Friday, April 23, 2010

a grand haven

I can hardly believe it has already been a week since we went to the beach!

The days pass far too fast.

Last Friday, it was my goal to reach Long Beach before sunset, which we did, but the weather hardly allowed us to see the sun actually set.

Here is what I was able to capture...

This is taken just over the bridge out of Astoria, OR.

Did you know that parts of the movie Goonies was filmed in Astoria?

Did you know that the beach at Long Beach is actually considered a highway? Oh, and those little birds are considered protected wildlife. Trying to mow them down is cruel and will get you thrown in jail--like this guy.

Her drawings melt my heart. Don't they exude happiness?

Although it was quite brisk and dreary, we were happy to enjoy the beach.

Even though we live close, we don't enjoy it enough.

But if my kiddos turn out anything like me or this quote, well then, they need as many days at the beach that we can afford.

“Some people do not have to search, for they find their niche early in life and rest there seemingly contented and resigned. At times, I envy them but usually I do not understand them… And seldom do they understand me. I am one of those searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we completely content. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach; we are drawn to the ocean, taken by its power and unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests, mountains, deserts, hidden rivers, and lovely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as our laughter. We are ambitious only for life itself and for anything beautiful it can provide. Most of all, we want to love and be loved, to live in a relationship that will not impede our wanderings and prevent our search. We do not want to prove ourselves to others or compete for love. This passage is for wanderers, dreamers, and lovers who dare to ask of life everything which is good and beautiful.”

Author Unknown

quote originally uploaded on pray hard. live easy.

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b davis April 23, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

Whenever we made our way to Washington, I would always ask Jared if we could fit in a trip to the shore. Unfortunately our schedules were always tight and we weren't able to fit it in. I'm so HAPPY to finally "see" it.

Great pictures! Do you guys spend the weekend on the shore or do you drive up for the day? It seems so cozy. And it reminds me of the scene where Bella is on the beach talking with Jacob. Right? You guys got the hoods going on and everything. :)

a little bit biased April 23, 2010 at 3:27 PM  

I love those pictures and have really been wanting to go to the coast with RJ and the kids. Love those pictures you guys drew in the sand. Looks like fun!

I love the quote too. It reminds me of you ~ you are an explorer, a searcher... I wish I was more of a searcher, but unfortunately, too often I sit contently on my little chair. You inspire me with how you are always wanting to learn and stretch yourself. It was a beautiful quote.

Athena. April 24, 2010 at 3:56 AM  

oh, this was so cute, i think my heart just filled with joy ♥

thewindhover April 24, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

I just love seeing you and your beautiful kin by the seaside... and how I adore your little girl's drawing!

{ f e l i c i ty. caitlin. D O Y L E.} April 25, 2010 at 2:52 AM  

such beautiful kids. =)


Cassie April 25, 2010 at 8:38 AM  

Ladies~ I am a special mama, indeed. My children are so special...and beautiful. Thank you. :)

pearl. April 25, 2010 at 11:08 PM  

beautiful photos, and you have a lovely blog!
thankyou for your lovely comment, i appreciate every word :)
Pearl xo

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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