I visited the beautiful Boneyard Beach on Bulls Island which is a barrier island in Charleston, SC. It is home to one of the cleanest and healthiest ecosystems in the US. The changing tides and currents combined with the salt, sand and sun have caused great erosion on this part of the island producing an eerie "bone yard" of sun bleached fallen oaks, pines, cedars and palmettos. It is a battle with the ever changing surf and it has been estimated that in 60 years these barrier islands will cease to exist. Is is heartbreaking to imagine such a peaceful place as this being gone.
I was in quiet awe when my eyes landed upon Boneyard Beach. It was absolutely breathtaking...the sights, sounds and the feeling of peaceful calmness as the waves crashed upon the broken shoreline. My photos taken with my cell phone don't even come close to capturing the breathtaking beauty of God's handiwork. I have never seen or experienced anything as stunning in nature and feel blessed to have stood on that gorgeous beach. I definitely did not have enough time on this little peace of earth..I found it hard to fully take in its beauty and greatness.
It was so hard to leave trying to remember everything, to soak in every ounce of beauty, to attempt to take just a sliver of that peace home with me. I will always want to go back of that I am sure.
The girls are loving their new bunk beds! We had it on the big project list for a long time so it is awesome to finally have it finished. Jason started building them when Dad and Mom were here so it was nice for him to have help. They look really nice and open up the room a lot.
Today I took the kids on a nature walk after dinner. It was pretty hot out but there was a nice breeze so we enjoyed our walk.
My parents just left after flying down for a wonderful visit. It was so awesome having them stay here with us and definitely hard to see them leave. The weather was sunny and beautiful for their stay and we enjoyed some fun outings and great conversations.
One place we visited was a very unique strawberry farm. The strawberries are grown without soil using hydroponics. The strawberries are nourished with a liquid diet and to pick the strawberries you use little scissors to cut the stems. There were so many ripe berries I could have picked all day. One neat thing the farm does is it sells berries to our local grocery store just down the road from us. I love that they make buying local so much easier!
Olisa had a wonderful 7th birthday! She requested a chocolate batman cake and homemade peanut butter ice cream. She got to open her present from Dad and Mom right after breakfast as is our birthday tradition. It didn't take her long at all to shoot some into the target.
We took her out for a special lunch, played outside, opened presents and enjoyed cake and ice cream. I can't believe just how big she has grown and her kindness and love towards others is always overflowing!
She love riding her bike (without training wheels!), helping bake healthy lunch treats, pushing her little sister in the swing, reading books with lots of true facts in them and getting to stay up late on the weekends!
Ayla loves her new big girl swing. She thinks it is so neat that her swing is just like big sisters.
Here are our green eggs we made using spinach to give them color. The kids thought they looked so cool and they passed the taste test with flying colors. I love making fun foods for the girls to enjoy.
Yesterday I made homemade cheese crackers using some really nice organic cheese. They were actually very easy to make the thing that took the longest was poking the holes in the center (I just used the end of a skewer) and transfering them to my baking sheet. They were amazing and I will definately be making them again. Everyone is excited to bring some in their lunch tomorrow.