Sun, Sand, Sister

Last Wednesday when she was here, I, being the kind, generous, magnanimous, comma-using soul that I am, took my poor, deprived, land-locked sister to the beach.

Now wasn’t that nice?

Oh, yes, anything to help you be more content in Iowa, sister, because I definitely don’t pray that God will see fit to move you to Virginia about every other night. (No pressure or anything, Phil.)

Nope, definitely not.

(Do you think she likes it?)

(I hope she likes it.)


(I think she likes it!!!)

Yup, don’t know if it was the crabs…

…or the birds…

…or the waves…

…or the water…

(the initially very, very cold water)

…or the company…

(the very, very odd company)

(in a very, very suave and debonair way, of course)

…or the miles of empty beach…

…or the ease of backfloating…

…or the shells…

…or the scores (hundreds?!) of dolphins (sharks?!!) just offshore…

…or Joni Eareckson Tada…

…or what

…but I’m almost positive she liked it.

I know I did.



  1. #1 by Tierney on September 2, 2010 - 9:38 am

    With a couple minor adjustments, this would make a really sweet children’s book. 🙂 Just saying.

    I’m happy you two had such a lovely time . . . and I have to admit, I would be hard-pressed not to “like it” too . . . but you can’t take Phil and Laura away from us Iowans! We don’t see enough of them as it is.

    Too bad blood is so much thicker than water.

    Anyway, I got your FB message, and will happily reply to it when I don’t have to leave for work in 10 minutes or less. Still love your blog. 🙂

    • #2 by Cristy on September 2, 2010 - 9:47 am

      That’s a really interesting idea! Most children’s books I’ve seen have ‘painted’ pictures, but I think photographs can be so much more interesting.

      Oh, and thanks for the encouragement!

  2. #3 by Betty on September 2, 2010 - 2:38 pm

    That’s my beautiful girls! At least 2 out of 3.

  3. #4 by Kathy on September 2, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    I was thinking “children’s story” too as I read! How could Laura NOT love the beach (and where did you find one so empty, serene, and full of shells?).

    But for sure it would’ve been the company that grabbed her heart…

    • #5 by Cristy on September 2, 2010 - 3:30 pm

      Oh, thanks! It was such a fun visit for both of us, I think. I wish it could happen more often.

      We went to Grandview Beach in Hampton–a little known, little traveled (at least the two times we’ve been) 2 miles of beach on a nature preserve. Plus it’s way closer than Sandbridge (which is where I’ve heard others say they go). The only drawback is that you have to walk about 1/2 mile (on a nice trail through a salt marsh) to get there. But for us, that was a pleasure, not a pain.

  4. #6 by Laura on September 3, 2010 - 12:12 am

    Oh, Cristy–such beautiful pictures of a wonderful day. I wish we could make it a weekly date.
    I just looked through your post 3 times, and I can almost smell the salty air!
    BTW, Sun, Sand and Sister are way better 3 S’s than the Shoot Shovel Shut-up we grew up snickering about.

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