obx beaches {& my full soul}

i'm not quite sure how, but we survived a very long and exhausting weekend of moving, followed by a long week of unpacking. i am now convinced...i'm never, ever, EVER moving again. staying put. planting deep roots. my sanity and life cycle cannot tolerate another move. no way, no how. i'll keep my cute little open floor plan twin house...with my dog going nutso eating everything in sight (grrr, crazy puppy)...in exchange for the thankfulness of being in a place to call our own. a place we can feel time together without transition looming ahead. i walk around our little house feeling vast thankfulness. that, in itself, is worth the exhaustion inducing coma of the past few weeks.

and now, thanks to the awesome generosity of friends, we are in the OBX enjoying a friend filled week of nothing but sun and sand. whew. i've never need a vacation quite so much. in fact, i had no idea just how exhausted i was until i allowed myself to rest.

and this girl?

in LOVE with the sand and water. in LOVE with the tiny clams that burrow. in LOVE with shovels and buckets and chasing big brothers. she is all about OBX.

my soul feels full, knowing the move is behind us. knowing surgery is far away from us. knowing God is pulling our family into Himself after so much transition. seeing my girl's pure joy and having to remind myself where we were a year ago because it feels so far away...make me rejoice to remember we are approaching one year of emery in july. it's glorious to see her so seamless. to watch her silliness and capture those little moments i love so much...the ones i don't ever want to forget. it's in those little moments...when we walk and snuggle and laugh...i treasure her. deeper than i can express. there is something about this tiny one. she's captured me. captured all of us.

and my blog. my poor little lost blog.
it has recently become replaced with instagram snippits.
i had a grand plan to write every evening while at the beach. to edit long overdue photos and catchup on so many blogs that i love to read but haven't found time to peruse in weeks. i had a plan to finally sort and order photos to print and put in books.
yeah, none of those things are going to happen.

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it's the new blog world.


  1. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

    Love the pictures...soooo much fun!

    It's amazing how much the beach helps us relax.

    We're so glad you chose the Outer Banks for your vacation.

    We'd love to help you plan your next OBX trip. Please let us know if we can help.

    Have fun!

    Seaside Vacations

    4820 N. Croatan Hwy
    Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
    (866) 884-0267

  2. When you brought Emery home, didn't you post a video of her wiggling around on the floor? Rolling or something? And look at her NOW - less than 1 year later?! That is quite amazing.

  3. Where ever you are looks like heaven on earth. You SO deserve this vacation. Enjoy every minute!

  4. P.S. Your friends' daughter and Foster make a very cute pair; and she is so sweet hugging Emery! Such a blessing to have good friends.



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