Blessings at the Beach

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We were gone last week, as we traveled a little more than 500 miles from our home to the sandy beaches of the gulf.

A much-needed week for this family who misses Daddy terribly with his 15 hour days.  His days blessed with a job, but the hours away can take a toll….


I’m sitting here, trying to focus, wanting to ‘return to normal’, but wanting to remain in the laughter and joy found in a vacation.  So much to share, so many moments that my mind and heart can barely grasp.

A sweet friend opened her home, letting this family of 5 in the beauty of her world. Just a year ago, we were strangers and now, I call her friend.

The little guy really enjoyed the sand, water and many activities we were able to do as a family.

Treasures on the Beach

I miss it.  The freedom of the moments, the ability to step away and focus non-stop on the joy and laughter of my friends and family.

I’m blessed to not have laundry piled up, that we packed less than we needed and the ‘to do list’ will not keep us from the park……whatever needs to be done, it can wait.

The smiles and laughter will grow too soon and this Mama heart will be left with memories and pictures. Yet, I know those days will have a beauty of their own.

My Sweet Husband

We’ll spend the next few days shifting through our shells (no need in going to this beautiful area for the shells, I think we brought all of them home). We’ll renew our memories by looking at our pictures, I’ll edit and share a few through the weeks/months go come and we will cherish these memories


and make new ones

Swimming in the Gulf

Remembering that there is nothing more important than these sweet hearts that deserve one-on-one time with Mommy and Daddy.  Time to help grow their hearts for the one who created them….

Don’t miss these moments. Focus on the goal and purpose of each heart to glorify the God of this universe who loved us so much that he surrounded us with beauty. HERE and NOW….even in what we might consider the mundane: that laundry pile, the dishes, the never-ending food to be prepared.

5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,a 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant,b being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:5-11)


My Pastor read those verses yesterday and I sat so filled with joy and gratitude because I found so much freedom in these verses, freedom I had not seen or read before…

1251.  Jesus did not try to grasp being equal with God – I don’t either…..I just have to accept HIM!

1252.  Jesus died on the cross….oh, the beauty that I do not have to do that…..for my sins and the sins of others…He did this, while being PURE!

1253.  The late nights/early mornings….are simple compared to that cross.

1254.  There is beauty all around us in nature….in a world that can be cold.  Our children are included in that beauty….

1255.  I get giddy when I consider all knees bowing

1256.  I’ve been blessed with the HONOR of raising these children. They are a blessing and I’m grabbing hold with both hands, and asking yo to come along and enjoy this journey: the good and the difficult.

  Me and my baby


Has a recent vacation helped you find the beauty in the mundane?

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  1. Oh, I’m so glad you guys had such a good, relaxing time away! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us!

    • Lisa, we all need to head south and spend a few days together! These are just a few of the pictures…..I”ll share more over the next few weeks, I’m sure…..

  2. We went down to the Gulf a couple weeks ago. I’ve been every summer of my life at least once. It’s just time that I need (I know that sounds spoiled!) But it’s always such a great time with family and recharghing!

    Mary Beth @newlifesteward

  3. So glad you had such a wonderful vacation! My family and I also just got back from our vacation last week and are trying to get focused on our week ahead!


  4. Oh, I pray we can make it to the gulf this year. It’s been two years since we’ve taken a vacation – the six of us – to unwind and simply be. My husband doesn’t work 15 hour days but often he works on the weekends (ah, the life of a small business owner!) and his mind is at the office. There’s nothing like the beach to refocus and see God all around! I especially love the last photo of you and your husband – precious!

  5. Your beach trip looks like such fun! My dh & I have been discussing family vacation time recently. It’s too easy for him to take a day off and work on the house rather than spend some fun time with the family. I told him this morning that he needed to get some time off on his schedule. Hopefully, he’ll do so!

  6. I’m glad you had fun! What a blessing to have such good friends to stay with. Love you all. Now get back to blogging. Miss ya. 😉

  7. kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    I’m so thankful for our time and grateful for our friendship – love the pics! 😉

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE your post! The pictures are just beautiful! Glad you had a nice time….

    • Melissa, Thanks! I hope to add more throughout the coming days (pics that is)…and I really hope I get to meet you at BEECH Retreat!!!!!

  9. I’m so happy for you! Getting away, meeting and deepening relationships, renewing, refreshing….how wonderful!!

  10. Oh what fun love the pictures . No vacation for us AGAIN : ( I could so use the relaxation hopefully next year.

    • Kathy, the only way we were able to go was to stay with Kelli, though we did run into some financial issues with the car….God will carry us through. Next time, I’ll pick you up on the way!

  11. We had three weeks of vacation recently. It was so relaxing and made me slow down. I didn’t want to come back:) You are so right, the moments really matter. We need to enjoy each and every moment. I love the happy faces on your children!