Isaac and I were more than ready for a vacation when September 4th rolled around and it was finally the day we were leaving for Emerald Isle. This past year we have been through so much more than the average couple and it was time to get away from it all and reconnect to the important things in life. We have spent the previous two years at Topsail Island with a previous friend's amazing grandparents so we knew we wanted to go back to an uncommercialized, relaxed area. We chose Emerald Isle after suggestions and research, and it was incredible! We were there for an entire week, which I think is one of the reasons it was so great. Our past vacations were always long weekends, which is just not enough time to really escape. Long story short, it was simply incredible. This trip solidified both of our desires to live at the beach at some point in our lives in a beach house I'm going to name "Heaven on Earth." I can't wait! Of course, the primary reason for this post is to share the photos so let's do this! These are a few of my favorites, but there are lots more in this Facebook album.
This is the sunrise God painted for ME Sunday morning (our first morning). I woke up early to watch the sunrise, toted my Bible, notepad and pen, and camera down to the beach to watch the glory. I was moved to tears as I heard "this is where you belong" over and over again. I can't really explain it, it probably sounds insane to some people, but if there's one thing I inherited from my father it's the deepest of deep love for the ocean. I felt at home, like I belonged there, and I felt closer to God in that moment than I had in a while.
There were tons of shells, mostly broken, but they were all beautiful.
My sweet sweet boys!
Me and my little love. ;)
Here's a few of our precious blessing...
LOVE this one!
Jonah was OBSESSED with his daddy the entire time- they took naps together, played together, and loved on one another. It was MUCH needed for both of them!
Gotta love self timers! I actually really like this shot! :)
My little man and me- love love.
Gorgeous sunset over the dunes.
Favorite of the whole week!! Good job Honey for capturing this so beautifully!