Family Friends

After a busy, laughter-filled Thanksgiving week, I sit in a quiet beach house listening to the clock tick, the ceiling fan spin, and the ocean waves rhythmically, consistently roll in over the sand and back out into the water again And I remember… Only a few days ago, this house was filled with people busily baking pies, basting turkeys, and tying gold ribbons around napkins for a beautiful holiday table. The house was full of happy people working together to create another memorable … [Read more...]

Perspective — the first gift of the sea

Before we left home for our trek to the beach, I wondered if I could leave all my duties and responsibilities undone for a week.A miraculous thing always happens when we arrive in Avon, North Carolina.My memory gets wiped clean.I can't remember what I had to do that was so important it couldn't wait.As I sit on the deck, mesmerized by the ocean, I try to remember.What were those things I thought I couldn't leave undone?Perspective is one of the gifts of the sea, I think. The first book I brought … [Read more...]

An Outer Banks Weekend

Doug and I drove to the Outer Banks Friday for a "business meeting" and then turned around and drove home Saturday. Our business was buying a beach house. After we picked up the keys, we kept saying, "Did we just buy a beach house?" I think we shocked ourselves with this purchase. As I sat in the family room of this new house, looking out at the ocean, I thought about our obsession with the beach.  What made us want to buy a beach house? A good rental history? A good investment? … [Read more...]

A Quiet Ride

When Doug and I were newlyweds, we used to go to dinner and notice how many couples around us were eating together in silence. We always commented on how sad it seemed that they didn't have anything to say to each other. One of the things Doug and I loved about each other when we met was that we could communicate easily about everything. On our first date, we talked until we noticed we were the only two left in the restaurant. I've noticed lately, however, that there is a lot more … [Read more...]

Does Truth Exist?

Last week we went to the beach in North Carolina.  Annie invited a group of her high school friends to join us. Every night after dinner we asked each other probing questions and talked about the big concepts of life. Is there a God? If so, what is He like? Does God have a plan for us or are we in complete charge of our lives? What beliefs and values shape your life? Where do you want to be in 10 years? What is faith? Why do some people have faith and others … [Read more...]