Sunday, June 20, 2010

Guess where we've been?

Our limited internet was due to being at the beach.  It was a lovely week! 

Our condo had no connection.  I was able to go to the lobby area twice to connect, but it wasn't easy or really what I wanted to spend my time doing during our vacation, kwim?  We spent a fabulous week with my family - my Mom and Dad and my sister and her family.  We've done a week long vacation for the last 4 years and it's a great tradition.  One I hope we'll keep going for many, many more!  I treasure this time together and know the children love it too!

I have a lot of photos to go through, so this will probably come in pieces.  Here's the youngest set.  We didn't have any formal or group photos done this year.  We should probably try that next year. 

We saw some amazing examples of God's handiwork while we were at the beach.  While walking on the beach one day, we saw a crowd gathered.  As we got closer, we were able to see that they were all staring at the ground.  A man had dug a small pool and had placed 2 rays in there that he had caught.

When we got onto the pier, we had more things to see.  First, were lots of jellyfish!  It was hard to get a good photo due to the movement of the waves. 

Next was a fun surprise.  We saw something I've never seen in all my years of going to the beach (this same beach!).  We saw a sea turtle!  Isn't he neat.  He surfaced very briefly and then dove back down to a depth where he couldn't be seen.

I was thankful that sharks didn't make the list of things we saw.  We also saw crabs and small fish.  The kids had fun catching them and then releasing them.

One afternoon, Isaiah came yelling as he entered the condo that there were tornados and that I needed to come look.  When we went out onto the balcony, we saw "wind tunnels".  I'm not sure what these are called and they did look like small tornados.  It was wild seeing the water spray where they hit the ocean.  There were up to 3 at a time in the ocean - though one bigger than the rest.  Here are some photos which don't look nearly as neat as it was too see them!

There are some highlights of some of the wonders we saw.  The ocean is such a beautiful place to see examples of God's work.  Honestly though, His work is all around me - each day.  More than the wonders of the sea are the people He has made in His very image.  Now that, is amazing.

God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10



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