Vynecrest Vineyards and Winery

September 5, 2011

Grapes on the vine and in the bottles COLLAGE
Friday evening we went to a party to celebrate some wonderful news just received by a good family friend.

She was my neighbor growing up and actually, I babysat her and her brother, but I don't really want to talk about that, because that just makes me feel old.... Anyway, she has three little ones close in age to Sarah. A set of twin girls and a boy. Her world was turned upside down a few weeks ago when she had a mole removed and it came back as melanoma.

We were all so very scared for her and we said many prayers as she went through some pretty invasive tests to make sure it had not spread or progressed to any other part of her body.

I know her family can attest, it was a VERY LONG two weeks of waiting. We were stalking her facebook page for any updates.......

and FINALLY, I was sitting at my desk and I got a text from her....


We were all so relieved to find out that they got everything.
It was what we had all prayed for and the best news possible.

Wine Signs COLLAGE
Her Mom said they were going to surprise her with a small gathering for their family and a few close friends and it happened to be held at the Vineyard that is in very close proximity to our house.

Grapes Shot from Below  BLOG
It was a beautiful night to celebrate life....

Picking Grapes Collage
and the blessings that surround us each and every day.

Fingers in mouth walking through the vineyard BLOG
We took quite a few walks down memory lane and the entire time I was thinking how fortunate we are to have each other, and to be here today to tell the stories of "way back when".

It was the gentle nudge I needed to make me realize I have to take time away from the crazy hectic schedules and just stop every once in a while and smell the roses, or in this case, stop and taste the grapes.

Time passes by so quickly, and we never know what tomorrow may bring.

Hope you all have a relaxing holiday.

Happy Labor Day~

PS. Reagan was not that wrinkled when I put her in the dress, but after a few minutes in the car seat, she looked a mess. I know the 5 point harness system is there to protect our kids, but it sure does wreak havoc on my ironing skills:)


Unknown said...

Praise God she is OK!

What a beautiful post and photos!

AMEN! Life is too short not to enjoy all the incredible blessings God continues to give us!

Love and hugs,

Karen Balsamo said...

Hey...your talking about me! Thanks so much for coming and posting this. I was truly honored that you took time out of your busy life for little old me. Love you all!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Thank goodness! Everyone should make a Dermo appointment yearly it's just as important. Beautiful pictures and a celebration due. Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day!

Denise said...

So glad she is ok! I LOVE that last shot of Reagan:) Have a great day off!

Love Letters To China said...

What wonderful news! Hope you are enjoying the long weekend. These shots are beautiful...especially the last one of Reagan. Such happiness is shown in those gorgeous brown eyes!


redmaryjanes said...

I am so glad that your friend is ok. And I am so over cancer attacking women in their prime. Especially women with children. I hate cancer attacking anyone, but I keep hearing of young Moms.
Just thinking about it makes me want a glass of wine :) But I will have to settle for coffee at this hour of the day.

Wanda said...

Beautiful....so glad to hear this good news. I hear gratefullness and relief in your voice.

I hear you on the safety belt thing. Especially cotton. We only see Reagan's cute face though.

Sweet post Lisa - Happy Labour Day my friend!!

Shari said...

I am so happy your friend is cancer free; I'm sure her scare brought back a lot of hard memories for you. I'm glad you were able to celebrate life and health!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

thank you, for these beautiful photos and a good reminder.


Michelle R Photography said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate your friend's great news!! Beautiful images from the vineyard!! I still can't get enough of Reagan's two fingers in her mouth. :)


Everything Beautiful Shay said...

Thankful your friend got good news!!! And the photos are gorgeous!!! blessings!

Rose Moog said...

Lisa Thank You so much for your beautiful blog . Can't tell you how much this means to our family we are touched by your kind words & beautiful photos.Also thanks for sharing your beautiful family with us. Love & Freindship to all.The Moog's.

Tammie T. said...

I am so happy you were able to celebrate the "All Clear" news! Beautiful photos captured your happiness! :) I love your blog!

jade said...

Good to hear it is all ok - and about the wrinkles: I had to go back to check your pictures to realize they were there... The dress still looks beautiful! or is it because Reagan attracts all attention to her cuteness and expressions?

Virginia said...

That's wonderful news about your friend!

Georgeous photos. I didn't even notice the wrinkles, too busy admiring the adorable girl in the dress.

Gin =)

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Praise God all is clear!! Cancer is a very scary creature...

I pray she remains cancer free!

Love and blessings,

Briana's Mom said...

Stupid car seat! LOL! She still looks stylin'.

Love the look of that vineyard. I wish I was there. It is beautiful.

So glad your friend is cancer free!

Gail said...

So happy that your dear friend is cancer free, Lisa!! and how great you could be with her to celebrate.

Incredible pics, love the light in the grapes and little miss adorable with that sweet grin on her face!

Hope you had a lovely long weekend...


Gina Kleinworth said...

Oh wow- what a lovely excursion for the day! Beautiful Lisa!

Anonymous said...

Oh i am so glad she is ok and cancer free. Such a lovely way to spend the holiday weekend. Great photos :)

Anonymous said...

These are great. So glad she is all clear. How awesome but a heart wrenching wait.

Dita said...

I am so thrilled to hear this wonderful news. I can only imagine what a celebration it was. Life is so precious and each day brings with it a new set of challenges and joys...and we never know what order they will arrive in.

Love these shots of Reags...remembering the moment you stepped off the plane with her and watching her grow every day with all the hope and promise life has to offer her...she represents to me how sweet and wonderful life can be.


Kayce said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate life and those coveted words..."all clear!"

JMCS said...

I am so glad to hear that your friend received good news. That is always a good reason to celebrate! :)