We had a lovely escape to the ocean this past week. Usually we go expecting lots of rain, because that’s how the Oregon beaches are, especially in the springtime. But this week we had tons of sun mixed in with just a little rain. It was gorgeous. We even had a lovely Easter morning rainbow– a perfect reminder of God’s promises of provision and protection and salvation. The tomb is empty! (more on that here)
Our youngest two outside the house.
Little Meg enjoying her great-grandma, John’s mom.
John’s happy place is definitely the ocean.
The house where we stayed had wonderful, huge public gathering areas, as well as 7 bedrooms and a theater room that slept 4 more kids. We had 18-22 people in the house each and every night and were well and truly spoiled.
The little ones had fun hunting for Easter eggs on Easter, and on the next day, and the next, and the next. We may even have left a few eggs there for the next renters to find.
My sweet grandbabies came shouting up to the stairs to greet me each time I came out of my room and down the stairs each morning. Talk about feeling like a VIP!
Lidya and Ben clowning around
John enjoying sweet Meg
Ranger admiring the fish at the aquarium.
Wilona showing off her treasure trove of eggs.
My parents and John’s mom were able to be there for part of the time, along with a few other members of our extended family, and 9 out of our 10 kids and their families. It was a great joy and a true highlight of the year. For a few of the days we had 8 kids in the house ages 4 and under, with half of them being under the age of one.
(Yes, it was loud!) But, oh, the cuteness! And there were lots of babies to share around.
The first few years that we did a big gathering on the beach like this, I planned the food like crazy. This year we just made sure there was easy breakfast food for breakfast, and lots of sandwich fixings for lunch, and really only fussed over dinner each evening. It worked beautifully– I think we hit just the right mix of structure and relaxation.
One day we took the kiddos to the aquarium, and another day John and I went house hunting. (We are still trying to decide whether to build on the lot we bought or possibly buy something already built.) But most of the rest of the days were filled simply with walks on the beach, pinochle and Up The River and other games in the house, and just hanging out, eating snacks and being together.
It was very good.
This afternoon I’m off to the store to reprovision the food in the house here, then (ready or not) tomorrow it’s back to work. I am also thinking about what I want to do next in the back yard. I have a few pictures that I hope to show you soon!