Saturday, February 25, 2012

Paradise Island!!!

Hello from Paradise Island!

Slowing things down once in a while to enjoy the simple blessings in life, is something that I think is so important to remember. My simple blessing in life is spending time with family. My two sisters and our three men were welcomed by my parents with a giant hug Saturday night when we arrived at the resort in the Bahamas. As we told stories of our travel here, I could not get over the fact that for the next week, our schedule would be based around mapping out our family adventures for the day and our dining reservations. The only other event scheduled was our 1/2 day of deep sea fishing. We landed 2 beautiful Mahi Mahi, one averaging about 35-45 pounds and was extremely difficult to reel in so my sister's fiance and my husband tag teamed this trophy. We had our fish filleted, brought it back to our villa and prepared it for cooking that night ourselves! There is nothing like living off the land...it was delicious!!





 When life becomes consumed with business, you start missing simple things in life that are beautiful. As a family, we have more than enjoyed our time together combined with the overwhelmingly beauty of The Atlantis Resort. The Atlantis is a fantastic man made property, but the beauty of it is only realized by looking at what God has created for us. For example, to really stand on the shore of the ocean and study the power of the waves, how they sweep onto the beach and erase all sign of human footprints; or really studying the marine life exhibit and the hundreds of different species of fish and sealife and recognizing the significance of each.

There is a difference between seeing something and really noticing it for what it is. 'Seeing it' is to casually walk by and look at it, whereas 'noticing it' is to really think about how it came to be, how God created such beauty such as a fish with vibrant colors and transparent fins or even the fine sugar sand that sifts through your toes as you walk along the ocean.

I guess that is what vacations should be all about. A chance to rest up, recharge our batteries, but to remind ourselves what a wonderful world we live in and how fortunate we are.





Ashley Voigt
Mrs. North Dakota Int'l 2012