Family Promise

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These two little ones, Aniyah and Jayla, are featured here because they really got to my heart recently. They have such sweet dispositions. I can’t stop thinking about them.  They are two of the children in the four families that were hosted by Lord of Life Lutheran Church for a week. My good friend, Tonya, invited me to come along to make dinner and to host the families at her church for the night.  She is such an amazing servant with a gift for hospitality.  She coordinates the family promise hosting program at her church.  The church acts as host four times a year to homeless families in the Family Promise program in Bluffton, SC. The program helps families by giving them a safe place to sleep, something to eat, and an address to use (the Family Promise Center) while the … Continued

Sunrise, Sunset

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Well, we finally reached the warmer weather when we arrived at Beaufort, SC.  We are so happy for some vitamin D.  Lady’s Island bridge opened, we passed through and pulled up to the docks at the downtown marina.  This seemed a good time to look at our plan again.  We left NC late in the season and weather kept us in the intracoastal waterway instead of along the coast permitting a quicker trip to the south.  Getting as far as we had hoped was looking like one big race.  Also, since our auto-pilot failed to keep a course, Beaufort seems a good opportunity to install a new one.  So, we are staying here until the end of the month and then looking for a few days of awesome weather for coastal passage to Florida. One of the best reasons for … Continued

A Day in Georgetown

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We spent a day at the Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown, SC and I took to the streets to explore.  Lunch first at this waterfront restaurant. Mardi Gras préparations were underway when we arrived on this cold, damp day. Front Street restaurants set tables outside in spite of the weather. The town mardi gras célébration was held in a waterfront hall .  This photo was made from the boardwalk. The streets of historic Georgetown call to mind a visual character of bygone years.  This feeling even more exaggerated after dark. An older couple leave the mardi gras party. Ladies outside The Strand theatre. The International Paper Company mill was built in 1936.

Godsend

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The end of February is a fine time to leave North Carolina by water.  COLD this year, but fine.  Weather keeps us and our little vessel “inside” to putt along the Intracoastal waterway.  This is not my favorite, as I would, by far, rather sail the east coast from one inlet to another.  Quiet, overnight sails are so much more pleasurable.  I enjoy a moonlit overnight watch at the helm. So, we race south to get out of the cold, but it follows.  Even with the cockpit enclosure, we wear layers of clothing and warm up when we anchor with a hot shower and warm dinner. At Little River, SC we decided to take a marina dock for a night to plug in a heater.  We hailed a marina, but there was no response.  After a few attempts, a lady … Continued

Here We Go Again

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Providence is a small, strong, pretty sailboat that Rob and I bought in 2004.  We moved aboard in 2005 having given away or sold the contents of and the home where we raised our three awesome children. The last possession to go was the family van that transported children to soccer, figure skating, hockey, moved them into and out of university dorms, family vacations, and, lastly, moved Rob and me to Providence.  Our next three years were an adventure on so many levels as we lived the cruising life along the US eastern coast and throughout the Caribbean. On our return, we settled into land-life again, somewhat, in Raleigh.  Found ourselves a bit lost as we had changed during our cruising.  This, such a blessing.  There was wonderful time onboard those years to reflect, read, grow, study, and to trust … Continued

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