Weekend Links – Get Crafty!

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A Stenciled Tote Bag

 Kimba at A Soft Place to Land always has something creative to share!  And this stenciled tote bag already has my initial on it!  Perfect!

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Thrift Store Desk?

Living with Lindsay {and her husband} did amazing things with a desk from the thrift store!  Check out this Rags to Riches story and see the before pictures!

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Nesting Place Tassel Giveaway
The Nester, tassel maker extroidenaire, is giving away a beautiful tassel at Everything Etsy!  Wait til you see this one!  You can also see a photo of us shopping at Hobby Lobby at The Nesting Place!  It was my first trip to Hobby Lobby…need I say more? 
Have fun checking out these links and maybe you’ll find a fun project for the weekend!

Have You Seen This Blog? {Giveaway News}

Since so many of you are new to Forever Wherever, I thought I would introduce you to our other blog, Everything Etsy!  It’s a blog for Etsy Lovers!  

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If you are a creative person that loves new ideas, or an Etsy seller looking for tips on selling, come on over and check it out! We have a little there for everyone!

There’s something fun going on at Everything Etsy today that you might be interested in. We’re introducing a great new product that I want to use on everything I own!

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Do you want to know more about it?  Do you want to win it?  Well, head on over to Everything Etsy today to learn more about it!

Leave a comment on Everything Etsy and you are entered in the GIVEAWAY!

Daily Thanks – Small Things


Emily at Chatting at the Sky has a wonderful blog full of inspiring posts for moms. Yesterday she was talking about being thankful for the little things that we might not notice on a daily basis. You know, the things that happen that we don’t even think about for more than a few seconds; things that really went our way. While we sometimes {maybe more than sometimes} tend to dwell on small things that went wrong, and remember them for days. Hmmmm…It doesn’t take a scientific study to conclude which is better, does it?

So, today we are sharing moments that might have passed unoticed or unappreciated. Stopping to be thankful for the small, everyday blessings is sure to brighten your day.

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We’ve just returned from a wonderful long weekend in The Keys, but we had to come home a little earlier than planned because I wasn’t feeling well. I’m feeling very thankful for my home to come home to. The comfortable surroundings made me feel better within moments of arriving.

The vegetables and herbs we’ve planted have grown so much over the last few days. I’m thankful for the ability to grow our own food, and watch my son’s delight with the success of his hard work building the beds and planting.

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In the middle of some hard work outside, being done by Tim, I noticed the beautiful blue sky that we had today. That’s a blessing that sometimes goes unappreciated until there’s a few days of rain.

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A quote from Emily’s post…

“A thankful heart does not come easy or for free. Some of the most deeply cultivated hearts of thankfulness belong to people who may have endured much suffering or those who seem to me to have little to be thankful for in this world.”

Without the rain we wouldn’t be able to enjoy a beautiful rainbow! 

Be joyful always;  pray continually;  give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thess. 16-18

What small things are you thankful for today?

Visit Tuesdays Unwrapped at Chatting at the Sky to read what others are thankful for today.

Forever…Wherever! ~ Especially Here!

We do this. We find places that just make you want to stay! Forever!

We’ve been cruising the Florida Keys for a couple of days now and kind of settled a little bit yesterday afternoon when we checked in to the Jolly Roger Travel Park on Grassy Key. This is a good spot! We have a zillion pictures to sort through when we stop playing long enough to do that!

In the meantime, we’ll just post a couple of snapshots.

Here is what the boys have been doing, a lot, today…


They’ve been fishing and fishing. Doing good too! Between fishing, they snorkel and swim. Our campsite is right on the water and I mean ON the water, any closer and we’d be IN the water!

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That’s a snorkeling area perfect for swimming and playing right outside our door! Underwater is alive with fish and many off-limits lobster! It’s fun just to look at them, but hard not to catch them and cook them! We’re eating pretty well though…more on that later.

One of the best things about the Keys are the amazing sunsets! We’ve never had a campsite that really had a clear view. Until now…


We LOVE it when the sun rays are so clear and visible like this! The clouds are just amazing when the sun lights them up at sunset! And then….


It melts into the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing Like a Florida Keys Sunset!

We’ve said our “Forever…Wherever!” toast a few times today, and I’ve added some words suggesting that I’d prefer it if “Wherever” looks like this!

We’re thankful for today in this beautiful place and look forward to tomorrow.

Have a great Sunday!

Ten Great Travel Quotes

We’re heading on the road again…we just can’t stop. We’re totally hooked. Why? Others have said it better in the past…


I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken


The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.

~G.K. Chesterton


A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.




So you set out to travel to Rome… and end up in Istanbul. You set off for Japan… and you end up on a train across Siberia. The journey, not the destination, becomes a source of wonder.

-Loreena McKennitt


For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move…

-Robert Louis Stevenson


             “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”

– Seneca


“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

– Lao Tzu


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

~St. Augustine


It is not down in any map; true places never are. 

~Herman Melville

 To read some of the places we’ve traveled to with our whole crew, check out our Travel Tales category. There are probably 20 posts there that are full of great information on the destinations we visited, but also family travel in general!

Thanks to Julia for hosting Hooked on Fridays at Hooked on Houses!

We’ll check in from the road!

Welcome to Our Backyard!

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Welcome to our backyard!

This is one of my favorite spots! See the chair on the left? Tim made it just for me as a Mother’s Day gift a couple years ago. I love to sit in this chair with a good book…it’s so big and comfy! I can even pull my feet up in it!

What about that chair on the right? Well, that was made by A.J. as a Father’s Day gift for Tim a few years ago. A.J. is 14 now, but he was maybe 11 or so when he made it with his Grandpa. Wasn’t that sweet?

The days have been getting nicer and nicer around here. I’ve been trimming my poor plants that were brown from the cold, and adding new flowers in pots.

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There’s nothing like a splash of colorful flowers to brighten your mood!

Tim built this wonderful deck about four years ago, and it still looks great! It has a wonderful curved edge that I’ll have to share with you one day.

He’s done so much to our backyard! This is where we entertain, and grilled food is Tim’s specialty. Paper plates are usually involved. Not fancy, but fun and relaxed!

Tim built a cool Tiki Bar in the corner of our yard! He has all the photos of it on his blog…Remodeling Guy! {You’ve got to see them!} It’s a great part of our backyard, and we’ve had lots of awesome food sitting at the bar. {Does it always come back to food around here or what?}

I’ll tell you something funny about one of the pink pots above…yes, I spray painted them…but that’s not the whole story. 

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I was spray painting my clay pots because I’m cheap like that to make them all bright and pretty. I love my spray paint!

I was running out of pots for the flowers I bought. I usually have tons of clay pots, but they all have some type of vegetable growing in them right now. {I had more seeds than garden!}

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Tim thought I should just spray the pot it came in…Hmmmm!

I grabbed my can of spray paint and a Sea Grape leaf. {I’m sure paper would work as well!}

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What did I have to lose if it didn’t work out? So…I sprayed.

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Ta Da! I couldn’t believe how good it turned out! You would really have to check it out up close to know it wasn’t a nicer pot. That works for me!

I even painted a coconut…I must be nuts…maybe it’s the fumes!


Spring is in the air and the spray paint’s everywhere!  🙂


I’m joining Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer today.  Stop by her beautiful blog to see what everyone else is doing outside.

Works-For-Me-Wednesday at We Are That Family is always fun, and spray painting pots really works for me!