Monday, October 18, 2010

Stealing Summer

We found a last, sweet slice of summer this weekend on our favorite beach in South Carolina.  There were two days of completely cloudless, deep clear blue skies with calm ocean, warm sunshine and white sand.
The view from the balcony.  Who says summer is over on Labor Day?  Not me!  The tidal inlet that you see in the foreground is shown at high tide.  The bridge that crosses it leads to the ocean.

Very early Sunday morning.  You can see the sun beginning to color the horizon over the ocean.  The air was warm and completely still.  Even the gulls were still sleeping.
Then, just a few seconds before sunrise, the whole sky caught fire.  
Followed in less than a minute by the sun.  How can one witness something like this and not understand that there is a God who loves us outrageously, and who intricately designed the earth with us in mind?  If any of you are fans of the big bang theory, you have my love (and my sympathy!).

Not five minutes later, there they all were, standing in clumps at the waters edge, stretching and yawning and waiting for breakfast.  We never heard a sound.  They just appeared - little tiny congregations of churchgoers at a Sunrise Service they enjoy every single day.  We should all be so lucky.

The rest of the day we spent right here, watching the tides, baking in the sun, and doing a lot of smiling.  Monday would find us back at work, but on this last stolen day of summer, we were a million miles away.
October Who?


  1. live close enough to the ocean to shoot over for the weekend. You are blessed! And I am with you.....whenever I see spectacular scenes like your sunrise, autumn leaves the color of fire, or a deer in the field, I too, instantly think of God and thank Him for surrounding us with beauty. Have a blessed week, my friend!

  2. Hugs to you too, girlfriend! Happy painting this week!

  3. "In my mind I'm going to Carolina" me and James Taylor that is, especially if it looks like this.

  4. "Ain't it just like a friend of mine, to hit me from behind...and I'm goin' to Carolina in my mind." Thanks, Valerie.

  5. I'm with you, Beth - God's in all of this! We're so far from the ocean here in PA. I miss it. It used to be nothing for us to go "down the shore" when we lived in Jersey. But even better than the Jersey shore is Maine...and it's been too long. You make me want to get in the car and just GO before it snows.
    Hugs, Diane

  6. Simply jealous... as I write all snuggled in my cozies~ but so thankful you shared! Brought back wonderful memories of our trip south this summer... Mmmmm... warmer already! :)
    See... my Sweet 17 and I even thought the Southern "feathered friends" had a softer voice. There to add to the beautiful ocean and all of its splendor~
    Hope your Friday is perfect!