We just got back from a few days at the beach. We had a great time. I was so blessed to have my whole family together. Dustin’s girlfriend Kandace also joined us. We arrived in Panama City early Monday morning. When we arrived our room was not cleaned, so we had to wait at the beach until our room was ready. We had driven all night so we were really tired. Randy actually crashed on the couch because he drove all night. We all had slept at least part of the way. We change into our bathing suits and head to the beach. There were yellow and purple flags flying. I get my noodle and head out into the water. I am floating along and not paying any attention to the fact that I had gotten further out than I had planned. Cody comes out and jokingly said…”what are you doing this far out don’t you know it is dangerous”. He was quoting me. At that point I get off of my noodle so I can get closer to shore and when I did I realized I could not touch bottom. Well you know what I did, I PANICKED!!! I threw my noodles away and tried to swim with the current. I was not gaining in ground. I yell to this strange man to give me a push so I could maybe get to where I could touch…nope. Cody sees me and says, “mom are you ok.” I scream “NO HELP ME, I CAN’T BREATHE”. He comes to my rescue but is not able to get me to where I can touch bottom. Dustin then comes out to help and finally I can touch. I head for the shore and didn’t get back in the beach again,except on the edge. The reason I panicked was because years ago me and my sister got caught in the current and almost drowned, so I do not like to be in the ocean over my head. The bay,river, creak, or pool doesn’t bother me to be over my head, but the ocean does. Me and Tanner decided to go and hang out by the pool. Finally our room was clean so we all got dressed and went out to dinner. We ate at the Bone Fish. We were so tired we went to bed early around 8:30.
Tuesday, we had planned to spend the day at St. Andrews State Park snorkeling at the Jetty’s. It was a great day. It was not too hot since it was a little overcast. The breeze was also blowing. We snorkeled for hours. It was so fun having the whole family snorkeling together. We saw some really cool sea life…we saw tropical fish, stingrays, manta rays, crabs, coral reefs, jelly fish, and sea urchins. After a day of snorkeling we went back to the condo and got dressed to make family pictures on the beach. We go back to the park for our pictures. On the way we stop by the alligator lake to see if we can see an alligator. We do see 4 alligators. We also take pictures on the trails around the lake. However, we got all hot and sweaty and it was getting late so by the time we got to the beach the sun was setting, so we didn’t get the beach photos I wanted. I was also frustrated with my camera. I still prefer my 35 mm. It makes much better pictures than my digital camera. After a long day on the beach we decide to get pizza to go.
Wednesday, we go back to the park to snorkel. This time it was hot and sunny. We used 70 SPF sunscreen but we still got burned. The only place we burned was our backs, because we snorkeled for 4 hours and our backs were all that was out to the water. I was on fire! We lost track of time and forgot to reapply sunscreen…ouch! Dustin and Cody rode the sling shot. It shot them 300 feet in the air in 2 seconds. They said it was a blast. Cody and Tanner rode the fastest go-karts they have ever ridden. Tanner started first and stayed in first. It made me nervous just to watch them.
Thursday, we get up and pack up and head for home. We drive through Graceville, FL where we used to live to show Kandace where we lived and the schools the boys went to, and the college Randy went to. I was so devastated when one of the houses we lived in had been trashed. It looked disgusting. I can not discribe how bad it looked. It broke my heart. I had taken pride in the place and kept it looking good. These people had let it run down. The yard was grown up, trash was in the yard, even furniture, vehicles parked everywhere, limbs on top of the house, it was molded. The beautiful azalea bushes we had were now grown over the top of the house. I just wanted to cry. We went to visit our neighbor but she wasn’t home. I am sure she is upset with how the place looked. We drove on to Dothan, AL and ate at Applebees. This was one of my old hangouts with my girlfriends. We dropped Kandace off and got home around 2:00 a.m. It was a great trip. The Lord blessed us with the perfect weather. The condo was great and we were all together to enjoy it.
While I would sit and look out across the gulf. I would think about how Awesome God is. As I watched the power of the waves crashing against the shore, and looked out at the vast sea it just made me realize how BIG our God is. He is all powerful, all knowing,and an ever present God. I love you and praise you for who you are.
Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with His fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed out the mountains and the hills? Isa. 40:12