Family, Giving Thanks, Thanksgiving

When You Need A change Of Scene

July 30, 2012

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?
Ecclesiastes 2:24-25

The longing hung heavy on me for two days. I could almost feel the sand between my toes.


But almost is unfulfilling–a rice cake in place of real, salty potato chips.

We live land-locked and so my pining for the beach would remain the impossible dream–though for a few minutes I sincerely contemplated the insanity (excitement?) of planning in impromptu road trip to the nearest beach, four hours away. Staring over the sink at the parched brown grass, I realized immediately the impracticality of such an unplanned venture and went back to washing the dishes. My spirits shriveled a bit, cracking like the ground out under the tree, dry, dusty–thirsty.


The weekend rolled around and a spur of the moment suggestion to take a boat ride turned into a mini-vacation costing significantly less but delivering the relief I hungered for–that for some reason, could only be found on the water. The spray and wind tangling our hair, the sun beating down on our backs–medicine, comfort for the weariness within. The six of us, rocking and swaying on the wakes of the faster boats as the past. We were in no hurry. Time whispered past slowly–that four hours turned out to be a gift for everyone.


 *My gift counting is taking a different format, I’m well beyond a thousand now. For now, I’m not listing them individually in this space–thank you for grace.  
Joining the community of friends and Ann in giving thanks for all things. Won’t you join in the praise?

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  • Reply Jessica Heights July 30, 2012 at 7:59 am

    It sounds like a lovely trip!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 30, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      It was so fun. Yes, the perfect outting for the day.

  • Reply Natalie at Mommy on Fire July 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

    God’s grace is forever astounding isn’t it? He knew just what you needed and provided. Love Him. What a wonderful time of making memories!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Indeed He did, Natalie. I am always humbled by the way He meets me and gives me what I need, or even just something special to remind me that He hears and He knows!

  • Reply Ro elliott July 30, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I love those sweet gifts from God…right from His heart to ours…blessings~

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Isn’t that the truth, Ro. Such grace He gives. His gifts are always the very best!!

  • Reply StefanieYoungBrown July 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

    What fun!! So thankful one of his gifts was this outing for you:))

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Yes, it was wonderful! Praying you are well and enjoying your summer!

  • Reply July 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Oh I know that soothing feeling of the water’s healing and restorative power. I share in your joy that you could play and laugh and recharge with your inner circle, the fam. Blessings to you, may these sweet moments linger long for you and yours. Jumped from Ann’s today. Happy summer funning around.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! Seem times the only cure is time together doing a special thing. God is so good to bless us with our needs and wants. Thanks for coming by today to read and share your encouragement!

  • Reply Mary Bonner July 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I love this! Where are you that the beach is a few hours away?

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Mary- central ohio. When I say beach, I mean the nearest is the great lakes in Michigan. We are miles and miles from the ocean.

  • Reply HopeUnbroken July 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    yay!!! what a special treat 🙂

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Indeed! 😉

  • Reply Christine- Fruit in Season July 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    What beautiful pictures! You always find poetry with that camera. And Phoebs? Precious!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Awe, thanks, Christine. It was a beautiful day for a boat ride. And that Phoebs?! She’s making me crazy with her cuteness and her wild spirit. What a gift they each are! Love you

  • Reply Jennifer_StudioJRU July 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    These photos are fantastic! What a wonderful day. I have a pining for the beach too. We are far, far from a beach. 🙂

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 31, 2012 at 7:32 am

      I understand taht Jennifer. Are you much of a beach person?

      • Reply Jennifer_StudioJRU August 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        I like to think I am a beach person! lol Though it has been years. We lived in Hawaii for a few years right after we were married and I fell in love with the beach! Living in Nebraska, we are far from a beach now. 🙂

  • Reply Annie | July 31, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Since we already have our hypothetical beach date planned, I’ll just say, I am with you – that longing for sand and sun, and I am so glad you had this time, Kris! Such sweet pictures – you’re brave taking a camera on a boat with kids!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 31, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Yes, that beach date #someday 😉 And I always break out into a cold sweat when I think about taking my camera anywhere near the water, the body is waterproof but not my lenses. But ultimately, I decide to bring it, every time. I can’t bear not to have the memories captured forever. The iphone camera is lovely, but I do so love my *real* camera.

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