Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Where we stay

I have had several people through the years of going to Dauphin Island ask me where do we stay? We have been going down there for seven years now and we always rent a house on the beach. Not one house back or across the street or on the bay side but on the gulf side on the beach with the water nearly at our back door. Not sure I had ever rented a house before we started going to the island but I figured if I went with a realty company surely I wouldn't get scammed. I looked for months at all the realty company websites there, VRBO, Homeaway and just googled "beach houses". I finally settled on Dauphin Island Realty. Houses to rent on the beach are kind of expensive unless you go in the off season which is what we have done because the grandkids were either young enough to not be in school or it was OK to take them out for a week. Another thing you have to be very careful of is the pictures of the house. If you don't see a picture from the deck looking right at the water and it says "gulf views", look out. Probably not right on the beach and you better at least talk to the realtor about the location. Pictures can be deceiving. Dauphin Island Realty (DIRE) has been great to work with. We have never ever had any problems. This year we even had to deal with a coming tropical storm/hurricane in which we had to evacuate for one night. And yes, we got reimbursed for that one night without even having to ask for it.
I'm sure there are other companies to rent from but this has been our experience and it has been Great.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Fall is here but not the cool weather

In this part of the country when Fall arrives, about the only way you know it is that school is starting. And with school starting that also means football games. This year we have three starting school and two playing football. The kids are growing up so fast. Such handsome young men. Melts my heart.
 Isaiah was so excited to start kindergarten.
 Three brothers Brown.....
 Supposed to be serious but Jonah just couldn't do it.
 AND just as school gets started, we go on vacation to our absolutely most favorite place. This will be our last year to go during school since Noah is getting older.
 It was stormy the first couple of days. Hehe. Like Hurricane stormy. Got to the island on Saturday and had to go to Mobile for the night on Tuesday. It was a hurricane until it hit land and then was a tropical storm. What an adventure. Spend the night in Mobile, tried to get back to our rented house the next day but couldn't so we stayed in a house further up on the island and finally got back in on Thursday. Still had a great vacation.
 This is what I like to do. Just sit (in a chair) in the water. Ahhhhhh.
 Notice the difference in the waves? From big to calm. So nice.
While in Mobile, we saw some really cool old buildings before the storm hit there. 
 This was really cool. Just read.
 While at the motel, we ate, made up games, watched some tv, went downstairs so we could see and hear the storm. We couldn't hear it at all in our rooms.
 And finally our pirate greeting us at the Maritime museum. ARGGGGGGGGG.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Slumber party at Aunt Jessica's. What's cooler than that....making a tent to sleep in, making popcycles, getting movies and toys. Doesn't get any better.
 Last Silver Dollar City trip before school starts.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

It is well

As I sit in my beautiful home with the outside being a rainy, gloomy kind of day, I realize it really is well with my soul. The last few months have been trying to say the least but I am finally able to say "It is well". I will follow the  path You want me to go down, not the one I think I should go. I am so abundantly blessed. Through this, I have found my way back to a much closer relationship with Jesus. Looking out my windows, I am reminded how good God has been to me. Yes, it is raining A LOT, but it is warm, dry and cozy inside. He has been coming after me and I don't think I even realized it because I was so busy with life. I have definitely been slowed down. I have time to listen now. To just rest in his arms of love feels so good. We all need to slow down so we can listen and experience this wonderful love of God. Believe me, I know it is hard to slow down. We lead such busy lives and I know this has been said thousands of times but we need this. Just clearing our minds so we can soak up His goodness even if just a short time everyday.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Blink

What? July is gone for this year? No, can't be. I just blinked and the summer is about over. But I have more pictures to post. I can't keep up. Well, here are pictures of July 4th from the square in our little town, ice cream, shooting our own fireworks and having a great show right here in our backyard.