Monday, August 31, 2009

Friends on the Beach

This was our first trip in a long time. We visited our long-time friends who live by the sea in tropical Florida. Joe and Glenn were best friends through childhood. They have a hundred and one hilarious stories about growing up in So Cal suburbia in the 50's.

Here they are. These wonderful, generous people are one of our biggest blessings in moving to the East Coast. We get to be a short flight away from them.

A pretty spectacular place to ride bikes, don't you think? We beached it every day and it was really good for our souls to get the change of scenery.

Cooling down with gelato after our ride.

It was a really great time with compassionate, caring friends who understand about grief. We're not as much fun as we used to be and these are the kind of people who understand and love us anyway.

Col 3:12-13

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

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Anonymous said...

So nice to have a safe place to go.
People to talk to that understand.
Hugs to you both and have a great time. It's hard to see ourselves really enjoying the time, with laughter. It is good for our soul.

Gannet Girl said...

Smiling and tearful simultaneously. We went to St. Augustine with our kids for about 20 consecutive spring breaks and I have walked that spot many many times. I think there are several St. A. pictures in my regular blog -- there are certainly hundreds in my house.

karengberger said...

Oh, my gosh, you summed up what I was JUST saying to David a few minutes ago...we are NOT as much fun as we used to be! I feel so sorry for him, as our surviving son, living with heartbroken parents. Isn't that one of the great losses, among the many, huge losses that we have sustained? And yet, and yet, we do seem to laugh more - at different things - and the humor is there, but it is darker. We can only do our best.

To have safe, loving friends stand by you, as you go through these changes, is an enormous blessing.
A fellow-blogger & bereaved mom (Notes from the Wall) posted today about a sermon she heard on 2 Cor. 4:7-10. Those words hit the spot for me today, as yours did. Thank you! XO

caitsmom said...

I'm so glad you had a restful and peaceful visit. Lovely. Thanks for sharing your smiles. Peace.

Anonymous said...

Well then I love them too! Caring, forgiving, accepting is the best place in life to be--so I'm glad you had a good time and got some rest. You look absolutely beautiful!

Jeri said...

Sounds like the vacation you needed. So good to see your smiling faces. Enjoy your time with special friends.

Love & miss you,