Monday, June 30, 2008

A Little Corner of Heaven

I have always yearned to live on the Oregon coast. I love the ocean and can spend hours wandering the beach. I don't mind the rain, wind and fog....or the rough coldness of the coast. I had the opportunity to spend an entire week in a beach house in Waldport with no phone, television or internet access. Just time to rest, relax and catch up on my reading and cross stitch. The weather was beautiful and each evening there was an amazing sunset, the sky different every time.

I didn't know these people but loved the effect of the sunset and shadows.

A lonely little star in the sand? It looks like a star fish but it is just an illusion. It really happens to be parts of a crab shell.

This guy was sunning himself and soaking his feet in the surf. He looked rather irritated that I was there.

More seagulls soaking up the good weather.

I caught this bird working furiously to fly against the wind. It looked like he was in slow motion. Look at the blue of the sky and ocean. This was the most beautiful day.

The beach was awash with crabs, some whole and lots of bits and pieces.

Many starfish were washed up as well. These were thrown back in the ocean.

I choose to believe in symbols and messages. At one point my oldest daughter was on my mind and I was wondering if she was in a place as wondrous as we hope heaven is and wishing for some sort of sign that she was happy. I stumbled upon these two sand dollars side by side. The small one represents my daughter showing that she is happy and whole and the other represents myself...a piece of my heart forever gone.


Tipper said...

What a beautiful touching post. The pictutes and the writing are both just perfect.

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful post. Those sand dollars do speak volumes...beautiful.

Junebug said...

That last part was beautiful. I know it's true.

Jill said...

Beautiful pictures, Mom (loved the star effect the crab pieces made!) :) And you couldn't be more right about the sand dollars, but at least we'll get to see her again some day!!! Love you!

Twinville said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes. I believe in signs, too.
And your post reminded me of how much I miss the ocean, also.
Your photos are gorgeous!

I like that you threw the starfish back into the ocean.

Do you remember that story about the beach that was covered in hundreds of washed up starfish and the man who was walking along and throwing them in?
Another man walked by and told him that he was wasting his time and that he wasn't making a difference.

The man stopped for a moment, looked down at the starfish he was holding in his hands, and then tossed it in.
He said, "I've made a difference for this starfish'.....

Em said...

Oh, how sweet! You made me get teary... What a great rememberance for you!

PhotoChick said...

As I was reading this entry, I began thinking about The Legend of the Sand Dollar. I always do when I see pictures of a beach :o)

I'm not sure if you've ever heard any of the versions of The Legend of the Sand Dollar, but I wanted to include my favorite here for you... Remember, you're always in my heart and prayers.
All my love, Amanda

The Legend of the Sand Dollar

There's a pretty little legend
That I would like to tell
Of the birth and death of Jesus
Found in this lowly shell.

If you examine closely,
You'll see that you find here
Four nail holes and a fifth one
Made by a Roman's spear.

On one side the Easter lily,
Its center is the star
That appeared unto the shepherds
And led them from afar.

The Christmas poinsettia,
Etched on the other side
Reminds us of His birthday,
Our happy Christmastide.

Now break the center open,
And here you will release
The five white doves awaiting
To spread Good will and peace.

This simple little symbol,
Christ left for you and me
To help us spread His Gospel
Through all eternity.