Monday, June 8, 2009

Family First - A Vacation Tour

Well happy monday everyone. And I use the term "happy" loosely. I had a TERRIBLE day yesterday, and I managed to let those less than stellar feelings spill over into today.

Really, it's just a matter of slipping into forgetfulness. Forgetting to put my family first. Or rather, forgetting to put my Savior first. All of a sudden, I look around and realize that I am trying to minister, parent, lead, and accomplish on my OWN strength. And I feel like Peter, flailing and drowning because I took my eyes off my Master and the waves are threatening to overwhelm me. Waves like kiddos pushing back and acting disrespectfully. Like Jayci refusing to nap. Like our air conditioning crapping out right when Adam leaves for camp. . . It is in moments like these (and they come more often than I care to admit) that I am so grateful that we serve a God who is forgiving and merciful and loving. Because if I were Him? (And I think we're all glad I'm not) I would be flat-fed-up with me.

Since I could really use a vacation today, I figured why not take a virtual trip back to our first family vacation since having Jayci? Oh plus that's the theme this week at I Heart Faces.

Even though our trip was our first "family" vacation, we went with friends. But they're practically family, so I'm still counting it.
My little beach babe.
The girls and babies.
The boys spent probably 78% of the vacation trying to catch lizards. Oh look, they caught one!
And here's what they did when they weren't lizard hunting. Or eating, because we love to eat.
A good time was had by all.

27 comments:

  1. Awww...that last picture is priceless! Thanks for visiting my blog...and commenting!

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  2. What fun. I'm so glad you shared these. The moments you captured are beautiful and such a great reminder of God's daily blessings in our lives. Thanks also for the reminder to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and to commit each day to Him. I, too, am so very thankful we have such a loving, merciful, and gracious God who forgives us when we fail and who provides us with all we need for those difficult times. Becca, I hope the rest of your week will be a blessed one.

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  3. So glad you went with your family! Yes, leaning on Him puts it all in perspective:)

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  4. I love the third photo. Who doesn't want to be buried to your head in sand?

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  5. Oh Becca! I'll be praying for refreshment for you. Thank you for sharing so that we can pray!

    What an awesome vacation, too! Jayci is the cutest beach bum ever!

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  6. ONLY 78% of the time catching lizards? My, weren't YOU fortunate! heh. Anyway, praying for refreshment from God in ways that you never even imagined; that He will shower you with undeniable love that will leave you breathless. You're so right about focus.. when it's on the wrong thing, it can be as 20/20 and you can still be blind. But you "get" it, and you're back on track, so I KNOW God will give you what you need. Maybe not until RIGHT when you need it, but He WILL give you what you need....
    Loved the photos.. what fun! So glad that we can capture memories so easily in this day and age.. THAT'S a praise for sure! hugs...

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  7. I'm pretty sure we all have days like that, atleast I knw I do! Love the pictures!

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  8. What adorable beach shots - except the buried-up-to-the-neck one. That gives me the creeps!

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  9. It's so hard to not get stuck in the rut of a bad day... from your pictures is looks like you managed to turn your day around with a little help from a trip down memory lane!

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  10. Aaahh...a little virtual beach vaca makes it all better! What great photos! Thanks for reminding us what's important in life...and that we are always forgiven :) Such a sweet little girl :)

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  11. what a lovely beach babe you have!

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  12. first off i have to say i totally understand your "ugh" day you had yesterday... we all have them and it's so encouraging to read about not taking our eyes off of our savior. i don't know how many times i have to kick my booty in gear and do the same!

    as for your vacation... looks like a blast! what beach were you at? looks like the gulf. we have vacationed there with friends who are like family so i thought it would be funny if that's where you were (we go to destin, actually ft walton)

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  13. Looks like you all had a great time! Thanks for stopping by our blog and leaving such encouraging comments :) I hope that your today is much better than you Sunday!

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  14. That last pic is exactly what my niece looked like on her first beach trip. She HATED it! Looks like you had a nice trip!

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  15. good for you for recognizing the problem so quickly. i usually loose focus for a few days and then get super cranky then try to do a refocus and it takes longer to fix a bigger problem. thankyou for reminding us to keep our eyes on Him.

    your beach photos are way fun. love the crying in the water shot. i have one like that too.

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  16. Just was thinking about you and wanted to say hello! Beautiful picture :)

    P.S.
    I've had my share of those kinds of days and then some!!

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  17. Looks like a great time! Great pictures for a sunny day. Mine always look rough. And how do you keep sand out of your camera? Great vacation pictures!!

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  18. It sounds fun! I am glad they were able to pull themselves away from lizard watching 12% of the time.

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  19. I love these photos! So bright and crisp. Nice job. What a beautiful family.

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  20. Reasons I loved this post...

    -honesty
    -the beach
    -cute pictures
    -my friend, Becca

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  21. I appreciated that first paragraph. I know I've felt the same way and I'm sure many of your readers can identify. Loved the pics, too :)

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  22. I love the first picture of your daughter! Too cute.

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  23. That flailing and drowning thing? Totally know what you mean. Only I've always used other terms to describe it. But I like Peter much better.

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  24. Just stopped by to say Congratulations on your win at i heart faces for the blurb book contest! Jayci is so beautiful!

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  25. Ah, what's better than a beach vacation?

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  26. Thanks for the reminder that sometimes when we're having a bad day it's because maybe we're focusing too much on the unimportant things and less on the truly important things like serving others and spending time with our families. I know too many times I get stressed out about cleaning the house, running all the errands, and getting to all our activities, and I realize that I haven't even looked at my children in the eyes that day and listened to THEM! Thanks for that reminder. I love all of your vacation photos... what fun memories!

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  27. whoohoo! congrats on being the i heart faces fan of the week! :)

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