Thanksgiving At The Beach

We just got back from a long Thanksgiving weekend at the beach. We stayed at a beach house near Charleston, South Carolina with some good friends and their children. Overall with our 3 kids and their 4 kids, we had 7 kids under the age of eight running through the house and it was great. The kids had such a fun time playing and enjoying the beach. We were able to go to the South Carolina Aquarium at Charleston on Friday and see Santa in his full Santa suit dive into the big tank and feed the fish. Drew talked about Santa underwater the whole 5 hour drive back from the beach.

The picture above is at the Sullivan’s Island lighthouse on the beach. The kids played on the rocks and had a blast. The weather was definitely warm enough to enjoy the beach.

I can’t leave out the food either. We ate ribs at Sticky Fingers and got seafood down at Hyman’s Seafood in downtown Charleston. I highly recommend both as great places to take kids. The food was great as well. Have you ever been to a restaurant where you feel the staff and owners actually care about you as a customer? That is the feeling we got from Hyman’s. It was more than just serving food, it was about the atmosphere. They created an atmosphere of caring. It wasn’t because of the decorations or the surroundings, it was because of the people who worked there. The owner even came by our table and talked to our kids and gave them a coupon for free ice cream. You can see why they have been featured in Southern Living so many times. I had to ask myself, does our church convey the same feeling when people come. I’m not talking “seeker-sensitive”, I’m talking do we love and care for the people who come through our doors? If a restaurant can convey that feeling when all they have to offer is food, can’t a church do even better?

Overall this was one of our best vacations ever. Just to get away and spend some time with the family was great. We also enjoyed the time with our friends.
Good times, good weather, good food, and great kids.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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