Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Beach In Winter

 Gracie Blue dragging Skipp along - hysterical to watch :-)
 Enjoying the view- I was on my rolator/walker by that marshy area - very tricky to roll the rolator along in the wet sand!  :-)

Gracie Blue wishing she was not on a leash - albeit a long one, still  :-)

And so the afternoon was spent - at Hammonassett Beach-State Park in Clinton, just a mile from our bungalow. We are starting to claim or mark and or explore our new territory - Still, so bittersweet.  Truth be told?  We ache for our home of 21+ years on The Trail.  We went by to check on things and cried so hard we could barely breathe.  I think it is because of some of the reasons why it was time to go - my health, loss of income, my Mom passing away (six month ago today)......and wrapped in all that are the endless blessings too - the joy and sorrow swirl like a storm at times.
And so some time at the beach seemed fitting - it was so beautiful, powerful, calm and natural.  And surprisingly warm given it is mid January - the chilly drizzle was even ok - we needed to be there to be part of something way bigger than our changing reality - to be reminded of the natural forces of the sea, nature and life all around us.  Amen.
As we continue to adjust and redefine our lives, find our new rhythm it is nice to know that the wonder of the ocean remains a constant promise of  beauty, strength and natural force upon which we can always rely.  Just one example of a tangible piece of God right here on earth.


21 comments:

Whitemist said...

it is a great day for this kind of thing - not cold yet wintery looking!

Jackie said...

Continued blessings and peace for you and Skipp.
I am glad that you were able to enjoy the beauty and the view at the beach.
Longing for home is natural after one has lived there for so long and has so many memories of the heart there.
As you continue to settle in to your new life at your new home, know that I lift you both in prayer.
"God, thank you for your love and your grace. Please, continue to watch over and be with Gail and Skipp as they adjust to their new path. Lord, may you ever be with them. Thank you for your continued blessings on them. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."
Love to you both,
Jackie

Gail said...

Jackie- "thank you for your beautiful prayer - every word speaks my heart.
Love to you my friend
Gail
peace....

Gail said...

HI JOEY - great day indeed. Good to have you come by.
Love Gail
peace.....

Sinder Ella said...

Beautiful!
Love your pics!

Muffie said...

I love the beach in any season -- the sound of the ocean, the smell of salt air, the sight of the gulls, and the feeling of peace. You're lucky to be so close.
Peace,
Muff

Gail said...

HI MUFF - it is lovely - and since I cannot manage it in the summer now is my time :-)
Love to you

Hi Sinder Ella - thanks for stopping by

Love Gail
peace....

Diana said...

It's strange because I CAN imagine leaving our home but then I can't as well! It would be tough but I'm always up for a new adventure.
I really can feel what you must be going through Gail but living that close to the beach would be great too.
Change isn't always easy but it is inevitable. I wish you and Skipp many happy, NEW memories! Love Di ♥

Just Be Real said...

I bet that ocean is cooooolllld! It is cold here. Hugs to you Gail.

Amanda said...

The water has such healing powers, and is one of my favorite places to visit when I can. I don't go often, as it's quite a bit away from where I live, but am glad to get down when I can.

I'm glad you were able to enjoy all of the beauty of this day, even while you thought of memories past.

Love to you,
Amanda

Gail said...

@DI - Hi there - so glad you came by. And ya, it is all a bittersweet adjustment filled with blessings and loss too.

@AMANDA - oh yes, the water is so soothing and honest - a place to heal and rejuvinate

@JBR-GRACE - cold for sure, but lovely all the same :-)

Love to you all
Gail
peace.....

Marilyn said...

Yes, in time!
In the meantime enjoy the beach. I love a winter beach.

Gail said...

HI MARILYN - thanks for visiting :-) I enjoy the beach in the cooler seasons - cant be in the heat or humidity of summer so all other seasons are lovely.
Love, Gail
peace.....

Katherine Thomas said...

You write so beautifully! I can feel your poignancy in your heart when I read those words. The gratefulness for the shore and the sadness over changing homes... I wish you'd write a whole book, I think you have a lot of wisdom stored up that you should share.

Gail said...

KATHERINE - "thank you" for your kind and complimentary words - wow. And FYI, I am writing a book - have completed 167 pages thus far, and am about half way thru I think - phew....
Love Gail
peace....

SE'LAH... said...

So nice to see you over at my place, Gail. Stopping by to say hi and THANK YOU for all your loving kindness. I am glad you are settling into your new home. May happiness and love always surround you and yours.

one love.

Gail said...

HELLO LOVE -
have missed you, glad you came by, stay close.
Love Gail
peace.....

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

I felt that way when my father died four years ago and we had to sell the family farm. It was sad and really hard, but for the best. It's really amazing how we can find the strength to adapt and make things work.

Your post was touching, inspiring, and beautifully written. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm glad you had a peaceful time at the beach.


Ciao bella.
Your new follower
Creative Carmelina

Gail said...

Hello Creative Carmelina and welcome. I am SO happy to 'meet' you and that you enjoyed your visit here. Sorry to hear of oyur Dad's passing and having to sell the family farm. Big losses, I know. I look forward to getting to know you.
Love Gail
peace.....

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

The beach is so peaceful to watch....even if we have storms in our life. I do hope things calm for you

Gail said...

HI KIM - good to have you drop by. :-) The beach is peaceful and things are calming. Surrender is a process, not an event - we are on our way.
Love Gail
peace....