Our Week Full of Adventure began
with a trip to Hunting Island State Park for Memorial Day weekend. Eddie and I
have been married for fifteen years in September, and this is the first time we
have been able to join our extended family for the holiday weekend. Usually,
Eddie was deployed somewhere in the world, or we chose to take the time to
reflect with others on the sacrifice our service members have made, but this
year a change was in the air. Eddie was born on Parris
Island, the Marine base, near Hunting Island. His mother and siblings with their
families still live in South Carolina near the island. This was our (the kids
and mine) first trip to the island, not South Carolina.
I fell in love with Hunting Island. A popular
camping ground, Hunting Island State Park is a beach island nestled between
historic Beaufort, S.C. and the Atlantic Ocean. The tide is out during the
morning hours allowing beach goers, surfers, and fishermen to enjoy the four
mile stretch of land. Of course, no surf goes unchallenged by a group of adventurous
to right: Alex Arzillo, Charlie Coon, Peyton Scott, Hadyen Daley, Joshua
Arzillo and Jedidiah Coon. Back: James “Eddie” Coon
When the water depletes your energy, the quiet
campground shields campers from strong ocean winds, and large palm trees provide
cool shade while a sturdy chair offers tired campers a place for an afternoon
The lighthouse is a about a two-mile roundtrip hike.
I didn’t get a chance to hike it, but Summer and her new friend Briana Scott
braved the hike. They report the hike is well worth the effort.
Each night a family would take turns cooking for everyone.
Our last night, Richard and Kelly had an awesome fish fry!
Richard Arzillo and Summer Coon
My favorite part of the whole trip was some honey
time with my amazing warrior—who may be retired now, but was and is always MY WARRIOR!
Me and my Warrior
Me and Summer "Tinkerbell" Coon
Me and Jedidiah "Jederbug" Coon
…we couldn’t catch Charlie
long enough to get a pic. However, I did get him in the middle of the week
when he was down with a sinus infection…on his 14th Birthday!
Me and Charlie "Boo Boo Bear" Coon
No worries though! We ended our Week of Adventure with
a basketball party for our future college athlete…lookout Georgia Tech! This turned out to be extra fun as our Jamaican friends
and neighbors taught this family the secret to making jerk chicken!
Charlie's Basketball Team...Express Showcase...well a few of them
Our week began with a trip—the first trip we have
ever taken on Memorial Day weekend; a significant change in-of-itself. Every part of the weekend
I absolutely loved and cherished—from South Carolina’s mesmerizing landscape
with its mossy oak trees, palms, salty marshes—to the sweet hypnotic fragrances
of jasmine, magnolias, azalea’s, and
honeysuckle (my husband’s favorite)--to connecting with new friends, like Michelle Scott, and reconnecting with family. In fact, most of the South’s heritage has
a special kind of appeal to me. I find myself drawn into its deep mystery, and
wonder if God is not turning my heart towards this place.
Our week ended with a celebration
of our firstborn son’s fourteenth birthday! It also ended in anticipation of more
now, we are waiting on God to make His will for us clear. When He does, then we
"Stand still” – keep
the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders,
cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long
ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel,
“Go forward.” Charles Spurgeon
I wait for the LORD,
my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the
Lord more than watchmen for the morning... (Psalm 130:5-6)
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