Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Family Beach Vacation

The Lord did allow us to enjoy our much-looked-forward-to beach vacation.  Hurricane Irene landed in Outer Banks the Saturday we were supposed to leave but after much prayer and the thumbs up from the realty company, we were able to leave last Monday.  We've gone every year with my mom's side of the family since before I was born!  Jesus has blessed me with some wonderful, fun-loving Aunts and Uncles and some great cousins!  This is the one week of the year that we put aside our differences, whatever they may be, and just enjoy being a family.  Please enjoy the pictures below!

Packing up early Monday morning!!

Our 15 passenger van is usually stuffed!

Every year we stop at Morris Farmers Market on our way down!

At the Farmers Market they have antique tractors that the kids were able to play on.  My sister Eden seemed to be enjoying it!

Peaches are one of our favorite fruits to get down there!!
We're finally here!!  It was really foggy when we arrived but it cleared up soon!

The front of our 8 bedroom rental home.

What our house looked like from the beach.
This was my brother Judah's first time at the beach!!  He loved the water but tried to get away from the sand.
Two of my sisters and I shared this colorful room.  We enjoyed having our own space!

The view of the ocean from the top deck of our home.

Three of my cousins!  Love um to death!!
The ocean!  Ah, how marvelous are your works O, Lord!!

My sister and another cousin jumping the waves.
The day before we left my sister Kimber took some updated beach photos of all of us!

The ones who started it all!  Love you guys!

The whole family.  Wouldn't trade you for the world!

L to R: Hannah (17), Lydia (3), Seth (10), Josiah (5), Lexi (14), Judah (1), Caleb (12), Eden (7), Kimber (15)

I leave you with this.
We had a wonderful time and made many memories.  How very blessed we are to be able to enjoy a vacation like this every year!

        "Those who go down to the sea in ships,
         Who do business on great waters,
 24 They see the works of the LORD,
         And His wonders in the deep.
 25 For He commands and raises the stormy wind,
         Which lifts up the waves of the sea.
 26 They mount up to the heavens,
         They go down again to the depths;
         Their soul melts because of trouble.
 27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man,
         And are at their wits’ end.
 28 Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble,
         And He brings them out of their distresses.
 29 He calms the storm,
         So that its waves are still.
 30 Then they are glad because they are quiet;
         So He guides them to their desired haven.
 31 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
         And for His wonderful works to the children of men!"
Psalm 107:23-31

Learning to delight in Jesus,

P.S.- Photo's a courtesy of Photography for Jesus.  Please see my family's blog for a more detailed account of our beach vacation.

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