Monday, November 23, 2009

A Simple Beach House



A House can become a character in your life's story. A simple beach house has been a gathering place for my family over the past twenty years. Each visit sees a slightly different cast of characters. Grandparents and parents, aunts and cousins, nephews, nieces, recently my own children and now...friends and their children.




My grandparents rented this house, which belonged to friends in their Lions Club. I now rent it from the grandchildren of those original owners. Thanks Glenna! The past weekend a group of girlfriends and I went down and were welcomed by a winter storm.



Late Saturday night the winds were the strongest I've ever experienced at this house. Sitting around talking after a night out, the entire house was being shaken by the winds coming across the ocean to find its way underneath the house. It felt like a train ride. I actually felt a bit scared knowing the waves were hitting the shore just a few yards from the house.






It is one of my favorite places to spend a bit of time, it is like an old friend. Do you have a special place where you enjoy spending time with family and friends?

11 comments :

  1. Love al of that frothy foam. I always wished I lived close enough to the water to do something like this. I'm sure you all have an amazing time, and how cool that it's really been apart of your family's history??

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  2. The pictures really capture the environment so well - they are really beautiful, especially the window view. I always like being near the ocean during a storm. I agree with you that sometimes a place can become a key place in your life, especially if it a meeting place for friends and family. Makes me think of Thanksgiving holidays over the years.

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  3. Yes, I love this place. I wish it were mine, I'd love to give it a lovely redesign and share all the details with you all. But having it when we want to get away is just fine as well!! Janell

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  4. Lovely photos.

    I'm not sure my family has any place equivalent to that -- we used to spend a lot of time down in Galveston, but haven't in years (though I've still got a soft spot for the island). Now, my folks share a bayhouse farther south towards Corpus Christi with my uncle and aunt. It hasn't quite become a special gathering place for the extended family (they've only had it a year or so), but I imagine that it will start to take on great significance the more time we spend there.

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  5. we never had getaways like this! after listening to all of your posts on family and friends I have hope!!! the pictures are beautiful...sigh!

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  6. I agree, a house is definitely part of the family.
    Great photos!

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  7. Gorgeous pictures. I've always love the beach. Thanks for sharing some salty wind and spray with us today. :)

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  8. We don't really have a "get away" place as a family - usually our get togethers are at one of our houses. Would be nice though. Beautiful photos!

    pk @ Room Remix

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  9. I love your photos of the ocean. Which coast is this on?

    Cheri

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  10. Holy moly, I don't know how I missed this post! BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL! Even more so, bc of the personal memories that you've had there. What a wonderful place for family to gather... Gor-gee-us.

    Kelly

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