Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How They Love One Another

I have these two cousins, Chelsey and Caitlyn. They're older (in their 20s) and they are sisters and they love one another so well. Caitlyn is Chelsey's heart and Caitlyn adores Chelsey. And, although my sisters and I love one another, I wouldn't say we love one another well. Honestly, there's too much jealousy and competition among us. Even when I go through times where I think it has died something happens to remind me it hasn't.

When we were in SSI last week Alec asked me, "Mom, how do you think the three of us will be, more like your side of the family or more like Dad's side of the family?"

Tough question.

My family and I talk often, but it seems as though someone is always mad at someone. Mama  may be Kristen at me or Melissa may be mad at me. It always seems someone feels "left out." Jon's family, on the other hand, they don't talk that often or do much together. However, when they are together there is unity, peace, and enjoyment of one another.

So, to answer Alec's question I really prefer neither. I want them all to love one another well like what I see in Chelsey and Caitlyn. I pray they will have a loving relationship among one another and their families as they get older.

Jesus is so sweet to give me glimpses of their love for one another even right now as pre-teens and teenagers.

Ash has been at Mercer Soccer Camp all week. This is her first away from home camp. However, we would go down at night and watch her games. One night at one of her games Jon was pretty frustrated with her. Nah, he was angry with her. He didn't hold back his feelings. I was angry at him for being angry at her. Hanna immediately came to Ash's defense. And, later, I learned that Alec sent Ash this long text. Ash showed me the length of the text and it was really long. However, she wouldn't let me read it. . . darn it!!! She did tell me he told her she needed to be herself because when she is herself everyone loves her like they do a sister. MELT.MY.HEART.

We go and pick Ash up today. Hanna let Ash know she was glad she was back because "she gets freaked out at night when she's not there." (they share a room) I hear ALL the stinkin' time about how the girls want their own room. However, it looks like Hanna finds comfort in her big sister sleeping in the same room with her. SO.VERY.SWEET.

On Alec's 18th birthday I saw on Ash's instagram she posted a picture of the two of them and said she loved him and was going to miss him sooooooooooo much when he left for college. LOVE.LOVE.THIS.

I'm always thankful for these glimpses and I pray they will grow bigger and bigger and better and better.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hawks Cay

Jon being apart of the President's Club at work landed us a trip to Hawk's Cay in the Florida Keys.

Here we are at the airport with our President Club hats.

After we landed in Miami we took a bus to our destination. However, we stopped along the way to eat lunch. This place was literally right.on.the.beach.




Here are all the President Club winners.
Chuck Dowdle hung out with the group all weekend. It was so funny. We landed in Miami and Jon sees Chuck Dowdle along with the CEO and Chairman of the Board of the company he works for. Jon heads straight Chuck Dowdle to shake his hand and in a round about way totally disses the Chairman of the Board. Smooth move, honey. And here I was worried I was going to embarrass you.

After lunch we went to this place to play a game. Each President's Club member was given $100. The game was to see who could spend the closest to $100 without going over. We also were told to go to the dock and feed the tarpons.

Those big fish would jump out of the water to get the minnows we were feeding them.







Off to spend our $100. It was so much fun. No guilt. No worries. Just fun.
This is what we had left over. We were pretty proud of ourselves and thought we had a good chance of winning the game. Unfortunately, someone was able to spend their whole $100. It was so fun though. Jon bought me a bracelet and him a couple of T-shirts. We got some flavored popcorn, the girls a bracelet, and a family game to play at home.
On our way to the resort the CEO told us waiting at the resort for all of us was a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses. I had no idea who Maui Jim was, but I knew Alec would becuase he had expensive taste. Jon's not a sunglass guy so Alec got his Maui Jim's. And I am loving mine.

This is outside of our room.

That night there was an awards dinner. We got to get all dressed up.
Chuck Dowdle was the speaker for the night.

Here's my sweet man getting his well-deserved reward.




This was our eating venue for the night. They really spoiled us. The food was incredible.


We had to eat Key Lime pie in the Keys.
On top of everything else they gave us a $450 room credit. If we didn't use it, we lost it. That next morning Jon and I did something we've never, ever done before.

We ordered room service.

And, we ate it on our balcony.


After our yummy breakfast we decided to go to the marina and give paddleboarding a try and go kayaking. After all, we had $450 to spend.


















After paddleboarding we went kayaking in the ocean for two hours. This was my favorite thing we did. We rented a double kayak. We laughed so much and so hard. It was so fun having this adventure on the roaring high seas (not really, but that's just for dramatic effect). Seriously, though, it was neat being in the great ocean in a little boat with the one I love. 

We also got to see dolphins back at the resort.



Some of the President's Club folks decided to spend their money on swimming with the dolphins. They loved it. I was thankful we got to watch them.

We also played putt putt with our new friends, Keith and Kenya.




We laid by the pool and people watched. Jon had me laughing the entire time.


That night we played corn hole and a game of volleyball.


Here's Chuck Dowdle . . .who, let me pause here.  He is such a nice guy, a real gentleman. He sat with us one night and talked sports. He even talked a little politics. He's just a really, really nice guy. Here here is with Larry the Bear.

Goodbye Hawk's Cay. Thank you Georgia's Own. You've been so good to us.
Heading home. I told Jon, "So many people are going home to empty houses. We get to go home to three great kids."
Here's Jon in the Atlanta Airport. I had to snag this picture. He would take the thing that moves you across the floor and walk fast on it. I would run on just the plain floor to try and beat him. We laughed and laughed. As I caught a view of him, I thought, "He looks like Clark Griswold." I had to pause and get his pic.