May Dance

Triple graduations happening around the Robinson next week– from preschool, lower school and middle school respectively. Sigh.

My first born, who I feel like was just wearing knee socks and a plaid jumper to school last month, will be graduating from middle school one week from today. She is more than ready to begin her high school journey. Class trips, dances, challenging academic courses, driving, homecoming, off campus lunches, senior shack, sports practice, football games…

Me? Not so ready. But I am learning to let go, slowly but surely. Praying that my faith outweighs my fear each day.

May Dance via grateful simplicity

 

May Dance via grateful simplicity

May Dance via grateful simplicity

 

May Dance via grateful simplicity

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Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day should be once a month, in case anyone wants to know what I think on the matter. Bi-weekly preferable.   We are going to spend the day tomorrow on the boat on a little island just off the coast. Hoping for some relaxing, resting, peace (and calm seas).  Aunt Britty and her crew will join us as our mama is away for a bit.

Here is to a wonderful and happy mother’s day to the amazing mama’s in my life.

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Looking back via grateful simplicity

 

 

Reasons to Celebrate via grateful simplicity

 

Welcome to the World, Catie T yler

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Goodbye, #GrowingUpOnGlenmoreDrive

 

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Over the river and through the woods via grateful simplicity

Claire Ellen via grateful simplicity

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xo

Snapper for Supper

Snapper for Supper

The weather report called for 1-2′ seas making the opening day of snapper season optimal for taking the kids out on the boat. But, as weather is unpredictable, the winds picked up in the afternoon and it turned out to be 4′ seas with our family of five offshore ten miles. Thankfully, if we have done nothing else, we have raised our crew with sea legs and they surprisingly did not complain much. We caught our limit within an hour thanks to Captain Robinson. The Rock Bass decided they were hungry as well so we kept a few of them too.  With the assistance of Net Boy, of course.

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

 

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

 

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

Two Choices

On more than one occasion lately, Kenley has heard me say:

“If you think down, you will go down. If you think up, you will go up.   You will always travel in the direction of your thinking.” -Bishop T.D. Jakes

And so it goes with one of her first ‘big’ life moments. Going after something she really wants, but struggling because she doesn’t think she’s good enough.  For many people this can be a life-long struggle- never feeling good enough. As Kenley continued to doubt herself, telling me all the reasons why she wouldn’t or couldn’t be good enough I had to remind her that life is about choices.

And the night before tryouts, she had two choices.

Dwell on all the reasons why not, have a pity party, don’t try, or better yet just quit while you’re ahead. Quitting would surely protect your heart.

Or…

Make up your mind that you want this. You really want this. Why do you want it? What’s the worse that could happen if it doesn’t happen? Then go after it and make it happen. Doesn’t matter the outcome, you give it your best and you win regardless.

In true Kenley fashion, it took some much (much) convincing but I saw it click.  That moment where she allowed herself to think maybe, just maybe, I can do this. I saw it register first in her brain, then in her heart, and she decided, by golly, I am going for it.  And so she did.  One of those first defining moments for this 11 year old– where you want something so badly it scares you. Welcome to the big league of life, kid.

And for the record, you are always a winner in my book.

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Two Choices

 

 

Little Friends

Never underestimate the importance of friends. Especially the little friends.   There will come a time in the not-to-distant future when our teen and tween daughters will put up some resistance when we tell that we’re spending a week at the beach with ‘just us’ (meaning just our family). Until then we can thwart off the struggle and appreciate it when some of their little friends are at the same beach as well. Even if it is a spring break that felt more like a winter break.

 

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Flashback to SB 2017

Flashback to SB 2017

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Watercolor Park

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Alys Beach– and all they see is a green football field.

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Colgan

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Sweet little Katie Tyler

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Rosemary Beach playground– I think we hit them all (playgrounds that is) this go round

Little Friends via grateful simplicity Little Friends via grateful simplicity