Tell me a Story: December 2018

December was a busy month, starting out with the wedding. There was a lot that went into it, and a lot of last minute changes. Suffice to say we survived the wedding. It was beautiful and we were thankful to watch the faces of Amy and Daniel as they shared their commitment to each other.

The other highlight was the fact that my brother was coming into town for a conference and was planning to spend the weekend with us. He arrived the day before the wedding. It was so nice to have family in town, especially when there is only 5, now 6 of us.

I had decided that I would drive him up to Orlando after the wedding for his conference. Richard decided that he would go with and we would travel via the middle of Florida stopping off at a place called Bok Gardens. I have wanted to visit this place for a while now and we know that my brother loves walking through different gardens.

Bok Gardens were stunning. The owner many years ago wanted to retreat to nature and built these beautiful gardens. He also built on the property what is know as Bok Towers. This is called the singing tower. On the hour music plays. Amy has visited the Towers and actually gone up and she says there is a organ up in the tower and if I remember correctly a recreation room with a library. On this particular day they had musical recitals at certain hours that played Christmas Carols.

So here are some of the images I captured while walking through the gardens.

Bok Gardens
Bok Gardens
Bok Gardens

There was so much more to Bok Gardens, and quite honestly I would visit again in a heartbeat, and not had a time frame to leave. If you are in the Lake Wales, Florida area, stop by and visit these beautiful gardens, they are so worth it.

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30 Minutes in the life: December 2018

Oh and so the year draws to a close. This month we chose to do a festive five. We are all busy and tired and ready to take it easy. I know for one I am. The last 4 months have been hectic, and the first weekend in December we had the privilege of hosting, decorating, planning, taking photographs, and watching our baby girl marry the man of her dreams. Suffice to say I was ready for the Christmas / New Year break. Already half of it is over and I feel like I have really done so little. However, that said the break has been great and I am hoping that the next 7 days will have me refreshed and ready to kick back into a busy schedule at work.

I thought about sharing Christmas photo’s but honestly I did not take to many, and besides I have been editing wedding photo’s for the last 3 weeks. However, my brother flew in for a conference the day before the wedding and I was so grateful that he was there. When you have no family in the country you are living in, it is always a blessing to have them fly in. After the wedding we drove him up to Orlanda, via the middle of Florida, and stopping at a place I have wanted to visit for at least a year – Bok Gardens in Lake Wales.

My festive five come from their beautiful Christmas gardens.

This was a great way to get ready for the Christmas season. The beauty of the gardens and the stunning Christmas decorations kept us there longer than we had planned, but it was so worth the visit.

This leaves me with one wish, that you may all have a blessed and wonderful 2019. I wish you love, peace, joy, good health and blessed time with your families.

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