This past weekend brought us to my hometown for the annual Seaside Heights Palm Sunday Easter Egg Hunt. It was a brightly lit, perfectly blue-skyed afternoon with a crisp southern wind and white-capped waves. And although the kids enjoy digging in the cold beach sand for plastic eggs, I love the feel of the damp granules moving between my fingers as I search for buried loot. (Assisting my little ones, I assure you.)
I have always loved the beach, no matter what the season or weather. I love sunbathing in the heat of July as well as walking down the beach in the wet misty haze of a post-hurricane autumn day, grey and gloomy. More than anything though, I love to search for the treasurers that our vast Atlantic deposits along the shore. And since I was able to walk while simultaneously carrying a pail, I have collected the ocean’s prizes.
For much of my childhood, I thought I would study to be a marine biologist… the natural course of events for a beach-bummy Jersey Girl. Although this longing did not come to fruition, I still love the ocean and now teaching my children about its bounty.
So, I want to share these amazing photos from our recent walk on the beach this Sunday. In all my life… in all my 38 years… I have only dreamed about finding a shell as big and majestic as the one I found just a few days ago. Truly a gift from God. I am so excited for you to see. [Read more...]