We headed out for the gulf again this morning. The water was choppier, which made it a little more interesting. We opted for going out a little further, but there were some really shallow areas, and we didn’t want to get our boats stuck, so we turned around. Dad and Mom were leading, and Dad saw a manatee surface about 10 feet in front of Mom. It’s a little bit of a helpless feeling as one tries to get their boat off the course the manatee might be on, because one really doesn’t want to get dumped if the manatee were to try to surface again under your boat. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. We saw another manatee off to the side also surfacing.
We continued back, enjoying our time together. This afternoon, most of us have been inside, catching up on things. John and Jesse went in the kayaks to explore, and when I saw them coming home, I stepped out to the porch, and John called to me that I should go look for a manatee. I grabbed my camera, rushing upstairs to the second story. SURE ENOUGH! There he was. I was praising the Lord for being able to grab pictures to share with you all. John and Jesse had been following him downstream for a ways. Manatees are such amazing, gentle creatures.
We have been in prayer for this weekend’s conference in Orlando. We’ll be headed there tomorrow!
We saw bald eagles as we drifted along today! Then, suddenly, one was only about 20 feet from Joseph, and the eagle flew off, dropping branches. Joseph paddled over and picked up what the eagle had dropped.
â€œAs an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him…â€ (Deuteronomy 32:11-12.)