The Week in Words (Oct. 8)

This week’s “The Week in Words” is going to be fewer words, more photos!

I’ve been back from my vacation for a week now, and I still want to go back. Here are a few of the most memorable images from my trip:


^^ The view at dinner the night I arrived


^^ My new friend, Mr. Man A. Tee, at the South Florida Museum


^^ With my beloved aunt at my favorite Florida restaurant 😍


^^ With the scenery at the Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota


^^ At of the beaches around St. Pete


^^ At the top of the observation tower at the Robinson Nature Preserve in Bradenton

My “pause” was fantastic—and just what I needed to power through the rest of the year!

Best bite

Each week, I’ll drop in a pic and description of my favorite sip or bite—and a recommendation, too!


I did not make this deliciousness. This boiled shrimp with Cajun spice, along with potatoes and corn, came from Pier 88. I’ve had it several times, and though it’s messy, it’s yummy.

Favorite Reads

Finished Beach Music while on my trip and also read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The latter was a really easy read, words-wise, but incredibly thought-provoking. Seeing the movie coming out in a couple weeks is now on my agenda.

Audiobook-wise, I’m in the latter parts of The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen. I listened to it while flying to and from vacation and then in the gym, so I’m almost finished. It flips back and forth between two connected storylines, decades apart, which is one of my favorite things.

Next up will be Jodi Picoult’s A Spark of Light. I downloaded it because she wrote it, not knowing the subject matter, but now that I know it deals with a modern-day hot topic, I’m even more intrigued to listen.

Auntie’s baby

Now surely, you didn’t think I’d create a blog without my baby love in it, right?!


Questions I’m pondering…

These things are on my mind—if you know the answer, please share! Sometimes these will be light-hearted, other times they will not.

  • Is there anything more special on this earth than a mama’s love? I was just blessed by a weekend visit from my mom—and since she’s newly retired, I’m looking forward to many, many more impromptu trips to come!
  • Why have many Christians reached a place where they can callously look aside when other people are hurt? When others are in need?
  • Have you had an experience where you had to step out in faith, not being able to see what’s ahead? I’d love to hear about it.

Quote of the week


Wrapping things up

This week we should finally see the arrival of some fall temperatures here in east Tennessee. I’m headed home to my mountains on Friday and looking forward to (potentially) bringing out jeans and tall boots on Sunday! Bring on the fall weather.

See you next week.


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