Steve and I felt like we needed to get away on a vacation and focus on making some good memories with the kids. We went to the beach and had a wonderful, relaxing time. We all got to do something that we wanted to do. We bought shovels and sand buckets for all of them (a small fortune was spent) and they had so much fun digging around.
They seemed to want to spend most of the time in the pool. It was outdoor, so was I ever grateful that the sun was shining most of the time.
My favorite thing to do is to go by myself and watch the beautiful sunset over the crashing waves. God and I had some serious talks and I felt hope for our future.
Jacob enjoyed writing his name in the sand.
I tried to get a good picture of Steve, but of course he had to be a goofball. That is Haystack Rock behind us.
Steve had the camera on the wrong setting, so we all pretty much look sunburned. But it was the only picture I had of the kids and I.
Here Steve is with them. It was strange to not have our oldest with us. We reminisced a lot about what he would be doing if he were here with us. We tried to make it positive, but nevertheless, it was hard going on a family vacation without him. I continue to hope for a change in our situation. We just have no idea as to the timing of it. I am learning to wait, to persevere and to keep moving forward the best we can.
If you have been through a crisis recently, or if you are still going through one, take time to refresh yourself. I think I spent most of that time sitting there watching the kids play in the pool with my Bible open or writing in my journal.
We must rest if we are to fight again.