Turtles and Fire (But Not Together)

Apparently, today is World Turtle Day, which I didn’t know existed until Facebook friends posted super cute turtle pictures this morning. Its purpose is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge and respect for, turtles and tortoises, as well as encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. As Floridians, we see turtles nesting on our beaches, and the direct adverse affect of humans on the turtles’ abilities to nest.

  

In our area, the McGough Nature Park is home to a huge turtle population, so we decided to spend our morning hanging out with them. The nature center provides food for a small fee, and Henry loves to feed the turtles. I think he’s pretty good about dropping the food close to the dock and also scattering it farther away. In addition to turtles, we saw ducklings, red-tailed hawks, owls, reddish egrets, tortoises, snakes, and fish. We hiked along its awesome boardwalk through saw palmetto and alongside mangroves to the intracoastal and watched the drawbridge let a sailboat through. It was a pretty fantastic morning for a two-year old. 

    

 

it was windy!
 
   

This evening, we attended our first ever Pentecost Vigil at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clearwater. Henry loved the procession of fire and the red banners waving above the congregation. He may have loved playing with the drinking fountain even more (who am I kidding, the drinking fountain was his fav). 

   

oooh, fire!
 We even sang one of my favorite songs “Lead Me Guide Me.” It reminds me of our time spent in Philly at St. Mark’s Lutheran, where it was sung with such gusto, it put a smile on my face. 

Lead me, guide me, along the way,

For if you lead me I cannot stray.

Lord let me walk each day with Thee:

Lead me, oh Lord lead me.

Even while typing out the chorus, I’m singing the song in my head and smiling. Some songs just do that. 

barefoot jumping in the pulpit (after service, of course)