I spent last week with sand and saltwater between my toes, sun on my skin, the roar of the ocean filling my ears, and the coastal breeze blowing through my hair. I’m a mountain girl, Virginia born and raised, but I’m convinced a piece of my heart will always be lost on the Carolina Coast. I was able to slow down, spend time with my family, and take time to step back and focus on God. I was also able to spend my birthday at the beach with one of my best friends and my family, there’s definitely no better way to kick off seventeen!
This trip reminded me to laugh, to love, and to embrace. In the stillness of the night and in the roaring of the sea, I could hear God’s tender whisper of love. The sunset over the marsh proclaimed God’s beauty. The crashing waves echoed His grace. Meals shared with laughter around the table reminded me to cherish my family and the time spent with them.
Our trip wasn’t perfect. We’re not a perfect family. It rained some days. Everything didn’t go as planned. We fought and complained. But we also loved, laughed, we learned, and we forgave. We enjoyed the sunshine. We made memories that we will never forget. That’s what matters. After all, that’s what a family vacation is all about, right?
So, here’s a little glimpse of my week by the sea-