Southport, NC

Yesterday my family went to Southport for my little sister's birthday. Sarah turned 13; officially a teenager! Sarah is one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. She could read a book for hours and blows us away with how many she'll read in one week... or even just a few days! She also loves to write and does an amazing job. She's wise beyond her years, with a compassionate, servant's heart that loves others and loves to give. I'm so proud of who she is and who she is becoming. 

This was the first time in three years that the entire family was even in the country for her birthday! It was so good for my family to spend a relaxing, fun day together. We had beautiful weather with a bright blue sky, a rainbow around the sun, and cool breezes. We took the ferry to Southport and then had a picnic under a lovely shade tree. Afterwards we walked around town for a while, admiring the cute houses and charm of the town. I'm so thankful to call this place home! 

We got creative for our one and only family picture of the day!

We got creative for our one and only family picture of the day!

Family Travels 2015 : Mountains & Waterfalls

We've always been beach kind of people. Most summers we took a week (or more if we could) to lay by the pool, dive into the crisp, clear blue waters, and spend hours upon hours in the ocean. It's always been one of my family's favorite places to visit. Moving to the beach had seemed like a dream that would never come true.  But God's plans always prove Him to be the God of "far more abundantly  than all that we ask or think."* So here we are now 20 minutes away from the sand and sea with no plans of leaving. This led us to venture elsewhere for our summer vacation. (We briefly considered another beach). We decided to visit the mountains where we slept late, hiked long trails, ate lots of good, good food, twisted and turned through the Blue Ridge Parkway, and searched for waterfalls. Finding a waterfall turned out to be one of the main goals of our trip. The first one was quite a disappointment... a rock barely even wet. But on our last day we found waterfalls where water actually fell! They were all gorgeous. I think we'll always be ocean people at heart, but the views in the mountains can never disappoint.

*Ephesians 3:20