"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas

2015 has been a wonderful year. A nice mix of boat time and family time. We began the year in the Florida Keys enjoying the warm weather, the beautiful water and the company of old and new friends. Marathon is home to hundreds of cruisers during the winter and there was always something to keep us busy. 

In March we crossed the Gulf Stream and spent six weeks exploring Abacos. We enjoyed beautiful white deserted beaches, small quaint towns and wonderful clear water that ranged in color from beautiful shades of blue to turquoise. We felt like we were cruising in a huge swimming pool. We truly enjoyed our relaxing warm winter, but by spring we were ready to reconnect with our family...especially our grandwonders.

We returned to our home and the Texas Pearl the middle of April. We spent the remainder of the year bouncing back and forth between Port Lavaca, Rockport and Temple. In the past eight months we've finished most of the major projects we wanted to do on the Texas Pearl and she definitely feels like home now.

The best part of our year has been filled with lots of family time. We welcomed our third grand child, Eelyn Reece, into the world on July 9...her big sister's (Mayven) birthday. We feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family. We've really gotten to enjoy watching Mayven, Graham and Eelyn grow this year. Every minute spent with them is a true blessing. They are all wonderful loving little people…full of hugs, kisses and wonder for everything they see. I have no idea how we're going to get along without those wonderful little hugs and kisses when we return to The Pearl after Christmas.

We also had a chance this year to catch up with old friends we haven't seen in a long time...some as long as 30+ years. Hopefully it won't be so long between visits now. We look forward to spending Christmas with our family and watching our little one’s excitement for this amazing time of year.

We are excited about new adventures in 2016 and hope it brings all our friends and family good health and good fortune.
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