Monday, August 3, 2009

Blessings Far Greater Than I Could Have Imagined!

Kim, Debra, me and Biscuit...the Red, White and Blue Ladies! We didn't plan this just happened...I didn't notice it until Kim pointed it out later in these pictures.

As many of you already know, my family just got back from our vacation to Florida. This was one of the top 5 vacations that we have ever taken...we made memories as a family and friends for life.

I have so much that I want to share so I am going to break it up over the week...don't want to bore you.

Kim from Homesteaders Heart opened her home, family and their hearts to us for 4 days at the beach. You try to imagine what someone would be like, sound like and how things will go but you never really know until you meet them. I am no different...the closer that we got to their home...the more nervous I became. I wasn't worried about liking them but was worried about them liking us.

We immediately felt a kindred spirit with them...we are all believers of Jesus Christ and that made us family before we became friends.

Debra from Clothed With Scarlet came down with her son, Josh to visit and meet us for the first time too. Kim's friend, Kathy also came over to go to the beach with us.

I couldn't have asked for anything more that what we had...we received the warmest welcome, a beautiful cottage to stay in, hospitality just oozes from Kim and Brad and it was like see old friends after being apart for awhile. They truly have the Spirit of Hospitality! Oh...the food was wonderful too...Kim is an awesome cook.

Our cottage in their back was cozy, beautifully perfect with a twist of privacy...little bit of heaven on the eastern Florida coast!

Proof that Roger dried the dishes after dinner that Kelsey washed. What an amazing young lady that Brad and Kim have...she is adorable, precious, sweet and her smile will light up the room.

4 days earlier...we were strangers and now...we are friends for life...we will be back...I promise!

I can't thank Brad and Kim enough for the enormous gesture of opening their hearts and home to a Sister in Christ that she has only know through blogging. God is so good and I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity.

Thank you for the memories that you help create for my family that will last a lifetime...precious memories, but more real life...for all eternity!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Next: Meeting Lisa Shaw! What a joy!


  1. WOW....what a blessing. Isn't it amazing how GOD is working. I met a bloggy friend this past week, too. We were both vacationing in the same area. No coincidence, I know. We were there from Richmond, Va. and Leslie was there from Pennsylvania!
    I look forward to hearing about your adventures.
    Blessings, andrea

    PS: while away I helped a dear friend set up a blog. She has been going through a lot of difficulties for the several years. I hope blogging will connect her to a world of encouragement and support that she desperately needs. If you would like to check it out, go to:

    Blessings and prayers, andrea

  2. Jennifer, I had to start following your blog so I could get to know you too. I love Kim, Debra and also Lisa Shaw! So, I'm sure I'll love you too.

    I recently met six Arizona bloggers in person. We met for lunch and I know the feeling. We all felt so comfortable because we read each other's blogs.

    I look forward to reading more about your Florida vacation. For several years I lived in Clearwater, FL which is near Tampa. Most of my family remain there; dad, brother and sister so I visit too.

  3. Very awesome, so happy for you.

  4. I am so glad you had a great time! I can't imagine going to stay with strangers. Well, I did go stay with some people in Canada that I met online, but they came here first. Ha.

    Love ya!

  5. Oh Jennifer...what a blessing. I am so glad you had such a great visit with Kim and her family as well as the sweet other bloggers you met. What an awesome vacation for you and your family too.
    so jealous. Next time I will have to make the trip.

  6. Jenn,

    What a wonderful blessing you had in meeting these very special women and their families! It was a treasure reading about it even before you posted about it. I can't wait to meet some of the beautiful spirits this blogging community has introduced us to!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  7. Jenn,

    I am so blessed that you have had the golden opportunity to meet these wonderful beautiful women. Thank you so much for sharing just how wonderful your new memories that you created are now part of your treasures of meeting new people in the blogging community. We caught just a preview before you posted by visiting their sites before you arrived home safe and sound!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  8. Amazing!!

    THere are some great people out there!!

  9. Okay, is it sad that I got teary eyed reading this? Honestly Jennifer we were so sad to see you all go! We felt like we had known you for ever and you know you are welcome here any time you want. (Well except when my parents are down! LOL)
    The fact that we all got along so well is so God isn't it? We just loved you all and honestly can't wait to see you again!!
    Big hugs from Florida!

  10. Beautiful message and photos Sis. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves. I hope to meet both Kim and Debbie in person one day soon. Love ya.


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