10 Things About My Vacation


Tomorrow will be a weeks since I’ve gotten back home from vacation.  The more I look back at it, the more I miss it.  Here are 10 things I’ve thought about it.

1.  I got to spend a week with some of my family.  Some I get to see a lot.  Some I very rarely get to see.  I loved every minute of it.

2.  There were a couple kayaks behind the house.  I went kayaking a couple days.  I liked it a lot.

3.  Also behind the house I could walk about for a long ways and it only be up to my knees.  I found a lot of shells out there because the water was clear enough to walk around and just look down for them.

4.  I had been to the ocean several times on the gulf.  I’d never been to the Atlantic.  I underestimated the power of the waves several times.  They just picked me up and threw me several feet.  I think that’s why my back has been hurting so bad.

5.  I’ve decided that as much as I loved the beach, I would not want to live on the beach.  I would, however, like for there to be a beach quite a bit closer.  Not a lake beach.  And ocean beach.  I may need to move in order to see that dream become a reality, but that’s not in the cards as of right now.

6.  I didn’t do any of the things that I had planned on doing.  No parasailing.  No segway tours.  I’m totally okay with it.

7.  What we did do was relax.  I went to a bead store and made a necklace.  We went to a pottery store and made a little flip-flop magnet and painted a coffee cup with my family.  I took my niece and let her pick out beads for a necklace and helped my nephew pick out a shark tooth for his necklace so he’d be super fierce.

8.  We climbed to the top of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.  I believe there were 258 steps spiraling straight up.  But the view was worth it.  Climbing to the top with my mom and uncle was even better.  Mom has always love lighthouses, so I’m glad we took the time to head up there and do it.

9.  We all stayed in the same house, which was a daunting thought for me.  Keep in mind, I live by myself and the thought of having 24 other people in a house with me for a week was actually more terrifying than daunting.  But this house was the biggest house I’ve ever stayed in.  I imagined us all being on top of each other trying to move around and getting in each others way.  At least until I saw he house.  Pretty sweet digs for a southern Illinois girl.
10.  My mom and I were in the car for about 35 hours and drove over 2,000 miles for the trip.  I loved everything about it, but next time we’ll fly.  I was having hip trouble before we left and that long in a car has just accentuated that pain.  Definitely flying any time the drive is over 8 hours.  I can do 8 hours in a day pretty easily.  That’s Atlanta.  That’s Virginia.  That’s somewhere in the middle of Kansas, I believe.

But, man, that was a great vacation.

What about you guys?  Have you gone on vacation this year?  What did you do?

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  • rojopaul

    We haven’t been able to take a vacation the last 3 summers since hubby’s job status changed from full-time to part-time (economy stuff, not by choice, mind you); however, when we do, we love to go to Yosemite. It’s beautiful and breathtaking to me, and a reminder how big our God is when we come out to Inspiration Point and overlook the vast valley floor below. I can’t wait to go back.

    As for beach, we live very close (West Coast shout out!) so I know what you mean about just visiting. Sand is crazy. And the ocean can be daunting.

    LOVE the house photo too. I’ve always wanted to live in a house like that! Someday . . . which makes me wonder . . . do you think when we get to heaven our mansion will the type of house we’ve always wanted but even beyond those expectations? Fun to think about.

    • oooo….that is a fun question to think about. I’ve never really thought about a dream home since I’m sure it’s way more than I could afford, but not I’m going to have to start planning so maybe that will be the case but with surprises that only God would know we’d love.

      This was my first real vacation in about a decade, I think. I’ve went on mission trips as a chaperon and have gotten to experience a lot of the US that way, and I’ve gone to conferences, but to actually go on a vacation and just be able to lay on the beach all day or sit inside and do nothing, that hasn’t happened in forever. I hope you get to take one very soon. I had absolutely no idea what I was missing.

    • I will also be praying for your husband’s job situation to come back to even better status!!!