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florida trip! {second half}



delicious fresh salmon.. grilled with lemon by sam. so so so yummy.

ruth’s bachlorette party.. with a spa theme. manis and pedis and facial masks and yummy treats and music and candles..

the sunrise, our first of our trip.. beautifully streaking across the sky on ruth and mahlon’s wedding day.. =}



we came to this park to see if we could spot manatee. apparently it was a good place to catch sight of them. well. we didn’t see a single one. but we got quite the comedy show from the pelicans!

this guy was absolutely determined to get some free fish from the fisherman. they weren’t so impressed. but he wouldn’t give up.

it was a beautiful trip. so peaceful and relaxing.. so much time to be with friends. and i like florida now. and no, i didn’t want to leave. =} -beth

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beach trip! iPhone photos


often our trips are best expressed through our iPhone photos.. the little moments and the little joys. so excuse the poor quality of some of these photos.. but i just couldn’t leave them out because they so perfectly expressed those moments. :)

house of joe. we found this coffee shop at the beginning of the trip and frequented it during the week. the owner is friends with our very own bald guy brew of blowing rock and goes snowboarding there, so it made a rather quick friendship. besides the coffee and smoothies were superb and the atmosphere wonderful, so who could blame us for going there every other day?

most of the days were overcast and a bit windy.. but gorgeous none the less. and hey, we didn’t have to worry about sunburns. :) i actually love the beach when it’s chilly and breezy. when there’s clouds and dark skies. it’s more wild somehow.

ruth’s 21st birthday actually fell on her wedding day, but they threw her a little party at the crab shack we went to a couple nights before. it was overlooking the bay and quite a charming little place with delicious food. she was pretty delighted when they brought her a chocolate brownie for her birthday.

i love storms on the beach. the incredible strength and power of it all makes one feel so small and awed. the howling wind, surging waves and lightning striking on the horizon is enough to make you realize this life isn’t all just about me.


during our spa themed bachlorette party for ruth, the guys went out and got sushi. mmm. look at that? so beautiful. yes i’m jealous.

and the wedding day dawned beautiful with our first real sunrise of the trip. for real. how special is that?

i have too much to say about her wedding.. so maybe i will just not say anything. it was beautiful. and i almost cried during the entire ceremony.

coffee shop again, yes!


goy and i had pinky promised to go and try to see the sea manatee while we were there. so the night after the wedding goy and daryl, andrea, rob, john and i went to this park that was supposedly the best place to sight them. we watched a beautiful sunset, laughed at the clumsy pelicans and admired dolphins lithely dipping in and out of the water around us, but no sea manatees. maybe next time..


afterwards we went to this delicious restaurant with the most curious of names.. “the yellow dog”. i admit we were turned off by the name at first as it revoked images of shaggy yellow dogs shaking off ocean water.. but we got over it and were delightfully surprised at the incredible dinner we ate. i can honestly say i had the best tilapia i’ve ever enjoyed in my entire life.

and with that, the beach trip came to a close. i was sorry to leave. i always am. the beach, as all wild places, is so refreshing, so healing, so rejuvenating. i never want to leave places like that. and for some reason God feels closer. i don’t know why.

we headed over to “the jungle” where john’s parents live to spend an evening with them before heading home. they work at a boy’s camp in the middle of a jungle, complete with alligators and wild pigs and all! it’s an incredible place.

i sat in front of the fire watching the sparks fly around and feeling the warmth against my face and pondered. how this was one of those moments where i realize life will be different from now on. not in a bad way, just different. change. letting go.

embracing the moments that i’m living. with the people i’m living them with. to never take those moments for granted. because they’re gone so quickly. there’s more beautiful moments around the corner, yes, but what of the moments i lived and did not enjoy? they are lost to me. so i resolve to enjoy ever moment. every person.


-beth

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project 365: days 39 & 40


i didn’t have time to post the last couple days with preparations for ruth’s wedding.. so here i’m finally catching up. :) the first picture is from her bachlorette party we had the night before. it was really nice and relaxed.. manis and pedis and facials, just being really girly. ;)

and here is her dress.. it was so beautiful. you’ll be seeing some more photos from her wedding day pretty soon. it was absolutely gorgeous. we had the most exquisite sunrise of our entire beach time and the sunset was gorgeous right behind where the reception was..

-beth

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Photo theme – Golden Light

My photo themed week for Novemeber was Golden light. As in, sunrise or sunset. :) Here’s my photos as well as my photo buddy from LuzPhotography.


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for your soul is alive

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive. – Eleanora Duse

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher. – William Wordsworth

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. – Khalil Gibran

The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.
But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now
mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater. ― J.R.R. Tolkien

There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature. – Aristotle

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. -George Washington Carver

Nature is but a name for an effect, whose cause is God. – William Cowper

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts. – William Hazlitt

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf. – Albert Schweitzer

Take a moment to stop and see the beauty around to you. To breathe in the fresh air. To rest in the One who made it.

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