What a weekOuter Banks 4-16-11 to 4-23-11 030. We were couple two..( I guess one would say by default, but I will say by luck ) to escort 5 senior high school girls to the Outer Banks for their personally arranged Senior Trip. One of the girls is my niece, and her mom and husband (my brother)  were couple number one.

It was amazing. The girls were really very neat people. They each have their own significant qualities- yet together they have a  friendship among them, that most search a lifetime for. They understood “me time” and if one of the 5 needed some moments of solitude- there were no hard feelings… they accepted it. Majority of the time.. they stuck together like glue.

They spent time at the beach, a lot of timeOuter Banks 4-16-11 to 4-23-11 153 in the home they rented for the week, and some time seeing the sights. We needed to be available for transportation as needed.

In the morning we would get up early, watch the sunrise over the ocean and take off for an hr or so.




The grown up days were spent in various ways,Outer Banks 4-16-11 to 4-23-11 018 a lot on the beach, or the deck overlooking the beach reading a good book and sipping on a cup of freshly made coffee.  Outer Banks 4-16-11 to 4-23-11 025And it was surreal. It was a probably 700,000 dollar home ( or more).. built to rent on the ocean front… a hot tub, a pool, and memories and beauty that will last long after the last grain of sand is vacuumed out of my stuff.

There are so many blessings from a vacation  such as this.

I did not go on line, I did not call work, we took a week of doing nothing, having to be no where, and a responsibility each day of sharing the wonder. Life is so full of drama, chaos, places to go and be…. We need to STOP>>

We cooked mostly there, did our laundry as it needed it, soaked in the rays, the peace, the “doing nothing”My brother said on Weds…
“This doing nothing is hard to do.” And it was in a way.

But as the week came to close…. when it was done, when all is locked up for the next group of people to take in this same experience…. it was nice… it was amazing…. I am so thankful we were able to help out ..and in essence spend a week in a way I think we never would have done on our own.

Lessons learned…lessons cherished….

we need to give ourselves permission to leave our day to day… and take a few days off.

We need to appreciate each moment of each day.

My husband is also my best friend, I knew that… but it was good to have it surface..,( we tend to take people for granted at times) .

The ocean is calming.

We are but a grain of sand in the whole scope of things.

it feels great to be home.

There is nothing more rewarding than my own bed.

There is no bathroom… like your own bathroom.

Thank God for what we just shared with these 7 other people.

Love to all, Mrs Justa alias Cindy