Porch #99 🎉 Here's Your Party Invitation

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for those who delight in doing life
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Hey All!

I hope you're surviving the July 4th week with all its events and fireworks and traffic.  Life bustles in this neck of the woods as people from all over the world descend onto our little peninsula.  We stick fairly close to home and have learned that back roads and off hours are our best friends for this quarter of the year.  

An air conditioner is always on in one room or another.  Fans whir by the hour.  We had friends visit for a lively supper this week, cheering my husband on as he grilled chicken in a torrential downpour.  Our neighbor brought these beautiful blooms to me last evening, grown from seed.  My sister and I spent exactly one hour on the beach this morning and then headed home when it got too humid.  And then my husband and I ventured out to a morning matinee ... a first for us.

Eldest daughter turns 45 next week, eldest granddaughter heads to Israel, a few family members head to hospitals for same day procedures.  We remember Dad's sudden Homegoing 8 years ago, the day after we moved to the Cape.  

Meanwhile, I settle in for calls and meetings, reading and writing.  Afternoon naps, too.  God sits on His throne and all is well.

Here in deep mid-summer, let's hear it for keeping life as simple as possible.  Let's hear it for leaning into His plans.


See that Barnes & Noble gift card?  Yep, that one!  That's your invitation to next weekend's Porch #100 celebration.  Secretly, I hope you'll walk away with the prize.  Hint: If you haven't subscribed yet, now's the time.

Spread the word.  The more the merrier.  And bring this year's favorite book with you.  You'll find out why ...


who doesn't love fountains, sprays & sprinklers

i brought a whole lot of stuff outside
& ended up just sitting there chilling

this baby girl loved batting her eyelashes
& posing for the camera 

morning walks on the bike trail for exercise
evening walks on the beach for relaxing


'May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.'
- Romans 15:5–6


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