Summer Fun (June 28)

Ahhhh, those summer days! Me, I’m a winter person 🙂 There’s no greater marvel than snow, no place so magical as a snow-covered mountain forest, and nothing so exhilarating as a good snowboard- or sled-run! Still, God is infinite in His wonders, and even I have to admit that there are some truly special pleasures that only come around in the summer.

Like the outdoor movie theater, where everyone snuggles up on a blanket in the grass and stays up late to watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 (which doesn’t start until 10 pm!)…Handfuls of kettle corn and homemade coconut-cream icecream in the cool air of a Pacific Northwest summer night….Okay, that’s pretty good!

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Or cherry-picking! …Who even knew that they grow like this?

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I pictured cherry trees as having these little dainty pairs of cherries dotted along, at the tips of branches…But these were loaded! Each branch covered with columns and clusters, sometimes bending down to the ground under the weight…We picked all we could and you’d never even know we were there!

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And of course, nothing goes better with summer-cherry-picking than summer cherry-eating 🙂 “Me eat this one? Me eat this one? This one? This one?” Hee hee. The only thing better than summer-cherry-eating will be winter-cherry-eating, from our stash in the freezer!

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And, of course, the beach…A summer staple, and for good reason…

Here, we caught an early-morning ferry to Port Townsend, and started our day at the Fort Worden State Park beach. The sun was beautiful and golden and the sand was warm…The water was blue, and sparkling-brilliant, and the kids were back-lit silhouettes in the summer-wonderland!

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Spencer’s favorite part was running down the hill and jumping into the water…

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Vivi was quite content with her pink bucket…

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And Asher had a really special treat…A couple of days earlier in the week, he had read about a bull whip in Little House on the Prairie. He had even tried to make his own whip by whittling a flexible branch from our yard. And then, when we got to the beach, there was this amazing, 8-foot-long seaweed-root waiting for him. It had a thick handle on one end and narrowed gracefully down to a sharp tip, perfectly flexible and smooth, and boy did that thing whistle when he whipped it!

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He was delighted, of course! 

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He whipped and spun and splashed to his heart’s content!

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And then, because it was something that he couldn’t take home with him, Asher learned a little something extra…God gives us many gifts in this life, because He is a perfect and loving Father. The things of this world don’t last forever…But the gift of God’s love does! So with this gift, Asher had to enjoy and appreciate and be thankful for something special that was given just to him…And then leave it behind, in the confidence that God had many more gifts in store for him, and that the greatest gift of all was God’s love and eternal life. That’s a pretty big lesson for a day at the beach!

And Joe and I just enjoyed a seat on the shore, wiggling our toes in the sand, and watching delight-follow-delight along the sparkling water.

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As we wrapped up our splash-time, the most amazing clouds rolled in, with a cool breeze and a few sprinkles…

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And at the ferry home, a wonderful family – or herd? gaggle? flock? – no, a raft! of sea otters was munching up some of the biggest crab legs you’ve ever seen! 

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Poor little crabs….Fat, happy otters!

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Another day, another beach…This one is Clayton Beach, just 15 minutes south of us. At low tide, it’s a great place to splash and wade!

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Ummm, Vivi, it’s okay, the waves aren’t that high…

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Your shorts aren’t going to get wet…Seriously. 🙂

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As always, it’s a good place to discover…

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And as it turns out, it’s also a great place to skip sand dollars! I’m not quite sure which kiddo figured it out first, but Asher and Spencer were both quick to show us that a sand-dollar, thrown upside down, skips better than the flattest stone, whirling and bouncing and ultimately spinning to a stop on the surface before sinking below the waves…

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As always, I have to admit – God’s thoughts are higher than my thoughts, His ways are higher than my ways…I may be a winter-girl, but He’s an all-season Creator, and right now the summer is fine!

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