Monday, June 04, 2007

Beachside Bliss

For me, the most peaceful, blissful place to be is at the seashore.
Something about white sand & crystal blue water that is so spiritually cleansing to me.

The wonder of the ocean
the salty breeze
the sun rise over the water
how could anyone doubt the Creator?

The waves know exactly where to stop.
Each grain of sand, the Lord knows it all.

One of my favorite visits is a beach called Carillon. I know I have mentioned this place before. Each time we go , it seems as if we are the only family there. My few moments of solitude in the grand open seaside. The sky is so bright & glorious, the taste of the salt water on my lips. I could sit there all day~actually my girls would say I do just that.

I have spent the last couple of days thinking about many things. The frailty of life. How it can just slip away at the blink of an eye. How illness & crisis are always such an inconvenience. We are never granted more than this day, but many times we just blitz through life believing just the opposite. We think we will have "forever" with our loved ones. And yet sometimes forever is stopped in the blink of an eye. I am far from trying to be a downer. I just never want to take a single day for granted. I want my girls to grow up with thankful hearts & spirits of gratitude for even the simplest of days.
After I lost my first husband, I swore I would never think "forever" was just something to be taken for granted. To live each day & appreciate all the blessings I have been given. To never complain of boredom....did you ever realize ( if you have had the unfortunate opportunity) to sit beside a sick one, you would trade anything for just a normal day. Yet so many times, normal days come & go without appreciation.
Well, enough on the soap box.
Thank each of you for your kind words here on the blog & for those who have sent me private emails after the loss of my friend. Such a bond of sisterhood out there in cyberspace.


gillian said...

These pictures are SO beautiful. They honestly took my breath away. Hope you're feeling better and at peace...

Doreen said...

Paige, hello. I have discovered your wonderful blog though Christine Crocker.

I am so very sorry about your dear friend...she sounds lovely.

I am amazed at the similarities between you and I....I have to say...reading your "ABOUT ME"....I could have written that myself...while reading it....tears came to my eyes...I just don't know what to say...i have never encountered someone with so many similarities...and as far as the ocean....I FEEL AND HAVE SAID THE SAME THINGS ABOUT THE OCEAN..THAT YOU SAID AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS POST.....However, you most definately are better at expressing yourself than I am.

Your pictures and family are beautiful. I will come back and visit. I feel I should know you :)

Take care and God Bless
doreen frost

Donna said...

You and your daughters are beautiful as are your words. Thank you for reminding us how fleeting life truly is and how we need to keep our focus on things that add richness and meaning to our lives. I think their is something so special about the sea. It's vastness is humbling and it's sounds and smells always make me feel God's presence in a very vivid way. Are you familiar with the e.e. cummings poem "maggie&millie&molly&may"? If not, I think you would very much relate to it.
I'm so glad I found you! BTW, there is a good chance your wallpaper will arrive tomorrow. Take care of yourself and I'll be thinking of you and praying for you.

restyled home said...

What beautiful photos and sentiments. The beach is very healing and a great place for quiet thoughts. I live 15 minutes from the most beautiful beach in Atlantic Canada and I feel very blessed. You have a lovely family and home- glad I found your site.


Sandy McTier said...

What beautiful pictures. I found your blog through a link and have just spent the last hour looking at the most fabulous pictures, reading of heart ache and sorrow and most of all JOY because you rely on the grace and mercy of our Lord. You've truly touched my heart this morning.
God Bless