Long Time No Post

Out of town + working = no posting on blog. I'll attempt to get you all caught up on our goings on.

We left town May 14th around 10 pm and set our GPS for Clearwater Beach, Florida. Mark and Rosie were attending a wedding there that weekend, so we took the opportunity to spend the weekend at the beach with them. My mom and dad were also visiting from Illinois.

hotel in clearwater beach

We stayed at this beautiful hotel right on the beach. We all met at the hotel Friday night with enough time to check in and take a walk on the beach before sunset.

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It's the rainy season in Florida, so the afternoon storms make for beautiful sunsets with the variations in colors of the clouds.

sand volleyball

Saturday we played on the beach, played some volleyball and cooled off in the pool. There were stingrays in the water, so we had to shuffle our feet when walking in the water so as not to step on one and get stung. We also met up with the pastor and his wife that were at our church when I was a very little girl. It was great to see them again.

When Mark and Rosie were at the wedding, we took another walk along the beach at sunset. I love this picture with the "golden light."

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It was a beautiful sunset too.

sunset clearwater beach 3

We caught a few drops of rain on our way back in to the hotel and then the sky let loose. It stormed for quite a while Saturday night. Thankfully the wedding, that was on the beach, had moved inside for the reception before the storm began.

On Sunday we had a late breakfast buffet at the hotel, and went for a walk up on to the bridge. Isn't this a fantastic view?

clearwater beach

Isn't this a fantastic view? The changing color of the water is just so amazing to me. God could have made everything just one color of blue, but he didn't stop there. What an awesome creator we have!!

When we got to Orlando Sunday afternoon, Rosie's brother Ben was kind enough to take us out on the boat for a few hours. We were sprinkled on a few times and the water was a little choppy, but Ed was able to ski and Mark showed us his new wakeboarding skills.

ed skiing

mark waterboarding

We went to friends of Mark and Rosie's Sunday night to watch the Magic game. Matt made Ed a german chocolate cake from scratch for his birthday. I'm not a huge german chocolate cake fan, but that cake was amazing!!

Mark and Rosie took off of work on Monday. It was Ed's 51st Birthday! Nicole and Rosie are singing and dancing for joy in celebration.


They're not really singing and dancing for Ed. Mark had the music blasting to get everyone pumped up for playing tennis - and it was only 7:30 in the morning then! Way too much energy way too early in the morning for me.


tennis 1

They were only able to play tennis for about 1/2 and hour before it started raining. Did I mention that it's the rainy season in Florida?
We ran for the clubhouse right before the deluge hit.


rain 2

And that's the last of the sun that we saw for the rest of our visit to Florida. Usually it rains for a short time each day, but this week it just kept raining and raining and raining.

We of course had to head to Dixie Crossroads for Ed's birthday dinner. They have the best rock shrimp there.

51st BD

Tuesday night a group of guys from Mark's church get together to play basketball. Ed played as well, and Courtney subbed in when they needed her.

mark BB

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Rosie, Nicole and I watched, chatted with the other wives, played with an adorable little girl and cheered them on.

We left Florida on Thursday morning and drove through the rain to North Carolina. We stayed overnight with some good friends from Ashton, IL. Nicole, Ed and I headed back home on Friday. Courtney left from NC on Saturday am to go to the Philippines on a medical mission's trip for 10 days. We haven't heard anything from her, so are praying all is going well for them. We are anxious to have her back home safe and sound with us.


Nicole May 26, 2009 at 10:39:00 PM EDT  

Way to go on such a long post, Mom! Mark, you look like such a stud on the wake-board!

Matt and Sonya May 27, 2009 at 12:09:00 AM EDT  

Looks like you all had a great time...you got some good pics! I too have been a major slacker with my blog... I have so many posts to catch up on, I don't know where to start :) Enjoyed catching up on yours though. Love you.

mmncgrand May 27, 2009 at 10:01:00 AM EDT  

It is so good to be home and get a look at your blogs again, Deb. I love seeing the pictures and reading your thoughts. Thanks for taking time to do this. Good to be together for a short time too. You are right, we have a creative God. FL seems to show that a lot with the beautiful skys. Love, Mom

marcuswitt May 27, 2009 at 7:20:00 PM EDT  

It was so much fun to have all of you guys down here for a week. Thanks for posting all these pics. And thanks for not posting the one where I was getting dunked on (although I later found out that he played ball for UCF).

Thanks Nicole for the compliment! You think I am ready for the pro tour?

Ellen May 27, 2009 at 9:33:00 PM EDT  

Hey Deb, Absolutely gorgeous picture of the water and sunset! I am very thankful for our Creator! It is good to know you are back safe and sound. Glad to hear you had a good time, even with the rain!


RosebudWitt June 1, 2009 at 7:28:00 PM EDT  

Loved our time together, love these pics, and love you. And love the One who made it all.

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