Tuesday, March 8, 2011

{ not long now....! }

good morning, my sweet friends!

i want to thank you all
from the bottom of my heart
for your sweet comments
your encouragement
and your prayers
for my mom and my nephew

you will never know how much they meant to me

they are both doing a little better each day
which is a blessing in itself 

you know how i've been dreaming about this all year long?

it won't be long now
before i'll be saying
au revoir to this....

kissing my furbabies goodbye

grabbing my overly stuffed bags

(let's see.....how much of my wardrobe can I cram in there....??

(snorkel gear!  don't forget the snorkel gear!)

kissing my furbabies just one more time
(alot more sniffing)
(thank you G, T and H for babysitting!)

climbing into the car with my beloved chauffeur

and after 24 hours on the road....

saying bonjour! to this

we're staying in our favorite little island bungalow just steps from the beach
(where we can see the ocean from our porch
and hear the rolling waves while laying in bed)

and after taking these off

and sinking these in the warm white sand

we'll be doing a whole lot of this...

and this

and wishing that you were there with us...

i promise to return with lots of photos and stories to share with you...
and will bring back some warm, sunny weather for you, too!

oh ~ and while I'm beachin' it  ~

if you love to decorate with white

(and i know there's a few of you out there that do)

be sure to check out laura's new blog
white state

she has started a second blog dedicated to decorating with
rusty treasures,
and goodies with beautifully weathered patina

it's truly delightful and she is just adorable!

{ sandy hugs! }

linking to ~

good life wednesdays at a beach cottage
white wednesday  at faded charm
wow us wednesdays at savvy southern style
transformation thursday at shabby chic cottage
inspiration friday at at the picket fence
feathered nest friday at french country cottage
show and tell friday at romantic home
saturday night special at funky junk interiors


  1. I'm so glad you get to go on a fabulous vacation!!!! What a beautiful place! Can I come?? ;)


  2. I hope you have a fabulous time!!!;) Isnt it hard leaving your fur babies behind!? Im the same way with my fur babies!Cant wait to see pics of your trip~ Hugs,Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

  3. Oh dearness I did not know your mom and nephew were in the hospital. I will begin praying for them. How wonderful that the LORD brought gifts to your doorstep that day to cheer your sorrowful heart. I wish you all that your heart is dreaming and desiring on your holiday to the sea. I will keep your little fur babies in prayer while you are gone...I don't think I could leave my Bella Bleu I just always bring her with me! ox She's small enough to fit in my bag. tee hee I love her so much and just can't part with her. Stretch out your arms and receive the embrace of God while on the seashore...maybe do a little worship dance barefoot in the sand for me :) I will be thinking of you. love love love ox kerrie

  4. I'm glad to hear that your mom and nephew are doing a little better, Laurie.
    I wish you the best time on your fabulous trip, girl!! I'm so jealous... lol! ;-) Enjoy your time away, and we'll see you when you get back!
    Thanks for the heads up about Laura's new blog. It sounds wonderful!
    Have FUN, FUN, FUN! ♥

  5. Oh, Laurie, I am glad that at least one of us is saying goodbye to the cold and snow and heading to warmer climates! Have an absolutely wonderful time!!!... Donna

  6. Have room in your suitcase for one more?! Seriously glad you're making an escape to such a beautiful, tranquil place. Have fun and do show us lots of pictures when you get back!


  7. Oh I am so glad your mom and nephew are doing better! That's so good to hear. Sounds like you are headed for a glorious vacation :) Enjoy!
    Checking out the new blog...
    Becky C

  8. Hi Laurie,

    Did you make it to Sanibel?


  9. Wishing I could be there, too! Enjoy the sun and surf!

  10. Oh, sounds like fun except the 24 hour drive. Have fun.

  11. You are going to have the best time...just looking at your pictures makes me want to go somewhere warm! Save some room in those bags to bring some goodies home!


  12. oh, i am soo jealous! your beach vacation is just what i dream of and that little bungalow looks adorable! i hope you have a spectacular time and don't worry about your little "furbabies" too much. we have our own snorkle equipment too....just THE most relaxing thing to do (breathing whilst underwater...incredible). have a great time!
    all the best,

  13. It looks absolutely wonderful there Laurie. What area are you going to? My dad is obsessed with finding a new place to go next year...some place with not too many people would be ideal.

    Hope you have a great time. I can't wait to hear all about it. Enjoy the drive...LOL

  14. Ahhhh...a well deserved rest & a beautiful spot!...wonderful!

  15. Sounds like heaven...I want to go! Have a fabulous time. Can't wait to hear all about it and hopefully see some photos. God bless you with a wonderful time!

  16. Hi there Miss Laurie~ Hope you and your family have the most wonderful time... sinking your toes in the sand... smelling the salty sea air and just enjoying each other and your wonderful vacation!! Take LOTS and LOTS of pics!! Have an absolutely fantastic time and hugs to you and Miss Debbie too! Can't wait to hear all about your getaway- Drive safe :)
    Hugs, Courtney

  17. What a beautiful and sillence place!!...enjoy yourself....have fun !...lovely time.....xxx...

  18. Have a wonderful, relaxing time on your vacation. You deserve it!!

  19. Have lot's of fun soaking up the sun & getting sand in your toes Laurie! What an adorable cottage on the beach, can you get me in your suitcase??!lol:)

  20. Laurie, so much to say!... i will email you or i will clog up your comments page!!! But you are hot stuff on the beach!!!
    thankyou!!! hugs and love ...xxx laura xxx
    check ur emails!

  21. Be sure and have a good time for me!! Wish I could cram myself in that suitcase!

  22. Ok Laurie, are you sure there isn't room for me in your suitcase?! I bet you can hardly wait to sink your toes into that gorgeous white sand. So much better than the white stuff on the ground here in Michigan! Hope you have a terrific time! And I know just what you mean about leaving your furbabies, at least they don't have to go to the "pet resort" like ours does:) So glad to hear that your mom and nephew are improving! hugs to you!

  23. Good news on your family Laurie, now is your time, and no better place to relax than the Beach. I feel I came back to soon! Have fun, don't forget to bring back a little something to remember your trip by. xoxo tami

  24. Such a beautiful place to escape to! I love that front porch.....enjoy your time & relax as much as possible! xoox

  25. Hi there Laurie!

    So happy to hear that your mom and nephew are doing better. That is good news!

    Have a wonderful time on your getaway. I think I see a little spot in your suitcase that I could fit :) LOL

    Take lots of pictures and enjoy it! Give the fur babies another hug for me.

    Lots of luv,

  26. Have a wonderful trip! Your little beach bungalow looks lovely.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me a thoughtful comment about my wall cabinet :)


  27. Bon Voyage and have a great time!

  28. Can you believe it! just a few more days for you! I wish we were leaving sooner, but am thankful for the time we will be able to spend with you and Rog.
    Save me a beach chair!
    See ya soon, sis.

  29. Such a fun post Laurie and love that pic of you sitting all tan on the beach!! We are headed out for a road trip to the beach ourselves on Friday. Just 9+ hours from Houston to Destin and we are SO excited.

  30. You deserve a wonderful, relaxing vacation. Have fun my friend.

  31. First and foremost, I just read about your mother and nephew, and both are in my thoughts.

    Sounds like you need that very well deserved trip. Have a blast.

    Take care,

  32. Lucky you getting to the beach. We didnt have a very beachy summer here in Australia this year as it rained for a lot of the time (which is unusual) So I am enjoying your beach photos!

  33. Enjoy your trip to "Paradise"! Safe travel and have a blast! xox

  34. That looks & sounds heavenly...feeling warm sand between your toes & listening to & watching the waves roll in *sigh* Enjoy!

  35. Have a fabulous time Laurie! I'm counting the weeks until we go this summer!

    Ciao bella,

  36. oh laurie, have a fabulous time. it looks positively fabulous! i miss seasons but you have all had a little too much this winter. bask in the sunshine and get some much needed respite.



  37. Laurie, thanks for stopping by my blog today and your sweet words! Oh my, it sounds like you are going to have a lovely time on your vacation. And I noticed you are going to the beach, which means that you love the beach :) I am having a 1st Blogging Year Anniv giveaway, called Island Living Giveaway...all about beach items. Make sure you enter. I have some beautiful gifts.

    Angie @ Linen & Verbena

  38. Just popping in before I go off to bed. Have a wonderful trip...and take good care of dear Debbie while she is there! Love to you- xxoo Diana ps...Not too late to get a Smart Car! Bwhahahaha

  39. Okay, just a little green with envy. Have a wonderful time!


  40. gorgeous photos!!!!
    take care,

  41. Laurie,
    I can smell that salty sea air just looking at your photos. Have fun, relax, and eat well. (Your chance at FRESH seafood...if you like it, that is.) Glad to read mom & nephew are doing a little better each day. Thanks for letting me know about Laura's blog. I'm sure I'll love it! (And I see this little blog button in your blog roll for Sea Cottage...have to check out that too.)

    I vote for a pic of you in your snorkel gear! Have the time of your life.

  42. Oooh, this all sounds so exciting. I hope you ave a really marvellous break. I'm trying not to be jealous of all that lovely sunshine...and failing miserably!!


  43. Have a wonderful time! You deserve it!

  44. Laurie, funny you asked about the font on my blog. I saw it on another blog and the author told me the name is Al Charisma. I actually have been looking for the name because it is the default font that came on the invitation I am using for my giveaway announcement.

    Linen & Verbena

  45. Laurie I sent you an email with the information about the font installation.


  46. Hi Laurie...I know it's early, but I had to thank you for such kind words you left for me. I am so blessed to know women like you, with peace in their hearts and the Lord at their side.

    with much xo+blsesings,
    Anne Marie
    (your vacation looks absolutely perfect)

  47. Hey Laurie, hope you have a wonderful vacation & break from the cold.

  48. I hope you have a great time on your vacation, I can't wait to see the pictures!

  49. So JEALOUS!!!!!
    Hearing the ocean.........ahhhhhhh
    Have a wonderful time!!!

  50. Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's - i was so glad to see your post! I look forward to many more garden pics! Hope you are enjoying your vacation! xoxo

  51. Laurie, have a wonderful time! I can't wait to see the sun myself. Would love to be on one of those beach chairs with you.
    ~ Julie

  52. What a treat after the long cold winter! Cute Blog!

  53. Have a great time ! I am glad everyone is okay!

  54. Have a wonderful time! Thanks for linking up.

  55. Oh so very jealous of your vacation! Sounds just divine. I can smell the lovely ocean breezes through your pictures. Thank you so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence!



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