Sunday, November 20, 2016

Evie Claire's extended visit

Beth and Greg took an extended vacation to Europe. They had a wonderful time, I'm sure. But, I got the better end of the deal...I got to keep little Miss Evie Claire for 12 days! I so enjoyed this little fireplug. She's so funny, smart, loving and strong willed.

We kept busy while she was here.

We went to see a Beatles Tribute band at an outdoor concert.




Went to the pool a lot



The kids introduced Evie to video games.



Sometimes, the girl was so pooped she passed out in the car.


We had lots of loving times. My favorite thing she said was, "We best friends, Mimi!"




At the end of her stay, we went to the beach, where her mom met us the day she returned from Europe. During her whole stay she counted down the days until she could go to, "my beach house", with the "my" meaning Evie.

We had a little tropical storm the first day there. Don't think that stopped my two! They rollerbladed and skateboarded right on through.



The sky cleared quickly and we enjoyed the beach!

My grand daughter loves, loves, loves the beach!





 John joined us. Evie also loves Uncle John...


and he's quite enamoured with her

 Beach naps are the best!


I love this cuddle bug!!
  So does her Papa


Abbey surfed a bit



Evie kept stated, "I want to syrup!" So, of course, Papa made it happen.



Elijah mastered the Frisbee


and shared his knowledge with EC



Beachin' it takes a lot out of a girl!




Evie was happy to see her parents when they came. Greg could only stay a couple of days, but Beth stayed longer. We went out to eat at Provision, and the singer sang just for Evie!





and "ice seem" afterward



I'm so very grateful that Beth, Greg and Evie live close enough for us to see them more often. I'm also grateful that they trust me with one of the most precious little ones. I enjoyed it immensely!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

God's plan for Daniel's next life phase

Daniel missed our vacation this year, but the reason for his absence was a reason for great rejoicing....he had secured his first big-boy job, doing exactly what he had hoped he would be doing upon graduation. He was leaving to go to Asheville to be an assistant swim coach at UNC-Asheville.

God really works mysteriously in the background leading to this job. Daniel was pretty stressed right after graduation about his future plans. He wanted to coach collegiately, but most programs required an advanced degree. He began networking and NC State (I know, I know...one of our family at State????), but they had a grad assistant position open. It was a great opportunity to learn and the rent would be cheap...., but the positions paid absolutely nothing! He applied anyway and had some good preliminary conversations. Out of the blue, he received a call from the UNC-A head coach, who had called State and asked for recommendations. The rest is history, he got the job! He would be a collegiate assistant coach right out of college. God paved the way for a place to live and many other things just fell into place. So, that led us to John taking a U Haul the last weekend of our vacation and driving Daniel's things to Asheville.

He started Aug. 1st. He has enjoyed his job and although he is pretty lonely, he likes Asheville. Of course, this beach bum has yet to experience an Asheville winter. But, again, I know that he is where God led him.



Sporting his new team's garb, he visited for Abbey's birthday party.


Daniel knows that to achieve his goals, he will lead a bit of a nomadic lifestyle for a few years. But, for now he's settled in Asheville, doing what he loves!


Dozier Joins Women's Swimming Staff - UNC Asheville Bulldogs Official Athletics Site


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Our family vacation-2016





Once again, the last week of July and the first week of August, our family spent time at our beach house at Holden Beach. Daniel was moving to Asheville to start his new job, so he was only able to come for a day. John was with us for a few days, Anna and Jamie a few days, my mom and dad a few days, John most of the time, Beth, Greg and Evie,  and the kids and I for the whole week and 1/2. It was a time enjoyed by most everyone. There were a few squabbles, but overall everyone got along really well. We did the usual beachy things...

We had beautiful weather and were able to enjoy the beach every day.


Our beach train...



The kids went fishing...

Evie's first time with the rod and reel...


Touching the fish..(her mother would have been horrified)



Dancing at the pavilion's weekly concert....






Evie discovered a love for Uncle John. (I believe he was a bit smitten too!)


John rented a boat and everyone (minus the puking one---me), enjoyed a ride up and down the intercoastal waterway.







We ate a lot of ice cream...


We went out to eat two times...

John, Jr had a birthday during our stay. He chose to go to Provision to eat.





I'm was ever so grateful to be able to spend his special day with him!


Anna and Jamie took us all out to eat at Inlet View Grill









We enjoyed sitting on the porch and having a meal.


Beth bought me a matching hat!



With my littlest boy.


John and I got in touch with our adventurous side and rode a jetski!




What a wonderful blessing to be given a week with my family at the beautiful beach! God is so good!
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