Friday, April 22, 2011

Four to Florida.

Being a child in a large family means that you always have someone to play with.

Being an adult in a large family means your best friends are related to you.

In March Seth, Noah, Tabitha & I took a week-long trip to Florida! We had an exceptionally great time, and the trip was so much fun!! We decided to drive instead of flying, so some of the best memories of the trip were made during the 48 hour round trip. Listening to music, debating about fashion, praying together, laughing, experiencing new food, bantering about the other cars on the road, the list could go on and on!!

When we arrived in Florida, we were greeted by our Uncle Dan & Aunt Sara, our cousin Jessica, her husband James and their son Jacob. This was the first time we got to meet Jacob!

Tabitha & Jacob.

Seth & Elizabeth

Seth & Jacob.

While staying with the Homans we enjoyed visiting Rainbow Springs Park. It was a beautiful spot!! We wanted to rent kayaks, but they weren't available, so Jessica and James brought their inflatable raft. It was an adventure!
Rainbow Springs.

James, Jessica & Jacob!

Walking through the park.

Seth & James


Tabitha & Noah's turn.

Jessica & I.

Uncle Dan & James.

Seth & Tabitha

On the dock!

Group snapshot!

One of the main reasons for our trip was to attend the wedding of Kori Knuth & Andrew Wissmann. The Wissmanns are long-time friends, and we knew Kori because she was one of the 3 girls that went to China with Noah in 2008.

At the wedding.

Tabitha & I

Friends from home!

Andrew & Kori's first dance.

Lighting the sparklers.

Time to leave!!

Our last two days in Florida we got to spend with our cousin Bethany and her husband Adam.

Lunch at the beach!

Toes in the sand........

There were many other special moments of our trip that we didn't capture; breakfasts at Ihop (complete with $3.60 glasses of orange juice without free refills), mini-golf with Adam & Bethany (72 holes, to be precise), the cadillac dealership, the hotel with wet carpets, the Mall at Millenia (with Tabitha's 20-minutes hamburger), bumper-cars, the fellowship between siblings.

Seasons change, and friends will move in and out of your life- but your family will always be your family! If there are any relationships you invest in-- invest in your siblings! They are the ones who know the jokes you told when you were 9, they will stop at Golden Corrall just for you at 9pm, they remember that you hate pickles, they know that you will pack the most clothes, so they will bring a smaller suitcase to accomodate you!

Be grateful for the siblings God gave you-- they are the BEST!


Charis H said...

oh that is so totally the truth -- siblings are the best!!! :) what a treat for a trip! it's great to see the pictures.

Anonymous said...

Feeling so blessed that I got to spend the weekend with those same siblings!!! Love you guys!

Anonymous said...

Yaaaaaa lizzy is posting again ,I had given up!!!!!!!(nice pic of her in the boat.)

Just-us said...

awww... this is my favoritest post in a long time!! almost makes me wish i still lived at home.... :) almost. :) love you guys!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you got GREAT pictures of the Florida trip Elizabeth! I must say you did an incredible job documenting the trip! Although I was quite shocked to see you actually rowed around in the inflatable raft! Afterall it might have tipped and then you would have gotten wet, and that would have been HORRIBLE!:-P lol What you said about siblings is SO TRUE! Your family is an incredible example of cherishing, loving, and being loyal to one another! I love that about you guys! Thanks for being that example to me and many others!

Love ya sis!

Blood Brothers said...

cool family ..........

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