What an amazing day…yesterday was a bit of a struggle. Today is a new day. The Lord is so faithful to bless and renew.
We started our day with a hearty breakfast, while I helped Cate and Jay with their Math. Shani and Kalun began their work independently. The warmth of the sun shone through the living room and kitchen and felt so good.
The weather this morning was perfect! The sun was shining out on the ocean, and the horizon seemed ablaze with its golden glow. The beauty of the day could not be wasted indoors.
So, I quickly packed lunch while encouraging the children to press into their studies and get as much done as possible. They worked hard and had most of their subjects completed before we headed out. By noon we were on the beach. Boogie boards, towels, snorkels, picnic lunch, sunscreen, and sand toys in hand.
The tide was still going out as we arrived. It was low tide at 12:30 pm today. What an amazing display of creativity under that water! With the sun shining hot and clear, we took turns swimming out as far as we could. While I snorkeled, I tugged Jayden around as he hung over the edge of a boogie board peering through his mask. The water remained shallow because of low tide, but I dared not put my feet down – the coral was everywhere. Many different kinds of coral. Brain coral, mound coral, bright blues, pinks and flourescent colors. Schools of fish, enormous parrot fish, sea turtles, sea cucumber, eels, octopus, and of course humuhumunukunukuapua’a (our state fish). The ocean can feel deep and intimidating at times – today it was clear and bright, full of life and color and we were so blessed to be in it.
The water here on the Big Island, and especially on the East Side where we live can have a tendency to be cooler due to the fresh water springs flowing into the sea water. This mix of fresh and salt water can also cause the water to be a bit brackish – basically making the water seem a little blurry when you are looking through it with goggles or a mask. Not today! It was so amazingly warm and clear.
We stayed a couple of hours, and then returned home to continue with school. We sat down and read together, and prayed together. The kids continued on with their independent work as well. Later I went to hula for some additional practice and then met Ben and the kids at church.
What a glorious day! I love homeschooling, and having the freedom to enjoy the day by stopping our studies and celebrating in the beauty of God’s creation.
Thank you Lord for the ability and the freedom to school my children. This is a true gift. Thank you for this beautiful place, and the amazing ocean that has been so intricately created.