The Party’s Over…

Last night I caught the red eye out of SeaTac for a non-stop to Philly where I landed around 7:00 this morning. Which was 4:00 AM to my Pacific Time Zone adjusted self. Thankfully I have nothing to do today other than sleep, readjust and download over 1200 pictures Precious blessed me with. Not 1200 good pictures. Just 1200 pictures. Which is taking FOR.EH.VER…

I had the complete joy of getting together with four of the most amazing women this past weekend. Jewels in My Crown, LVCG, His Girl and CPQ. Seriously incredible girls and they let ME hang out with them in a beach house on Whidbey Island that Jewels in My Crown graciously shared with us.

We laughed so much my stomach hurt. There were a lot of perilously-close-to-peeing-our-pants moments. We also cried a little here and there as we shared the less than joyous situations we’ve found ourselves in — we all have a story — but those tears nearly always turned into the happy tears that come from witnessing God’s kindness and mercy through those difficult times.

The island was beautiful and the weather perfect. While the tide was out we scoured the shoreline for sand dollars and shells and found crabs and sea snails (disgusting) and barnicals and all sorts of interesting things. We explored a couple of charming towns with their quaint shops, ate delicious food – both at the house and in town – mosied through a farmer’s market and strolled through the sweet smelling lavendar farm.

Yesterday we snapped pictures of the original Starbuck’s and waited around to see fish being thrown at Pike’s Market, but the best we got to see was a package of crab being thrown and impressively caught by a guy while holding a steaming cup of coffee. Sadly we had to take LVCG to the airport fairly early and then the rest of us returned to Seattle to explore some more.

Finally it was time to come home. I was happy to get home to the family, but I would be lying if I said I was ready for the weekend to be over. It was the type of get away that was absolutely perfect. I honestly can’t think of anything that would have made it better. Except another week or so.

Like usual, there’s so much more to the weekend. I’ve just glossed over the highlights, but I still have about 800 pictures to continue downloading so this will have to do for now. So much to blog… so little time.


  1. His Girl on August 10, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    man, I'm not ready to be done yet, either. what an amazing blessing to see you again, friend. can't wait to see Precious' pictures…

  2. Sing4joy on August 10, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I am so good at waiting. I can do it really well. See? Yup. Waity McWaiterson – that's what they call me. I am not considering calling you and begging you to email me a preview or anything, cause that would be silly. I want Precious to have all the time she needs to carefully place her booty into your computer so you can share with the rest of us. How'd I do? Can we see now? How about now? Now?

  3. Kellie on August 10, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I'm looking forward to the pictures too…but I'm glad to wait until you are ready. This morning I was showing a picture of you to my parents and I said "This is Amber and she is amazing…." but then I had to stop, for talking about my island girls makes me weepy. But you are right, the perfect vacation in every way.

  4. Carpoolqueen on August 10, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    What a treat to have you out of the computer and sitting across the table and making me laugh until I cried.Looking forward to see what Precious has to offer. The preview on FB was AMAZING.

  5. Cheryl Wray on August 10, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Sounds like such an amazing time with sweet, sweet friends!

  6. Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft on August 10, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Sounds like a great book!

  7. Lori on August 10, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Welcome home!

  8. Brandy on August 11, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Mmmmm, I love times like that. I miss them. Your post just leaves me with a big warm smile.

  9. Gretchen on August 11, 2009 at 9:50 am

    So, I'm just sitting here behind my computer (or inside it, either one), and nodding my head like a bobblehead doll. You're so amazing, I cannot even stand it, and Big is so ready to see a picture of the planked walk he helped to make. When I told him you photographed it, he was excited. 😉 We don't have to tell him it was for art's sake.

  10. Tiffani on August 12, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Just wanted to hop over and say "hello" and how sad I was to not have met you this weekend…I'm not sure why our bloggy paths haven't crossed yet but even without that I "know" of you through my other girls and it would've been my pleasure to have spent the weekend learning about you and meeting the beautiful you.I can't wait for pics..the few I've seen certainly made me feel like I was there and just like a JOYOUS time…that's one of the BEST parts of this sometimes sad, DAILY, life–pure JOY…so happy you all experienced this weekend..and I think I'll stick around here at your blog! 🙂

  11. Cheryl on August 15, 2009 at 8:43 am

    So glad your home safe, tired, but safe. Sounds like a wonderful, dream trip. I can't wait to see the pictures!XXXXX

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