Project Alicia : WW: Gifts (the free kind)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WW: Gifts (the free kind)


“Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.” -Ruth Ann Schabacker


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Interestingly enough, we took the three hour drive in search of the Georgetown Lighthouse only to learn upon our arrival that it could only be seen by boat. A 4 hour boat ride to be exact, 2 out and 2 back. And there were not enough hours of light left in the day. Disappointment immediately set in.

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But we continued on until we made our way to Pawleys Island. An island that has been around since the 1700s, making it one of the oldest seaside resorts in America.

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We happened on a quiet, picturesque beach. And the kids immediately set out to explore.

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We found treasures galore.

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We breathed in the salty air. We walked. We listened to the waves as the sun lowered behind the horizon.

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We had a beautiful day.

It definitely was not the picture I imagined in my head as we started south that morning.

Pawleys Island has reminded me that although life is bound to have disappointing twists and turns, the outcome could be better than we had even imagined if we just untie the ribbons.

...life's gifts just waiting to be unwrapped.



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59 comments:

  1. Lish,your pictures are very beautiful! I love the picture of the two of you!
    I hope all is well and you are enjoying you the new area where you live.
    Happy WW!
    Verena

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  2. Oh how beautiful! I love the last photo of all of you :)

    That quote at the top is just perfect.

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  3. What beautiful pictures! I want to go there, it looks so calm and peaceful.

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  4. Each week I look forward to seeing the pics you'll post, because they're always beautiful! Thanks for sharing, I'm glad your trip turned out well for you :)

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  5. beautiful post.. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. :)

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  6. Unexpected adventures (beaches) are the best! I'm glad you're settling in to South Carolina life. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Gillian from Baby Talk without the Babble

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  7. What a lovely family pic, that last one!

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  8. Always look forward to seeing your ww!!! Great pictures as usual!!! :)

    Please stop by and link up At http://africasblog.com/2011/11/22/ww-puppies

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  9. Beautiful! Both the photos and the sentiments! And I am so glad you are finding new critters there in your new neck of the woods! ;)

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  10. Please tell me you are going to use that family shot for your holiday card. Stunning photos!!

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  11. I love these so much. Gorgeous!! Sad it wasn't the day you wanted but sounds like you had a great time.

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  12. Leave it to kids to help pull us out of the funk we sometimes find ourselves in. "Look! Creepy, Crawley CRITTERS!"

    Have a Happy WW and Thanksgiving!

    ~EdT.

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  13. Sorry, ended up with two links! Love that close up of the crab! Looks like it turned out to be a beautiful day even though it wasn't what you'd expected. I love those days!

    ~Mimi

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  14. I'm so glad you're enjoying SC! Stunning pictures, as every week :-)

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  15. You never know what you're going to get! Be grateful for the proximity to the ocean.

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  16. Lovely pictures. I never realized how weird crabs look.

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  17. Beautiful Photos! I'm glad your day turned out great and that family photo was worth the trip!

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  18. So sorry you didn't get to see the lighthouse, but Pawley's is a fabulous place to spend an afternoon. Love the crab photos.

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  19. It really does look like a beautiful day and you have such a beautiful family!
    Hugs,
    Genny

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  20. The crabs, the starfish, and the seashells are so beautiful! Amazing photos. I have never seen a crab in real life.

    I love the family picture as well. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  21. I'm glad you all got to have an adventure after all.

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  22. was going to say i loved the crab photo.. but that family pic is great

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  23. What an inspirational quote! I really love it! Each day is truly a gift, especially the days and time we have with our family. I'm glad you had a great day despite the disappointment. We've had a few of those as well, but they do end up being some of the most memorable. Incredible photos as always. The beach is my favorite, so I will never tire of shells, crabs, sand and water! (Love your jeans by the way...one of my favorites). :D
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  24. Gorgeous shots! Thanks for linking up at Momma T and Baby E!

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  25. Great shots. I see Christmas card potential here. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  26. gorgeous! it must be an adventure every day. Wow, your little guy actually grabbed a crag! I love the close up too, so cool. and the family portrait is beautiful. have a blessed Thanksgiving! ~Faythe @ GMT~

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  27. I feel like a world away when I compare your pics to mine....LOL!

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  28. What a beautiful day. I can just about smell the salt in the air.

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  29. beautiful photos and sentiment <3

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  30. This is a beautiful post! And your pictures are gorgeous as always! I often have to remind myself that things don't always turn out as planned, but we need to make the best of how things turn out.

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  31. Wow, what a trip! Looks like you still found an amazing place :)

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  32. JEALOUS that you guys are in shorts & tshirts!

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  33. You make me want to move to SC. With you I'm discovering new places that someday I hope to visit. There is truly so much to see here in our own country. Your photos are BEAUTIFUL and so is your family. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

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  34. That is a great lesson to revisit. That just as things don't go as planned doesn't mean there aren't gifts to be found. I'm awful with that. If something doesn't go as planned it's ruined in my eyes. I've been actively working against that but it's hard. Good for you. LOVE the pics of you and Haldan holding hands and the family pic. Was that a self timer????

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  35. Those perfect days happen when you least expect it, don't they? Absolutely beautiful shots enhanced by your beautiful family! :)


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  36. It may not have worked out the way you planned, but these photos are stunning nonetheless!

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  37. You take incredible photos.
    I'm not good like you but I do have a weekend photo blog hop called In Search of Beauty. I'd love to have you link up sometime,
    www.shandaoakleyinspires.com

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  38. These are gorgeous Alicia! I love your processing and your family shot is lovely :)

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  39. Isn't it great when things go "wrong" only to turn out so much better. Lovely day caught with a camera. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours x

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  40. I just have to say, your fair color is beautiful!!!

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  41. Well it looks like a good day nonetheless.

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  42. You look so adorable and what a special family! I changed it up today and instead posted a holiday recipe linky. Share any recipe through the weekend and I'll cookbook winner giveaways on Monday. Happy Thanksgiving in the South!

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  43. Beautiful photos. Love the family photo.

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  44. amazing photos...that crab one is crazy. can't believe he actually stood still for the shot =D

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  45. Nice to hear that you still had a nice time. Beautiful family picture.

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  46. Beautiful photos as always, & great commentary. You have one of the best-looking blogs on the Net! Thanks very for sharing with us, & a very happy, safe, & healthy Thanksgiving to you & yours.

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  47. Gorgeous family!!! Happy WW & Turkey Day to you & yours!

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  48. Now you are going to gets lots of complaints as you tease so many with your gorgeous weather vs most of the rest of the country this winter! Ha! Happy Thanksgiving, Alicia!

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  49. Those are some pretty amazing gifts you've got. I'm so glad you're enjoying your beach house.

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  50. Oh it looks like it did turn out to be a delightful day. Sometimes those are the best kind- when you expect one thing but something you never thought about happens instead. Those creatures are fabulous- I know my kids would be so thrilled to come across those. Love how you always make a point to get a whole family shot (do you use the timer or the remote?)- so important & those will certainly be the ones that you treasure when the kids get older. Some great childhood memories they will have- all documented beautifully.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! You & the family will be in my thoughts.

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  51. Wow! LOVE the photos and what happened, it is such a great example of life. I love it!!

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  52. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! Love the family shot and the one of you and your husband walking....so lovely!

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  53. Alicia, you always make life look so beautiful - you have such a gift .. and a beautiful family! Happy Thanksgving to you and yours and thank you for this wonderful meme you run every week and sharing a glimpse into your life ... most appreciated!

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  54. Love your pictures!
    I followed you and would love a follow back.
    Thanks, http://mimilovesall8.blogspot.com

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