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

Children, Encouragement, Happiness, Joy, Life Challenges


When Trouble comes — and it will —  
When You want take to your Bed,
I hope You’ll Dance instead.
Not like a Grownup,
but like You’re Three or Four,
Head up, Heart open,
Happy Barefoot Dancing!

Sing along, too!
It’ll take a Head Adjustment, 
But if You Let Go and Follow your Heart,
You might just Sing and Dance
Yourself into JOY!

Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. Ps. 149:3
      … for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Neh. 8:10b