We just got back from a week-long vacation with Michael's family at Seaside, OR. It was relaxing, fun and such a blessing. Jack had a blast running around the sand and throwing it in the air. Although this was not his first trip to the Ocean (his first was when he was 7-weeks old) it was definitely the best! He's at a perfect age to enjoy it.
He really enjoyed the sand but stayed clear from the cold water. He was mesmerized by flying kites and the many doggies that ran along the beach. He would just run and run with his hands up in the air in wonder.
This really is one of the best parts about parenting. Seeing your child experience new things. Seeing their face light up in curiosity, wonder, amazement.
I read this prayer recently in a book I'm reading and I think it applies perfectly to striving to have a child-like faith.
"Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder. Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every crevice of Your universe. Delight me to see how Your Christ plays in ten thousand places, lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not His, to the Father through the features of men's faces. Each day enrapture me with Your marvelous things without number. I do not ask to see the reason for it all; I ask only to share the wonder of it all." -Brennan Manning