"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

July 30, 2007

Saltwater stress relief

When life gets crazy, busy or stressful, which it often does during a kitchen remodel :)

then we go ...

to the beach! We pop in a fun book on tape and off we go!

This summer we have listened to How to Win Friends and Influence People, (for the second time because we love it! Great historical stories and guidelines on how to 'love your neighbor.') The Boy who became President (sequel to the Boy who Ran for President, -It's funny and educational) and now we are on Eldest. (sequel to Eragon)

In only 40 min. we are splashing in warm salt water! We know that because we are weird enough to time it!

I've mentioned before that my hubby enjoys leaving the beach more than he does arriving but that has all changed now. The key is that we don't go until after dinner or around 5:00 or 6:00 pm. Then it isn't beastly hot or crowded. Now he loves it and he's the one saying we should go twice a month! It's a beach going miracle!!!!

When we arrive, we all go straight for the water and play around. Nobody does any relaxing on the blanket....

Joy found this last time and it is truly the best shell any of us have ever found. It's huge! It might have been considered 'live shelling' because there was certainly something ALIVE in it. But we didn't see any signs prohibiting live shelling at this beach... and so we kept it. So, don't tell the beach police! And when 'IT' died, our whole street could just about smell it. Lovely!

Maybe it's time spent enjoying God's creation that does it, but by the time we leave, the cares of this world seem a lot smaller. The wind and the waves just seem to wash all that other stuff from our minds and we see more clearly what is important in life, like loving and obeying our Creator and focusing on time spent with our kiddos.

After taking in a gorgeous sunset, my hubby and I feel all blessed and stress free! : )

It is definitely worth the drive!


Theresa said...

awwww...I'm so jealous!!! We LOVE the ocean!! I would love to be close enough to drive over for an afternoon or evening :o) But we are a couple of days drive away ... LOL

Toni said...

Becky, that sunset picture is INCREDIBLE!!! Love it.
(who has to pretend her bathtub is an escape from landlock syndrome).