Part of the time I was absent from blogging, God very unexpectedly provided for us a wonderful vacation time. I want to show you highlights from our time away over a few different posts. As many of you know, my husband is an Army Chaplain. Part of the job for a Chaplain is caring for soldiers once they return from a deployment. A Chaplain is also there to help couples build stronger marriages. Being that the national divorce rate is high...the statistics for the military are even greater. Is it any wonder when so many husbands are taken out of the home for long periods of time? Therefore, the Army designates funds for providing weekend retreats where the Chaplains help couples with some of the unique issues facing them. For the first time, we were able to attend one of those retreats with my husband. The previous ones he attended, it seemed like one of the children would get sick right before we were supposed to go. This particular retreat was at Myrtle Beach, South Carolin at the Embassey Suites in Kingston Plantation.
This was the view from our balcony. It was so peaceful to be able to look out and see the ocean in the mornings. I labeled this post God's Provision because it truly was. I mentioned the extra financial burden with the children's doctor visits. Because of that, we had decided we would not go on vacation this year. But, God, in His Providence, provided for us in a most spectacular way. Since my husband's hotel room was paid for, we were able to stay here free of charge. And although he had to do sessions throughout the day, he was accompanied by another Chaplain who took part of those and we got some family time together.
When Daddy wasn't able to be with us, I took the children for a walk around the grounds there. It was so lovely. The weather was beautiful and the grounds were gorgeous.
The children really enjoyed their view from the balcony.
While on our walk, we found the most beautiful moth. It's wing was injured some, so we found a lovely lake and tree to place it out of the sun so it could hopefully get its strength back. My children never want to harm any kind of creature.
This was the moth's resting place. There were swans swimming in the lake as well.
We took one last picture of the hotel on our way to our next destination...which I will share with you soon. We arrived here on a Friday afternoon and then left Sunday after worship services. God wasn't through blessing us yet!
Here are the backseat buddies as we begin our drive to another lovely stop.