With all of our imperfections, we begin and end each day at the foot of the cross. It is here where our story begins and we pray it is where it will end. "Jesus said: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." ~Matthew 11:28-30~
Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Life's A Beach!
We made it to the beach this summer!
The ocean always renews my spirit...I'm definitely a "sea gal", not to be confused with sea gull:)
It was a miracle that we got here since it was looking like dear husband's work schedule was not going to cooperate with us. It's his busiest time of year and bless his heart that he has already taken his alloted time off to attend 2 separate scout camps with 2 sons. Next on the list is time off for World Youth Day in a few short weeks with a 3rd son. Soooooo, it was by the grace of God that we were able to spontaneously steal away for 24 hours and head to the coast!
It was a small miracle that I checked online and there was 1 spot open for the 1 night that we were able to go. The miraculous part of this is that these camp spots are right on the ocean and book out a year in advance. They are typically impossible to get! Praise the Lord for small graces:) Can you believe this glorious view from our campsite? I'm thinking it would be a great place to do some homeschooling in the future! Wonder if I could be so lucky to get another reservation?
Isn't this a fine stroke of God's hand?
It didn't take long for us to hit the surf and sand!
Our oldest son was our missing piece since he was unable to get the time off work with the short notice. It gave us a small (heart pang) glimpse into what our life will be like when he flies the nest for college in one short year. This reflection helps us cherish the other littles while they are still "little"...Although this next one is on the cusp of his teenaged years!
We watch his metamorphosis right before our eyes...
One of the things that I love about the beach is that it reminds us of our childlike selves. In the scheme of things, we are all children...Sifting through the sands of life...
I love the analogy of the sea in Psalm 139:9-10
"If I fly with the wings of dawn and alight beyond the sea, Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand hold me fast."
"How precious to me are your designs, O God;
Were I to count, they would outnumber the sands;
to finish, I would need eternity." ~Psalm 139:17-18
"Lord you have probed me, you know me; you know when I sit and stand;
(even when I'm buried in the sand)
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My travels and my rest you mark; with all my ways you are familiar."~Psalm 139:1-3
Oh, and I mustn't forget our newest baby Benny!
(Shhh, don't tell the Holy Father that we named our "dog"after him...Even though we consider it the utmost compliment!!!)
Hows this for a "re-purpose" play pen...Isn't it a crack-up?
We got so many funny comments:)
And what would a camping trip be without a campfire and s'mores!?
And a visit from a cousin and her friend:)
Words just can't even express how grateful I was for this precious 24 hours of blessing.
Yes, Life's A Beach...
Filled with buckets of God's grace and love to bring us safely to shore.