Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Another Awesome Day!

Wow! Today was another awesome day! After VBS Andy, Michael, Jaymie and I went to the beach and we found 18 sand dollars,as well as a few other pretty shells. Today we didn't see any starfish, but there were tons of jellyfish washing up all over the place. I couldn't believe it! I've lived here since 1978 and I've never seen that many jellyfish on our beach. The ones that I have seen were tiny ones, but today we saw some really big ones! It reminded me of the big jellyfish we used to see on the beaches in Texas where I grew up. Anyway, it was another amazing day of enjoying God's creation and I loved it!

Beauty and the Beach

I think for me the wonder of the beach, is not the physical earth that God created.
God made it yes so we would know that He is, and while it truly was beautiful yesterday, I think that I got a glimpse of a greater Beauty.

It was not the waves, nor the sandy beaches, the sun in the sky or the birds in the air. But the beauty of a woman enjoying life there.

To see Debra leap with joy as she found another of God's creations, a gift just for her.
To see her run out into the shallows as the tide turned back chasing a possibility, discouraged but continuing on with a new hope.
To see the wind blowing through her hair, her rejoicing at a silly little sand dollar, her curiosity at her first starfish, yes like a child of the King, just happy to be a part of His Kingdom.

Today there was a Beauty at the Beach, and I know that God enjoyed her too.

Sand Dollar Heaven!

Today after vacation Bible School Andy and I went to the beach and fortunately we got there at just the right time. The tide was coming in and bringing with it, hundreds of crabs, shells, sand dollars and even some big starfish. I had a blast searching for shells and I did find 7 whole sand dollars out of the hundreds that were broken. It is so theraputic walking in the water and the sand searching for shells. I just love it! I feel like a kid again, everytime I find a sand dollar or a starfish or just a pretty shell and my heart leaps, as I race to pick it up. This may sound pretty silly to some, but as Andy reminded me today, he never thought I would be able to walk on the beach again, after my accident, so his heart also leaps when he watches me searching for sand dollars. It was so peaceful out there today even with the waves crashing in. I will never cease to be amazed at how something so beautiful can be so furosious and dangerous at the same time. I am thankful that God gave us the ocean to look at and enjoy, but I am also thankful that we have an appreciation for it's powerful and dangerous current. All in all, it was a great day!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

I Love The Beach!

Isn't this a beautiful sunset? I took this picture about 3 weeks ago, while we were enjoying a day at the beach with Tim and Misty and their kids. To me there is nothing more beautiful than watching the sunset on the beach. I guess I love everything about the beach. I love playing in the water, watching the crashing waves, searching for sand dollars and shells, finding jelly fish, roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over a bonfire, walking barefoot with Andy, and I especially loved it when Andy surprised me and took me to the beach for some slow dancing in the moonlight for a couple of hours. We need to do that again. (hint, hint)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Another step...

Well the contruction loan was preapproved a couple of days ago, so once we get the actual plans in our hands, we can start getting the permits. Woo hoo! Another step of the process is out of the way! Of course, as usual my credit score is better than Andy's and I think that is sooo funny. No really, I am very thankful that we both have excellent credit scores. I'm getting more excited each day and I can't wait for the next step. I just hope and pray, that it won't take long to get all of the permits and for the loan to be finalized, so we can get started on building.


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