Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Scenes from a Family Beach Vacation

If you read this post, you know we have escaped again for a week at the beach- this time with Daddy!  We are having a wonderful time and seeing God bring beauty from ashes.  Last year during our beach vacation, we were having a family reunion of sorts with my husband's family.  Upon arriving, his mom fell, took gravely ill and was hospitalized here.  At the end of the week, she was transported home via ambulance- a three hour trip.  Sadly, she never made a complete recovery and we lost her a few weeks later.  


It was a very difficult week for all of us.  My husband was back and forth to the hospital (45 minutes each way) every day while I was continuing the vacation routine with the kids, putting on a happy face for the them.  We were not even sure we would come back to this place this year but because it is a place of many happy memories for our family, my husband bravely and selflessly decided to return us here.


So, here we are and God has been faithful to continue healing our hearts and restore this place to a place of happy memories for our family.





















I pray He is meeting you wherever you are today- bringing beauty from ashes and healing your hearts!

13 comments:

Mary B said...

Great pictures, Natalie!! Sorry to read about the loss of your Mother-in-law, but thankful the Lord is healing your hearts...prayers for a wonderful rest of your vacation.

tacy said...

My Mom always quotes that verse- he brings beauty from ashes. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I found your blog a while ago via inspired to action and i've really enjoyed it!
http://homemakinghabits.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

Thank you, Mary! We are thankful, too :)

Natalie said...

Thank you for stopping by with an encouraging comment! I LOVE Kat's blog. Off to visit your place :)

Andrea said...

Nat--so glad He restored your time there. He is so good!

emily wierenga said...

natalie, you so encouraged me today. i'm very sorry your husband had to go to the hospital so often... beautiful photos, girl.

SomeGirl said...

That made my eyes all watery with sweet tears... praise God for bringing beauty from ashes! ♥ Michelle

Natalie said...

Andrea,
Thank you for your words and prayers! Love you!!!

Natalie said...

Emily,
I'm blessed, thank you!

Natalie said...

Thanks, Michelle! We are praising Him, too!

hill said...

what a beautiful blog post.

Natalie said...

Thank you hill :) I love your beautiful, photo filled blog!

Natalie said...

Thank you hill :) I love your beautiful, photo filled blog!

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