Beach Days

“I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought. ”     Helen Keller

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The above quote could very well be mine…..there is never enough time spent on the beach. I usually leave the shore most reluctantly, the last to ever want to start packing up to go, as if, somehow, I’ll never be back again.  There simply is nothing quite like the feeling one gets on the beach or the myriad of memories to be made there!

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Brothers making beachy memories

Not having to keep an eye on little ones of my own anymore on beach outings, I find my eye is drawn to the antics of other children on the beach. The two boys in the foreground of the above picture were so much fun to watch. They were about the same age difference apart as my own two sons, and brought back so many wonderful memories of our own beach days, gone too quickly by.

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“wave-jumping”

The larger group of boys in the picture were having the absolute time of their life! The squeals from them jumping the waves together as they came rolling in one after another quickly caught my attention and provided amusement to anyone watching.

I love the freedom and joy kids have to just be kids on a beach….laughing, squealing, jumping, running, playing, splashing….the sand and waves make for the most wonderful playground of all!

Add a bucket or a giant hole in the sand and what kid could ask for anything more!

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Taking a walk down the beach we came upon this royal work of art. I can only imagine the fun had building this sand castle…I do hope they got pictures of their wonderful masterpiece!

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Drip castle building on Jekyll Island, Georgia

My favorite sandcastle picture of all-time, however, is this picture taken years ago of my own two boys creating their ever favorite “drip castles.” There is a beautiful story behind this picture, but I will simply say, it is a tangible reminder to me of the love and care the very Creator of the waves and sand Himself  has for me, and indeed, each of us.

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Brown Pelican

I don’t remember seeing Brown pelicans on the beaches around here growing up, only seagulls. Perhaps I was too busy building my own sand castles to notice back then, but either way, I enjoy watching them now as an adult.

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Bottom brown pelican with fish in its pouch

I can tell you pelicans don’t sneak in and steal your fries from under your nose when you least expect like the rascals below have been known to do! And as more than a few members of my family will attest to, they also have habits a little more annoying and messy than simply stealing your fries! Still, the beach would not be the same without the sounds of gulls in the background.

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“Laughing Gull”
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remnants of a beautiful day at the beach

By far, the best way to end any beach day is sitting around a bon-fire with family and friends…a true highlight of any summertime memory.

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I wish you and yours many wonderful summer moments, beachside or not:)

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∼ Jen

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