We just got back from a great vacation down in Sanibel, FL. My parents spend some time down their every year, and they invited us to join them for a little while. Mary spent about a week down there, and I was down there for about three days. Not as long as I would have liked, but still extremely restful and relaxing.
Some of the highlights:
- Spending time with family. I got to spend a lot of time playing with my kids, and we had some extended family down there that we got to enjoy as well. My uncle took us out on a boat, and Josiah got to play with his (sort of) cousin, Jackson, who he idolizes. He’s the one in the picture above–they’re playing in the cabin of the boat.
- Taking a boat ride. We went out for a two hour boat ride around the island. It was a beautiful day. We were able to take in the scenery and see some dolphins.
- A morning at the beach. I’m not really a beach person. The combination of salt, sand, and sun really does my skin in. But, I enjoyed seeing Josiah and Jackson playing in the water and building sand castles together.
- Randomly meeting up with my roommate from seminary. One of my closest friends from seminary is a missionary in Mexico City, and he also has parents who visit Sanibel. They just happened to be visiting them at the same time as us! I had a blast spending a few hours getting together with his family and mine. We had fun reconnecting after not seeing each other for a year and a half.
In all, it was a great few days, and I was reminded how good rest is for the soul. I look forward to the next time we get to visit Sanibel. It is truly a special place.