That's The {E} Ticket

So much to say...
     So many pictures to upload ...

After being gone for 15 years, the Mr. and I returned to DisneyWorld.

I'll be back later with tons of photos, and words about kingdoms, memories, shoes, legacy, the happiest place on earth, family, and infinity.

But first, the 1st installment blog post photos brought to you by Buzz Lightyear, and the "E" ticket!


Blue Like Grass

I started out this morning speaking life to myself ...and it grew into a blogpost.

Verse(s) of the day ... thanks melissa.

Blog post of the day ... thanks jen

Lyrics of the day ... thanks fannie j crosby

Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain—
Free to all, a healing stream—
Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.

In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and Mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star
Sheds its beams around me.

Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day,
With its shadows o’er me.

Near the cross I’ll watch and wait
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.

Hymn(s) of the day ... thanks church sisters

Since we're not seeing any green grass 'round these parts, we're hitting' the road for Spring Break '14.3 ... made a mix tape (playlist) and it's filled with bluegrass, hence the blogpost title.

As promised here's our Sping Break '14 updates...  thanks to the mr., our kids & grandkids, sisters, mom & dad, and palm village cast of characters.

March madness is over.
April Fool's day passed with a big FAIL on my part. 
I've got Florida for the win, in my brackets and in the circle of life, I'll have it with a dose of generations and a side of Disney. 

See ya on down the road.
And THIS will be the stopmotion/slideshow song of the road trip for Spring Break 14.3.
Not up for discussion. 


Spring Break, Please

I'm seriously changing up my motivation for camper renovations.  Love the 70's ... but we weren't really hippies by any stretch of the imagination.

Inspiration for spring and motivation to get crackin' for our family adventures this summer!

This is what I do during basketball games, and Grey Barn Occasions can help plan, implement, and design storyboards for you wedding, reunion, and/or marketing photos for your business. Let's iChat.

Coming soon:
Photo journals from Spring Break FL ~ 1
Spring Break MI & INDY aka Max & Lilly
Spring Break FL ~ 2
Spring Break ~ Chicago

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11


James 1:27

One small hand
One small heart
One small dent
In the orphan ocean

We have three grandsons and one granddaughter, and soon we'll be holding our newest grandson. My daughter and son-in-law are adopting from the Congo and will hopefully have Baby M soon.

His small hand
His small heart
Their small dent
In the orphan ocean

They have worked hard to fill out truckloads of paperwork and fund this adoption.  Labor pains. Foreign adoption is labor intense in all different kind of ways. And the costs are almost unattainable. You can read about their story here: www.beforeandafrica.blogspot.com
They've received a matching grant from LifeSong Orphans, click below if you'd like to help.*

Many giving hands
Many open hearts
Our small dent 
In the orphan ocean

I can't help thinking about this small boy, thousands of miles from his forever family. God knew this little one before he was even formed in his mother's womb, so we wait and trust and hope and pray and wish the time would hurry up. 

Waiting hands
Waiting hearts
God's big plan
In the orphan ocean

*  www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in “Family Account Number”  (4391) and “Family Name” (Schmid) Fields. In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. 
Five Minute Friday


Vacation Is A Noun

If I was stranded on a desert island and could only have one font ~ 

va·ca·tion  [vey-key-shuhn,] noun

1. a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday

2. freedom or release from duty, business, or activity

3. an act or instance of vacating

Not to be confused with vocation.

And now a few postcards from the peninsula:

Having a great time, wish you were here.

Next stop:  Gulf of Mexico

I could get used to this.

Pink Flamingo Project

Vacation Reading:

An Accidental Life by Pamela Ewen
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Verse(s) of the week: 

I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. – Leviticus 26:12

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;  for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Hebrews 4:9 &10