It’s Official She is a UT Spartan! Florida is our new Second Home.


We took the week of Aug 19th to travel to Tampa, Florida and settle Jesse into her new home.  She was so excited and even today seems very settled in her new location.  I guess Florida agrees with her… I am sure the free golf does.  We can’t forget the drive in this tale.  We pulled a camper to leave in Florida and since we planned to be gone a week we took Harley along for the long ride.  She was a trooper but always wanted to sit on Derwin’s lap.

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After the 12 hour adventure to Ruskin, Florida we arrived and settled into our new home away from home.  For sure Harley settled in…


Moving day arrived and it was quite a confusing disaster, but patience won out and we made it.  She is moved into her HUGE dorm room!  It is a little big compared to anything we have ever moved Hannah into except maybe her apartment off campus.

IMG_2194I was able to snap some shots of the dorm as I stood watch on the curb.  Yep!  crazy here is my guard duty job.

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Finally it all made it upstairs, elevators, through long lines to her dorm room…. The final product is a great room.




I can’t stop with the dorm room without also sharing the view.  The only better view was probably Hannah’s Sophomore year when she could watch Carolina Baseball from her Dorm porch.

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This was a long day, but a successful and sad one as we said our first real goodbyes to Jesse.  So hard to believe as I type this she is over 8 hours away and not in her room behind me.

Now Derwin and I needed some down time so off to the Gulf beaches.  We saw some awesome things.  Horses swimming in the bay, some beautiful beaches and the Skyway Bridge to name a few.




I must admit my favorite part of the whole week were the sunrises over the Little Manatee River.  We were told these were beautiful and the truly the pictures do not do it justice.  Although every morning was walk with Harley around the docks, we did catch two actual sunrises.


This is the first sunrise Derwin and I watched on the day we moved Jesse in…


As beautiful as that is the last morning as we prepared to leave was the most spectacular with the colors and clouds.

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My favorite is the panoramic that Derwin was able to capture with his iPhone5


Then the week was over we loaded up and headed home leaving Jesse settle in and ready to move forward into a new time in our lives.   As I look forward to this time with Derwin, I will also long for the times when all four of us together again!

Oh yes and Harley too…..



Life Changes….

It seems like only yesterday that I was the mother of two little girls, who are now all grown up and moving on in the world without me.  Some days this is really hard, but other times it is awesome to know that they are strong enough to make it own their own – and seek this for themselves.  Watching Jesse graduate from high school this past June and then pack her car and head to beach almost does not seem real.


For some reason letting Hannah go was easier maybe because Jesse was still home and she might just come home to see Jesse.  Soon this will not be a reality.  Derwin and I know that we are entering and exciting yet emotionally hard time in our life.  We are excited to be empty nesters but will covet the times we have the girls with us together from this point forward.   Derwin and I know the future holds good times, good friends, and lots of fun!  We are proud of the two girls we have raised but now it is time for them to spread their wings and fly!  God says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  I know that God holds their future because they believe he does!

University of Tampa here we come with our baby girl!