(lettering on the living room wall of our beach house-we were worried that the place might be a dump, but it's a beautiful and perfectly sized house.)
I was a little worried about the trip, because Georgia has been having rainstorms nonstop for about three weeks, but fortunately the weather in North Carolina has been perfect so far. The beach house that we are renting has also turned out perfectly too. It is ten of us in total – all relatives in some way – and we are having a wonderful time swimming, fishing, biking, cooking, relaxing, etc. The relaxing really is the most important part for me, as I have been experiencing a lot of anxiety this summer.
Don't these pictures look beautiful and relaxing? Here are some views from our beach house:
(The house isn't quite at the beach, but in a marshy area. Still, we're within walking distance to the beach, so that's fine with us.)
I'm labeling this as day 1, but it wasn't the first full day-it took us seven and a half hours to arrive. Shortly later, my cousins arrived and I think they set the tone for the whole trip, or at least the trip so far, by rescuing a bird tangled up in string. They found a bird - not sure what kind, some type of sandpiper, perhaps? - and cut away the string. The bird bit them a few times, but surely saving a life is worth a little pain.
It was so gratifying to see the bird start swimming away. The bird swam to a pole under the dock, rested for a few minutes and then flew away, which was such a relief-I had been a little afraid that the bird might be injured and unable to fly.
I think the rescue operation really has set the tone for the whole trip so far. My first cousins once removed (in other words, my cousin's children) are raised without cable and live on a farm. They are very active and even though the oldest is now thirteen, he still builds sand castles with his mother and younger sister. Theirs is a family dynamic that I wish more families would emulate. Every moment is an opportunity to interact and explore with nature.
Here are a few more relaxing and beautiful pictures of our surroundings, this time in the evening:
(I just got a new camera and I'm enjoying using it!)
Doesn't that last picture look like a pretty postcard?