May 2021 “From the Heart”

In April, I was able to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Florida for a little fun in the sun with my favorite guy!  We flew Allegiant out of the Concord airport into Fort Lauderdale for the first time and it could not have been easier!  What a hidden gem of an airport!  Next time you head to Florida, check it out!  I originally wanted us to drive to the Keys, but spur-of-the-moment spring travel to the Keys is not exactly conducive to the budget-conscious traveler.  We really love the Gulf Coast and after a little research and an affordable hotel discovery, we decided on Naples. A quick drive across Alligator Alley/I-75 and we were off to a week of new areas of Florida to discover!  We waded through waist-deep water and walked through a mangrove trail to discover Tiger Tail beach on Marco Island, caught a ferry to Key West for a day, explored Captiva and Sanibel Islands for another.  On our final day we relaxed on Clam Pass Beach and watched an amazing sunset on Naples Pier.  It was such a nice break after the recent months we’ve just gone through!

ICON Custom Builders is our beautiful cover story this month.  Nothing like a pandemic to make us all focus on those spaces we reside in.  If building a new home is on your radar, be sure to check them out!  I sound like a broken record but this issue is full of wonderful information on people and events.  WS Dash home-opener is May 4th!  Check out the articles on amazing people like Nevaeh and her Produce from Heaven, Eagle Scout Sriman Katragadda, Dr. Gary Chapman and Anna Martin. And don’t miss the article on all the new moms at Lyndhurst on page 8.

Speaking of moms, it’s that special month set aside to honor moms.  It’s hard to express all the gratitude they deserve for a lifetime of love.  I think we’re all guilty of taking those we love for granted at times.  So be sure to let them know how much they mean to you.  To my mom, Mary, I know I don’t say it often enough, but I love you very much.  I’m grateful for your love and support and for helping to shape me into the person I am today.  To my daughters, thank you for the role of a lifetime! God blessed me with two beautiful, strong and compassionate young women, and it truly is an honor to be your mom!





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