• Visit Mars, Pennsylvania, and fall in love with Penn and John.

  • Can Mary Wade protect her heart and save her hero, too?

  • Take a trip to Galway, Ireland, with Ellen and Payne!

  • "Letters mingle souls."

    John Donne

Emerald Isle? Yes, Please!

Last year, my family spent the final week of July at Emerald Isle, NC. Anticipating a future with children living all over the place, I suggested (My husband will say, “insisted”) we rent a house right on the beach to make the week really special.

Our gateway to the ocean!


Who wouldn’t want to spend time with these people??


It was a lazy week of playing cards.

Notice M (for Mom) won this hearts game!

And playing games.

Bananagrams, anyone?


Scary selfie!


And working a puzzle.

Such concentration!

Two heads are better than one.


Dollar store puzzle = one missing piece!

And reading books.

In the den.

At the kitchen table (with coffee, too!)

On the porch.

On the beach.










Did I mention that we read books?


Riding the waves.



Yes, we actually made it into the ocean, too.






And enjoyed a little site seeing after dinner in Beaufort.

Maybe we shouldn’t be let loose in town!









We tried so hard for a decent Christmas card picture.


Till next time, Emerald Isle. We love you!