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Sanibel Shells

I hadn't heard of Sanibel Island until recent years, when our family was raving about it. They invited us to join them on spring break this April and Nick and I couldn't say no to visiting the "Shell Capital of the World"!

There's something about the beach that just speaks to me. I know it sounds cheesy - but when I walked along the beautiful (Yet at times painful! Shells are sharp!) coastline, I felt so loved and cared for. I have never seen so many shells in my life and to think about the exponential grains of sand underneath them...

Psalm 139:17-18

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

Sanibel is the perfect young family destination if you're into the beach-pool-eat-repeat rhythm. Not normally my personal vacation style, but it happened to be just what my spirit needed after a busy season at work.

We haven't gotten to spend much time with family over the past few months so it was great to be together in an element that is completely different from what we're used to in Indianapolis and Nashville. I'm so glad we got to hang out with our growing nieces and nephews who are full of such beauty, energy, love and joy!

Sadly, one thing we missed out on was catching the famous Captiva sunset because we were too busy chowing down on some delicious fare at Key Lime Bistro where we were celebrating my SIL's big 4-0! We got to the beach too late and the sun was gone, but we loved playing in the clear turquoise water anyway.

Photo credit Nick Steele for this one below (Obviously - this is me!)

While the guys were on a bike expedition one morning, I decided to do a little exploring of the quaint island myself. I love the beauty of everyday island life and I'm pretty sure I belong on one...

So much water EVERYWHERE! <3

I could do some serious chillaxin' with girlfriends here...

Since we missed the Captiva sunset I decided to "make up" for it by getting up early on our last day to catch the Sanibel sunrise, which did not disappoint.

Thanks for the memories, Sanibel. Until we meet again!

<3 amanda mae

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