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Ten Things of Thankful: A Mid-Winter Escape, Gratitude in Photos


The sun rises over the Caribbean Sea

You might remember that last summer, John and I won a free future cruise on Holland America. Well, these past two weeks we have been redeeming that free cruise by escaping the snow and cold and hanging out in the Caribbean. We're back home now with snow in the forecast, but sunshine in our hearts. 

Dark clouds above a blue sky and green-blue water and white sand beach at Trunk Bay, U.S.V.I.

We did have a sprinkle or two of rain, but not much--and what's the problem with rain when you're wet from snorkeling anyway? 

A conch shell as long as my foot on the beach

The blue bricks that pave the streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

The view of the unbelievably blue water and the ship from a bench in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

A replica of John Glenn and the Friendship 7, which splashed down near Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

John enjoying floating in a pool under one of the waterfalls at Damajagua in the Dominican Republic

John and I on the temple grounds of the newly dedicated San Juan Puerto Rico temple

The requisite "feet in the foreground, beautiful beach in the background" photo. I finished reading a few books on this trip.

I can't get enough of the beautiful water, nor the handsome companion.😊

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  1. Beautiful beach and nature pictures. I am going next week. So excited!

  2. Ahh! Beautiful blue water and sand! I'd like to visit those places some day. Kyle and his wife are going to Puerto Rico in April. They've been once before (and he went with church youth group and stepped on a sea urchin)

  3. Two beautiful people who more than deserved such a beautiful adventure!

  4. Love this, especially the beautiful pics. My one thankful thing this week, which counts for a lot, was holding my book in my hands. Never thought I'd write a book. Such a great feeling.


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