Beach or Bust

Beach or Bust

So every May we take a girls’ trip to the beach.  Dustin’s grandmother and sister go with us when they can.  It is much fun for all…

Last year was the first time that my little ladies were tall enough to swim in the shallow end so Mommy (me) did not have to get in the water all day (every day).  I had forgotten what it was like to read a book by the pool…aah.

I went to the beach this year with two goals in mind:  to write and to swim laps.  It is hard to swim laps in a pool not designed for laps, but I got a brilliant idea:  I will swim in the lazy river…backwards!

My goal was two laps and I made it for three laps going against the current and then I decided to do a lap the right way doing the butterfly (I can use all the help I can get with that stroke).  It was wonderful.

Then about 3 hours later, I commented to Molly that the muscles above my hips were hurting…oh boy, I am definitely out of shape.

I got some writing done, but I quickly remembered that my first priority is not writing…though I am enjoying it greatly.  But my first priority after the Lord is my people. So I have backed off on the writing for now, but will  work on it as I have time.

But the girls had a wonderful time.  They had new bathing suits and goggles thanks to Mamaw and Mama Scotti.


I walked a few miles here and there on the beach and it was wonderful.  I even talked our youngest into joining us one morning.  During the walk, I asked, “Aren’t you enjoying this walk on the beach?”

To which she responded, “Mommy, this is not fun…we are still walking.”

My littlest lady would rather be doing this:imageor this:


There are always things we can wish we were doing differently, but honestly, there is always something to be thankful for even if you are still having to “walk” instead of doing what you find enjoyable.  Life is just like that!

But no matter where we walk, we have a God who goes before us and leads and guides us while we keep our eyes on Him…for that I am eternally grateful!

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”   Ephesians 5:1-2



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