Easter Sunrise

9 Apr

Saturday night  Donnie and I decided that we wanted to watch the sunrise Easter Sunday at the beach. Only problem there was that we would have only a few hours of sleep. Not like I’m not used to waking up at ridiculous hours…

We woke up around 5:40 AM and surprisingly we were out the door in less than 20 minutes. This is a record for us. Anyone that has ever gone to the beach with us knows this is nothing short of a miracle.

As we pulled up to New Smyrna Beach, we realized there was a beach-side service going on. We watched the sunrise with worship music in the background. Then we walked down the beach a little. We didn’t go far because of our injuries: Donnie coming back from an almost-stress fracture and me and my little IT band.

It was a gorgeous sunrise. It was cloudy, so the sun was shining down through the clouds. It looked like heaven shining down in the distance. It made for the perfect backdrop for some prayer and reflection.

As we walked further from the music, we heard nothing but waves crashing and the birds calling out to the world. The sounds of the beach are my happy place.

Here are some pics I took:

Afterwards we listened to Pastor Rick’s message back at the beach-side service before heading off for some breakfast. We returned to the beach stuffed and ready to catch some zzz’s on the beach.

When Donnie’s foot is better, we plan to have a sunrise run along the beach. I’ll be counting down the days…

Where’s your happy place?


6 Responses to “Easter Sunrise”

  1. nancim72 April 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    What great pictures! I am a sucker for sunrise and sunset photos. Once a month, on the 4th, we go to Crystal Beach north of the Clearwater to watch the sunset. This was my dad’s favorite beach and I know why… The sunsets there are amazing. My dad passed away on Dec. 4, 2010 and we made it there just in time after his passing to watch a spectacular sunset. Every month since then, we have been out there on the 4th. I know my dad is with us everywhere, but to watch the sunsets on that day each month makes me feel a little closer.

    • Hemarie April 10, 2012 at 7:35 am #

      Wow, sounds like a beautiful way to remember him!

  2. Faith @ For the Health of It April 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    What a great way to start out the day!

    My happy place is Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland – running that almost every day in college gave it a special place in my heart!

    • Hemarie April 10, 2012 at 7:39 am #

      Looks beautiful! Ever see any gators?

  3. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups April 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    How pretty! A run along the beach sounds aweome.


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