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California ...Here I Come

I'm continuing to count my every day blessings.

My Uncle Bob bought me a plane ticket and surprised my Aunt Ruth for her birthday.  I leave tomorrow for three days in southern California.  It's been too long since I last visited my aunt and uncle. I will also get to see my cousins and their families.

This is my aunt and me when I last visited a number of years ago.  Hmm ...I still have those flip-flops.

Source: google.com via Calico on Pinterest

I'm hoping the weather will cooperate so I can go to the Santa Monica pier.  Greg and I spent much time in Santa Monica years ago and we both love it.

I would love to put my feet in the ocean and feel the sand between my toes.  I can't do that in the desert of Phoenix.

#442 A trip to California
#443 Time with my aunt and uncle
#444 Time to get to know my cousin's children and one of them is three years old!
#445 Getting to know my new next door  neighbor Caroline (who is a Christian and very nice)
#446 Enjoying summer break when I have more time to unpack and get settled in our new home
#447 Swimming in our condo's pool and not having to take care of it
#448 Being close to everything in Phoenix
#449 Walking to Greg's mom's house in the mornings
#450 Seeing photos of my new great-niece and knowing I'll get to meet her later this month
#451 Experimenting with different colors as we paint our place
#452 Spending time with my hubby
#453 Keeping up with family and friends on Facebook
#454 Having more time to blog

I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Thanks, as always for sharing your joy and thankfulness!

  2. How fun! Enjoy your time here in California. There's nothing better than spending time with family!!

  3. Have bunches of fun Debbie! I just returned from Texas and had a wonderful time visiting Aunts, Uncles, and cousins that I hadn't seen in a few years. This will be a blessed break for you friend!

    Blessings and hugs; enjoy! :)

  4. Good morning, Debbie!

    How exciting to be able to visit your aunt and uncle and other family in southern California! What a special birthday surprise for your Aunt Ruth!

    Cute flip-flops :)

  5. That is so wonderful of him. Such a good time to get away too. I'm sure that you will all have a great time. And, happy birthday to your aunt. Travel safe.

  6. And what a beautiful weather for now! I'm sure it'll be a great time with your loved ones! God bless and protect you!

  7. Oh sweet to have an uncle to fly you out to see them...I love your list...and enjoy this wonderful gift of family~

  8. Southern California is so beautiful. What a wonderful gift! Enjoyed visiting and reading your list today. Blessings on your trip!

  9. Oh, how I love southern cali. Hope you have a nice time away.

  10. what a wonderful gift for the both of you! enjoy your time!

    smiled wide at you still having your flip flops. I can't seem to wear them but as I look in my shoe closet....I can relate ;)

  11. It sounds wonderful...enjoy the time with your family!

  12. Sounds great to me. Thanks for sharing.

  13. oh yippee Debbie! Going to California and maybe even in those cute flip flops! :)

    I know there used to be a Norwegian store in Santa Monica right close to the beach, and we bought some wonderful stuff there years ago. Maybe that viking spirit will let you find it and enjoy some Norwegian goodies. They had a veal meatloaf that was like velvet.

    I'm getting sidetracked... why does food always do that to me??

    I hope it's a trip that is filled with love, laughter and warm welcomes everywhere you go. Enjoy every minute!


  14. That is so sweet and is going to be such a wonderful surprise! So happy for you Debbie. Have a fantastic trip! Experimenting with colors as you paint your place... now that sounds like fun! ;)

  15. That is a wonderful gift of love your uncle gave to you -- totally thoughtful..which I am sure you willl never forget!
    Have tons of fun and be safe.. I love California the weather - the sea the mountains near - all of it..
    I am enjoy your blog..

  16. I was praying for you yesterday and giving God praise for this wonderful trip you would be taking...enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My son is in San Diego right now, he just finished a full marathon on Sunday...he keeps sending pictures back this way

  17. Oh, Debbie - I am so glad for you to get to take this trip.

    My daughter lives in So. Calif. and there are just so many things to see and do there.

    Hope you have a wonderful time. Blessings to you.

  18. Oh Debbie, it sounds like you have wonderful plans. I am happy for you.
    Have a great time in California, looking forward to hearing about it.

  19. :) I hope your trip was wonderful! God bless you!

  20. I hope you have a wonderful trip! Love Sunny California!

  21. I just sent you a friend request on facebook too! =O)

  22. I think it is a special treat for you to be able to visit your Aunt Ruth on her birthday!

    The pictures you posted here are lovely, and I love the one of you and your Aunt together!


  23. Debbie,
    Perfect timing! You are my Featured Blogger to pray for today for The Bloggers Prayer Project! Praying for a wonderful time, safe travel and plenty of toes in the sand time! Enjoy! In His Grace, Dawn @Beneath The Surface : Breath of Faith


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