Summertime Is In Our Hands

Summertime Is In Our Hands 

Posted: 4:24 pm Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

By Staff Writer

As Michael Franti sings, “Summer Time Is In Our Hands!”

If you’ve not seen the video that accompanies this snappy summer anthem, watch it! A young woman is seen diving into the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, flying kites from a bus in Bali, and checking things off a wish list that is beautifully bound in a leather notebook.

One by one she her wishes come true, things as silly as “share a beer with a stranger” and as powerful as “face your fears.”

Her story unfolds in the video and I won’t ruin it for you by telling it here. But make sure you watch it with a box of tissues near.

So here we are, in the month of July, tragically the one year anniversary of Keri’s passing, bestie and executive producer extraordinaire, Janey’s sister.

Keri had bravely fought breast cancer for over a decade, and we are thankful that God gave her time to see her two beautiful children mature into wonderful young adults. Keri never slowed down, never gave into the pain to her illness, and lived each day to the fullest! She is sorely missed.

Her life is a daily reminder to me that “Summertime IS in my hands”! While I have these days with my kids, my family l, my friends I intend to live them to the fullest. (And ride horses, even though my back aches for days after!)

If you like beer, have one with a stranger! If you like ice tea, do that instead. (Although I’ve never met a stranger, only folks I didn’t yet know!) Take a chance! Face your fears! Dive into the waters of life, let the cool waters invigorate you! Go for a walk, or a hike! Take the kids to a beach or if you’re really bold, a road trip.

I’m taking 11 kids on a road trip to Yellowstone National Park this summer, you might take a shorter one with a few less young people, but get out there!

July Book Club | Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life
by Lara Casey

I CAN NOT tell you the thousands of calls I’ve taken over the years from women who feel like they have failed their families, their employers, and themselves because they are not perfect. If what they believe is true, there is an epidemic of inadequacy. But guess what… it’s not true.

Women, listen up: A full, loving, fulfilling life IS possible without perfection. Perfection is a myth you don’t have to buy into. But I tell you this all the time…

I chose my July book club, Cultivate, because author, business owner, and mom to three Lara Casey offers sound and grace-filled advice: “We can’t do it all, and do it well. But, we can choose to cultivate what matters.”  Gee, how familiar does that sound?

Lara and I speak the same language. The language of women called to work in God’s garden of life.

Part encouragement anthem and part practical guide, Cultivate offers wisdom from God’s Word alongside lessons Lara has learned in her garden. Woven throughout, is her personal story that helps release readers from the pressure to achieve and gives them freedom to move from planning to planting a meaningful legacy. “It’s in the imperfect-the mess of the dirt–that good things grow,” Casey reminds readers. “Peonies grow through the dirt, and so do we.”

Readers will learn to embrace the season they’re in, finding balance as they interact in fresh ways with their current life scenarios, with God, and in the communities where they are planted.

I like this author! We are kindred spirits.

Pick up Cultivate today and start growing an intentional life!

23andMe | Welcome to Me!

Each of us inherit 23 pair of chromosomes from our parents, one of each pair from our mother and one from our father. This 23 is what directs the color of our eyes, whether we’ll have our dads nose or our mothers mouth, tall or short, blonde or brunette… The story of you and the story of ME is in our 23!

This 23 also tells the story of where we’ve come from. 500 years ago, before travel by trains, planes and automobiles (not to mention ships or covered wagons) folks didn’t move about the globe much. Your 23 can tell you which continents and regions your ancestors hailed from. It’s really quite remarkable!

Did you know that all of the human race shares 99.5% of the same DNA? Truth. No matter what differences you think you may have from the guy next door, or on the other side of the world, we are MUCH more ALIKE than different.

Have I piqued your interest?  If so, you’ll be excited to hear that in the month of July, I’ve paired up with 23andMe, the leading DNA testing company (and the only to be FDA cleared) to give away 23 kits in 23 days. Learn more about the testing at 23andMe.

If you’re interested in knowing your personal story write to me and tell me why. I might send you a kit. Your results are 100% private, but I hope you’d share pieces with me because you know I love a good story!

YES! I’d Like a 23andMe Kit!

70’s Rock & Romance Cruise 2018 | Sail Away with Me in March!

You might remember that I got to be a guest on the first 70’s Rock & Romance cruise last March…

My sis, 3 of my besties, and me, left Ft. Lauderdale and soon found ourselves high on the seas, low on the stress, and having the time of our lives!

The music was phenomenal, the food incredible, the accommodations impeccable, and the staff so attentive I practically didn’t have to tie a shoelace…

Well, guess what?! I’m going AGAIN!!! JOIN ME!

This year, we depart on March 3rd with stops in Falmouth, Jamaica, and Georgetown, Grand Cayman. There are hundreds of shore excursions to chose from; last time I went parasailing and zip-lining and had a blast!

Styx, Michael McDonald, America, Air Supply, WAR, The Guess Who, B.J. Thomas, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Badfinger (featuring Joey Molland,) POCO, and Abbey Road on the River presents Hal Bruce, will all be joining us! I know you want to be in on this.

Special private rates are being offered to my guests. Click the link below and use promo code DELILAH when you book your cabin!

I Want In On the 70’s Rock & Romance Cruise!

Edwards Desserts | Bring out the Wow!

Am I the only one that thinks getting a pie in the face would be just short of winning the lottery? Oh my, I DO love pie!

When the berries are ripe I make cobblers, but when they’re not, I reach into the deep freeze and pull out an amazing Edwards Chocolate Cream, Key Lime, Lemon Meringue or Strawberry Crème Pie!

Cookie crumb crusts and velvety layers of delicious goodness… is your mouth watering yet?

Bring on the Edwards, bring on the sweet, and bring out the wows!

Shop the entire selection at Edward’s Desserts!

This is a very full newsletter, because I had soooo many amazing things to share with you.

Before I sign off, I just want to let you in on one more thing, which is that a number of fabulous, family friendly movies are soon coming out of Tinsel Town, hitting theaters from late summer into fall.

I’ve summed them all up on my web page at, and I want you to go check out the entire line up! All of them showcased are very inspirational stories and for each (if you’re anything like me) tissues are a must. They are terrific films like…

All Saints | In Theaters August 25th.

All Saints stars John Corbet as Michael Spurlock, a salesman-turned-pastor who is placed in a very small church – that he’s been ordered to shut down. Thanks to his vision, tenaciousness, and inspiration that comes from a group of Southeast Asian refugees, the tiny but mighty church grows.

Like Lara Casey’s book, Cultivate, All Saints shares a theme I often embrace; planting seeds of faith.

Make sure you plan a movie night (or several) when All Saints and the others open!

I’ve been having a crazy fun time with 15 kids and a few friends over this long holiday weekend! I hope you all said Happy Birthday American in a festive manner and stayed safe in the process! The 4th was a great day to reflect on all the gifts being an American bestows upon us everyday, and to remember the men and women who have sacrificed so much for the greatest gift – FREEDOM.

Summertime is ALWAYS in our hands! Let’s make the most of it while the sun is actually shining and create memories that will last the whole year through!

With love and gratitude,

~   Delilah