"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pee Wee's big adventure...

...it's been a rough few weeks around here and while it is easy to dwell on all that is wrong and unjust, in my world and ours, I have been making a conscious effort to choose something different for myself.  In doing so I hope that I am helping someone else to make a choice in their day to take a moment for joy.  Embrace joy.

Last week my hubs, sensing my restlessness, pushed-pulled-dragged me out to the car.  Which in my condition is no easy feat, get it?  feet!!  O.K., sorry...moving on...we loaded up the car and went for a little drive and ended up here:

Pt. Defiance ferry dock

after which we boarded and took a little ride to the other side, about ten minutes.  Got off on Vashon Island and drove around the entire island, just looking around and checking out places to come back to when I am mobile.  Had a little lunch and drove some more.  Then:

we waited for another ferry, this time from Vashon to Seattle, about 30 minutes.  After we crossed and disembarked...turned right,  went up the hill, turned left...this is what was waiting for us!

we had to visit outside since Mimi (me) couldn't manage all the stairs to the house.  It was getting late and the little punkin' was ready to sack out.  So we loved on her for a few minutes and then headed home.  Thanks to mama for bring her out to meet us.  It was an excellent adventure indeed.   Embrace joy this week,  look for it, seek it out, count your blessings and choose joy.


  1. now that is an awesome surprise!!! Nothing like seeing her beautiful face to brighten up your day! I hope this week is good for you!


  2. What a wonderful ending to an already wonderful surprise adventure! Great idea getting you out of the house, a scenic drive, a ferry ride, water views, awwwhhh your hubs did good!!! Big hugs, Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

  3. What a fantastic outing and a wonderful surprise from your husband. Couldn't agree more about the joy.

  4. Hubby has had to take the Seattle Ferry to Bremerton whenever he's taken a work trip to Keyport.

    What a wonderful thing for your hubby to do. :)

    *Hugs* and God bless, Jojo. ♥

  5. Your husband is awesome! Just what you needed and there is nothing better than a "Granddaughter fix"!!! That is the best medicine! She is sure getting to be a cutie! Yes, let's embrace JOY!! Have a wonderful day!

  6. What an awesome end to your day out.That is one great hubby to know just what to do to put a smile on your face......grandchildren will always do that. Never been to Vashon Island and so it looks like it may be on a to do list next time we drive down to Seattle.

  7. There is nothing like a good ferry ride - one time my youngest daughter and I took the SanJuan ferry out of Anacortes - a dark night with a meteor shower going on - we rode out and around the islands and back (never got off until we were back in Anacortes), all the time seeing hundreds of meteors flash across the sky - it was a fabulous night.

  8. Give your hubby a big hug from me for doing this for you!! I'm know sitting around was making you feel even worse.

    Absolutely adorable & precious sweetie, even visiting outside :)

  9. excellent trip i think way to embrace the goods in life! love ya!

  10. I'm sooo hoping the days continue to pass quickly for you my friend. I had foot surgery (radical mcbride bunionectomy) right after my daughter was born and I couldn't walk for weeks. So...I can sadly relate to your torment. :( Praying you will be back to BETTER THAN NORMAL status very soon!

    So glad you got to GET OUT of your house. My hubby dragged me to Tulsa on Saturday and I'm so glad I went. We stayed at a hotel so I could sleep before driving the 100 miles back home. SOOO WORTH the effort.

    Thinking of you and praying...


  11. Great advice Jojo! We just do have to look around more often. So good for hubby to come to the rescue too. Amazing what `getting out` can do eh.
    I love what you see around you.

  12. What a sweet lil one and an awesome surprise. Hope you're well soon and thanks for visiting my blog.

  13. Honey I love this post and your hubby or taking you on this wonderful outing.
    What a great way to spend the day and the ending was prefect.
    So glad you are seeking only joy. I am glad I came by tonight
    Love ya

  14. That baby adores you. I can see it in the way she is looking at you...and we know the feeling is mutual! Glad you're choosing joy...it's so much more fun than moping. Your hubby is a jewel.

  15. Look at that big, beautiful angel baby!!!!!! I am sure that your heart just leapt when you saw them standing there waiting for you:) Wonderful!

    I am so sorry that it has been a rough ride for you lately, but I am very glad that you and your hubby went out for a little adventure. Sometimes a change in perspective is a well-needed gift to our souls. There was certainly a treasure at the end of yours!

    Sending big hugs and lots of love your way!

  16. What better could be waiting for you than that precious, adorable little sweetie. Nice pictures! That little man is just so cute! Hugs

  17. Awwww...what a great surprise, jojo!

    Hugs to your husband and your daughter for having the sense and sensitivity to provide it for you!

    What an absolutely adorable baby girl!!!

  18. Love it that you chose to embrace Joy. Perfect choice and great photos.

  19. What a lovely surprise and what a cutie of a granddaughter you have!

  20. What a thoughtful hubby to drag, push and pull you out for an outing with a fantastic finish... Give that man a hug and an extra star for sensitivity. Maybe that's what I need to find... some one or some thing that drags me out every now and then. Isn't it fun to be reminded of the joy that waits for us just outside our doors (whether in our home or in our heads).

    Love you girlfriend!!!


  21. You really are an inspiration. That baby needs me to nibble on her!

  22. Bless you sweetie for choosing joy. It's not easy to do - I decided to wallow in misery over the weekend - decided that if every day was going to bring frustration and/or disappointment - then I was going to look for it - anticipate it - so it wouldn't be a surprise when it arrived. Reading your post has been a great slap in the forehead - 'cause no matter how hard it gets for any of us - there is joy to be found.

    Praying for you now.

  23. Oh, JoJo, that looks lovely. I could almost smell the sea air looking at those photos.

    What a darling little girl...!!! My goodness.

    Take care of yourself, JoJo.



  24. Oh sweetie, this rockin' would travel the ends of the earth to squeeze a precious pumpkin like that!!!

    What a doll that makes any trip worth it!

    God bless and have a terrific Thursday sweetie!!!

  25. So glad you had such a nice time and were able to Embrace joy and baby!!!

    Sounds like hubs knows just what you need!

    bee blessed

  26. Now that's what I call the 'pot of gold' at the end of the rainbow Jojo! What a sweet guy you have to get you out of the house awhile for a lovely drive. I have never been on a ferry before, and to drive around a beautiful island. You are certainly blessed to live in such an area.
    I loved this post on joy my friend!
    hugs from here...

  27. Oh my goodness Jo! What a heart warming post, I'm so happy for you and God bless your hubby for surprising you like that. Hugs to you sweetie. ~Lili

  28. It sounds like your outing did you good! Coming back to the that sweet little sleepy face was the icing on the cake, for sure.

  29. What a perfect day, nothing better than that!!!

  30. How sweet! What a great outing, and the big prize - seeing that cutie! Linda

  31. What a wonderful surprise.
    That is what it is all about, right?
    What a thoughtful husband!

    White Spray Paint

    Thank you so much for posting Katherine's button.

  32. Just came by to see how you are doing my friend


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