This last week my family and I had the opportunity to meet up with some great friends in Gulf Shores, AL. I think we were almost more excited than Christmas. I’ve seen the ocean before in Hong Kong, and seen beaches miles long in MI. But nothing compares to watching my kids see the Gulf for the first time. To see the excitement and wonder in their eyes. The only thing they were more excited about was seeing their friends. The first evening we were there we just viewed the ocean from the balcony, partly I think in awe of it. But the next morning we were down there bright and early picking up seashells and the kids “accidentally” getting soaked in the cold water. We all had a blast. As I sat there in the mornings looking out at the beach from our balcony or from the window in the workout room, I was amazed at all the beauty of it. Even the sound of the ocean is beautiful. It is so amazing to me to know that God made all of this just for us to enjoy. I know there’s a lot of science behind all of it and how it all works to make the world go round, but when you are on vacation- it’s simply there to enjoy. God loved me, enough to give me this opportunity to view His creation. To top it all off I got to spend time with the ones I love, my family and our very dear friends. This time was so special, it was our first official vacation as a family. Every other trip we’ve been on has been to see family or to see friends that are as close as family. One of the best parts of this trip was that we got to see some of those friends too. We only get to see each other once a year or so b/c of our locations, but God knew just what to do to make things work out so we could enjoy this time together. You know how most of the time when you go on a trip you are ready to head home after a few days….well, not this time. I don’t think any of us wanted to leave. It was a fantastic time. We got to see dolphins from our condo and when we went on a dolphin cruise, it was surreal to see them in nature. We also went to an alligator farm which was so much more fun than you would ever imagine. We even got to hold a baby alligator- it was crazy. We hung out on the beach, and grilled out by the pool. Plus, my friend and I and our girls got to do one of my favorite things- SHOP!! It was such a great time. The boys went to the Naval Aviation Museum too. This is the time that memories are made. I pray that my children will remember this trip and how God blessed us by making it possible for us to go and showing us the beauty of His creation.