On Saturday, I visited with two friends from church for a long overdue girls night. Nanami and I met Destiny at her wee cabin down at Sea crest [her husband's grandma's property]. We went swimming in the evening, played Bananagrams and Dutch Blitz, ate home made ice cream, blue berries and raspberries with whipped cream flavoured and sweetened by maple syrup. It was great.
This is where we were. You might recognize it as some of Destiny and Thomas' engagement photos were taken here.
Then the whole congregation headed down to Sea Crest for Grant's baptism in the ocean, which was followed by a potluck picnic. It was such a hot, lovely day for an outdoor baptism. It was a joyful time, especially when Grant's sister, Anna, came from Courtenay just to be there to witness her brother's baptism. Grant gave his testimony and said when he accepted the Lord Jesus into his heart and life it was seamless. This new life, step and purpose. Seamless.
We all worked away doing the dishes then apparently I joked about bringing in the piano so we could sing while we worked and the next thing I knew, Em and Thomas were rolling the upright piano right into the kitchen! Thomas played while we all sang and washed and dried the dishes. It was so incredible and so much fun to sing as loud as we could with the piano music drowning us out anyway so you didn't have to worry about how well you were singing. I wish I had my camera on me, but I didn't think I would need it at the church while we did dishes! Lesson: always, always, always bring your camera everywhere! We finished the task so quickly with four of us working away at it; it was one of those rare occasions when you actually want there to be more dishes so we could sing longer. So that is what we decided to do. Em pulled out the old over-head projector song slides, we laid them on top of white paper so we could see the words and we sang more. The echo in the kitchen was interesting, but it was all so good. A couple others from the picnic came by and joined us and we all sang there around the piano in the kitchen. It was seriously the best time I have ever had doing the dishes.
To top it all off, we returned to Sea Crest, the tide had come up and we all went swimming! I did just have a shower that morning before church and had washed my hair, but I couldn't resist dunking in the ocean while I swam. It was warm and beautiful and so worth it! Elias pulled out some huge Styrofoam chunks and used them as rafts. They squeezed so many people onto one, it was a riot! And then we laid in the sun, on the hot sandstone rocks and it felt so simply wonderful. This was such a fantastic, summer Sunday. I am constantly blown away by how blessed I am to live here.