I wanted to spend some time on Amelia Island, Florida. I picked my birthday week and went online to make reservations.
No vacancies. Booked up. In March? I then remembered that Colleges around the U.S. take a spring break anywhere from the end of February to the middle of April.
We decided instead of going to Florida we would go to the Mississippi Gulf Coast where we had lived for almost 20 years until five years ago. We were able to secure a rental directly in front of our former home.
There we were. Right there in our old neighborhood. What a gorgeous location, too. The house we stayed in faces the Saint Louis Bay. It is a beautiful home with a nice pier built out into the bay.
When we lived there I would help the out-of-state owners anytime that they had renters as I was right there next to the property. I had been in their house thousands of times. We had even spent one Christmas holiday there since we had moved. I felt like I was home.
The big change, though, was that all of our neighbors were no longer there. The few of us that lived in that neighborhood full time sold our homes and moved away. The entire neighborhood now consists of vacation homes for people who live out of state.
We spent the first two days visiting with friends from New Orleans. The weather was great but we were inside much of the time. The third day the weather was great in the morning but clouded up and rained in the afternoon. Day four and five: all day rain!
When I posted on social media that we were headed south, going to the coast, everyone told me to enjoy the beach since they all know how much I love the beach.
I never got to the actual beach!
The best part about the stay is that it didn’t matter that I never got to the actual beach. The entire front of the rental house faces the water and is all glass. My brain was filled with natural light and views of the water for days. That was exactly what I needed.
Lots of natural light and views of the water.
Visits with friends.
Staying in a gorgeous home.
My Spring Break.
Thank you God for refreshing my soul.
Mother Nature: you can bring on the warm weather anytime now as we have headed back north to colder temperatures!