For 13 summers Emerald Beach on the NSW mid-north coast has been our happy place.
Last summer we decided that visiting once a year wasn’t enough and that we wanted to make a new life here after we completed our first lap of oz... and so here we are.
However as windows open, doors close and so our many years of happy holidays at Emerald Beach have drawn to a close with the last of our friends checking out as we pack to move our house on wheels two suburbs north.
We have holidayed here with most of our family at some point including my much-loved and missed late mother.
Our first visit was in 2005 and we were expecting our first child. My Mum had been hounding us to visit after she and Dad had previously stayed a couple of times. I remember sitting under the frangipani tree watching families swim and play in the pool and both Adam and I deciding right there and then that this is where we wanted to bring our children for summer holidays. Each year I take time out during our holiday to return to that tree, to sit under it and marvel at how much our family has grown (along with the tree!) and take a moment to be grateful that we started such a wonderful tradition for our family that has really lead us to something so much bigger.
We’ve had many special and memorable moments over the years and made lifelong friends. A few memories that spring to mind include choosing the name “Ella” for our first born whilst Adam read a newspaper article about Ella Hooper performing at a Tsunami benefit concert, Ava taking her first steps, singing Happy Birthday to my late Mum, all 3 of our children finally ‘getting’ how to swim as they practised in the shallow pool and me having a few too many glasses of wine in 2013 which may have even resulted in a surprise pregnancy (Noah’s!). What an awesome memory!
It’s the end of an era and there’s no denying that we are a little sad but the friendships and memories will stick with us and we will now go out and look for new summer holiday traditions.
Thank you Emerald Beach for the memories ❤️