooo excited and will do well. I also pray, she doesn't get pulled into any harmful situations while away on her own. The U of M is 45,000 students big....

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  44. Oh wow! How fun! A beach house stay on the Outer Banks is on my bucket list! :) Have loads of fun!!

    Something I am deeply wishing/praying/dreaming/scheming for right now is a way to stay home and not work full-time for the next four years. I have worked full time since my son was 8 weeks old. It was a good thing for my family and it needed to be that way. But now, my sweet son started High School today. And I have just gotten the total sense that time is slipping away to have him under my influence and to get to enjoy him! Ya know? I want to be available to drive him to where he needs to be, and go to pep rallies, and volunteer in his various organizations, and make him breakfast and lunch without it being a totally rushed, thrown together trying to get out the door ordeal. Be home when he gets home...etc, etc. etc. Right now I see NO POSSIBLE WAY. But, I'm not giving up the dream and I'm not going to stop praying about it!

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  45. How fun. I love a beach vacation!

    Something I pray for regularly - peace. I have two stepchildren who dislike me intensely. I've tried everything, but no luck. I'd love to have a peaceful family life. It is beginning to affect my relationship with my husband and that causes me endless sleepless nights and great sadness.

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  46. Wow - after reading some of the above, my own dreams seem pathetic. I am so blessed. But here goes..... I dream of extended time with best friends who live in the States while we live in New Zealand. It's been 4.long.years. Missing them so much reminds me of how blessed we are to have such dear and precious friends.
    Have a fantastic beach holiday :)

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  47. My dream is to meet some of the wonderful woman I have met on line ~ in person. It is a dream we hope to make come true soon....
    Have a wonderful time Becky ~ I have heard so many great things about OBX. xoxo

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  48. My dream is for my two girls that they will grow up knowing God in their hearts.

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  49. I wish and hope that my girlies Etsy Shop takes off for her. Her hand made pc are so great and she deserves the recognition of a bunch of sales. She opened Little Vintage Rabbits in July. She is my best friend and my baby girl and I want her to know she is a gifted girl.

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  50. Crazy enough....we went on our first family vacation this same weekend! Ours was a blast and ended with great food, a late night of Settler of Catan (which turned out to be really competitive) and some outlet shopping with my bestie! I'm so glad we did it. I hope your was even better. My continual prayer is for a child and the same for my sweet sweet friend. My bestie and I have both been going through the pain and heartbreak of trying and trying with no results. Many many doctor's visits, but I'm glad we've got each other.

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  51. I am praying that my daughter finds peace within her circle of friends...some struggles happening and it hurts this Mama's heart. Have an awesome vacation! I am slightly envious. :-)

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  52. Oh you two will have so much fun catching up and your families spending precious time together...and in a wonderful beachy atmosphere!!! Cannot wait to see all of your photos when you return.

    My wish is to know what God's will is for me in using my gifts for him (my purpose)and to have peace and contentment with whatever the answer is. Hope that made sense?? Can't seem to find the right words.

    Have fun this week!
    Hugs,
    Lee Ann

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  53. I hope you have the most marvelous time on your vaca! It looks like you are already off to a great start: )

    I am just wishing that the start to our second year of living in NY goes well. I want my girlies to feel good about everything you know? xoxo

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  54. Oh, I am so missing you,
    especially seeing this picture
    with you laughing, as that
    is what I miss the most. When
    I think of us in photography
    class trying NOT to laugh, it
    really makes me smile, to this
    day!!

    I am praying that my girl has
    an awesome senior year, as she
    has not had a great hs experience,
    to this point. Also, that God eases
    me gently to that point when I must,
    like any good mama, gently push her
    from the nest. It's gonna be rough,
    but it's my job and I need all the
    strength and support I can get!

    Loved seeing all the "pearls" from
    your summer. Love ya, girlie!

    xo Suzanne

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  55. Since I'm a teacher, with school about to start, I'm hoping, wishing, dreaming, and praying for more summer. I don't think that will happen, so I'll settle on a successful and enjoyable school year!

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  56. I'm wishing for my house to sell- so that me and my family can get on with life! We are camped out with my parents right now- and while it's a blessing, it is hard too. I'm wishing for close friends for myself and children. I'm wishing for a good school eyar at the new schools- my boys are so brave!!

    You will enjoy this trip, I know it! Youll; laugh til you cry, the kids will get sunburned, and you'll do it again next year!

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  57. I am praying for some pain relief from fibromyalgia; and the patience and strength to make it through until that day comes. :)

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  58. Have an awesome vacation! I like that laughter picture. It made my morning!

    - Mehul
    Marble mantel

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