Sunday, February 22, 2009
A Tale of Cousins and Manatees
Yesterday was our day of rest.
Our Cousins' church is growing so
quickly that they have four services
on the weekend and have requested that
the regular attenders should try to come on
Saturday night. Most visitors come
Sunday, naturally, so this leaves room
Since we had decided Friday night that
this would be the case we planned our day
In the morning we went to a local manatee
viewing area. It has been cold overnights
here and the water near the power plant is
eighty degrees. This draws in the manatees,
sting rays and other ocean dwellers.
The day was one of those crystal clear
and sunshiny days that you most often
associate with Florida.
We saw hundreds of manatee snouts.
Every once in a while one would roll
and you would see more...but normally
it was just the snout...they have to
breathe every two minutes.
This sting ray was enjoying the spotlight.
It had beautiful spots.
Since this was real life and it's real
environment the water isn't clear.
The tail was soooo long.
We spent time sitting at home and chatting
with our cousins. There was laughter over
the cousin kids and their Pikachus. Turns
out one lives here too.
Summer and Pikachu....
Jonathan and Pikachu....
Summer, Jonathan and Pikachus...
Summer is one month older than Jonathan.
She is a very sweet girl.
After church last night, around 9:30,
Tim, Lee, Warren and I went out to Olive
Garden. It was so nice to spend time
visiting and laughing with these dear
friends. We miss them so much because of
the miles between us.
There was a time in our lives when Lee and I spoke on
the phone many times a day and lived five
miles apart. The kids were little and we
were each other's support.
I hope if you are in the midst of raising
little ones you have someone like that in
But, times change, people move...
We'll grab these moments as we can.
Friendships and relationships are so
important to our well being.
Tell a friend you appreciate them
today...you'll be glad you did.
Have a blessed Sunday!