Monday, July 17, 2017

Family Remembrance

Times with extended family lately have been full of reminiscing and stories and laughs shared. Remembering loved ones who have now passed on with fondness.

What I notice is that with each name spoken, there are memories associated with that person. Memories of their laugh, their expressions, things they said, how they acted, what they liked or disliked... basically all the things that make someone who they are. These things are missed and felt when they are gone. 

With Lily, I wish my family could love her the way I do. I wish they had these same memories associated with her memory and name. I wish they knew the sound of her voice and all the quirky, silly, adorable things about her... the things that make us smile and cry now about other family members. I just wish they could have known her like they knew the others who are gone. I wish her name was dropped into conversations in the same way. I wish they could love her the same. Because she is just as real and irreplaceable as each member of the family that ever came before her and will ever come after her.

And even if she isn't spoken of in the same way... even if the memories they hold are of seeing me while pregnant with her or standing over her grave at her burial, I know that her place isn't any less than it is. It just is. It cannot be tainted or torn. It cannot be lessened by lack of days or fondness of memories.

Her precious little life was here and I have the memories of her that I wish others held too. I just want to share all of her and for others to love her with the same depth and knowing as my mother heart. πŸ’•

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Ocean Isle Beach 🌊

I'm thankful for the unexpected blessing of a couple days at Ocean Isle Beach with dear friends.

"Do you not fear Me?" declares the LORD "Do you not tremble in My presence? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it." ~Jeremiah 5:22

Of course sweet Lily girl came along for the trip. I took the opportunity to honor her on the beach a few times. With all the adventure and fun life brings, she is always missed and always included. πŸŒŠ ❤️ ☀️ 🐚 🐳 🐬 🐟 🐠 🐒 🌴

We had a gorgeous couple days and were staying at a beautiful place!

The Lord is my favorite Artist! πŸŒ΄ πŸŒ΄ πŸŒ΄

Finders keepers πŸš

We had such fun visiting our cousin Suzie who lives at the beach where we were. She's Bumma's niece and it feels like a little piece of my grandmother to be around her and hear stories I've never heard before. Suzie was the flower girl in my grandparent's wedding.

Our friend Terri is our Bible study leader. She is one-of-a-kind and we treasure the gift she is in our lives! She is truly one of the most hospitable people I've ever known and I want to be like her. Not only that, but she loves the Lord with all her being, laughs with us, and is just all around a fun person. :)

I was introduced to the game Spikeball... it's super fun!

Seaside dining

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Wrightsville Beach Day Trip

Last week, my friend Ashley and I took a fun day trip to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina! It's fun living only 2 hours from my house to the shore. :)

It's summertime, which means Lily's name is being written more than usual, by myself and others. I of course had to get a mommy-daughter photo. I love it!! πŸŒŠ ❤️ ☀️ 🐚 🐳 🐬 🐟 🐠 🐒 🌴

Ashley also wrote Lily's name!

Chick-fil-A on the beach... what could get better?!

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Lily Remembered at Shackleford Banks

Lily visited Shackleford Banks in North Carolina with my friend Tracey and her kiddos, who are on an "ice-cream tour" around the state. πŸ¦ This amazing place has wild horses! πŸ΄ 😍  I want Lily to travel to all the NC beaches... the state where she was born. ❤️ 🌊 ☀️ 🐚 🐬 🐳 🐟 🐠 🐒 🌴  

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Lily Remembered at Sunset Beach

Lily visited Sunset Beach, North Carolina a few days ago! πŸ˜„ πŸŒ… πŸ’• πŸ’› 🌴 🌊 🐚 ☀️ 🐳 🐬 🐠 🐟 🐒 

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lily Remembered at Corolla

Lily tagged along with my friend Heather's family on their vacation to Corolla, North Carolina on the Outer Banks! πŸŒŠ ❤️ ☀️ 🐚 🐳 🐬 🐟 🐠 🐒 🌴

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Lily Remembered at Myrtle Beach

Lily visited Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with Tori! The ones with her name written in seashells are beautifully unique. πŸŒŠ ❤️ ☀️ 🐚 🐳 🐬 🐟 🐠 🐒 🌴


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