Psalm 45:10-11, 13-15

Listen to me, O royal daughter; take heart to what I say. Forget your people and your homeland far away. For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. [...] The bride, a princess, waits within her chambers, dressed in a gown woven with gold. In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king, accompanied by her bridesmaids. What a joyful, enthusiastic procession as they enter the king's palace!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Vacation...all I ever wanted...

Vacation...had to get away...'s been about almost a week since I got back from our mini-East Coast tour, South Carolina and Tennessee (via North Carolina). It was fun. We headed up to Gatlinburg and did some cabin "camping" with our old friends from the Beaufort days--the Closterman's and the Patterson's.

It was the first time we've all been together in well, likely over fifteen years. Three retired Marines, their wives, and brood of youngins (minus one Amanda Patterson and her husband who couldn't make it from Florida and plus one Rachie's boyfriend). It seems everyone has stayed pretty close to home, except for the three oldest kids. Nicole's in Cincinnati, Amanda's in Florida, and we're, obviously, out here in San Diego. The big news in the group (besides us having a baby) is Matt (whom we still affectionately call MattMatt...he's the big guy in the green shirt) got a full scholarship to some SC state school as the kicker...and he'll be starting.

So...we spent most of our time hanging out, eating, playing putt-putt, and learning a few new card games. Great fun was had by all.

Once back in Rock Hill, Joe left Wednesday and us girls set to painting and redecorating Mom's sewing room amidst some thrift store shopping and What Not to Wear marathon watching.

Random shots from our tour:

Bird compliments of Joe

Bonding with our bellies
Maddie's all-time favorite picture

Joe talking to Junior with the little
finger puppets we'd just bought.

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