Despite the big yellow buses cruising up and down our street as of this week, we decided that we needed one more week of summer to savor and spent the day at one of our favorite beaches today.
Between digging in the sand, searching for shells, collecting sea creatures, chasing waves and feeding seagulls, I knew that there would be more than enough adventure-making to fill our day.
It was a simple day for all of us. And for one of the first times in as long as I can remember, I was able to sit with my feet in the ocean and just watch my children run, swim and play without needing to hover over any one of them. This bit of freedom was just what I needed.
I am always amazed at how engaged my kids become when we are ocean-side. There are endless possibilities; always something new and interesting to discover. And inevitably, at the end of the day, we drive home with children whose limbs, lungs and minds have exhausted every possibility that God's creation has to offer them.