My Daddy. Vietnam War Veteran.
Happy Memorial day everyone! As millions of workers are off today for remembrance of fallen American soldiers and their loved ones left behind, please take a moment to say thank you to a veteran or an active duty soldier. I believe there is more awareness now due to media coverage of all types, but there are still many soldiers that are forgotten, left behind and the memories of their unselfish service is forgotten or fading.
It only takes a moment of time to say thank you. Sometimes, that is all someone needs to hear… just 2 words – Thank You.
I personally thank you if you have ever served in any branch of our US military. I appreciate the freedoms you contributed to. I appreciate the peace you helped maintain. You didn’t have to be on the battle front to be important, you simply served. It’s an honor and my gratitude overflows.
It doesn’t matter where you are now or what you “became”. Your life matters. Your service matters. You matter!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!
**My father served. My Husband served and many other members of my family have served. A great number of my friends have served or are still serving. So my passion for veterans is well seated. Please pass along this note of gratitude to encourage others to say a simple THANK YOU to our men and women in uniform past and present.
The Lord woke me up today 🙂
Butterfly on Mint
He allowed me to get out of bed on my own 🙂 There’s coffee & rich delicious creamer all morning. The children God gave me are healthy (one with healing swimmers ear) and Old Man Puddy is still kick’n.
Our faithfully dedicated pup protected me from a vicious looking pool float on our morning stroll. (Ha!) And my sweet husband was right beside me when I got up early to taxi my boys to & from work.
Our land is healing & our home is cool in this summer heat. My vision is blurring but the Lord provides glasses so I can still see.
Life is short…shorter than we think. God’s love is powerful…stronger than anything. Grace is a gift…one not deserved. Faith is a must…not occasional as needed. Salvation is sweet…enduring and promised. Blessings are gifts…not to be forgotten.
As January comes to a close (slowly) I find myself dreaming about the island again. We’ve been 3 years in a row and I truly hope we can go again this year. I miss the beach and the charm of the northeastern shore. Simply put, I am dreaming about the beach again.
When most of my friends go to the beach, they go to the closest one – Myrtle Beach (only a 5-6 hour drive). When we go to the beach, we take a long drive through Virginia to the Delmarva. Yep, we go to Chincoteague Island 🙂 It’s a 12 hour drive for us, but it is so much nicer than the other beaches. It is not commercialized. There is no boardwalk to buy corn dogs and giant funnel cakes on. There are no ferris wheels and no rides; no night life and no loud businesses open past 10 or 11pm. It is peaceful, hidden, away from the world and most cell phones have little reception! There are no parties to attend and no crowds running up and down the beach.
With these attractions missing, what does it offer?
Peace on Chincoteague
Calm at Chincoteague
No better place to relax
Just you, the ocean God created, and few birds to eat the tiny sand crabs.
Notice the serious lack of people? No major crowds are here and if they have a “busy day” which they do around holidays, there are over 10 miles of beach to walk and grab a private spot! (If you know how to swim & do not need a lifeguard.)
Our last trip was June 2014 and I so am looking forward to another trip soon!
My family & I just spent another wonderful week on Chincoteague Island & enjoyed the Assateague Island National Seashore. I love it here! Life moves at a slow pace & the native islanders embrace their wildlife with care. It’s truly amazing how much peace and serenity can be found on the Virginia side of Assateague.
Family and friends alike questioned us as to why we would make such a long drive just to come to a beach. The trip took us over 16hrs from east Tennessee. The most popular beach destination for most east Tennesseeans is Myrtle Beach (a 6hr drive). Here’s why we drive so far for so long:
1. Commercialization – there is very little on Chincoteague! There are no skyscraper hotels, condos, or timeshares on the beach. There is no boardwalk consisting of stores & restaurants repeating themselves for miles.
2. Chaos – there is none here!
3. The best hotel on the small island is the Best Western where they cook a mean breakfast each morning!
4. I’ve only seen 3 franchise establishments! Ledo’s, McDonald’s, and Sunsation. That’s it! Everything else is mom & pop 🙂
5. It’s clean
6. My husband has no cell phone service (which means he can’t work).
7. The wildlife is abundant & protected.
8. The whole town shuts down by 10pm. There’s no worries of loud noises late at night.
9. It’s peaceful
10. There’s no pressure or stress. There’s no crowded beach!
We did experience a tad of excitement two days while at the beach while the bomb squad detonated bombs that appeared on shore on the Maryland side of Assateague. My husband & I discussed what the large booms could be. Later in the evening, we discovered it wasn’t a sonic boom, but bombs!! You can read about it here
What can I say? Adventure tends to follow us 😉