Hubby and I just returned this afternoon from a wonderful, restful week at the beach. Thanks to all for your patience while I was away (especially those of you awaiting replies to your comments — good to see you all!)
I’ll be back doing faith chat soon but for now just wanted to share a little about our trip. We had three generations of my husband’s family — nine people in all — sharing a newly remodeled 4-bedroom ocean-front rental home in Avon, Hattaras Island, Outer Banks, NC.
I had never been to the area before and really enjoyed it. Not the commercialism — I doubt there’s anyone living east of the Mississippi who hasn’t heard of the Outer Banks, and tourist traps were available in abundance — but just the ability to sit back and do nothing if that’s what you chose to do.
No pressure. No concept of time. No phones (unless you turned your cell phone on). No TV or radio (the house was equipped with many of both, I just chose not to use them). No computer unless you walked a block to the Uglie Mugs Coffee House and Internet Cafe. Quiet. Peace. Turn off the world.
For the first few days I didn’t even know what day of the week it was. One day just rolled right into the next. Swim a little, stroll the beach a little, pick up shells, read a lot, make a little music, talk a little, eat a lot, take in the local culture, watch a sunrise in silence.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a “vacation is for resting” vacation before, at least not since I’ve been an adult. What a concept, eh? 🙂 I’m sure I will still enjoy travel-oriented vacations exploring the UK and other foreign lands… but from now on when I really need a break, I’ll remember this place and I’ll be looking for another like it.
Praise God for the beauty of His creation, and for providing so richly for all our needs.