We had to cancel our trip to Sanibel Island this year, because of more health issues.
That meant more tests, more waiting for answers, more biopsies, and still more waiting.
We had planned to stay at Sanibel with Rog and Laurie (from Heaven's Walk) for two weeks again this year. Things didn't work out for them either.
It seemed we would be staying home this year.
Sometimes God has something planned for you that you cannot even imagine.
Something that you will forever remember in your heart.
Another couple we know rent this house on North Captiva Island each year.
They decided to rent later in the season since their family wasn't joining them this year.
They also rent the bigger house next door when all the kids vacation with them.
Norm and Susie told us the house had two bedrooms, and if the results of all my tests came back with good reports, we were welcome to share the place with them for a week.
We had to wait until the third week of March until we could commit ourselves.
Norm and Susie would be down there anyway, so they were happy to have us join them if we could make it.
Jim and I drove down to Florida. We took our time, and made the trip a part of our vacation.
We had to take a boat over to the island.
The only mode of transportation there is by foot, bike, or golf cart.
The wildlife was amazing!
This guy was constantly following us around on the shore, and on the dock.
He knew the guys would eventually clean fish, and that he would get a meal sooner or later.
The shark catch started out small, and got larger as the days went by.
Fishing off the dock limited the size of shark caught, but not the flavor.
We ate LOTS of different types of fish all week.
After our week with Norm and Susie, we headed over to the Atlantic side of Florida.
We stayed with friends Joe, and Debbie at Barefoot Bay for a few days.
I was sitting on the dock with my feet in the water, when a mother Manatee came up with this baby.
There was another small Manatee with them.
I was amazed how they came right up to my feet in the water!!!!
I realized how blessed I was to not only see these majestic creatures in their own habitat....but to see them right at my feet!
It made my eyes tear to see these gentle giants, and experience their sweet souls for those few minutes in my life.
I'm sure they forgot all about me as soon as they swam away.
I'll never forget them.
They were the highlight of my trip.
An experience I will hold in my heart, and thank God for when I see Him.
Just look what God can do.
Tete, the song you play on your blog holds true for me....."I can only imagine."