Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Our week at the beach

For those that don't know, my hubby of almost 13 years & I have moved to Florida for six months. Yup, we sold almost everything we own and drove down to the Sarasota, FL area last week. 

Anna Maria Island

We are currently living in a rental home here in Sarasota. And tomorrow we will go to a more permanent solution on Anna Maria Island, FL. We will live there for six months. Then...well, then we don't really have a plan. We have a few general ideas but no specifics. So many things depend on how my body is feeling.

We still have a home in PA which is being rented by such a nice couple. God has really blown our minds with things have led up to this point. I can honestly say I'm not worried about the future. For now my focus is on living in my favorite place in the entire world...Anna Maria Island.

Lido Beach

Lido Beach

Have you ever seen a gull standing on top of another?

He must have stood on the other bird for a few minutes before flying off.

I haven't the slightest idea of what these trees are called but I love them. They have all this dead moss stuff hanging down. It sounds gross. But when the wind moves through the moss it is magical. It sways and moves and reminds me of happy weeping willows and young hula girls trying to imitate the professionals. Happy Hula Willows. That is the new name of this tree. You are welcome.

Our first rental is just 3 miles from here. However, we very rarely visit Siesta Beach since it is usually crowded.

Even the bay is pretty!

Coquina. Our favorite.

Coquina Beach


Oh how we love you, Coquina Beach.

We got to see these little rays for awhile. They kept swimming back and forth through the water.

Trying to get a photo of the rays...


  1. I am so glad everything is working out for you guys! I am enjoying all the pictures. I can't wait to see your new place. Good luck with the move.

    1. Thanks so much Holly! We are enjoying every day!

  2. What beautiful beaches! Glad you are transitioning well. Enjoy :)

    1. Thanks Theresa. They are truly amazing. :)

  3. So glad you are settling in and everything is exciting, happy, and an adventure for you! OK - I have to ask - have you gotten into collecting shells? My friend just came back from Florida (not sure where but she was near the Tampa area; thought Sanibel Island was over rated) and collected 93 pounds of shells and loved every minute of it. She's back in Virginia Beach (and hauled all those shells back with her) and has made some adorable things already. I was very impressed with her collection. Virginia Beach is sorely lacking in shells!

    1. Years ago we were staying on AMI (Anna Maria Island) and drove the 2 hours south to Sanibel Island. Yup, over rated. The "good" shells only come after a major storm and I've heard they are best in the winter.

      Most of the beaches in the area are white sand and have little to no shells. Some have a few here and there but there are a lot of shellers out there and I don't walk so well.

      93 pounds of shells is incredible! I think my husband would leave me. Ha. I would love to make a shell wreath for the front door. Now you have me thinking that I should shell. We shall see :)

      We are on the Gulf side of Florida and so the water is very flat. I'm guessing that the ocean may help bring the shells in with all the waves? It is odd Virginia Beach doesn't have shells but perhaps those little creatures like warm water?


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