Tide Pools and Sea Creatures

   “O Lord, how manifold are your works!    

In wisdom you have made them all;

    the earth is full of your creatures.

Yonder is the sea, great and wide,

    creeping things innumerable are there,

    living things both small and great.

There go the ships,

    and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.”

– Psalm 104:24-26

As soon as we arrived at the beach so did a tropical something or other which meant we had four gray days of rain, thunderstorms, crashing waves, blowing winds, and more rain. 

The boys took it all in stride, and we were able to get out to the beach at least twice every day in spite of the less than ideal conditions.  After all, we had planned to get wet at the beach so we didn’t let a little or in this case a lot of rain ruin our plans to play on the beach.

Before our first evening was over William and Jack had discovered their favorite tide pool for exploring, and we have returned there over and over again.  Each trip to the beach has brought new discoveries and adventures.  I have loved watching Jack and William delight in the ocean and its creatures and creations.

During our first evening on the beach William exclaimed to me – “Mommy, I just saw a sea snake.”

To which I thought – “Oh please no!  Not that!”  I did believe William, because I could feel his heart racing through his little chest. 

“Jason,” I said with what can only be described as terror in my voice, “William, thinks he has seen a sea snake!”

Upon further investigation it wasn’t a sea snake, but it was close.  It was an eel, and later that evening William spotted a second eel in another tide pool.  William has a great eye for spotting sea life.

What is so funny about this – is I thought William’s heart was racing because he was scared, but his heart was racing because he was so excited!  Of course – my heart was racing, because I was scared.

Jason has spent most of his week patiently following William around from tide pool to tide pool as they have searched for sea creatures together. 

Jack has walked miles and miles or should I say kilometers and kilometers up and down the beach collecting sea glass and other cool items.

We have built sea castles, sand turtles, fortresses, and rock walls.

I have sat very still and watched the waves and seen crabs scurry out of their hiding places at dusk.  The beach is very good for knitting and thinking and praying.

It has been an amazing week.  It is going to be hard to say good-bye to the beach tomorrow morning, but we are off to the jungle.  I know that the jungle will hold new adventures and blessings for our family.  And of course – William is hoping for snakes – lots and lots of terrifying snake encounters.

PS  For all of the folks who were concerned that Mexico would cure my migraines and I would want to stay here forever and ever – no such luck.  But – an incredibly nice lady will wash and fold a week’s worth of your entire family’s dirty, disgusting laundry for less than $10.00 and that my friends might just get me to stay here forever and ever and ever!

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