Friday, March 21, 2008

Ocean Therapy

Well, today was a great day (despite the fact that I am still arguing with a Hotel chain who refuses to compensate us in any way for our inconvenience) Yesterday we drove to a little town outside of Savannah Georgia called Tybee Island. We were craving some ocean time and it was perfect. It is a quaint town not over commercialized yet and is very peaceful. We stayed at an ocean front hotel at a very reasonable price. Last night we walked out on the beach and onto a fishing pier and the boys got to see a guy catch a HUGE stingray! They thought it was great! Then this morning I got up before everyone else and sat out on our balcony just listening to the waves and spending time with was AWESOME!

We spent the morning and part of the afternoon on the beach which the boys LOVED! We built sandcastles with lakes and moats, collected seashells, and even found two live sand dollars that we rescued from other kids and set free in the sea! I cannot wait to post pictures they are great! I could not believe the boys loved the beach so much...we are already planning our next vacation, hopefully renting a little cottage or beach house or something on the shoreline closer to home, maybe Jersey or something.

We are now in North Carolina we found yet another hotel with a pool and the boys are in Heaven! Luke insists that we quit living at home and just "hotel hop" :-) We are seriously considering it! My only concern now is Easter. At this point we are planning on being back home tomorrow night and in the craziness of everything I never got Easter outfits or Easter basket goodies for the boys! Luke keeps talking about the Easter present and Easter basket the Bunny always hides for him on Easter morning and I am somehow going to have to come up with that... I am sure we will think of something!

I am constantly amazed at how God has provided all of the right things at the right times for us and I know he will continue to do so. I am stil somewhat in shock from all that has happened in the last few months. Today is exactly four weeks since Asher's birthday and in some ways it feels like it was a year ago and in others it seems like just yesterday. I miss him so much but know that I am so blessed and though I hurt because he is no longer with us, my heart is also so filled with a joy that I would never have known otherwise. I guess that is love...tough to explain but such an amazing gift from our God! The healing is far from over, but this trip has been a great has helped me to remember that God's grace is TRULY sufficient!

Please continue to pray for safe and easy travel for all of us, especially since the boys seem to be coming down with colds...I am sure it has NOTHING to do with the germ infested things they touched at Disney! (For those who don't know me...I am a germ o phob, Every time they touched anything at the parks I cringed) :-) We should be home tomorrow evening unless we change our minds and never return :-) Please also continue to pray for Baby Eva. Her mom has listed some more specific requests on her blog and would appreciate continued prayer...God is certainly present in that situation and is working beautifully! Happy Good Friday!


Anxious AF said...

Im so glad you had such a nice time, what an anser to prayer!

from one germ-a-phobe to another!

Mountainmom said...

Is there anyone at home you can schmooze into doing the basket shopping for you, so you don't have to go out playing Easter Bunny at midnight?
Glad you had a great beach day---we moved from south FL this year and have sorely missed it!
Lori in VA

Yvette said...


I am so glad you were able to spend some time at the beach. We did that as well and what a peaceful day it was as we were reminded of the beauty and wonder created by our Heavenly Father.

I will be praying for safety as your family returns home. I hope you have a Happy Easter.

Love, Yvette Hostetter

Jane said...

there's nothing like Ocean Therapy. We live in the upstate of SC, and I still don't get there enough. It's only three hours down to Charleston!

do you think you could stop at a stuff-mart on the way home to get the items needed for the baskets?

I'm sure everyone will totally understand if the boys are not all decked out in Easter yourself the money and energy.

Safe travels!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the others. Get in touch with someone and let them be the "easter bunny" for your kiddos.

Anonymous said...


I've only been reading your blog a few weeks. I am very inspired by you and your family. You are a very strong woman. I was just reading your post about Ocean Therapy. Tybee Island is Beautiful. I have very fond memories of that area. I am glad you and your family is having a wonderful trip.

Kathryn said...

I have been to that beach too. I love it! Hope you all are having a great time!

The Pittsburgh Hites said...

Greg and I saw you and Howard at the mall tonight, but you were already gone before i could even hustle towards the door. We were in Starbucks, and it was like 8:45pm, and I was sad that I didn't make it in time to say hi!
Greg commented that it was nice that you two got some alone time, but I just read your blog and realized you were probably Easter shopping like we were!
Maggie has somehow grown out of all her tights, and it's way too cold up here for her NOT to wear tights tomorrow. It was cold enough today for me to seriously think about her wearing something other than her Easter dress!
I didn't know if i would hear back from you regarding the CD, so i talked to Shell today about just leaving it with her, since she would probably see you WAY before i would!
The beach sounds heavenly, and i'm so happy that you all got a little rest, well at least what rest you can get taking two boys on vacation!
We hope you all have a beautiful Easter tomorrow!
All our love,
Ging, Greg and Maggie