Back Home and Ready to Go

We got back home last night from a week of vacation at Isle of Palms near Charleston, South Carolina.  It was a great week of food and fun with the family.  Here is a quick list of some of the big events of the week.  We became tourists for  a couple of days and checked out the following

  • We did an eco-tour of the island.  This was a 3 hour boat trip that took us around the inlets and let us get out on an undeveloped barrier island.  It was both educational and fun and the kids really enjoyed it. We want to teach our children a love of nature.  You can see the hand of God in so many different things.  Just looking at the native wildlife and plants, the power of the ocean, and how the ecosystem works gives them an appreciation of our creator.
  • We visited Patriot’s Point and went through a WWII submarine, a Destroyer, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown.  The kids had a great time climbing through all the ladders and doors, and they even learned a little history in the process.  It definitely gives you a better appreciation of what our soldiers go through in war.   I am thankful for my freedom and for those who have fought to keep it.
  • On our way home, we stopped in Columbia, South Carolina at Riverbanks Zoo.   It is much smaller than the North Carolina zoo in Asheboro, but it is also much more manageable for a day trip with kids.  You are close to the animals and you can see the whole park in a half day.    

Overall, we had a great week.  The weather was great and we were able to spend a lot of time on the beach.  I always have a tough time unwinding and this trip was no exception. It usually takes several days for my body to truly relax, but I felt like I never really got to that point this time.  Remind me not to schedule a planning meeting the day before a vacation.   I had several church things on my mind throughout the week that I simply couldn’t get past.  I still had fun, and I was able to really play with and enjoy the kids, but it was a tough week mentally since I had so many things on my mind.  Now it’s time to get back in the swing of things and catch up from last week. 


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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