Swimming on Christmas Day??

This was the first time our entire family had been to the beach in years!You know something’s wrong when everyone walking to the beach has their hands in their pockets wishing they had umbrellas. It was also a little disconcerting when we suddenly realized we were the only ones headed TO the beach – everyone else was going the opposite way! (We passed one lady wearing shorts, a  t-shirt, and a scarf!) But determined we were. Finally we got to the almost-vacant beach, only to find out a Nurse Shark (the kind that bite and suck) had been spotted just a few feet out from the shore! After a good laugh at ourselves, Dad suggested trying a different beach. 🙂

Riding the waves was one of the highlights of the whole Florida trip.The lonely path to the beach... :-)Overcoming our shivers, we eventually overcame our fears and tested the waters...We were amazed at both the beauty and power of water.

Later we saw how God was working it all out for good. Because we began swimming after it had started to sprinkle, we had the beach pretty much to ourselves. Then the sun came out, we had a blast riding the waves, and we were ready to head home just as all the crowds started pouring onto the  beach. And now we can all say we went swimming—on Christmas Day!

We also visited the beach to watch the sunset on Christmas Eve.A once-in-a-lifetime experience...Picturesque it was!"And they 'wode' off into the sunset."

"Look what I found!"Ready? Set...JUMP IT!

Sanibel is world-renowned for its shells.We found literally hundreds of shells along the shore.A time together we will never forget

Time stands still...The colors intensified as the evening progressed.Life...

Merry Christmas! :)


  1. Hannah Burnett December 29, 2009 at 10:53 am #

    What an unforgettable Christmas!! We had one almost as memorable…we got 6 inches of snow on Christmas Eve! That’s an Oklahoma rarity. 🙂

  2. Crystal December 31, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    Swimming on Christmas? Sounds like something out of the book _The Swiss Family Robinson_.

  3. Allen P. January 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Looks like fun! When did David get glasses?

  4. Kendalyn January 2, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    That’s the greatest Christmas picture I’ve seen in awhile with the water and sunset in the background! Sounds like you all had a great adventure! Happy New Year’s!

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