Sunday, January 17, 2010

From Snow to Sand & Sun

By nature I'm a planner. I used to love to plans things, make goals, stay on some kind of schedule. I still enjoy doing these things, but based on this past year it's hard not to think, "What's the use?" I know GOD created me with hopes and dreams, but He is also ultimately in control of my life. I'm learning to hold my plans loosely. ; )

Growing up our vacations were planned out to a "T," and I loved it this way. Faber, Mandy, and I always had fun wherever we went and whatever my parents planned, but goodness we were also going to learn something while we did it. ; ) My dad would even have us research our destination before we left (not in a rigid way)! It's hilarious now to think about. Some of the best vacations of my life. I loved every second.

Jason and I now travel by the seat of our pants, and I like it this way, too. Even before Reese was born, we planned to get away during the winter just us. So after the new year we booked a trip to St. Barts.

Z was well taken care of as always with his grandparents. He loves to "go" as much as Jason and I do. ; )

A few pics from our week...

Jason took this pic in his car the morning we left. Five degrees!
Bright eyed and bushy tailed. We woke up at 3 am to get to the airport. ; ) Crazy and worth it!
The yacht waiting to take us to the island
Just kidding! Here is our "ride." Oops. ; )
Sunset in St. Martin before our ferry ride to St. Barts
We made it! View from our "villa." Ahhhh...
Our first morning in Gustavia
Anse de Grand Frond (one of the many beaches)

It didn't take long for us to get used to the easy paced island life. We didn't care what time it was, turned out cell phones off, and had very little internet access. We missed Zach like crazy but knew he was having a wonderful time just like we were.
Eating dinner at The Hideaway (Chez Andy's)
Beautiful rainbow one morning
Very narrow roads. Jason loved the island driving, of course.
Our villa and tiny car
Eden Rock on St. John beach
The airport was right by St. John beach. Jason of course loved watching planes land and take off.
See the plane landing? Lower middle of this pic
Gustavia harbor
Eden Rock
Another addition of mine to Reese's name gallery
Jason wrote Reese's name in the sand and said, "Only here for a moment" as the water erased her name away. Just like her life. It was really sweet.
We were so so sad to leave. The days went by way too quickly.
Good bye, St. Barts!
This plane flew over us as we were driving to the ferry. Pretty close!

Thank you, LORD, for an amazing week to get away from the cold weather and everyday life. Jason and I loved every second together and coming home to see our Zach.


For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it testifies about the end and will not lie. Though it delays, wait for it, since it will certainly come and not be late.

Habakkuk 2:3

39 comments:

Lena Medina said...

Wow Katie!!! What a wonderful getaway for the two of you! I love your new addition to the name gallery...so special! May God continue to hold your family close.
Lena

Jordan said...

Glad you guys were able to get away for a while & enjoy your time together! Beautiful pictures :)

Tristan said...

You are so deserving of a wonderful trip!

Praying for you as always :)

Kelli said...

What a wonderful treat to be able to get away...just the 2 of you!! I am so happy that you got to enjoy beautiful weather and views!!

3LittleByrds said...

Katie, looks like you and Jason had a wonderful time. It looks beautiful. I'm so glad you and Jason were able to get away just the two of you and enjoy each other.

Annie said...

That is great yall were able to get away! :)

Brandi said...

Glad you were able to get away and have a good time. The water looks beautiful!!! The plane pics are CRAZY!!!

Kelley said...

I'm jealous and happy all at the same time :D Love that rainbow picture - what a gift - not only a reminder of a specific promise, but of all He promises - he is faithful! Love ya!
Kelley

tiffany said...

A well deserved vacation. Praying you came home refreshed and renewed! Cheers!

oliviasmommy07 said...

Beautiful! I am so glad you guys were able to get away for a lil bit. That picture of the plane flying over you was sooo close!! WOW!
Continue to be in my prayers.

Nicole said...

What a great trip!!! So glad you were able to get away together and enjoy just each other!! :) YOu look beautiful by the way!

Mandy said...

Beautiful!!!! Looks like so much fun! I am so glad you guys had a great time.

Todd and Courtney said...

oh I LOVE IT. Todd would be in plane heaven with all of those planes so close by. I'm thinking we should take a vacay by ourselves too. Beautiful pictures and I love Reese's name in the sand. I'm sure she was playing on the beach in heaven watching you two :)

Summer said...

Wow Katie!! What a great getaway.... LOL about the upside down boat! Love the pics of Reese's name in the sand and the comment your hubby said (How Sweet)!!

I am glad ya'll had a fab time, and jealous that you are so stinkin TAN....LOL
It's like 20 degress here....
HaHaHaHa
Summer :0)

Maryellen said...

Beautiful photos. So very relaxing.
We all need these blessed breaks.

Trac~ said...

What a beautiful time together you guys must have had. The pictures are gorgeous and you both are as precious as ever! I'm so glad you had that time together as a couple. After the year you've had you both deserved it so much! Continuing to keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. Lots of love! xoxoxo :o)

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

wow that was such a pretty place. I am so glad you guys were able to get away and spend time together!

The Anglin Family said...

I love to travel. Love to throw stuff in a bag, and go. :-) I am NOT a planner...

It looks like an AMAZING trip and it's awesome you and Jason got to leave the cold Arkansas weather..BRR and go to the island. You so deserved that!!! Beautiful pics, looks so warm and inviting!!! Although it was 60 degrees in LR today. :-)

Brittany said...

How beautiful!

The first thing that stood out to me in the pic of Reese's name are the footprints all around it. It reminded me of the poem and how the Lord is carrying you right now.

Glad you were able to get away for a while and continuing to pray for you!

Elizabeth said...

Glad you were able to get away and spend some time as a couple. May God strengthen your marriage. Elizabeth in Indy.

walkers said...

I just told James as I looked at your pictures, if anyone needs to go to St. Bart's you do! I am so glad you got to get away with your honey. Loving you and pray for you all the time. Come to Waco and see me! mmwwwaaa!

Shelly said...

What a great and much needed trip! So glad you were able to get away and enjoy yourselves!

Kelly said...

Beautiful pictures. So glad you guys got away. You both deserved it.

Julee Turner said...

So beautiful!! I am so jealous! I want to go to a beach!! So glad you got to get away to such a wonderful exotic place!

Linds said...

ahhh... I LOVE the virgin islands! I am so glad that you guys were able to get away as a couple-- I am sure it was much needed after this past year.

lrstan said...

LOVE, love, love the caribbean. It is a great place to get away and escape to. Looks like yall had a lovely time. Beautiful pics.

Fabiola said...

Beach trips are always nice. The pictures are wonderful.

I can't agree more with your statement "He is also ultimately in control of my life." I know exactly what you mean.

Have a nice week!!

Karen said...

What a wonderful trip you had! I am sure it made all the more special knowing you left on a 5 degree morning!

Karen

Alex and Jill said...

The pics are beautiful!! I'm so glad you guys were able to get away...you totally deserve it, girl.

And how crazy that the planes come in to land that close to everything!!

((hugs))

Mer said...

Wow what great pics Katie! I'm so glad ya'll had a great time; it sure doesn't look like January down there:) Have missed you! Love, Mer

The Morris Family said...

wow....warm weather ...I need it!!! I am so not a cold weather person. So thankful you could do this,Katie!

still praying for you daily!

Cindy

Ani said...

What a wonderful (and deserved) vacation. Thank you for sharing the beautiful island with us :)

Meg said...

That's awesome you guys got to go away!!

Lauren Kelly said...

Katie, those pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!! How dare you go without me!!! Ha!! I’m so glad you and the hubby got to get some alone time together!!! Probably did you both so much good!! Love you!

hi-d said...

What you mentioned about "hopes and dreams" is so true. I LOVE this saying by Sue Monk Kidd, that a dear friend of mine texted to me on Saturday - "There is a place inside of us where dreams go and wait their turn."

When I read that, the tune of "On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, All Other Ground is Sinking Sand," kept going through my mind. I was almost convinced that it was part of that awesome hymn. Anyway...I think the two go together well...We stand on Christ's firm foundation and the dreams and hopes that we have are there...in time they will come to fruition.

Be blessed today!
hi-d

hi-d said...

p.s. I'm glad you had a great trip. It looks like you two had a lot of fun in the sun!

Laura said...

What a beautiful trip.....hope it was so good for your heart too.

Think of you often.

Sarah said...

It looks like you had a great time! I'm really glad you were able to get away. :)

Melanie said...

So glad y'all had a wonderful getaway! Wonderful pictures!!!!!! You look amazingly happy in those pictures and now reading the post above it, I know why... :o) xoxo

 
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