Thursday, July 29, 2010


One of the things I try to do is to be INTENTIONAL  in "making things happen" in my life. I'm a big goal setter, planner, and list maker but I've found it also helps to make sure I am INTENTIONAL in making these goals and lists HAPPEN.  For example, my daughter, Elissa, and her husband, Jon, were going to be returning from China and staying with us for a while this summer. Since one of my life- time- goals  is to make memories with my family I knew I would need to do some INTENTIONAL planning to accomplish this while they were home.  They had meetings and speaking engagements they had to participate in so we had a lot of schedules  to work around. I had many items on my list of "Things to do while Elissa and Jon are home". Two of those things were: 1) Take a mini weekend get-away with the family to a nearby destination for some family R&R 2) Make sure we get a family photo of all of us.

 WOO HOO! I accomplished both! So here's the informal photo...

It was summer, it was hot, the guys didn't want to dress up or be matchy-matchy ( They were afraid we would look like we belonged on the "Awkward Family Photo" website ), and we had a very short time frame in which grandson Charlie would sit still so we settled for simple jeans on the bottom and white tops. Whew! Got that done!

For our mini get-away we went to a nearby lake (where my family had a cabin while I was growing up) and stayed at a beautiful condo overlooking the lake. 

We went sailing, fishing, swimming, antiquing, shopping, played board games, dined at  local eateries and enjoyed the gorgeous lakeside views!

But the BEST thing that happened while the kids were home was that Jon, our son-in-law, had the opportunity to baptize our granddaughter, Ashley, in the lakeside Baptism put on by our church. That special event was INTENTIONALLY planned by THEM. 

Many family memories and milestones were made in a short period of time because we planned INTENTIONALLY to make things happen! 



  1. Sandy, I am so happy for you and your family, that not only did you all get to be together, but that so many family members could gather for Ashley's baptism.
    I do not usually ask people to take a look at my blog, but I am breaking my pattern. I have a post titled "Keep Your Toes Pointed - Just In Case;" I think you will understand.

  2. aww, mom. loved this post :) this summer was awesome. thanks for being intentional about making family memories - you are amazing! i love you!

  3. Hey Sandy......Beautiful family, beautiful photos, beautiful blog.....I'm following along with you now too!

    Sweet Blessings!

  4. I love this post! What an awesome time spent by a beautiful family you have. You are so right about intentions! The photo of your niece being baptized is priceless!

    I came to your blog today to introduce myself. My name is Sherry and I'm a new Bloggerette Sorority Sister. I am a newbie to the blog world. I have been blogging for about 3 weeks! so I missed the Rush, but I am looking forward to joining in on the fun in the future! I would love it if you would come visit me at Hope to see you there!

    Take Care~ Sherry


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