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I'm on vacation. Glory. Halleluiah. And. Thank. You. Jesus.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so ready for some down time. So ready. I think some other people were probably ready for me to go on vacation too. I am just edgy and need to breathe. Been there? This week I think my kids have said, "Calm down, Mom" about fifty times.  Sometimes, a mom's just gotta put herself in time out! 

I often use Sunday night posts to update my readers who care to read about what's happening in my world.

 This week Larry, Savanna and I are on vacation. The boys couldn't get time off from work to come, so it's just us three. The boys will hold down the fort at home and take care of Max and Maddie. We aren't traveling far this time. I'm too tired, quite honestly! We're just enjoying rest and relaxation in Florida.

We had a terrific day at church today! Celebration has been having a wonderful summer and today was no exception, with the hospitality room absolutely packed with first time guests. We also began "The Circle Maker" series.What a stellar day! We are also getting ready to launch life groups on Sunday mornings, and with it, Sunday School has been killed. This morning our media team presented this:



Big changes coming and it's all good!!!

I didn't get home til' almost 2 pm. Then we got our bags together to head out. I thought I'd never be packed up with things at the house taken care of...you know how that is!  I was weeding in the yard in my final moments there this afternoon. No, I'm not kidding. Finally we got on the road and Larry told me we'd be stopping somewhere for a surprise late lunch/early dinner.


We ended up at Harry's Seafood Bar & Grill in Ocala which is one of my very favorite places. I would drive to Ocala just to eat there. Seriously. It's that good.

I don't even need a menu. I get the same exact thing every time.


First they bring out this amazing bread...that comes with garlic butter and chives. OH MY.  So good. Just so good.

Then I order a cup of she crab soup.

It's amaaaaazzzzzzzzzzzzzzing. It's the next best thing to Baltimore. I moan the whole time I eat it. I try not to disturb nearby diners.


Then for my meal I get shrimp and grits. They have THE best EV-er!!!!!  I moan while I eat that too. This stuff would make a tadpole slap a whale!! If you have never had shrimp and grits, especially the authentic cajun kind let me tell you that you are seriously missing out. You have not lived until you have eaten some good shrimp and grits! The kind with redeye gravy is the best, and Harry's makes it to absolute perfection.

 I only eat half of the portion at Harry's. By the time I eat that much I am absolutely stuffed. I take the rest home for later.

Yes, I do work out after eating this meal! (I immediately went on a walk when we got to our destination!)
 
After leaving Harry's we got back on the road to drive a little while longer. All in all we had about a 3 hour drive to get to where we were going ~ Palm Coast is our first stop.

While in the car I did a bunch of book edits for my project that is getting ready to come out on Kindle. (Get ready, get ready, get ready!!!) I cannot wait to release this book. Not just because it's going to help a lot of people (so those who have edited it/previewed it say!) but partly because I'm ready to birth it and get it out of me. Done. Caput. Finished. I'm so ready!! I hope you are too.


I came to our resting place for the next few days just waiting to exhale.

 I  took one look and said...wowwwwwww.

My husband has a serious talent for finding great deals and great places. I am amazed at this place he found. I will post pictures tomorrow.

Pray that I can relax my body and my mind. Thanks. :)

Much love,
 

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