FC: Outer Banks | 2011
6: I had the most amazing time with everyone on the family vacation this year. The one thing that sticks out to me from DC was the day that we went to see the White House We were there when a protest was going on and Blake was a little on the worried side. I have never had so much fun in a city that I was not thrilled to go to, but it is a city that I will go back to. I loved the Outer Banks. One thing that I think of when thinking of the Outer Banks is going to see the wild horses. The look on Shannon's face when we made it to the top of the hill and saw the horses was priceless. She was awestruck when she saw that the horses were real and they were free. I am glad that we all got to go there and have a family vacation that we will never forget. Written by Taylor
10: My favorite Outer Banks memory of Shannon was observing her watching the kids in the ocean water. She would spend HOURS sitting at the water’s edge, looking so peaceful, enjoying their love of the salty water for the very first time and relishing their time there. She mentioned later, after returning home, that she never felt sick while at the beach. Written By Pam
11: You know? When Chelsea asked me to write about a memory from our family trip to the Outer Banks, I knew it would be nearly impossible to shorten it down. Truly, the entire trip was such a fantasy come true for me. One day, when you are a parent or grandparent, you'll understand how much it meant to us to have our whole family gathered together like that for a wonderful vacation. Having all the kids and grandkids with us..sharing memories that will last a lifetime.absolutely priceless. The obvious memories would be the beach, the fishing, Shane getting pinched by the crab but the one that sticks in my mind is the drive on the beach to go see the wild horses. There are very few beaches that allow cars to drive on them, so getting to drive out on the beach like that made me feel like a young kid again. The beach ride was topped by your mom getting to see the wild horses. She wanted to see the horses after I first told her about them and it was starting to look like we weren't going to get to go because of the weather and the wind, but Steve decided she wanted to see those horses and he was not going to disappoint her. We drove and drove, nearly getting stuck a few times.all of us laughing at Steve driving like he was a crazy man! Just when it looked like we were going to have to turn around because of the conditions of the sandthere they were. HORSES!! Your mom jumped out of the car faster than I had seen her move for quite some time and climbed that big sand dune like she had wings on her feetShannon saw her horses! Written By Lyle
15: This summer, I was blessed to take a vacation with your mom. It is hard for me to pinpoint one memory as there are so many pictures in my head from that trip. Shannon seemed most happy at the ocean, watching her kids run and play in the sun along the ocean coastline. I remember one particular day, when her and I sat at the ocean edge, picking up seashells, talking and watching our children. I had never seen Shannon as happy as she was that day. She had everything she ever wanted that day. She had three beautiful children, a man that loved her, and was vacationing along the ocean with her family. She is the strongest person I have ever met, and amazed me everyday of vacation with her strength.
23: This summer I met an Angel. She was the most beautiful person I had ever met, I know God sent her my way. She wore a white, wide brim hat that she would tilt slightly showing her warm eyes full of wisdom and love. We sat on the beach under a blue canvas sky and watched her children play in the water. She spoke in soft tones of love and life and her laughter warmed my soul. The love that I felt was so bright and strong that I often found myself moving her way. Her children she would say were the love of her life and she felt blessed to have just today. Her body was ravaged from fighting the disease but the soul it carried was bright. She whispered as she watched the waves rolling in and out just living like there's no tomorrow. Today this angel that I met on a warm summers day has crossed to the other side. I still hear her speak in whispers and soft tones in the breeze as it carries her name. Shannon Written by Rose Heberly