Charleston, SC – Friday & Saturday

Friday morning Irv mentioned that maybe we should go to Charleston for the weekend. I spent the remainder of the morning googling what to do in Charleston with kids, came up with a plan, made phone calls, and found a hotel. We were all packed up and departed 5 PM.

We stopped at Chick-fil-A on the way of our 2 Hour Dr. We were ecstatic to discover that Ving could eat a meal at Chick-fil-A! This was the first meal he has ever ate in entirety at a fast food restaurant. He was psyched. We will be going there many more times now for the remainder of our winter escape.

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All nine of us snuggled into a small suite, with two double beds and a pullout. Some people preferred the chair. We stayed in the historic district of downtown Charleston, so that was fun to be able to go to the market, carriage rides, and walk around.

Saturday morning we ate our frosted flakes and goodies we had brought along, and headed out for our carriage ride tour. we had a private tour an hour narration which was awesome.

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We toured the market briefly, and then headed out to the Magnolia plantation for the remainder of the day.

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It was Valentine’s Day, and I think we were the only people there with children walking through the gardens romantically. They had 10 stops of chocolates for the romantic walk, and all nine of us enjoyed that! I love the beautiful white bridge, and the hundreds years old oak trees with the hanging Spanish moss.

We went on two tours while there, and explored the slave Area homes, and took a tram through the Audoban swamp and observed alligators.

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We were all exhausted at the end of the day. All the children went to the petting zoo while Irv and I finalized the tour of the plantation home. It was our Valentines date. We headed back to the hotel, all crashed and rested, and ordered pizza. Irv did take some out on a late night stroll for ice cream in the city.

Week 1 : WInter Escape

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It’s Friday night, and we’re on our way to Charleston for a weekend field trip, A 2 Hour Drive and a two night stay.

Just one week ago, we were arriving at Fripp Island this same time of evening. The kids had a blast discovering the house. We held a family meeting to determine which room people voted for. Little kids love the bunked bedroom. Big boys were delighted to get their own room for the month.

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The first week went by fast. We discovered and explored the island. Love the activity center where there are creatures to interact with including an alligator, bearded dragon, turtles, tortoise, and many snakes.

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We have a golf cart to ride around the island, so that’s made fun exploring.

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We’ve also gone on some bike rides, and that’s been great exercise. There are two playgrounds on the island. One of them has signs to be aware of alligators, very close to the playground, which made us all laugh a lot.

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Palm trees growing out of the center of the playground landing. Isaiah climbing a palm tree was a first! Hunter, he’s always fun! We climbed trees in the front lawn and jumped rope.

It’s nice not to have a plan or places to be. Praying for our family’s love to grow, to fall more in love with my husband, and make many family memories.

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Daddy initiated group hugs for Hunter, to lift his spirits. Playdo on the counter with toddlers and teenagers. “Everybody should rub Playdo balls on thier face, just don’t eat it!” States Baby Zion.

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My favorite valentine, early

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Ninth Move to Heaven Day

I miss you sweet Tucker. Sometimes I think you and grief are all in my crazy head. But days like today, when I purposefully reflect, I remember reality clearly.

We didn’t watch any of your movies. We had a quiet Sunday together as a family here on Fripp. I purposed to enjoy the blessings around me.

We slept in after a long night of fevers and coughing with Zion. Hunter took the little people on a walk on the beach. We had a nice breakfast individually. Enjoyed some sunshine on the deck with the Lord in my Bible. A couple worship songs and an online preaching service, was great.Then all gathered and played some games. Then went to the beach as a family on the golf cart. Ving built the soccer field and we had a nice soccer game. Dug some big holes. Ving, Hunter, and Isaiah all went swimming in the frigid ocean. Zion fell asleep on my chest, and I took the picture attached. Usually I love to post the picture of Tucker snuggling me on the beach, so I thought this was a gift from the Lord today with Zion and I.. I am a blessed woman.

I took the golf cart to explore and find a pool, but they all were closed until March. We checked out the activity center and Eden had a blast holding snakes and reptiles. We came home and enjoyed a steak dinner mashed potatoes and green beans, hunters first tutoring meal from dad and mom. We hope to do one per child during the week of teaching them to cook.

I was blessed to receive some lovely texts and emails of girlfriends remembering Tucker and loving me. So grateful.

I’m settling into bed early tonight, just pondering things in my heart. So grateful to be Tucker’s mama.

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Hello sunshine

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Love you Sunshine!!!!

What fun to wake up this morning and see what our sanctuary for the month looks like in the daylight. We worked hard on pack last night and got everything situated. Went to bed around midnight. Baby was sick with a fever of 104 all night, so that was stressful. Still watching him today to decide what to do with him. Virus? Ear infection back? Not sure. Don’t want to spend tuckers move to have a day at the hospital, but might have to seek treatment.

Today’s been fun exploringThe area. I was a bit nervous when I woke this morning and Hunter Judah and Isaiah were missing. They went off on an adventure and I fear the worst. They returned so happy with tons of shells and a complete skeleton of a horseshoe crab. Excited to explore and starting to venture. We got all the bikes working and went on a family bike ride to explore the local area. Went and visited the beach and check that out. Gorgeous.

My favorite quote of the day was eden exclaiming, as she twirled in the water, “I have never been to the ocean before!”

We’re going to venture into town tonight to get the rest of our groceries. Perishables.

I’m resting in the sun on the porch with baby Z, he taking a nap on my chest, the others went back to the beach to play some soccer in this 4 o’clock daytime high temperature of 50.

Ving and Hunter were supposed to catch up on her schoolwork but they’re behind for the week, but there are so many distractions. Sunset will bring more time and opportunity.

One thought on my heart today has been that the earls, my cousins, giving us this house is a gift of this month to use as our sanctuary, a blessing. My heart has been overflowing with gratitude, and amazement at this free gift. Jesus giving me my free gift of salvation is the biggest gift ever. But for earthly gifts, this one is generous and huge.

I am praying for God to do mighty things while here. Trying to make note of them in my heart. What do I want these days to count for? How do I want myself to improve and become more Christlike? How can I take better care of myself, my children, and my husband. I asked the Lord to help me order those into realistic goals for each day.

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