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Labor Day Weekend at Myrtle Beach!

Fourth time’s the charm, right? This year we’ve planned and scrapped three different vacations (not all due to Coronavirus – sometimes travel plans just don’t work out!). I held my breath and didn’t let myself get too excited about the prospect of a beach vacation until we were on the road headed toward Myrtle Beach!

Paul and I both grew up in the Midwest – he grew up in Illinois and I grew up in Indiana. My family vacationed at Hilton Head Island when I was in high school, but this was Paul’s first ever beach vacation. I am so thankful that the Lord gave us perfect weather for our three day stay at North Myrtle Beach!

We enjoyed the luxury of an ocean view room that faced the sunrise!

Because we wanted to maximize our time on the beach and not spend a lot of money, I brought simple meals that I could quickly prepare in our resort. The place we stayed had a full kitchen, so I didn’t have to bring anything but groceries.

Simple meals like spaghetti taste better with an ocean view! ๐Ÿ™‚

We got in lots of walks on the beach and enjoyed being in the water. Paul’s favorite moment was (after convincing me to swim way out into the water with him) seeing me jump way too early in a wave that completely took me under. He said the look on my face was priceless! I was still wearing my hat and sunglasses, which he quickly rescued. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was warm enough that we could enjoy the water but not so hot that it was uncomfortable by the pool. Perfection!

We walked a couple blocks up from our resort for ice cream and then enjoyed a gorgeous sunset from our balcony.

I just happened to wake up in time to catch the sunrise both mornings!

We had a wonderful time together! That’s not always been the case – we reflected back on previous trips where we argued, had hurt feelings or were extremely irritated by the other. It is because of God’s grace in our lives and His Word in our hearts that we are able to enjoy a weekend like this.

I prayed specifically in the weeks leading up to our trip that we would have sweet fellowship and a great time together – and I’m so thankful that we did.

That’s not to say we have a perfect marriage or perfect lives, but I am so thankful for the work God has done in both of our hearts over the years. Marriage is really hard some times – but it is also really great!

I’m also very thankful that we had the freedom and ability to travel four hours to the beach. I know that not everyone has that privilege these days and I don’t take it for granted!

Thanks for coming along on my trip recap – do you have any travel planned for the near future?

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10 thoughts on “Labor Day Weekend at Myrtle Beach!

  1. Whitney, Iโ€™m so happy that you and Paul got to experience a beach trip and enjoy each otherโ€™s company. Our family was just at North Myrtle Beach in August!


  2. I so enjoyed reading this, Whitney, and I am so very thankful that you could have this wonderful time away. The ocean is restorative.

    I pray over each and every getaway that my hubby and I take and of course the big vacations as well. We have a short getaway planned next week at a remote lake up north, and then a two-night getaway in October that will incorporate a couples’ retreat. We are so looking forward to both!


  3. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us! Looks like yโ€™all had a great time. What a view! Sorry about your ocean upset! Iโ€™m glad Paul rescued your glasses though!๐Ÿ˜‚ Praying over vacation times is so wise. Itโ€™s easy for our flesh to take over with unrealistic expectations – I speak from experience! Glad you have special memories to tuck away!


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