Friday, December 9, 2011

Time to head home

As I mentioned on Monday, I've been "tucked away" all week long writing, writing, writing and have had a very productive week. I actually managed to get away this time, and Joe came along with me. It's been a definite working/writing getaway, but we've also managed to sneak in some fun during the past few days. Now it's time to head home, though, and as great as this has been, we're both ready for our own bed––and home.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, let me first say, thank you! And secondly, you may remember that Hilton Head was a favorite vacation spot for my parents when my mom was alive. Well, that's where Joe and I have been all week (interspersed are pics from our week), and it's my first time to come back here since our last visit in December of 2009.

After Mom passed away in August of that same year ('09), the entire family (my crew, Dad and my brother, Doug, and his family), the whole gang, decided to come here for Christmas that year, knowing Mom would have wanted us to keep up the tradition. But it was so hard...and we ended up leaving after about three days and haven't been back since. But knowing I needed some focused writing time (and in part to celebrate Joe's and my upcoming 27th Wedding Anniversary on the 15th), we decided to come here. And I'm glad we did!

I wasn't sure how it would be, being back here again where we shared so many great memories with Mom, but it's been a wonderful week. We've enjoyed lovely weather and walks on the beach. We've ridden bikes on the beach and around town too. And I've had some great writing time. So it's been a very successful and enjoyable week.

I love watching the birds on the beach. So cute!

But I can hardly wait to get home to my kids, and to Jack! Here's a pic of "Jack being sad because his 'mommy' is gone" that Kurt sent us earlier in the week. LOL! Believe me, as long as Jack gets his Kong with his treats, I guarantee you I'm not being missed overmuch.

It's time to pack up and head home! I'd appreciate prayers for safe travel, and for Joe not to strangle me when I ask him to stop through Starbucks on our way out of town. I'm craving some of Southern Plate's Cold Brewed Coffee but since I can't have that, Starbucks will have to do! 

Blessings this Friday,


  1. Glad you had a wonderful time away from home. I am sure Jack will be sooo happy to see you.
    Will be going to a Ladies brunch tomorrow, the speaker is Jennifer Sands, her husband was killed in the 9/11 tragedy...her topic "Passionate Joy". I can hardly wait to hear her testimony, I am sure it will bless my socks off! Joy...hmmm...isn't it so great to have a God that can give us "unspeakable Joy" even in the midst of our sadness and grief? Awesome!
    Take care and have a blessed weekend
    PS. I bought a copy of "The Help" so I'm doing my "I'm-going-to-sit-down-and-watch-this-movie-over-the-weekend" DANCE ! LOL!

    BTW LOVING "A Lasting Impression" sooooooo good!

  2. I'm so glad you were able to get away and that it's been both productive and refreshing.

    I'm making your Creamy Caramel Pecan Pie for our church staff party tonight as I type this. Hoping I can get the pie put together without eating the components! LOL Stirring the melted butter, pecans, and coconut together when I hadn't eaten lunch yet?! That was torture!! LOL

  3. That's so great that you and your hubby were able to get away. Happy Anniversary! My hubby and I cherish those times when we can get away, relax, talk, etc. Good stuff! I'm glad that you're able to go to that special place filled with memories and enjoy it.

    We're in full Christmas traditions mode down here in my little part of the world. Tonight we are headed out to our annual trip to see The Nutcracker. It's going to be special this time, though, because my sweet girl is going for the first time. I can't wait to see her reaction! To top it off, I know one of the dancers and he agreed to take us backstage afterwards...which I hope will work out! Then we go to a neat little coffee shop downtown called Joshua's Cup (I've got a craving for coffee, too!) and have a little treat afterwards!

    Thanks for your blog and sharing pieces of yourself with all of us. I know I've enjoyed getting to know you better through it. God bless~Stacey

  4. Dearest Tammy, I am so glad you are home safe, and had a lovely time, love the pictures of you and Joe, and the beautiful Bundt Cake Candle, it is lovely.
    Rest up now, take care and know you are always in my heart and prayers, God bless you always.
    Looking forward to reading the new book, hugs, Marti

  5. Hi Tamera,
    I'm so glad to hear you had a good getaway to Hilton Head Island. You may know, or not, that we moved from MI to HHI in the late 90's and it was our home for over 11 years. So glad your memories of that area are so sweet, and you were ble to get some rest and relaxation as well as writing done. It will be a busy time for you now, for sure.
    Diane Dean White


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