The beach is beautiful just as the sun is coming up.
Putting together the signs.
Starting the pile.
Add lots of water!
Tamp, tamp, tamp!
Dale carving the right-hand castle tower.
Getting the bricks on the wall completed. Looking at this right now, you'd have no idea it's going to be on the open page of a story book...
Anna cleaning up the book edge.
Castle towers... and the pier tower!
Dale uses a "feather duster" to smooth the sides of the pages before he puts in the detail.
Anna uses a garden sprayer to re-wet the area she's working on putting needGod.com on.
It's starting to look like a book!
Meanwhile... our kiddos are making their own castle (with a fair amount of help from Dad!).
Digging in the sand never gets old.
Half of the book is done. Whew! This is taking far longer than we anticipated. By far, this is our hardest sculpt to date. But at least the most important part -- the bookmark that leads people to a gospel message -- is complete!
One more close-up of the little castle...
Despite making the rookie mistake of trying to carve words on a flat (rather than angled) surface, and being unable to blow the sand out for a nice clean look... the words "Happily Ever After" are surprisingly readable. :-)
The beach ended up fairly full by the end of the day... Many people took pictures. So, we pray that many ended up going to the website and reading the gospel!
We're rarely in pics together, because one of us is usually taking them... but we recruited our oldest to snap a pic before heading up to Ruby's for a burger.
Sand sculptures are a great picture of the brevity of life. By the time we put our things in the car and walked down the pier, it was gone. But these cute kids sure seemed to be having fun!
Now time for a burger, fries, and a shake... oh, and some "bunny ears" behind Dad's head. (Shhh!)
Thank you all for keeping us in your prayers. We really can't tell you how much we appreciate it! Now, please share the picture above this slide show... and maybe someone you know and love will go to needGod.com. :-D
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