Lee wrote a cute little summary of their adventure to the beach while I was gone. It's on our family blog but I thought I'd put it here too.
Molly left town over the weekend for a half marathon in Utah and left me at the mercy of our children. Coincidentally, Oregon was experiencing a strange phenomenon that same weekend. The sun was out all over the state! I loaded up the kids and too much gear then headed for Indian Beach, one of our favorite spots along the Oregon Coast. The kids played for hours occupying their time by throwing rocks repeatedly in the tide pools, digging, watching a sea lion that was close to shore, splashing in water that makes you wish you were somewhere else and lounging on the blankets. Like all parents, I was concerned about their intake of health foods to fuel such activities so I fed them a steady diet of peanut butter crackers, doritos, chex mix and fruit snacks washed down with gatorade. Minus getting kids and gear to and from the beach, leaving Cade's favorite shorts drying on some driftwood, forgetting sunscreen near Campbell's elbow resulting in an interesting sunburn, (any credit for all the areas I did get?), Jack's busted lip and resulting "Dad, Jacks bleeding all over the place"scene. I would say the trip was an enormous success. Besides, we were heading to Camp 18 on the way home for some gigantic cinnamon rolls. One bite of the gooey center and all they will remember is that dad took them to the beach and had a perfect day. Come home soon mommy, we miss you!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”