We have a pretty consistent routine with the kids, but try to add spice and variety by getting out of the house every now and then.
The days have been mostly low-key, trying to just rest, relax and recuperate from the many events of Paul & Megan's last month.
Monday morning Megan and I were able to get out on our own and go grocery shopping. After naptime we all went and relaxed in the beautiful swimming pool provided by Wycliffe.
Tuesday afternoon we visited the main center, exploring their ethnic gift shop and the museum of languages, and then went swimming again.
Yesterday morning I took the kids to the Wycliffe park, then in the afternoon we drove half an hour to the Dr. Phillip's Community Park, which borders the Big Sand Lake. It is an incredible park, with an entire water fountain/bounce pad play area for the kids. All five of us ran through that water park with our clothes on and all. There were many laughs, and it was very memorable.
Not long after we arrived, however, the alarm sounded for a lightning warning. They shut off the water, and everyone vacated the park. Not 5 minutes had passed before a massive bolt of lightning lit up the sky over our heads, and the loudest crack of thunder I have ever heard shook the ground. We got out of there as quick as we could.
It poured buckets all the way home, and didn't stop lightning and thundering till this morning. From 8-10pm I sat outside on the warm asphalt of the volleyball court and watched the two storm fronts on either side of me. It was still 80'F out and 92% humidity. I had never witnessed such an incredible lightning display. I soaked up the warmth, the humidity, the sights and smells...the sound of birdsong and frogs. I took it all in. Gazed at all of it. And my mind went to the glory and splendor of God:
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds they hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:
When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds, sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
For today, we planned on going to Downtown Disney. We had over-packed yesterday for the park, so this time we just grabbed the diaper bag and some snacks.
Well, we took a wrong turn. So we went to the beach today. :D
Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral. Beautiful place. It was pouring rain on the way there, and lightning in the distance. We got on the beach, and there was so much charge in the air that everyone's hair was standing on end. This concerned us, so we hunkered down near the water and kept a watchful eye on the sky. Our hair stood on end for a good 30 minutes before it wilted, then after that it was clear skies and sunshine. We enjoyed our stay quite well, the kids running and playing in the water with all their clothes on. The sand was fine, the water warm, the sky blue and the temperature pleasant. Megan and I had good opportunity for long conversation, which we took full advantage of, and Paul gave his best effort to help Karis and Ethan build sandcastles on the ever flooding beach.
It has been wonderful to have some form of water activity every day, opportunity to get out of the house for a change of scenery, and time to spare for much needed R&R and worry-free moments.
|The Root family. Their mission and goal in life to reach the|
lost and spread the light, for the glory of God and the furtherment
of His Kingdom. To Him be the glory forever.
|Wearing our matching Brazilian shirts, with the Brazilian flag in the background|