Friday, June 17, 2011


**Just found this post about our Honeymoon I wrote over a year ago.... Not sure why all these posts are drafts. Figure it's about time to get them up!**

The morning after the wedding Paul and I got up quite early and caught a flight to Dallas/Ft. Worth and then on to Jamaica. The flights, connections, getting our luggage and the drive to our Sandals resort, all went very smoothly.

Our first night in Jamaica we had dinner on the beach and saw some fun performers. We learned how to dance reggae style.
This man balanced all sorts of things on his forehead. There was another man who did the limbo under a board of fire, some reggae bands, and lots of tasty food!!!

Speaking of food, here is one of our favorite treats while in Jamaica, Cajun style fries. YUM! I make them all the time now. So tasty tasty.

We spent a lot of time on the beach. Above is a picture of our friend Duckie, the fiddler crab. All the food was marvelous in our Italian-themed resort (see below).

Our favorite memory of the trip is the day we got off the resort. We took a jeep tour that took us to Dunns River Falls, where we climbed up the falls (with hundreds of others), and then the tour took us inland.

We went through a number of villages. We learned about coffee harvesting (Blue Mountain Coffee is their famous brew - Paul loved it!). It is a very long and involved process!!

We stopped and had a snack of fresh fruits on top of one of the peaks which overlooked quite a bit of the mountain range.

We went to the highest point in the region and could have seen Cuba had the day not been so hazy.

After a wonderfully relaxing week, we headed back home. We got to the airport quite early due to lack of shuttles around our needed time.

Jamaica is a beautiful and poor nation. I was humbled by the rows of shacks lined up next to acres of resort. Without tourism the island's situation would be even more desperate. Everyone we met were very nice and hospitable. We often heard "No problem man" and "Ya man" and found out that "man" is a term of respect. The most important thing to remember is this: in Jamaica you may have a situation, but never a problem. A situation, you see, can be fixed, but not a problem, so there is "No problem!"

Lake Powell

**I just found this post I wrote over a year ago about our trip to Lake Powell. Thought it should be posted!**

What a trip! In September/October of 2009 Paul and I joined two other couples on a camping adventure to Lake Powell! Our first stop was eventually christened "The Mars Site" because of all the red sand and HEAT. We stayed only one night before heading south.
We had to cross the lake (see picture above) to get to the road we needed to take. It was aday-long trip, but so very worth it when we found a Safeway (with affordable food), and a wonderful camping spot on the beach!
This is a view from our drive (above). This road was crazy!Sunrise from the tent I shared with Clinton and Pahtyana at our beach campsite. Twelve hours later the winds came. And they never went away. We spent another night (getting buffetted by wind and sand even in our sleep), but the next morning, when all seemed to be calming down, they got worse. Below is a picture of our site during the windstorm. We found out later that there were gusts of up to 60 mph. We packed in record time, found a hotel room (well, two, actually, one for the boys and one for the girls), and got breakfast. The great thing was, we were all still smiling and laughing.The next morning (after the guys emptied our stuff of sand and the girls reorganized all our food and miscellaneous stuff), we picked up our boat (below) and headed out onto the lake for the next three days and two nights.We did some exploring the first day and then found a campsite. We ate on the boat that night,which was good and bad. Good because it turned out we couldn't get a fire going once we got onto the land, and bad because by the time we tried to get to land it was dark and we couldn't pull in any closer to shore with no light. The guys ended up walking us to shore with us standing on their shoulders!The next day we explored the lake. Drove in and out of canyons, swam some, enjoyed good company, beautiful weather, and even found our windy beach site from the water!!! The boys treated us to dinner at a restaurant that evening (see above), and we had a sunset dinnercruise!! It was such a treat!We started talking about all the places we wanted to go. The six of us travel so well together, we should find more trips to take! So we "proposed" different options and enjoyed a delicious meal. Then Paul announced he had one last proposal before we headed back to camp.Carey Britton Cecil, will you marry me? Between me and Pahtyana, apparently all the oxygen in the area was used up. I said yes (of course!) and we beat feeted it (is that a word?) backto camp (in the dark), found it (praise Jesus), and had a campfire (bought firewood)! It was a wonderful day.Our last day we played some water sports. I even went tubing - behind a speedboat! Not without Paul, though :o) and I left my diamond with Pahtyana (see above, my best friend). Itwas really scary - well, jumping into the really deep water was (even with a life jacket), but I got there...eventually :o) Praise the Lord that my Love is patient with me!!!
It was truly an adventure! Culminated in a long overnight drive back (we had a one-year-old with us, did I mention that?), cleaning up really quick, and going to church to share our exciting news! Set the date for January 30th, a mere 4 months after we got engaged!

Friday, June 10, 2011


Every time I hear this song on the radio it gets my heart pumping, my spirits lifting, and reminds me of why I breathe. I heard this on the way to my Calc 3 final and again later that day and it was just the theme of the day. Nothing else matters when what we know is true is True.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Disney World!

Vacation this year was a Christian family trip to Walt Disney World. All but Stephen were able to make it. It was hot, humid, and absolutely fabulous. Here are a few pictures.

The United Kingdom at Epcot

China at Epcot

I'm not going to lie, I got really, really happy when we got to the Magic Kingdom.

Our last day Paul was gracious enough to allow me to pick where we went and... we went back to the Magic Kingdom :o)

100 Days

June. How did it get here so fast? In the past two months I finished Calc 3, saw a few plays, watched another graduating class leave our high school ministry and yet another join it. I've gone on vacation and longed for another (already). I've watched my belly double in size and wondered what kind of a mother I will make.

I am learning how to take deeper breaths, say no to the things I can't handle, and not allow stress to rule my behavior and life. Yes, still learning. I've figured out how to get to work on time, though. I'm reading a lot and wish I slept more :o)

In approximately 100 days (give or take a dozen), Paul and I will become parents. Not that we aren't already, technically, but in the sense that there will be a breathing, crying, pooping life form in our home that we must be responsible for and take care of. This summer is going to fly by and if I'm not careful I'm going to miss it.