Monday, August 24, 2015

Quick Stop In New Orleans...

 First stop...
This was a fun experience and super good food...
We stayed in a little apartment right in the French Quarter off of Frenchman's street. 
Our oldest son talked us into finding a place to stay from this website: Airbnb
I was a little hesitant but it was wonderful and quirky and quaint and within walking distance to many tourist attractions. Oh, and it was only $100.00 for 5 of us. 3 bedrooms, kitchen and 1 bath. Yep. Nice.

 We walked around and took in all the humidity and sights that we could. It's an interesting place.
 Just say NO to this street. Bourbon St. We accidentally roamed down it for a few blocks. Dark.

The huge live oaks were absolutely gorgeous.

We enjoyed an early supper and then a long sit and talk on our balcony. You could hear the jazz from Frenchman's street very clearly. It was nice.
When we got up in the morning our battery on the car was dead. Believe me, we were begging for help. Amazing how many people just looked away. God is good though- a nice woman finally stopped and jumped us off.  Thankful for kind hearted people. Isn't our girl a cutie pie? 
  We were in New Orleans less than 24 hours but this place was a two time stop for us. 
Yes, it is that good. 
 Messy but good. :)
So, I will say goodbye for today with this view from our airbnb terrace balcony.  A nice place to sit and ponder this question that we were thinking about as we walked these streets. We saw so many people that had such a darkness about them. Almost like looking into the eyes of someone possessed.  A palatable darkness, almost like it hovered in the air on those streets and in the people.  I had the thought and wondered if we could feel their darkness so profoundly, could they in turn feel our "light"? Can they see and feel that we have Jesus living in us and through us and giving us life? I hope so. I wanted to cry out His name to help clear the darkness.  Most of us don't walk in such dark places in our everyday lives, but it is there and we need to have an everyday game plan to further the Kingdom and fortify our hearts.  

Father, help us to walk as children of Your light telling Your plan of salvation and the good news of what Jesus has done for us.  Help us to rescue the lost in Your name and help them to see that they too can be free and have the light and Your Spirit to live in them. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Beach Time...Summer Fun...

Good morning. We arrived back home yesterday from a relaxing and wonderful time of fellowship with family at the beach.  It was a strange week with lots of storms and rain and way to much  interesting/yucky stuff washing up on the beach out of the gulf, but still it was lovely and restful.  I have come home feeling lots more concerned about pollution of our oceans and how we are taking care of them.  

Over all it was a super time. 
The best part was how gorgeous the clouds were. 
With big storms come lots of beautiful clouds. I love puffy clouds.
We have very gracious and kind relatives that let us enjoy their beach house.
Isn't it lovely? 
What a blessing to be able to spend a week with these three.
The loves of our life.

 This was my wonderful husband's favorite place to sit and read. 
I think he read 2 books in about 4 days sitting right here.
 What a blessing to spend time with my sister in love and my brother and family. 

 Crazy kiddos.
 The hat game is strong...

 I will never get tired of sitting by the ocean and listening to the waves roll in. 

This one likes to read too...
 Monopoly when it rains all day...
 Ky- the Birthday girl...
 Naps. Naps are nice...
 Jellyfish. Jellyfish are not nice...

 The rough waves were not kind to the kayaking boys but they had fun.


Representing Blue Haven pretty well don't you think? 
The best folks there are right there...
God is so evident and close when standing by the ocean. 
It is one of those thin places for us. 
A thin place where God feels so very close.

So, I am thankful for what my eyes have seen this week.
I am thankful for family to fellowship with and love.
I am thankful.