a cup of cool water

it was only 24 hours, but it was like a cup of cool water in the heat of a harried summer camp season.  a true independence day.

we packed up the kids and met jim's parents for one night and day at the little cottage his grandfather built.  none of us had been in five long years, and the unanticipated window of time there was an incredible and providential blessing.

time away.  time together.  time on the water.

the very best.

an ongoing record of God's goodness, #17-34

freedom from schedules and work calls, early morning meetings and late-night texts

luscious, lazy hours on the boat

baby giggles at sea breezes, cool on chubby cheeks

windswept wild-child hair

celebrating grammy's birthday

naps for all

soaring eagles

graceful herons

rainbow-hued sailboats and water like glass

seashells in little hands

sand in toes

dining al fresco

tiny-faced, fuzzy raccoons, asleep in treetops

feeding stale bread to greedy-mouthed carp (more than you could--or would want--to imagine!)

over-excited kids who kept it together

scattered, glittered glimpses of fireworks across our trek home

both kids sleeping in this morning, recovering from adventure and missed bedtimes

and naps to boot, while mama enjoys the quiet here:)

"Come, all you who are thirsty,
       come to the waters;
       and you who have no money,
       come, buy and eat!
       Come, buy wine and milk
       without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread,
       and your labor on what does not satisfy?
       Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
       and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
       hear me, that your soul may live.
       I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
       my faithful love promised to David.  (Isaiah 55:1-2)

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