Before leaving for Chile and then Brazil, we were able to get to the beautiful white sand beaches of the panhandle of Florida. I’ve been keeping Kimberly inland for years now, way up in the upstate of South Carolina (six hours from the beach). I figured a little soul restorative for my West Palm girl would go down just right, so we shot down to visit Providence Church (CREC) in Pensacola, where pastor Uri Brito had left a standing offer to house us if we visited. We definitely cashed that chip in, and the beach was in fact as restorative and relaxing for Kimberly as I’d hoped it would be.
This was little Mara’s first real visit to the beach. She had a blast making sand castles. We also saw dolphins rolling through the surf and hunting. We were super excited about it, but the locals were unimpressed. Not rudely, mind you. They just had to try really hard to sound excited about it.
A place where dolphins just hang out with people. Pretty magical.
We were also able to visit the Pensacola Naval Air Station Naval Aviation Museum, a favorite from my youth, and now an excellent memory for the kids.
God is gracious to us.
We attended a vespers prayer service at Providence, where the saints prayed for us. We’re grateful to all of them for welcoming us (more than once!), and for supporting us in so many ways on this journey of ours.
I’m writing this next to the pomegranate bush on my aunt’s patio in Santiago. Have no doubt that we will be following up very soon with more posts.