Hey, friends. Hope you all are well. We have been on vacation this past week. Had a fun and relaxing 5 days at the beach. Because of our move and all the craziness that it caused, we were unable to have any kind of get-away this summer. So we took the kids out of school (thanks to some most gracious teachers) and went to the beach with some friends. We had a great time. We did a whole bunch of nothin’. It was awesome. I did a whole lot of lovin’ on these faces…
And flirted with this babe…
Speaking of marveling at things…on our second day we headed to the shore and quickly saw the “Hazardous Marine Life” flag billowing in the strong ocean breeze. Bummer. I’m an ocean guy, and I’ve trained my kids to be the same. We love nothing more than bobbing up and down in the waves for hours on end. So our Tuesday morning dreams were shattered pretty quickly when we saw huge schools of tens of thousands of little minnow-looking fish. I’m talking fish as thick as the sand we were standing on. I’m talking nations of fish. I’m talking LOTS AND LOTS OF FISH.
But, why were they labeled “hazardous marine life?” Granted, I didn’t really want to jump in and roll around in these thousands of little fishies. But I didn’t really understand why they felt the need to tell us they were hazardous. Then I realized what was really going on. Those little fishes were being pursued by bigger fish. And the bigger fish were being pursued by tons of these bad boys:
This was the first set of consecutive days in months that I had time to actually think and process thoughts and ponder and evaluate. I nearly pondered myself to death a couple of days, but it was good. It was so needed and so refreshing for me. One of the things the time allowed me to do was look at my life and decide where I could be giving a better effort, and make wiser investments (time and energy investments, not money investments). Recently, my wife has been calling me on the carpet for not being a very thoughtful blogger…and certainly not a very consistent one. After having this break, I’m encouraged and motivated to put my thoughts down on “paper” here more consistently.
It has been a CRAZY year, with our move, with a new, very time-consuming job, and with the writing of the book. But I am feeling settled and spacious and happy now. I think I might actually have more than 3 or 4 brain cells to actually write a complete sentence or two here every now and then.
It was a great week. I love vacation. But it’s good to be home.