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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!
Kings Castle Destin, FL

Thank you, Facebook

Don’t get me wrong. There are LOTS OF PROBLEMS with Facebook.¬† But today was an example of how Facebook actually helps us stay connected in a very unexpected way! Earlier this week I noticed on FB that a cousin of Gary’s was headed to Florida. Hmmm, I thought. I wonder where in FL? The next day she posted her morning view which looked surprisingly like mine. Turns out that while she and her sweet family weren’t exactly next door, they were vacationing in a condo only about 15 miles east of us!! It was such a delight to meet up with them for lunch today and catch up over delicious seafood!
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And without so many shadows –
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So good to connect with these guys – and it never would’ve happened with that goofy Facebook connection!
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After lunch Gary and I headed off to Destin to track down a “Little Free Library“. Gary loves LFL’s – to get rid of books that he’s read and to maybe find a new one!
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The internet told us there was one in this huge shopping village
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and while the LFL was a bust for Gary’s book quest, it was located right outside an ice cream shop.
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So, all in all, a good stop!

An unexpected visit with dear Cousins, delicious seafood, yummy ice cream, and and at the end of the day a beautiful evening sky –
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Beach therapy at its best!

Christmas Day at the Beach

Starts with coffee on the balcony.
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Nice.
Instead of homemade sticky buns (a Conrad tradition), we went with fresh hot waffles.
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Seemed to do the trick.
Since we didn’t exchange gifts (this condo was our gift to each other), I spent a little time sewing.
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Love the view, right?
The best part of the day was, of course, our four family zoom call!
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So thankful for technology! Not as good as hugs, but better than nothin’!
We had a little beach time
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on a perfectly beautiful day!
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Afternoon naps were interrupted by this –
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Yep, a fire alarm sounded, and sounded, and sounded and sounded.
Thankfully, it was a false alarm. Phew.  But we did get to greet the neighbors!
The day ended with a beautiful God paintingUntitled
and then we snuggled in to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Ah…..

For us, for this year, it was a lovely Christmas.

I have to say I’m already researching for next year.¬† ¬†However,¬† it will have to sleep 20, ’cause I’m not sure I can do Christmas without family more than two years in a row! Conrad Family Destination Christmas 2022 is in the planning stages! Start saving up, kids!

It’s the Day before the Day before

…and these toes finally made it to the beach!¬† These toes even made it into the water!
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The sun was bright and while it wasn’t swimsuit weather (in my book) by any stretch of the imagination, it was a spectacular day for a nice long beach walk!
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Ahhh…..
Today’s Christmas Song is from the wonderful Christmas program by Andrew Peterson – Behold the Lamb of God. If you EVER have the opportunity to see this live (he tours with it each Christmas season), please, please, please go and see it. You will be blessed beyond measure!
Enjoy this sweet song for the early part of the program –

Gather Round, Ye Children, Come

Gather ’round, ye children, come
Listen to the old, old story
Of the pow’r of death undone
By an infant born of glory
Son of God, Son of Man

Gather ’round, remember now
How creation held its breath
How it let out a sigh
And it filled up the sky with the angels
Son of God, Son of Man

So sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God, but He made Himself nothing
He gave up His pride and He came here to die
Like a man

Therefore God exalted Him
To the place of highest praises
And He gave Him a name above every name
That at the very name of Jesus, Son of God

We would sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God, but He made Himself nothing
He gave up His pride and He came here to die
Like a man

So in heav’n and earth and below
Every knee would bow in worship
And ev’ry tongue would proclaim
That Jesus, He reigns with the angels

So sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God, but He made Himself nothing
He gave up His pride and He came here to die
Like a man

Gather ’round, ye children, come
Listen to the old, old story
Of the pow’r of death undone
By an infant born of glory
Son of God, Son of Man

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