While I Was Out…


It’s hard to believe that my last post was June 7th! I’ve had a very busy couple of weeks, and I’d love to share some of the fun things I things I did.

My blog friend, Mary, at Pile of SmilesΒ shared that she was going to be away for a while. She was going on vacation to…Chicago. Really??? That’s my neck of the woods! I sent an email to see if she would like to meet with me for an hour or so. She graciously agreed to take the plunge!

We shared our love of coffee, and visited for more than an hour. Mary’s blog is well-named. She has a beautiful smile, and a beautiful love for her family and faith. I so enjoyed hearing about her family, and sharing mine too. It was like we’d known each other for a long, long time. I was so grateful for her adventurous spirit in meeting me!



Then it was time to get to the airport and fly out to see my son and his family. He and his wife recently had a new addition, our first grandson! We couldn’t wait to lay eyes on him, and spend time with their family.

As we flew in to the airport, we had a fabulous view of Mt. Rainier. We have flown into the Seattle/Tacoma airport before, but have not had the right weather or view to see it. It was gorgeous.



What a fun week we had visiting! My three week old grandson is a very kick-back, relaxed little guy. He eats like a champ, and is a happy snuggler.





We attended my granddaughter’s swimming class, brimming with life and squirmy two year olds. My son was a swimmer/water polo player in high school and college, so he wants to be sure his daughter knows her way around water. That girl can blow some bubbles!




My husband and I also went to her gym class, had dinner with my cousin and her family, and stayed with my nephew and his family for a few days. My daughter-in-law’s parents invited us to their house for dinner too. Such a lovely visit!

We came home on Wednesday. The next evening, my brother, sister-in-law and nephew came to stay with us. We also hosted my husband’s brother and friend. It was a busy weekend, and SO fun! My Dad was in his glory, spending time with us, his sons (he got a visit from three out of his four boys) and families on Father’s Day Weekend. We are blessed that he is still with us at the age of 90!

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(This was taken in Florida at my Dad’s 90th birthday party.)


I’ve missed being here, and visiting all of you! It’ll be fun to get back into the writing swing again.

Fun news! I have an essay in the new Chicken Soup for the Soul book, “Inspiration for Nurses”. It will be available in bookstores and Amazon on July 21! Another wonderful reason to celebrate…

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46 thoughts on “While I Was Out…

  1. Congrats on being included in the new Chicken Soup book!

    I’m so happy for you that you had such a wonderful time visiting with family and friends. Most of all, I’m glad to hear the new grandson is a snuggler. You can’t get better than that!

  2. Welcome back Ceil! Precious grandbaby! Looks like you had a wonderful and much deserved time away! And isn’t it so much fun to meet our bloggy sisters in person!! I love that! Congrats on the upcoming Chicken soup for the soul essay! Yay! Many blessings to you my sweet friend! xo πŸ™‚

  3. Oh, dear friend!!! SO much excitement and great news from your direction!!!! I am so happy for you! Okay, so first of all, I LOVE Mary!!! Of course, we have never met face to face, but she is such a dear encouragement to me. I am so thankful God orchestrated this visit for the two of you. It is such a precious gift when God lets something like this happen. Okay, secondly, that baby is a living doll! Oh, my word! Just precious! And, your dear Daddy! What a blessing to still be able to share Fathers Day with him! And a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on being published in the new book!!! You must be about to burst with blessings! I am so happy you are back….you are very missed when you aren’t here in blogland. πŸ™‚ Thank you ever so much for your dear comments on my blog…they mean SO much to me! Much love and blessings to you, sweet friend.

  4. Sounds like you had a great time off! I like the photo of you and Mary and your grandchildren are gorgeous. So nice your dad got to see all his children too. How blessed you are to still have him around. xx

  5. It’s great to have you back here Ceil. Welcome back.

    It’s so wonderful that you had such a good time with your family and friends and you met your new grandson. May God bless you and your whole family. It’s at times like these that we make good memories for the future and , more important, we help others make their good memories too. Our presence is a gift to each other.

    Best wishes to you and yours.

  6. Oh my; yes you have been a busy little lady! All of your visits sounds like so much fun. It is always such a blessing to meet and greet our on-line friends; they become such a big part of our lives through daily correspondence! ツ And congratulations on the new addition to your family! What a beautiful little boy; loved all the pictures! It sounds like your summer is off to a great start with many blessed memories! ღ

    Love and hugs Ceil; happy summer lady!

  7. You have been on my mind, friend, so it’s great to hear from you and to see all that you’ve been up to. Sounds like it’s been a fabulous few weeks for you. Congrats on the precious baby boy added to your family. And congrats to your dad on his 90th birthday!! I hope we can catch up soon.
    Much love.

  8. AWWWW…what a great time!!! It is always nice to meet a bloggy friend. Sparky and her lovely husband came for a visit many moons ago. Thanks for the smiles. I am originally from Chicago, but we moved when I was 8 to Florida, but spent many happy summers with grandparents in Chicago and Michigan. Thanks for the smiles, Ceil. Have a lovely Monday. Blessings

  9. Congratulations on the new grandchild, Ceil! Glad you were able to relax and simply enjoy your family for several weeks. We all need that time, don’t we? And wow! Your dad looks fabulous for 90! May he enjoy many more birthdays and Father’s Days.

  10. Ceil:
    This was so much fun reading. What wonderful memories you have made. How lucky you and your family are to be able to share all this.

  11. Welcome back. I’m so glad you had a refreshing time away. We need it sometimes, don’t we? πŸ™‚ Sounds like it was wonderful. And what a gorgeous pic of Mount Rainier. Makes me want to visit WA soon. I tried to take a pic from the ground the last time we were there, but it didn’t come out well.

  12. So great to see you back, Ceil. I enjoyed reading about all of the fun you had these last couple of weeks. You’re grandson is adorable. How exciting about your entry for the new book! Can’t wait to check it out.

  13. Whew…what a whirlwhind! First of all, congratulations on that sweet little grandson! What a precious bundle and sweet pics! And how wonderful to be able to meet up with your blogging friend! It is my hope as well to be able to do this one day…you, my friend would be on that list πŸ™‚ It sounds like the past 3 weeks were just filled with so many blessings. Oh…and WELCOME BACK! πŸ™‚

  14. Oh what a wonderful time you have had, Ceil! So extra special following your long confinement this winter! And a new grandchild! What a blessing!
    I have a son in Chicago! I will let you know the next time we will be in the area! I would love to meet up with you!

  15. So happy about your publication….proud to know a published author! Maybe a giveaway? Glad you still have your Dad with you to celebrate. HOPE you have a marvelous Monday!

  16. Hi, Ceil!
    I’m so glad you posted photos of that new cutie grandson. You look so happy feeding him. And that little swimmer; is she ever cute. Sounds like you dipped into mucho family love! You’re blessed to have your dad; what a great pic! Congratulations on Chicken Soup for the Soul; I’m sure your writing will bless many and encourage their souls. I loved everything about your post today; what an honor to meet you in person, beautiful lady. Welcome back!

  17. Wow! To say you were missed is an understatement. But to see that beautiful new baby and that wonderful picture of you and your dad let us all know that taking time off from blogging to focus completely on family is always a good thing.

    And published again? Why am I not surprised! Congrats, friend! You go, girl …


  18. Welcome back, Ceil! We missed you. Congratulations on that precious grandbaby. What exciting times you’re having. God bless you and inspire you as you get back into the swing of writing!

  19. Oh what wonderful things you have been up to the last few weeks, Ceil!! I love that you met a blogger in person and got to spend quality time with your precious grandbabies!! And that pic from the airplane? BREATHTAKING!!

    All the cherished family time you have had is just such a treasure, isn’t it? Congratulations on your piece in Chicken Soup for the Soul!!! I can’t wait to read it!! Such a wonderful opportunity for you!!

    I’ve missed you too. πŸ™‚

  20. It sounds like you had a great time. I tried to respond to your message yesterday, but had something wrong, half my message was erased., so wishing your hubby and dad a belated Happy Father’s Day!

  21. Welcome home! Congratulations on the new grandson! What a beautiful boy! I love how you share your life with us and I am so glad to have you back with your easy style of writing that is such a joy to read. How exciting that you will be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul. I know your essay will be wonderful!

  22. Welome back, Ceil.Congratulations on your essay’s being accepted. I love the pictures of the grandson. I think it is neat that your granddaughter is learning to swim at such an early age. You have been busy while you were away, That is a blessed thing.

  23. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. : )
    Congratulations on having a brand new grandson!!

  24. Oh how glorious! A brand new grandson! He looks so adorable and cuddly, of course!!! And the granddaughter swimming ..such fun. Oh how fortunate you and your new blogging friend were to find each other! I know that had to be a wonderful time…would love that opportunity myself! If you are ever back in Florida, please let me know! Your Dad looks marvelous for 90! Such a blessing!
    Welcome back!!

  25. Sounds like a grand time was had by all! Your grandson – oh, too precious! I’m sure this was a very JOY-full time for you!

    And it must have been so much fun to meet Mary in person! I have enjoyed her blog for quite awhile now. And she is a hoot – but always has something to say that teaches me something.

    Happy Birthday to Dad – and a hearty congrats on the publication! Ceil, you do have such a way of telling a story, I’m glad to see that others will be able to read your words!


  26. What a precious grand baby Ceil! Oh my goodness I want to reach thru the computer and pinch those precious cheeks. πŸ™‚ Sounds like you have had a very fun kickoff to summer. And how neat you were able to connect IRL with another blogger. Love that!

  27. So glad you had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing the pictures. The newest addition to the family is so sweet. I bet you wanted to scoop him up and snuggle all the time. Your granddaughter looks to have the makings of a champion swimmer. πŸ™‚

    Enjoy the rest of the week!

  28. Hi Ceil! It sounds like you had an amazing vacation. You’re grandson and granddaughter are simply adorable! They are “keepers”! πŸ™‚ Your photo of Mount Rainier is amazing–it makes me want to exclaim: “How great Thou art!” Looking at the photo of you and your dad, I’d never guess that he is 90! Warmest congratulations on your publication!


  29. Welcome back, Ceil! Your new grand baby…love. You look so good in the pictures!! Thank God for safe travels πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your memories πŸ™‚

  30. Great! I think you enjoyed the fullness of life. Sweet grandchild! I love his photo, even the swimming girl. Yes, I read it on her blog that you have seen each other! So many blessings. Let’s praise the Lord. ( and welcome back).

  31. Ceil, congratulations! Wow…the photos say it all! I’m so glad you had a wonderful family time together. Everyone of our family members is so precious to God and when we are blessed to be in unity, heaven comes down and radiates God’s glory in our midst. (Looks like what I see in these pics.) πŸ™‚

    And another congrats for your publication! Truly deserved, well done my friend πŸ™‚

    Every blessing!

  32. Hi Ceil, I am glad you met Mary too. She wrote about it on her recent post. Oh your picture of your grandchild is cute.
    It is good to have you back.
    God Bless Ceil

  33. What a wonderful time away. Isn’t it lovely to be able to meet up with friends?! I dream of meeting blogging friends – like you! Oh wow… that would be amazing!

    So many wonderful things here Ceil and your grandson is precious!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

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