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About bahama mama

Living life to the fullest as we live in a 37 ft camper in northern Ohio summers, Naples Fl Sept. and May then off to Long Island Bahamas for winters! Hubby of 43 years, Jesus, 4 kids,10 grand kids to keep up with, mom, sisters, brother and wonderful circle of friends, sharing Young Living essential Oils, gardening, cooking, eating, travel, health....just living and loving life!

The tide is high……..

IMG_5076 IMG_5080 IMG_5082Flying over the island we circled the airport to make sure there were no goats or cars/people on runway before landing! I guess that was an issue a few times. And YES you can cross the runway on foot or car! Aren’t the reefs amazing?Those are cliffs and we can’t get down to those reefs and I imagine it is not safe to try at all! But oh the beauty!

This week it is high tide during the afternoon. That to us means -no beach finds! Discovered treasures at low tide, right along the surf or where high tide had hit and treasures were left are the key! Yesterday on the way off the beach tide had come down but when the waves were hitting the sand it was still rough to get in. I stopped and threw my beach chair and bag down and ran in. A big thick dark green sea glass was rolling in the surf and I wanted it! Let me just say that by the time I got that beauty I was soaked up past my previously dry suit and cover up! When John met me on the hill he asked “was it worth it?” Of COURSE!!!!!!!! 2 nice green ones!

P1020886 P1020887 P1020889 P1020890 P1020893Thank you Tammy and Charlie for the floating chairs… soon as it is a bit calmer they will be prefect!!!!!IMG_2062I can not tell a lie…..the above picture is from last Jan and tide was low…..but it is the beach we were at yesterday at high tide and waves were rolling! I sat and watched them break over the big rock mesmerized! But did not get my camera out!!  =+(

The “swimming hole” or “jacuzzi”  as we call it is all filled in and I could barely get in past my knees! We did have a good swim on the other beach just around the corner. My body just melts when I get into that crystal clear blue green salt water. All the aches and pains of the morning work flow out with each wave. HEALING…….


I love music! 60’s, 70’s, jazz, classical, big band, marching band, easy listening, light rock, but mostly worship. Worship music draws my spirit to where I need to be-closer to my Lord. I can’t sing worth a lick- ask my family or close friends…..waaayyy off tune. But the bible says “make a joyful noise to the Lord” Psalm 98:4. I CAN DO THAT!

I put together a playlist on my iTunes – Yes I am becoming very techy!!!!! This playlist is mostly worship music that I love! However, I now use it for my walk as motivation! My pace has picked up and I smile as I belt out these songs…..

Overcomer by Mandisa……

…..Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you
You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

Man does that push me on not only in my Christian walk but in my work out. Dare I say I struggle in both? YES I DO! I am learning that He doesn’t let me down and I can do this!!!! PRESS ON!!

DO SOMETHING by Matthew West is the 2nd song to come on in my playlist.

……If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

I’m so tired of talking
About how we are God’s hands and feet
But it’s easier to say than to be
Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,
“I’m gonna do something”……

I always have to wait to start something on Monday or when all the chips are gone so they don’t tempt me or when…well you get the idea. SO WHY NOT NOW??? Right NOW!

I want desire, I want fire back in my life. I am tired of waiting for someone else to do something so I am doing it!!! Again, both in my spiritual life and my workout. I want my health to be on top so I can be ready “in season and out of season…..2 Timothy 4:2.

Friend of God by Israel & New Breed, Carry on by Fun, We Believe by Newsboys, Washed Over Me by All Things New-OH does that have a great beat for picking up the pace!!! Where I Belong by Building 429- brings the pace down a bit but I lift my arms up in worship to my God! Even clapping above my head, great for added workout ‘eh? Build Your Kingdom Here by Rend Collective Experiment…I can dance to this one!  I can almost run to Best Day of My Life by American Authors! I LOVE this one! Today is the best day of my life especially if I screwed up yesterday! Everybody by Backstreet Boys kicks it up for me then Happy  by Pharrell Williams   OMG!!! It just makes me….HAPPY!!! Just when I need it most Angel by Shaggy comes on. This is a little bit of island music for me to envision that happy place when I may want to quit! I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick has that great beat to pick it up another level and keep going.

Then when I can barely keep going- Lift Me Up by The Afters pounds into my ears with a drum beat I can at least march to but these words help too…..

You lift me up when I am weak
Your arms wrap around me
Your love catches me so I’m letting go
You lift me up when I can’t see
Your heart is all that I need
Your love carries me so I’m letting go

Change can and will come and it is up to ME. I can’t do it alone nor do I want to-I am a people person.For example, I met a woman last July and since then she has lost over 140 lbs! I have seen her struggle and fall but she inspires many as she shares her journey  of regaining her health. Also,last summer I studied a great book-So Long Insecurity you’ve been a Bad Friend by Beth Moore- with 5 wonderful women here at our campground. As we came together early Saturday mornings to share what we learned I saw hearts open to grow and change and move on even in the hills and valleys of life. I was blessed to be a part of such openness and sharing. I still go back over my notes as the Lord revealed Himself and His word to me… “seek the Lord and He shall be found” Isaiah 54:6 …that is for another time…….PRESS ON!




Bahamiana is a word my friend Susan Koster uses to describe interesting,funny happenings here in the Bahamas. I call them adventures. Life on an island is always an adventure to me! Building again here is a huge adventure and every day I wait on pins and needles for John to return from the site to show me the progress with pictures and tales. He has been busy coordinating workers and deliveries. If not done in the right order there could be a problem-or even when done in the correct order there could be a problem!

The area where the driveway was to go in had to be cleared first, all the bush hauled away, rocks pushed aside and quarry laid down on the road to make it hard and drivable. The area for the house had to be cleared the same way but no quarry laid just a trench for the foundation. John has explained these steps to me numerous times and the next few days work also but when I examine the pictures he has to explain again usually! ( in a week or so I will be on site in the afternoons when I bring lunch for the crew and move rocks or be the go-for, but right now we are down to one vehicle and I am catching up on things here at our cottage before the work really begins. Besides I get bored up there after about an hour. I don’t vision things as John does and it is hard to walk around and there is just nothing I can do physically yet! So better I am here where I can get my things done)

Yesterday was delivery day for sand,cracked rock, cement and block. He got everything but the cement….that is another Bahamiana……..

The crane to lift 4000 lbs of cement block appeared in the driveway on time-sort of. John needed the crane to go all the way into the drive as close to the work site as possible but as soon as it began the ascent up the hill it started to spin and roll backwards.

The truck was a 1990 and showed every bit of it’s age! (this sticker is inside on our dashboards to show who is the owner)

As soon as he stated rolling backwards down the drive, a barefoot Bahamian jumped out of the passenger side and began to throw rocks behind the tires to stop it!

The hydraulic arms the crane placed down to steady itself while off loading sank into our road-it’s not packed hard just yet! The guy had one piece of wood to keep it from sinking, but there are 2 arms-(wouldn’t you want to carry 2 pieces of wood?) John tried to give him more wood but it didn’t help any so the barefoot Bahamian ran into the bush to retrieve a large rock to  steady the other side. STEADY is the key word here…… the belted pallet of blocks twirled from the truck, the barefoot Bahamian stood underneath it to steady it. John wondered from the side lines who he would call when the whole thing collapsed on our barefoot Bahamian- 911?? ha!  Why, you ask, would John be worried about the frayed belt around the pallet or the frayed cable moving the whole thing?

barefoot Bahamian walking under pallet…yikes!!                                             swinging and twirling……..

frayed cable                                                                                              frayed belt strapped around pallet

hey- it (eventually) got the job done, scary as it was….

looking up our driveway from the road                                                                   cleared area where house will set