Beaches, Joy, Sand Castles

Expressions of Joy

Terry’s current joy in life is singing in choirs at UALR.  Over the past nine years, we’ve struck up a friendship with the director, Bevan Keating, his wife, Kira, and their four-year-old twins, Brock and  Blythe. This charming family recently stopped by Navarre Beach to visit us for a couple of days. What a joy.

B & B are just like PB & J

The twins are as different as peanut butter from jelly, yet they complement one another in much the same fashion.


First Moments

The first order of business after unloading the car was a trip to the beach. The twins’ initial reactions to the surf and sand were too precious not to share.

Brock takes my hand and we wade straight into the surf. “Wait for it, wait for it,” I say, as the tide rolls in. When it crashes around our legs, he whoops and hollers. Over and over, we wade in and then scurry away from the pursuing waves.

Emboldened, he runs along the shore with his dad. Eyes flash, feet pound the sand and kick  the surf, while arms pump the pristine air.
More  shrieks and laughter.
All the while, twin sister, Blythe, scoops, pats and shapes white sand into what must be a fairy-princess castle.
Breaking away from her work, she takes Terry’s hand and leads him into the surf.
But soon, she’s back, scooping, patting and decorating her palace with a found shell.
“What a wonderful day, Mommy,” she whispers into the wind.

What a wonderful day, indeed.


These children reside in our guest bedroom.
Brock thought they were he and Blythe.
I think he’s right. Don’t you?

Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Ps. 66:1

8 thoughts on “Expressions of Joy”

  1. What a fun post – we just returned from a family trip to the Emerald Coast (Seagrove Beach) and you have me missing it already. My two kiddos had much the same reaction to the sand and surf – they could not get enough. Someday we hope to need your advice on owning a beach condo!


  2. We've been enjoying the sugar sand for nearly 40 years, but have just recently bought a condo. It was a dream that wasn't practical for a long time, so we made ourselves happy by helping someone else finance their getaway by staying once a year. Now we get to go more often, which we're free to do in retirement. Thanks for reading and commenting, Fawn.


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