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.