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real freedom @ the beach…


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Ever since Will could walk, he has brought me rocks of all shapes and sizes…  And from rocks, he brought me shells…  I have jars and jars full to the rim with the most beautiful rocks, shells and memories.  Soon after Will, Emma joined in and now following suit…  Josie brings me the small treasures.  It’s just our thing and I LOVE it!  

Last October after we filled our bellies with crafts and cajun pistols, we lazily strolled the sidewalk enjoying the salty air.  As we cut up with one another, it was just force of habit for Will to bend over and scoop up a  pretty shell that laid between the sidewalk and the green grass.  We both noticed how pretty it was and I said, “thank you” as I placed it in my pocket to later add to our jars.  

It wasn’t till a couple of days later that I noticed something poking out of the edge of the shell…  Little did we know, we HAD truly found a treasure.

Tucked inside the Lettered Olive shell, the grooviest little note… “Man, great that you found me.  I’m a lettered olive shell.  Look at me, there may be a letter from your name on me.  God sent me to say – “Olive You!” ~ I John 4:7-8″  Fabulous, huh!?!  

After a little googling, we learned that the Lettered Olive shell gets its common name from the darker surface markings on the shell, that resemble letters.

So, what did we do…  We went and grabbed us some shells {not sure if they were actually “Lettered Olive”, but they were surely their first cousin, maybe even sister shell} and headed back home to write our little notes.  We had such a fun time, making a little treasures for someone else to find during their trip to the beach.  We neatly tucked them all inside and grabbed them all up and headed out!  I don’t know what was more fun…  finding the shell, realizing it had a treasure within, making our own or placing them all over the town. This was the beginning of a new tradition for our family!  This was really fun and exciting!!

Emma took her time to copy the original note, letter for letter…

Andy of course, had to add his 2cents!  {i love him!}  Again, this was definitely the beginning of a great family tradition…  we truly were spreading a little love!  

So, here we are again…  enjoying and celebrating our freedom as a nation.  {thank you to all who have served and sacrificed}  What better time to remind people of REAL love and TRUE FREEDOM!  

Hope you LOVE this story as much as I loved sharing it and maybe when you and your family head to the beach… you’ll have a new family tradition!  

Spreading love, celebrating FREEDOM and soaking up the sun,

Natalie

One comment on “real freedom @ the beach…

  1. vicky elrod on said:

    Loved the story so many good memories made and to be made!!!!

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