May 5, 2008

One Of My Favorite Places

There is a little island in South Caroline, that my family has been visiting for 19 years now. It is called Edisto and it is about 40 miles south of Charleston. I love it here. My husband and I first came here when we were 20 and we just feel in love even more with every visit. So many memories, and so wonderful to bring my own girls here now.

My first time here was about two weeks after my heart surgery. I almost died during that time in my life, but then came here and began a new life, one of appreciation for all that I was blessed with, including a healthy body. I took about 30 rolls of pictures in a weeks time. I was so thankful to be alive.

I love it here in Edisto. We stay in the same house, with my parents and not too much has changed. When you go inland more, the beauty is just incredible. I love Spanish moss and there are some beautiful historic places here. So much history in one time place.

One of my favorite spots, as morbid as it may sound, is an old cemetery at The Presbyterian Church. When you visit the many graves, you read some amazing words, and the thought of what this place was like long ago is fascinating.

These trees are just amazing and I wish that I could take some Spanish moss home, but it would never survive. The smaller building outside of the church is a place for prayer, to post prayer request, etc. It was made smaller then 10 paces, so that no one could challenge anyone else to a duel.

I love this view, of this large memorial reaching up to the sky, and the steeple going up even higher. The inside of the church is beautiful as well. I have always wanted to attend a service here, but I never think about it until it is too late. I learned a lot one year when I took a plantation tour with my mother and sister. I had no idea the rich history here and the plantations, many of which have been beautifully restored and are currently lived in, are just unreal.

Another beautiful memorial. The grave stones and iron work here are such works of art.

Did you have to rub your eyes and reread that sign? For a spot in our United States to be founded in 1685 is just unthinkable. You don't see it too often, but it is there.

This spot of trees beside of the cemetery reminded me of the movie The Bridge to Teribithia.

My trip has been very relaxing. I have worked on my Birds & Bonnets pages a little bit and have had lots of quality time with my Mom, which we haven't had enough of lately. It has also been fun playing with the girls on the beach. It just blows my mind how fast they have both grown. I think of my oldest playing years ago on the beach. She was so tiny. Now, she is jumping in the waves and so tall. I love the way she comes out to play with my Mom and I. I really want to have the friendship with my girls, that my sister and I have with our Mom. I am so blessed! They have also had lots of fun with their Papa and grandfather. Papa loves to fish, and Grampa is fun to splash at in the ocean. You can bet I took a lot of pictures of that. My oldest even caught her first fish, but ends up it was a young shark. The girls are fascinated with the way the fish feel and my youngest calls the squid bait her "pets" and runs around with one in her hand showing anyone that will listen to her chat about it.

Hope that everyone out there is doing well. Just wanted to say hello and I hope that you are making wonderful memories of your own and having some quality family time and relaxation.



Abbie said...

Hi Rhonda!
It is nice to hear that you are taking some R & R time. :) I am too. (but not on vaca.. atleast at home I can clean and organize..) It looks absolutely lovely there! Enjoy! Enjoy!

Jen r. said...

Wow, that just looks beautiful.
Jen R

miss magpie-pixie said...

It looks beautiful Rhonda - and you can add more memories everytime you go !
So glad you got time to relax a while , and chat when you get back !

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

What a beautiful place, I've always heard great things about Edisto. Never been, but have spent a lot of time in Hilton Head. Looks very relaxing.


wanderlustnpixiedust said...

Sounds divine Rhonda. May you return bright eyed ad bushy tailed!

Save the lace cape to maybe use somehow when one of your girls gets married?

Summer Gypsy said...

Hi Rhonda,
Just popping in! One of my students vacations in Edisto every summer. His mom has often shared with me about Edisto's beauty and peace. Sounds like a southern paradise! Thanks for sharing your trip.