Fall Season Of Miracles Contest ~ Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul Group

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty

The POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul group gives you the opportunity to share the miracles in your life during this fall season with a creative writing challenge . Join in on the challenge with the  FALL SEASON OF MIRACLES CONTEST | Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul Group

We are very fortunate for the past eight years to have the best neighbors in the world!! We want to tell you what a miracle it is to have such wonderful neighbors in Sunset Beach, NC.

When we first moved to Sunset Beach, NC we didn't get involved with our neighbors. It was only the wave when you saw the neighbors kind of relationship because we were working and busy settling in.

Boat bought and sold 

We decided to buy a boat and one day decided we would venture onto the IntraCoastal Waterway up to Topsail Island to meet Frank's nephew and his family for lunch. This was our first big trip with the boat and we thought we knew it all. 

On the way we hit our first sand bar...where the heck did that come from. Thank goodness a boat was passing by and helped us off. We did make it to Topsail for lunch, a little late, but as the day flew by we decided it was time to head back.

Somewhere along the way we made a wrong turn and ended up in a military area with a boat approaching us with guns aimed at us demanding us to follow them. They escorted us to their dock and interrogated us for quite a while. When they finally decided they no longer felt we were a threat, they released us and said we could leave. The nerve of them, holding us hostage, threatening us we could have been shot for entering their waters.

By now dusk had passed and it was rapidly becoming dark.  We made another wrong turn and hit another sandbar. Dark, stuck in the sandbar with no boats in sight we were in big trouble. Somehow we managed to rock out of the sandbar but the engine wouldn't start. Thunder and lightening started and now we started to get worried. 

We had our cell phones and called locally for help. They asked our destination approximately, and said we needed to call someone else because we were out of their territory.  Seriously, we are in trouble, who cares whose territory we are in...

Thank goodness the next phone call said they would be able to help us. Two hours later the tow boat showed up to help. They towed us at about an inch an hour to the closest port which was obviously not where our car was or anywhere near where we lived.

As we were being towed we wondered who could we call to come pick us up at the wee hours of the morning. We really didn't know anyone in the area except our neighbors across the street. We decided they were the only ones we could call. The miracle was when our neighbors answered the phone and told us they were worried where we were and noticed we never came home!!

We called them, woke them up at 12:30 am and explained our dilemma. To make matters worse we needed to borrow money from them to pay cash for the tow. Talk about embarassing moments.  To this day we still laugh about it, but we knew it was a miracle our neighbors were able to help us out in our time of need.

We love our neighbors like family and have remained close friends since always helping each other out whenever necessary. 

Miracles do happen for a reason and we are so grateful we are so fortunate to have the best neighbors in the world!!

They say the two best days of owning a boat are the day you buy a boat and the day you sell the boat. This is the truth!! Trust us!! We no longer have our boat!!

Our Miracle is Having The Best Neighbors in the World!! Make friends with your neighbors, you never know when you may need each other for an emergency!!


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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Frank and Karen that's quite a introductory tale to your life in NC. Glad you are able to smile about the experience now and of course thank heavens for the neighbors who came to your rescue.
Oct 31, 2011 02:25 PM #1
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Cindy ~ Crazy, we didn't have a clue!! We did not have any type of depth indicator in the boat either!! Thank God for miracles!!

Oct 31, 2011 02:33 PM #2
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Wow...that was a miracle!  Now, I probably would have perhaps taken some boating classes first, lol :)!  Glad to hear everything turned out well though and what terrific neighbors you have.

Oct 31, 2011 02:33 PM #3
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Brenda ~ Boating lessons? That would have been the right thing to do!! Silly us thought we could do it without lessons!!

Oct 31, 2011 02:36 PM #4
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate


Frank & Karen, Imagine if that had not happened … you may likely still be waiving at each other in your driveways. 


Oct 31, 2011 05:17 PM #5
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Great Story.... I guess, I'm proud to say, we've never had to call our neighbors in the middle of the night!  LOL.... I'm trying to picture your faces as the Military approached with guns pointed at you, but glad you made it home safely!  Now, talk to my husband about selling our boat ;0)  

Oct 31, 2011 11:04 PM #6
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Amy ~ Tell Roger to sell the boat!! Kidding, boats are so much fun once you know all about them!! It was a scary situation when the military showed up because we had no idea where we were or how we entered their waters....


Kathleen ~ So happy things happened the way they did!!

Nov 01, 2011 01:05 PM #7
Ron Climer
Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners - Tryon, NC

   What a great story. You need to buy a motorcycle or better yet learn to fly a plane. 

Nov 01, 2011 11:00 PM #8
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Isn't it funny, they were there for you, all you had to do was reach out. Great lesson in life, and glad it turned out the way it did!

Nov 02, 2011 01:04 AM #9
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Andrea, Thanks, it was a great reach too!!

Ron ~ I think we will stick to cars and walking for now...

Nov 02, 2011 05:21 PM #10
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