Friday, July 30, 2010

birthday and beach days

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Today is my birthday...so Happy Birthday to me. :)
It wasn't my best year and it wasn't my worst.
Thankfully we all get to start over again with each new day and year that goes by.
I believe the coming year will be a good one and I'm excited to see what it brings!
And who knows, maybe there will be a few surprises along the way.

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On a very different note, the 4 of us leave for a vacation to Mexico in 2 days!
My two will be on the beach with their pails and shovels,
and of course playing and swimming in the water. There's just something about spending a week in abundant sunshine and listening to the the sound of the ocean that takes all stress away.
Dan and I are looking forward to views of the turquoise blue Caribbean
 with a refreshing beverage in hand.
It will be wonderful to have some time away with our family.
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These were taken almost exactly a year ago in Mexico. Grace has changed so much in a year. Will too.

18 kind words:

Laurie said...

Well, happy birthday to YOU!! I hope it's an awesome day and that it starts off a GREAT year for you. :) Enjoy your vacation- we'll look forward to seeing some great beach photos when you return!!

Love Letters To China said...

Happy Birthday Gail!! I hope you have a wonderful day. I can't wait to see all of your pictures from Mexico. Also looking forward to hearing good news in the year to come. :-)

Hugs...
Grace

p.s. Boy has Grace grown in one year. She looks so different in your recent photos. Oh how I wish they would just slow down for a little while.

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday Gail, hope you have a wonderful time with your family in Mexico!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Hope you have a very fun and relaxing time! You'll have to tell me how you brave taking your camera out to the beach--any particular tips??? I got so nervous this year.

Have a wonderful birthday and I hope the new year will bring many new blessings in your life and be better than the last. I have found there are definitely years that are harder than others filled with adversity, waiting, mistakes, heartache, illness, and a host of other challenges. In hindsight, I have found that those were the years God was refining me (which can REALLY hurt) and doing His best to cause me to grow more in love with Him, rely on Him, trust in Him, and become more like Him.

Birthday blessings~
Lisa

redmaryjanes said...

Happy Birthday to you. You are a truly amazing woman and I feel very blessed to know you.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Happy Birthday Gail!! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with the family.

I am sure you are getting all ready for the big trip and getting anxious to step foot on that big jet plane. I loved your pictures from last year and I can't wait to see what you do this year. Yes, the kids have really grown up. So fun to look back at the pictures and see the changes.

New starts are good, I hope this year brings you much happiness.

xo,

Lisa

The Sanders Family said...

Happy birthday to you if right! Hope it's a great one Gail :) Lovely photos, as always.

Terri said...

Happy birthday Gail!!!!
I cant wait for the pictures from Mexico!!! How exciting! Mexico is one of my favorite vacation spots!

Have a great and wonderful Birthday!

Jboo said...

Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful and special day with your sweet family!! Your upcoming vacation sounds absolutely perfect! I KNOW you will come back refreshed and with loads of amazing photos! Enjoy!

Janet

Courtney said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a wonderful vacation. I am sure the kids will have so much fun.

Marla said...

Happy birthday to you!! I LOVE Mexico, have a great trip!

Colleen said...

Happy Happy Birthday Gail!!!!! Enjoy your trip..sounds so wonderful!!! Can't wait to see all your photos!

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

Happy Birthday Gail!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!!!
It's a new year and wonderful to wipe away last year and start a new!!!!
Have a wonderful trip!!!

Wanda said...

Happy Birthday Gail - here's to a great day celebrating YOU and to a wonderful new year. (I like that attitude - fresh page!!)

Have a great trip. Your pics from last year are darling. Can hardly wait to see this years. Enjoy yur family and the ocean!

xoxo

Jodee Leader said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your time away! Bring back lots of beach pictures to share!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

Happy, Happy, B-day my friend.

I hope this year is all yours!

And, have a fab vacay! But, BOO, I will miss you around!

Lea
xo

Kim said...

Love the photos..
can't wait to see this years..
LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU ..
Hugs.

a Tonggu Momma said...

I take the weekend off and you go and have a birthday on me! Hope it was a lovely day. Enjoy Mexico!

 
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