…at Longboat Key…
…at Lido Key…
…on Anna Marie Island…
I’m really relaxed now, Lord! Thank You for a great vacation! You’re scenery is beautiful!!
Warm Wishes From Florida!!!
To help you feel all warm and cozy…
I’ll just share with you our day at Palm Island!!
And though your weather outside is frightful…
And the map shows Florida to be the only warm spot in the country…
You can bask in the sunshine I’m sending you!
Let’s start with lunch…
Johnny Leverocks Seafood House
Where there are boats on the ceiling!
Come on, the journey to get to Palm Island…
Is half the fun!!
It’s a beautiful day!!
The scenery is awesome!
What a sighting!!
Looks like they’re walking on water!
Here’s our landing…
What fun, we’re here!
Sit, relax, read, gaze at the Gulf of Mexico!
Want to stay awhile???
I see you met a friend!
Stay on the beach ’til the sun sets!
Here’s your lifeguard!
Ahhhhh…the sun is so warm!
Time to go back to the mainland!
Take care of our marine life!
Let’s come back again soon!
Yes, you should!
Here comes our ride!
The gang’s all here!
What’s this following our boat???
It’s becoming clear!
Dolphins are so much fun!
Back and forth, back and forth!
(I think my husband took these last three photos, ’cause I was getting dizzy! Ha!)
Afterwards, I tried to video them on my camera, but they got bored and left us!!
Hope you enjoyed the boat ride!!
Your sunny day at Palm Island!!
And that the sunshine warmed your heart!
“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make His Face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His Face toward you
and give you peace.”
An Italian get-away this past weekend…
At my cousin’s house on the east coast of FL…
A reunion with our cousin from NJ!
One big, happy family…
Our fathers were brothers…
Raised by our Italian Grandma…
We all lived near each other in NJ…
And went to church together…
There’s definitely a family resemblance…
But, I’ve noticed lately that…
We tend to favor our Mothers in appearance!
We felt like we were at a “5 Star” Bed and Breakfast!!
While talking about our…
In our Lord!
The beautiful scenery brings…
And family teasing from our cousin from Oklahoma…
Who before he married my cousin…
He had called…
In a can…
We’ve since changed his mind…
And now he says…
“I want some SAAAAAAAAAAUCE”
Whenever he talks to us!!
Let’s add my son to the merry mix!!
Our very special hostess!!!
Such a blessing!!
She cooks, she cleans, she’s sweet…
My son wants to adopt her!!
I do, too!!
She makes us want to…
And be together!
To do what Italians do best…
While everyone’s talking at the same time!!
Let’s cook and discuss!!
The blessing of family!!!
La Mia Famiglia!
All together in one place again!!
One beautiful place!
We don’t want to leave!!
Come join us!!
Additional signs should say…
“Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.”
This is your “cloudy” day!
This is your lunch guest!
This is your backyard!
a pool an “expensive hole-in-the-ground!”)
Where a live alligator has visited you on your lanai after the hurricane…
Before the lanai screen could be replaced!
This is you, everyday…
Not just on your day off!
You expect your year-round weather to be “not so hot,” “hot,” “very hot,” and “intensely hot”…
Another baby boomer, who just retired, has just moved in next door to you…
And you know their grandchildren have already embraced the FL lifestyle, too!
sailboat “dock ornament” is taller than your house…
You look forward to March…
So you can see your favorite NY team!
Play the FL favorite during Spring Training!
You enjoy being with so many New Yorkers, again!
And you wait for Joe Girardi to smile!
“Cause his team WON!!!
And you truly believe Jesus is a Yankee fan!
“Fishing for men, that is!”
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
Matthew 4:19 NIV
Let’s go fishing!!
“Simon Peter said to them,
‘I am going fishing.’
They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’
They went out and got into the boat,
but that night they caught nothing.”
John 21:3 ESV
“And when He had finished speaking, He said to Simon,
‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’
And Simon answered, ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!
But at your word I will let down the nets.’
And when they had done this,
they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.”
Luke 5:4-6 ESV
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea
and gathered fish of every kind.”
Matthew 13:47 ESV
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
Job 12:7-10 ESV
“And wherever the river goes,
every living creature that swarms will live,
and there will be very many fish.
For this water goes there,
that the waters of the sea may become fresh;
so everything will live where the river goes.”
Ezekiel 47:9 ESV
“Afterward Jesus appeared again to His disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.
It happened this way:
Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,
the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.
‘I’m going out to fish,’ Simon Peter told them,
and they said, ‘We’ll go with you.’
So they went out and got into the boat,
but that night they caught nothing.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore,
but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’
‘No,’ they answered.
He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.’
When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter,
‘It is the Lord!’
As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, ‘It is the Lord,’
he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off)
and jumped into the water.
The other disciples followed in the boat,
towing the net full of fish,
for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.
When they landed,
they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
Jesus said to them,
‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’
So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat
and dragged the net ashore.
It was full of large fish, 153,
but even with so many the net was not torn.”
John 21:1-11 NIV
“Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”
“It is the Lord.”
“Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”
So…did you bring any fish home???
“I’m going out to fish.”
“We’ll go with you.”
Yes, that’s the way to fish!
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