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A few last beachy thoughts

Gary and I have been home a couple of days now, and we’re generally unpacked and settling in back to ‘real life’. But I wanted to share a couple of “Beach Therapy” thoughts before too many more days go by!
1. We’re not really beach people. Gary especially is not a fan of sand. But sitting on our little balcony and watching the surf roll in did our hearts good.
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And we didn’t track in any of that white gritty stuff as long as we stayed on the balcony!
2. Even on less than perfect days, that surf never let us down!
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3. If I happened to get up super early I could actually catch a beautiful sunrise through palm trees.

4. And oh, those sunsets….


5. While we didn’t spend a lot of time on the beach, when we did – it was oh-so-lovely!

6. Sometimes when you plan two weeks at the beach, and you’re not really into sand, you bring your sewing machine along and combine that ‘beach therapy’ with some ‘sewing therapy’.
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And that was lots of fun!
7. Just because we had no interest in making a big deal out of New Years Eve, doesn’t mean we can enjoy a nice New Years Eve lunch
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and take in a round of mini-golf!
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8. And about that mini-golf! There are lots of option for mini-golf in the touristy area. Some of them are ultra fancy with waterfalls and mountains, and caves. This one, Goofy Golf,
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was built in 1958 and I’m pretty sure some of the holes are original! Like the one where you have to hit the ball into an outhouse to get down to the hole.
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What we really like was that it was a two-holer outhouse (just like at our cabin)
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and I even hit it into my favorite side! (Sorry if that’s TMI!) ūüôā
To say this was an old school course might be a bit of an understatement
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but the price was certainly right – $3.00 for adults, $1.50 for kids!! So fun!
9. Whether you’re a beach addict or a beach enthusiast or a beach just-let-me-listen-to-the-waves person, taking two weeks off from your regular life to recharge and refresh is a good, good thing!
10. And we’re so hopeful that next year will be a grand family Christmastime at the beach kind of year!
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From the breaking of the dawn

To the setting of the sun,
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it was a beautiful day!
Still a bit on the cool side, so our feet didn’t actually hit the sand, but we ate dinner outside – so that counts for something, right?
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Hey, don’t judge us! Just watching the waves breaking on the beach soothes my heart!

Today’s Christmas song was new last year, and it reminds me that God’s faithfulness to me never depends on my faithfulness to Him!
Christ is born for YOU!!

O Come, All You Unfaithful

O come, all you unfaithful
Come, weak and unstable
Come, know you are not alone
O come, barren and waiting ones
Weary of praying, come
See what your God has done

Christ is born, Christ is born
Christ is born for you

O come, bitter and broken
Come with fears unspoken
Come, taste of His perfect love
O come, guilty and hiding ones
There is no need to run
See what your God has done

Christ is born, Christ is born
Christ is born for you

He’s the Lamb who was given
Slain for our pardon
His promise is peace
For those who believe

He’s the Lamb who was given
Slain for our pardon
His promise is peace
For those who believe

So come, though you have nothing
Come, He is the offering
Come, see what your God has done

Christ is born, Christ is born
Christ is born for you
Christ is born, Christ is born
Christ is born for you

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Bob Kauflin / Lisa Clow

First Full Day

The sun peaked out today, but didn’t stick around very long. The day never really warmed up, so it was a sleep late, run a couple of errands, take a couple of snoozes kind of day. I must say – quite a lovely way to start our Beach Therapy!

For today’s Christmas song I’m sticking with the Gettys (because really, how can you go wrong with them?). This is new arrangement of an old English Carol (original poem published in 1872).

In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter,
frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron,
water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him,
nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away
when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
for the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ

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Gloria, Gloria! Now my eyes have seen;
Soli Deo Gloria! He salvation brings.
As the Lord has promised, I may go in peace.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man I would do my part.
Yet what I can, I give him:
give my heart. (Chorus)

I guess it’s ’bout time!

It’s been more than two weeks since my last “non-holiday’ post, and I figured it’s about time I get this whole blogging thing back on track! We’ve returned from our lovely time at the beach, and are sifting through all our post-vacation debris and getting ready to hit the road tomorrow for our January SOWER project in Lake Wales, FL.¬† New adventures await!

But first – The Beach!!
Ahhhh……
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I’ll be honest with you, Gary & I are not really ‘beach people’. We gravitate more towards mountains and cabins than sandy beaches and condos. But we truly did have a delightful time in our little ‘condo by the sea’.
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No alarms, a fair bit of eating out, and even a bit of time on the beach.
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We weren’t sure what bird made these footprints
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but I am glad I never ran into whatever it was on a dark night! (Probably a Great Blue Heron, though we never actually saw one!)
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While we had some beautiful sunshiny days, the temperature never got up high enough to tempt us to pull out those swim suits. In fact, on Christmas day – high of 46.
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Brrrrrr…. (If you can zoom in on that picture you might see some crazy folks in the water (with wet suits on)!.
We were on the fourth floor of a 16 floor condo, and were pretty much lined up with the boardwalk out to the beach.
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So even when we didn’t feel like heading to the beach, we could still watch the ocean (and all the folks coming and going!). I never tired of the view, and was delighted with both the sunrise
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and the sunset
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most days.

It was a very different Christmas for us, and we did indeed miss seeing our kids and grands. Zooming is fun, but it’s not really quite the same thing, is it? But for this year, and this season, our little beachy Christmas was just the right thing.¬† ¬†Thank you, Lord, for the beauty of the sea!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Steph

PS – If you’d like to see more pictures of our time at Orange Beach (’cause you I took MORE!), you can check them out HERE!

Nice Work!

Wow – Almost everyone got the Where in the World Wednesday location this week – the Florida Keys. Or maybe we all just needed a little beach picture to distract us from our daily crisis’s!¬†
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While I was hunting down that bridge picture (we were there in January of 2011, so it was fairly well buried!), I did come across this other picture from that same trip.
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I feel like this would be great as a COVID meme – but I’m a little too brain dead to come up with something clever. Any suggestions?
Thanks!
Steph