Thursday, June 2, 2011

a little vacation recap

there was mango italian ice. lots of it. at night under the brightly lit and boldly painted picnic tables. there were children in brand new swimsuits, carrying buckets and wearing floppy hats. bike rides to the gazebo and back. bike rides at night looking into houses. the tiny ones by the shore with worn shutters and chipped paint. the mansions on the back avenue that could easily hold four of our little cottages.

and i tell you, if God cannot be found along the sea at twilight, walking on smooth shells with water lapping at bare toes, with the moon high in the graying sky and only a few lone sailboats along the horizon, something is amiss. i never fail to feel so beautifully inadequate standing on the shoreline. i didn't bring my camera on the beach, so i failed to capture its glory, but i probably couldn't have anyway.

but now, we are home. and one hot shower, game of fetch, and soul-filling catch-up session with a dear friend later, i sat on the couch around midnight. the kitchen still a bit smoky and smelling like bacon after robert got a feather in his cap to make breakfast for supper at 10:00 p.m. and i gathered them in my arms. these boys of mine. and thanked the sweet Lord above for making home the place i want to visit most of all.

19 comments:

Abby said...

i love you :)

Chiara said...

I love the way you wrote this article, and I couldn't agree more, one of the best places to go is back where we grew up!
xo C.

Ana* said...

your love for home is so pure and honest... it's inspiring

DaisyGirl said...

I enjoy riding around looking into homes in the evening. From the outside, so many look so peaceful and put together. And perfect.

Jennifer Rod said...

beautiful! you look amazing in this photo.

Bibi - Simple Summit said...

wonderful post! you describe life so beautifully - I love it. ♥

Mo Pie, Please said...

You nailed it - my feelings toward the beach. I just can't quite get over how incredible is. Especially at sunset. THe noises, the colors, the feel - it's all so amazing!

Amber Blue Bird said...

glad you had such s great time on your vacation. There is something so special about the beach especially at night. I wish I lived closer to a beach so I could enjoy those long walks more often.

Blondie's Journal said...

You captured my feelings so well. I love the beach...I'm in awe of it. Yet when I get home, I feel such peace.

I'm happy you had a wonderful time!

XO,
Jane

Krystal said...

that all sounds so magical, especially the shoreline..

Thisisme. said...

I also love the shoreline and love to hear the waves gently lapping on to the beach. Heaven! It's always lovely to be home again. Lovely post as always my dear friend.

chambanachik said...

So gorgeous.

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Anna said...

Dear Courtney,

Your words are incredibly sweet but powerful at the same time. They penetrate my heart and nourishes my spirit.

How blessed I am to have you in my life as a dear sister in Christ and a warrior in prayers!

I am so grateful for His blessings through you.
They mean so much.

Your prayer warrior,

Anna

Shalyn said...

That is a GORGEOUS photo and I am glad you are back safely:-) There is nothing like beautiful surroundings to be able to know of Gods love!

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

I'm so glad you had such a good time, it sounds like a wonderful experience :)

heart like mine said...

oh my goodness, Courtney.
this simple post touched me so much.
I loved what you wrote about finding God at the shore; so beautiful and so very true.

what a beautiful little weekend you had.

but as you said…
nothing feels quite like home.
life is so blessed.

p.s. you look stunning in that picture.

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

oh Courtney, your get-away looks and sounds like it was just wonderful! i think your beautiful smile says it all though. true joy and then some!!! i love how Robert got in there and cooked up a storm so late in the eve, Sean does the same thing sometimes. it's such a treat. ♥

pea ess: thank you so much for your comment, it does take time to put together but when people like you notice i am over the moon about it. xo

Cara-Mia said...

Lovely lovely lovely.

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