Sunday, July 18, 2010

Myrtle Beach!

We are chilling at the beach this week with Matt's Dad's family. His grandma, Loyce, and two of his aunts live here. What a great life, right?! The whole family is renting a beach house right on the beach, and we're essentially having a great big slumber party. The kids are loving their time together. Watching them play and interact brings us so much joy.

Isaac did wonderfully well on our drive. He is such a good traveler; he's always been a good "car baby". I'm so thankful that he doesn't mind a long ride! His mama and daddy needed to stop a few times for potty breaks. Okay, coffee breaks, too!

We did have one scare, in which I thought my heart might jump through my chest. We came exceedingly close to getting into a serious accident on the way here. On the highway, someone's engine blew, which created a thick, foggy smoke. We could not see anything. We maintained our lane, but a humongous RV swerved into the middle of the road, and we could not see him. Praise the Lord that Matt was driving and had quick reaction time. We literally missed nailing the small concrete median by inches and are so fortunate that we didn't collide with the RV or any other vehicle. On our way out of Dayton, we prayed specifically for the Lord to be our hedge of protection and hem us in on every side. We know He protected us and kept us safe in unsafe conditions. It reminded us that He truly hears our prayers and has His hands on our lives. All of the time. We're here safe and sound, soaking up as much sun as possible and enjoying our time together as one family. Here is a recap of our first day at the beach!

Matt put Isaac in this raft so he could investigate the seashore.

Silly boy! We don't eat seashells!

Matt's brother, Chris, was really into building his drip sandcastle. He is very protective of his creations.

Our nephew, Derek. He is the poster child for cuteness and is super sweet!

Our water-boy nephew, Austin. He and Derek are brothers. He loves to boogie board!

Grandma Loyce is hiding.
Waterfall on Isaac!

Our niece and nephew, Alex and Kory

There she is! I'm not kidding you at all when I tell you that Grandma is the sweetest, kindest, most joy-filled person I know. I'm serious. You just have to be around her for a few minutes to feel her love radiate for Christ and others . She is a treasure!

My sweet lovin' playing with the beach toys!
May we stay here forever? I love beach time! Hope you all have a great week, too!

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