Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Family Time At The Beach




Monday:
We ended Sunday with a 4 hour drive to Manual Antonio – a beautiful area on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. We saved for months and used this trip as our Christmas gifts to each other. It was well worth it. The house we stayed in was in the jungle – facing the ocean. It was a perfect retreat for us and we were amazed at how God’s timing for the trip was exactly what we needed – when we needed it. Nine months ago when we planned the trip we had no idea that we would need a vacation this exact week.

We woke up to a two hour rain shower that actually worked to our advantage. We had scheduled a boat trip that normally has 40 people aboard. Because of the rain, many people cancelled and we ended up with only 14 people! We basically had the boat to ourselvesJ

We met a family from California that had been traveling throughout the world for 3 months! God provided great conversation to share about the needs of orphans. In the end we learned that the kids had been adopted at birth. We believe that our connection will provide this family with opportunities to give back. We’re excited to see what God is going to do!

For several years David and I have noticed that when God wants to get our attention, He uses animals. Starfish, deer, wolves – He catches us by surprise with His creation. This trip was no different. We saw a dolphin, a sea turtle (out of season), incredible birds and of course – lots of fish to swim with. It was a treat to see the kids associate the animals with God speaking His love to us.

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