Shine, baby, Shine!

Her shine is sometimes added with shoes that light up or a shimmering dress that sparkles in the light. She likes glitz and glitter as much as any 9-year-old girl does, maybe a wee bit more than some.

cake and candle

Her real shine comes from her smile and delight of being with friends and family she adores. Her shine from within is contagious, infusing us with a shared joy.

“You are the world’s light—a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see.  Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16 TLB

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Local (weekly photo challenge)

Local to us is a place that stretches long from north to south along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a place that is sometimes overshadowed by the glitz of Miami, just to the south of us and the wealth of Palm Beach just to the north. surf meets sand

 

ocean

Our tides roll in and out with few surfing opportunities for the serious surfer.

We are diverse in our people and accents having as much of the Caribbean here as we do New York. To find a true Florida-born person is a challenge.

Local is stifling humidity from late June -mid October and beaches crowded with snowbirds from the all points north when our weather is something to brag about to family and friends shoveling snow up north.

This part of Florida won’t always be our place of residence but it’s as close to home as we’ve ever had and will be the home of our heart.

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Quick trip to Dallas

We were in Dallas last month for a business trip and took advantage of staying a couple of extra days with family there.

Lunch at a Farmer’s Market that wasn’t a traditional farmer’s market but had delicious eats. Especially the sweet treat at this Italian bakery.

Dallas Farmer's Market
Dallas Farmer’s Market

Itlalian bakery

The outside library across from the art museum seems like a brilliant idea. We enjoyed the museum first, walked across the green space to browse the library that was lined with benches, bistro tables and chairs under shade trees to enjoy a read.

outdoor library Dallas

We finished our visit to this part of Dallas with a stroll through the sculpture garden. There is no admission to the art museum but the sculpture garden is $10.00

art museum Dallas
art museum Dallas

Sculpture garden

walking through one of the sculptures
walking through one of the sculptures

Sculpture garden

A quick stop to the Bishop-Arts District and The Emporium to try their pies. We bought one slice of each kind – 7 in total. Delicious all!

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pies

Next stop, old Fort Worth and a quick trip to Waco and Magnolia Market. So much to catch up on, so little time.