Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sunshine and Goombay!


I just returned from a glorious trip to the Bahamas with my Dad, Mom, Emma, Andre (her BF) and Johnny (My Twin, Andrew was dearly missed! Dang Arkansas Schedule~!) . We had so much fun! Our days consisted of slow lazy mornings, waking up to the ocean breeze blowing outside the window and the sound of the waves crashing mere yards from the creaky front porch of the 135 year old Victorian plantation house we rented. Most mornings we would walk the streets of Eleuthera, our final destination a tiny, "off-the-beaten-path" bakery. We greeted the locals with bright smiles and waves as we observed their typical morning routines (which are quite a bit more relaxed and slow paced than here in the US). When we reached the locals favorite bakery we enjoyed flaky, melt-in-your-mouth croissants! Mmmm!



Directions to the Bakery-very off the beaten path!

Croissants, Donuts and Cinnamon Raisin Bread! We were frequent customers!


Headed to the market to get fresh veggies for our "feast".
One of the evenings we spent in Eleuthera we decided to cook our own meal using all the local favorites. So we scouted out the local market and dock, where we met the fisherman and purchased fresh fish and lobster, literally as fresh as possible! Their was this sweet, adorable boy on the dock who was fun to interact with! The Bahamian culture is so friendly, the women on the dock gave us instructions how to cook the fish and lobster and told us that we "couldn't mess it up", turns out! They were right and we thoroughly enjoyed our delicious feast!
Beautiful Photo, taken next to the dock
Building/Home overlooking the Bay-Next to the dock.
Precious Bahamian boy I got to chat with while buying fish at the dock.


Our Feast! Mmm. Fresh Lobster, Fish, Produce, Rolls from Bakery! Delish!
Breathtaking Sunsets!
We spent the majority of our days lounging at the beach enjoying the bright sunshine, cool breeze and ocean waves. Johnny and I enjoyed taking walks on the beach and "body surfing" when the waves were choppy and rough. The water was the most incredible color of teal blue which contrasted wonderfully with the pinkish white sand. It was fun to get a chance to marvel at the glory of God's creation, he is quite the artist!
Our Family (misses Andrew!!!)

Fun in the Sun with my Love!



SPF-Very Important! :)

The Gang, Enjoying the Water!

The Island had so many animals running around; chickens, roosters, dogs..etc. This is a dog that we named Goombay after the favorite Bahamian softdrink, Goombay Punch. Goombay was so sweet and loved to find shade in the cool sand behind our beach chairs!

Sweet little Goombay, bagging some rays! :)

I have amazing parents!

Johnny and I at dinner!

Several nights we went out and enjoyed the local restaurants around Governer's Harbor. This is my parents at the beachside "hot spot" Tippy's. This night I had a yummy seafood pasta...It was SO good!

Hammock Time!

My Sweet Boyfriend--We had our 4 year anniversary the last day of the trip!

We strung up hammocks in our front yard and had so much fun relaxing in them. We had "photo shoots" in them, taking pics of my favorite--Saddleback Bag, and Johnny trying to teach Andrew how to launch himself into the hammock. Emma and I also giggled as we looked on, watching Andrew and Johnny desperately try to crack open a coconut.



The Beautiful Gate/View from the Folly House!
This was the view we woke up to every morning from our front porch. Wow, what an amazing, relaxing vacation. I am so blessed!

Love and Prayers,
Court







Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Music and New Outlook

Music. The rhythm to which I live my life. It is beautiful, spiritual, moving...It brings joy when I want it to. It sympathizes with me when I am sad or pensive. It makes me laugh, cry, and sing along. Sometimes it's job is to provide a quiet backdrop for my deepest thoughts, other-times, a setting for my cherished daydreams. Currently, music is providing inspiration to me. I am soaking it in, as it stirs within me desire for adventure and exploration.

I have recently discovered "new" music (well, to me it is new) and it has been amazingly refreshing. Prior to this I have been stuck in somewhat of a music "rut"...listening to the same artists, songs and albums for the last 6+ months without much variation. In this season of my life, my new music discoveries have nurtured within me musings of beauty, spiritual growth, and a greater desire to experience life to its fullest degree possible. This subsequently means that I must be pushed out of my comfort zone. This terrifies me. I gravitate naturally to the "safe" choices, the "comfortable" decisions...translation...I am boring, and scared. The Lord has been placing boldness in my heart, urging me to take a leap of faith, follow Him and practice my faith in a more radical way.

I can do it. Adventure is approaching on the horizon. I am ready to seek it, I am anxious to experience life, love, and learn. With new music on my ipod, beautiful songs from the Lord in my heart, a spring in my step and a fresh outlook in my spirit...

...Wonderful World...Here I Come!

Love and Prayers,
Court