I enjoy doing this report four times a year. Monthly is too often for me but quarterly is perfect. And, it is good for my soul to go through the planner and see how the days were spent. I have learned the truth about a saying I saw years ago – not sure who said it but it is a good one…
The days are slow – but the years are fast.
The older I get the more real that is.
This month began with a very sad and sudden event. The death of a dear friend on December 31st. David Miller, founder and creator of LifeLetterCafe, passed from this earth to heavenly realms in the wee hours of the last day of a very difficult year for him and his wife, Cheri. His death was unexpected and sudden. Hubs and I were walking through the bathtub aisle at a big box home center when the phone call came. We both found crated tubs to sit on and process the news. Right there in the middle of The Home Depot, we raised our arms and prayed with bold voices.
The three amigas, daughter, granddaughter, and I made a road trip on January 11th to our country’s Capitol, Washington D.C. Hannah is a Senior at Liberty University and she is on a Fellowship as an intern at the International Justice Mission. We did a quick unload, of everything but a kitchen sink, into her apartment and left her there to change the world!
January ended with a girlfriend day, here in our new flat! Three dear friends from the mountains came south to spend a day. We had a blessed time.
January seemed to last 131 days. We were glad to turn the calendar page! And, I believe we were Vitamin D deficient – as the sun did not shine much in January. My oneword2019, FAVOR, is serving our lives quite well!
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous with FAVOR; You will surround me as with a shield. Psalm 5.12
Weather-wise, February was no different than January! I think when we moved from the mountains, we brought old-man Winter with us! Ugh-ly days for sure.
This month began with emergency surgery for my was-band … daughter made a fast road trip to south Florida. All ended well.
Hubs and I went to a Kombucha Klass! We learned all about scobies, and black tea and making simple syrups. It was fun. And, our Kombucha making is still going successfully! Do you drink it?
February also brought some fun road trips. Hubs and I began a quest to visit all the State Parks in our beautiful state of North Carolina. Then, we learned of the State Park Passport Booklet and our quest got more intense! Every State Park has a stamp for its page in the booklet. We are having fun with it – and we are seeing so much of our state we have never seen before!
An unexpected visit from Michael and friends. Any time we see Michael is a good time!
Hubs turned 72 on the 20th. My daughter made a birthday feast and we celebrated together. The month ended cold and wet, just like it began!
Let the FAVOR of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes! establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90.17
It came in like a lion!
We did one of our very best suddenlies on Saturday, March 2nd. We got up early and decided to make a surprise trip to D.C. It was the biggest, bestest surprise ever. Hannah was blown away – not an easy cry-er, she sobbed when she realized the two people who had just walked into her dorm room were Mimz and Gramps. It was crazy good. We spent about three hours together – walked to the Capitol building and the food trucks for lunch.
After freezing ourselves, we went into the beautiful and WARM Botanical Gardens. Gramps learned how to electric scooter around the Capitol building. We had a blast – of course the time went too fast and Hannah had to get back to studying. We headed to Maryland, where hubs’ brother lives. We spent the night and headed home Sunday morning. Fast and furious!
Twue Wuv at The Capitol!
The 40 Days of Lent began on March 6th. We did not go to an Ash Wednesday service but together we began reading my book!
We continued visiting State Parks in March, adding stamps to our NC Dept of Recreation passport booklet!
Still crazy after all these years!
One of the crazier things we did this month was to decide at 6 p.m. on a Friday night to go to the Outer Banks. I’ve lived in NC for 30+ years and had never visited – we threw clothes and pillows into a duffel bag and headed east! From SVL to OBX is a ‘fer piece.’ We had to stop and get a hotel outside Raleigh. We arrived about 10:30 in the morning and stopped at the hotel Simon our grandson recommended we stay – we got into our room immediately and tossed our pillows on the beds and went exploring!
Lighthouses, piers, great seafood, miles and miles of sand dunes. We had fun, the weather was windy and cold. Sunday we headed south, spent almost four hours on two different ferries and landed on the mainland and headed home. It was a bit much for a weekend – but you know, our love language is road trip – it works for us!
And, just like that it was over.
March ended with a Tennessee girlfriend day, a sleepover in our friend’s mountain cabin, and a full-fledged concert at our used-to-be church with the band UNSPOKEN. We drove home Sunday, stopped in four state parks and pulled into the flat about 4 p.m. Another whirlwind weekend – we’re actually getting really good at these!
March – it left like a lion too. What does THAT mean? Anyone?
For His anger is but for a moment, His FAVOR is for life; weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30.5
P.S. I published the Best of HopeHeartHome 2018 this quarter also!
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