4 of the cousins eating their snack on a log, a break in our hike:
(l-r:Caroline, Jack, Anna, Josie)
Reading books with Uncle Trace: Josie reading with her Papa, my Dad.
Jack and Anna enjoy a game of Candyland:
Daddy'O, Anna and Josie, dipping their toes in the ocean water for the first time:
Little Ruthie played in the sand to her heart's content:
And got all covered with it! Look at that smile!
This is one of my favorite beach pictures, it says so much about who each person is. Jack, leaping into the cold waves laughing and exhilarated, all boy. Anna and Caroline, a bit more timid, holding Mitch's hands, yet out there in the water playing the whole afternoon, running, jumping, dunking under the water and screaming with delight:
Thank you, Holly and Trace, for hosting us and giving us such a wonderful space in your home to relax and enjoy the company of all the people around us. Thank you for making us feel at home in your home.
It was a time that truly exemplified the essence of what Christmas is all about to me: giving, sharing, loving, accepting... God among us.
I hope each of you were able to experience a piece of the same this Christmas season.