Our First Sunrise Together

When was the last time you really watched the Sunrise at the beach? If it took you a minute or two to check your memory archives, more likely it’s been awhile. For me, it has been 8 years. That long? Yep, that ancient.

When you’re young , it’s easy to take for granted simple yet beautiful things or events that mother nature has to offer such as the rising and the setting of the Sun on a vast, tranquil ocean.

I miss those times when my thoughts would just drift with the breeze in total submission, my heart caressed by the gentle and soothing sounds of the waves and my soul just calm and at peace without worries in the World. Can I bring back those moments again? Maybe so.

Last weekend, we celebrated my wife’s 35th Birthday by the beach at Galveston Island. Once again, the sea has called us back. My wife told me that she wished to stay overnight at the Holiday Inn along the Seawall boulevard overlooking the gulf of Mexico. The last time we’d been there, she had a lot of fun with wonderful memories. She also had a comfortable and restful sleep. It was her special day and I was more than happy  to grant her wish. As for me, it doesn’t matter where we stay for as long as my family is with me and it’s close to the beach. I’m easy to please.

I slept close to the window. The full moon lit the dark sky making visible the waters below it. The waves glistened as it approaches the shores. It was kind of romantic. I could almost hear a faint music in the background. Not for long, we dozed off. Sweet dreams we had a plenty that night.

It was almost 07:00 A.M., I called my son’s name. I didn’t realize he was already sitting at the edge of the bed all wide awake with a big smile on his face. I asked him, ” are you ready to see your first Sunrise?” He whispered back softly as to not awaken his mom, ” yes, dad. Let’s go.” We both kissed the Birthday girl. She grinned a bit and mumbled, ” see you guys at the breakfast lounge around eight.” I asked her one more time, ” are you sure you don’t want to go with us?” She replied, “I’m sure, have fun.” Then she went back to sleep.

" Dad, will you build sand castles with me?" asked my son as we waited for the sun to rise marking a brand new day.

At the break of dawn, the jetty unfolds a serene palette of colors. For a moment, I was breathless as I looked at the first sign of the Sun peeping through the East end of the Sea. It was magical, almost unbelievable. I held my son hands and an unforgettable memory began. It was our first time to see such a spectacle together. I want to freeze the moment for as long as I can. I can feel my face glow not from the Sun’s rays but from the joy that I’m feeling in my heart.

Surfers paddled their way to find their first wave. They gathered at the East side of the Galveston‘s Seawall. Just like everyone who were waiting eagerly for the Sunrise, they too want to celebrate its coming by being one with the ocean. For a second I envy them for experiencing a priceless union with one of nature’s spectacular living Art as they rode their thrilling waves. One of the surfer‘s had a pick-up truck with the name “Salt Water Soul.” The three words summed up what this experience was all about.

I curiously asked my son, ” would you like to surf like them?” as I point to the surfer riding his wave. He excitedly replied, ” uh-huh!” I then told him, ” we then need to practice our swimming first.” He answered back enthusiastically, ” sure, dad, I would like that.”

As the Sun rose, a new day was beginning to unravel. This gave me a sense of hope that fresh beginnings are possible and that a better future lies ahead. I asked my son, ” do you know why this day is important?” He replied with confidence, ” it’s Sunrise day!” I answered back, ” that’s partly right but today is Sept. 11, it’s the day when kids like you lost their mom and dad when 2 planes crashed on two towers full of people. Today, we remember those who died and the families they left behind.” He looked at me sadly and did not say a word. His facial expression and silence was more than enough to tell me that we felt the same sadness. As the Sun continued to ascend, I offered a short prayer for the victims and their survivors. I told myself, ” that could had been me or someone I loved.”

A seagull was nibbling this fish. We both went close to check it out. I felt bad for the fish. A while ago it was swimming full of life in the ocean.

The Seawall has beautiful paintings like this from end to end. Some still in good quality despite of the harsh weather they endured throughout the years. This one reminded me of " Free Willy." My son and I watched the DVD movie together a few weeks ago.

The ocean holds a spell that will draw you back again and again. It's a spell I don't want to find a cure. In fact, it's a spell that heals the soul.

I hope my son would remember this moment. I still have bits and pieces of memories when my dad brought me to the beach. All of the sudden I miss his company.

Chasing a Seagull. I could hear my son's laughter echoing as I took this photo. He sounded so happy. He told me later, " can we do this again, dad?"

My future surfer. My wife asked me yesterday, " what do you want him to become when he grows up?" I replied, " whatever he wants to be for as long as he's happy." She gave me this strange look.


I didn't notice that my son was staring at me. He then said, " dad, are you going to help me with my fortress or what?" I got busy capturing my Kodak moments.



My wife called. She said, ” what’s up guys? I’m at the breakfast lounge now. The Eggs Benedict and pancakes are waiting for you two.” I told her, ” Luv, 10 more minutes. He’s almost done with his sand fortress.”

Just before heading to the hotel, we both took a last look at the Sun which was now fully set on the glaring , blue sky. My son gave me a hug, held my hand and said, ” dad, when are we going to watch another Sunrise?” I smiled back and said, ” soon my son.”

The happiest moments in our life are the ones we shared with the people we love and care about. Most of the time they don’t cost much except your time, maybe a warm hug and a sweet kiss to go with it.

What’s the most memorable Sunrise you had in your lifetime? I bet it made you glow too.




About Island Traveler

A devoted husband and father who tries to make a positive difference in the lives of his family and friends. A person who finds inspiration and strength on those he loves and who loved him in all aspects of his life.
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106 Responses to Our First Sunrise Together

  1. Sabina Brave says:

    I like the most black and white “Chasing a Seagull”. It’s excellent.
    Your son has happy childhood. For sure he will remember all :)

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    • Thank you. The chasing part was fun. I like the effect of the his and my shadows. It reminds me that we are not alone in this world, that somebody always watches our back. isn’t that comforting? Have a great day.

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    • We had a lot of fun chasing the Seagulls. I felt like a kid all over again. That’s the beauty of having a child around you. You got to enter their world and it’s just awesome. Thank you.

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  2. awesome post. a lot of time we take things for granted. It is nice to cherish moments in time, just to freeze that moment for a second, if only we can play it back again in the future. Thanks for sharing your lovely Sunrise. As for me, I remember the mornings I use to drive home when the sun would rise. It was a lovely time, and still kind of peaceful.

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  3. MOL says:

    Beautiful photos. Years from now you’ll be explaining to your son these photos and what the remembrance of September 11 is all about. For now, he can bask in his little innocent world. Had my thoughts on 9/11 too:

    http://wp.me/pYeWf-dX

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    • Sept. 11 was a horrifying event. When I watch the replay of the event, it feels like it just happened yesterday. I watch a t.v. tribute a few days ago and it featured the last phone calls of the victims to their families. It was a very painful moment. Some knew they’re going to die while others were hopeful. It was a senseless act of terrorism and until today we are still being affected by it. Even to this very day men and women die because of the war triggered by it. When is it going to end. We can only pray. I read your post about it. It must had been a scary event for you. I also can relate to how difficult it is to have a sick family in a different country. When my mom got sick this year, I felt so helpless. It’s the price we pay for hoping for a better economic future. Stay blessed. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Beautiful pictures as usual! You transported me to the beach. What a tender moment with your son. Your wife is a very lucky birthday girl!

    Cheers,
    Louise

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    • My wife got her wishes…a restful sleep without interruptions, a day at the beach, a visit to the mall and a gift she bought on line. It’s the least that I could do for the hard work she does in taking care of me and my son. The beach trip was a win-win for all. Everyone had a great time. The Sunrise was a priceless bonus. Thanks for the comment.

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      • semprevento says:

        This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read.
        I renew my congratulations to you. I’m delighted to have found such a wonderful family on this great platform.
        There segiurò with great pleasure.
        good day
        with the sympathy of an Italian greeting to all your friends.

        wind
        ps: I decided to make lots of paintings following the sensations that gives me my sea. thanks for the comment on my picture.

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      • I love the ocean , the sea, the endless golden Summers, life in the tropics, the serene walks on the beach……to have them on paintings and other forms of Art like photography is a visual delight. Your art works are just beautiful. It shows how you enjoy creating art pieces that seeks to move a person’s emotions. It’s also great that you like to play with colors….thanks for the inspiring words. My friend, have a bright and wonderful day ahead.

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  5. Angeline M says:

    These are the absolutely most beautiful photos ever! And that includes your story as well. Your family is beautiful. Enjoy every minute with your son. They grow up so fast.

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    • The past few days , my son has been so extra loving to both me and my wife. It’s his way to thank us for the great time he had. I’m getting a lot of hugs and kisses from him lately. I’m enjoying every moment of it. Thanks for the comment. Have a blessed day.

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  6. Sony Fugaban says:

    What a lucky, little boy you have. I can vividly see and thoroughly feel how intense the kind of bond you have with your son, IT. Reading this post made me more embraced how equally lucky I am to be a parent now. This kind of moment is indeed the happiest moments in our life — a simple moment shared with people we love and care.

    I haven’t had my first sunrise with my son yet I’ll sure make one the soonest possible.

    I really admire how you put color to being a father, IT. Thank you for being an such an inspiration!

    God bless your family.

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    • Sony Fugaban says:

      … the happiest moment …

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    • “This kind of moment is indeed the happiest moments in our life — a simple moment shared with people we love and care.” I can read this again and again and won’t get tired of it. These words gives essence to why as parents we try to do anything and everything for our kids. My parents has been my inspiration. They love us so much and tried their best to give us the good things in life. They’ve been to some trials but it did not stop them from showing us their love and support, even until now. Thank you for the kind and appreciative comments. They inspire me to be better every time. God bless you too and your love ones. One day, you and your son will experience your own Sunrise together- it would be legendary to both of you!

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  7. I believe this is one of my favorite articles. I love your photos. They stir many emotions. I recognize your beach location, I think we live in a very small world. I too have shared many moments with my children on that stretch of beach. As teenagers, we would make the trip for the sunset. So many memories…

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    • Thank you my friend for such a wonderful comment. I’m sure one of those foot prints on the sand are yours and your family. My wife just asked me yesterday why we haven’t discovered Galveston Island sooner. It was only this Summer that we fell in love with it. We’re hoping to stay at San Luis Hotel next time. They have a one cool bar where your feet is in the water. They also have one amazing landscape overlooking the beach. Summer is almost over and we’re trying to hold on to it for as long as we can. I’m happy for you that your have a lot of wonderful memories with your family at the beach. Memories that warms the heart and brings a smile when we remember them. Stay blessed always.

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  8. Frank Bishop says:

    Seriously, these are probably your best. I like the lighting and the burnt tinge look. These are completely and utterly awesome. The picture of your son building a fortress is the best. It has so much personality.

    Last time I saw the sunset on a beach was last year. It was amazing. Your pictures takes me back there.

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    • I’m glad to here that. Honestly , I wish I could have done more. the Sunrise itself with the waters and the surfers riding their waves were just beyond words. My camera tried its best. I am surprised of the effects myself. It was glaring and sometimes my vision was blurry but I just kept on clicking. I was also trying to help my son with his sand fortress in between the photo shoot. He wanted me to dig the sand for his walls. He was upset at one point because I wasn’t helping him. I love looking at his facial expression. I had to bite my lip so I won’t laugh. Thanks for the appreciative words.

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  9. A truly awesome post. Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories with us. I admire you for the quality time you spend with your family. Something every family needs and can use is quality time with one another. Keep on making special memories. Love your photos. Blessings to you and yours. :-)

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    • Your comments made my day. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I truly value quality time with family, more so this year when I turned 40. It’s a life changing age for me. Life is too short to waste. We can never bring back those times we missed. What we can do is make the most of the present. Every time I have a day off, it feels like a holiday for me. A blessed day to you too and your family.

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  10. nrhatch says:

    We can only live happily ever after on a moment by moment basis.

    Glad you capture these moments with the sun and your son. :cool:

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  11. A lovely story with some beautiful photos – and a wonderful memory for you and your son to treasure! It is wonderful to see things through the eyes of a child – for them so many things are full of wonder – and a first sunrise is a special experience. I glad that you were able to share this with your son.

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    • “a first sunrise is a special experience. ” It was and would always be special. I’m also lucky to have this post to remind me always of how beautiful life is, of how wonderful it is to share loving moments with people you care about. I wish my wife was there too but for now, my son and I had an event that we won’t forget. Thank you for sharing. I wish you and your family all the sweet blessings in life.

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  12. thirdhandart says:

    It’s the little things – like watching a sunrise – that truly make life enjoyable. And, what a beautiful sunrise!

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    • It’s one beautiful gift that nature gives us each day. I just wish we all can marvel on it everyday. It’s no longer an excuse that we are busy. There is so much to do, to explore and experience with so little time left. I’m glad I have blogger friends like you so I can see what they see, to go to places through their post that I may never set foot upon, to watch other living things in their habitat that I may not venture myself. For that I thank you. Have an inspiring day my friend.

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  13. knot2share says:

    One of the most beautiful posts I have read so far…taking us along with you and your son to see that beautiful sunrise, through your thoughts and emotions, to building the sand-castle and more…
    This reminds me of another blog. Similar sentiments and warmth of sharing with family, as you have here. What can I say but just a huge thank you for sharing and letting us all enjoy those wonderful moments through your posts. This has such a dream like feel to it.

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    • That sounds and feels good to the heart. Thanks for the generous and thoughtful words. I hope to remember those dreams each day as well as make new ones. May be one day, when I’m old and my memory starts playing tricks on me, I can look back, read this post and the magic would live again. Life is too beautiful to be enjoyed by a few individuals, we need to lets others see the amazing things we experience in our lives. It may bring a smile to them just like it does to me when I read other people’s post. Stay blessed my friend and thanks again.

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  14. aRVee says:

    Wow IT, I’m in awe with this great post of yours. You must have enjoyed this experience so much. I love the bond you have with your wife and son. This experience is a testimony of how bonded you are as a family and how good of a person you are….

    Belated happy birthday to your wife, she must be very lucky (and vice versa) :)

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    • Thank you. I’ll tell her that you greeted her a belated happy birthday. Honestly, since I migrated to the U.S., I felt that I was isolated from the rest of my original family. What I have now, my wife and son , the three of us together is my family . My world is them and vice versa. As the years go by, I realized that the bonding just gets stronger. I still hope one day , my son got to meet his cousins, we would love playing with them. Thanks for the comment my friend.

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  15. cocomino says:

    Congratulation to your wife’s birthday.I’m also 35 years old. :smile:
    This sunrise is very beautiful and peaceful.I hope that we will see it forever.

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    • I hope so too. I always wanted to do this with my son but never had the chance. I’m glad that I did it. He’s looking forward to his next Sunrise by the beach. One day I’ll let him learn how to surf. He’ll make one good cool surfer. He loves the beach as much as I do. My wife is also getting the hand of it as well. congrats on being 35! I wish you all the best and a lot of fun adventures with your family.

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  16. That made me cry and I don’t know why! Silly me!
    Beautiful pictures and beautiful words dear friend. I pray that your troubles will disappear and that you life will be as bright as the sunrise.

    Blessings to you all

    Happy belated Birthday wishes to Mrs Islandtraveller xxxxx

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    • I pray for those too but I’m able to go on each day because I have family and friends that supports me, who believes in me, who loves me despite of. I go on because they give me a reason to, just like the Sunrise has a reason to rise up each morning and greet the world no matter what. I’m touched that it moved you emotionally. That shows you care and I’m thankful for that. God bless you and your family. You’re a true friend.

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  17. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful post! I wish my December birthday could be watching the sun rise over the ocean, not the snow!

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    • Your next Birthday is fast approaching, may be you can celebrate it somewhere tropical or close to a beach with the Sunrise to greet you on your special day. The Ocean gives off a sense of healing to the soul. It feels like as the waves goes back to the sea, it also takes away the worries in our lives. Stay safe on your travels, you always bring home beautiful and exciting adventures.

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  18. This is exactly something my dad would have said. “I replied, ” whatever he wants to be for as long as he’s happy.” Happy moments like these make room for thoughts we think but cannot think to say…for the business of our lives, the timing, the mood. So glad you found the time to say that in the calm of your stay. Every special experience adds to the texture of our necessary Love Galveston!

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    • My wife asked me yesterday, ” how many times we’ve stayed overnight in Galveston this Summer?” I told her, ” six times.” She answered, ” we should have done more.” I smiled knowing she’s not the beach person but now she love the place. As for happiness, it comes even in the most simple ways. We just need to open ourselves for it and find time to do the things we love the most. I can see that you’re living you life to the fullest and always giving. I’m happy for you. Your relationship with your family serves as an inspiration for us. Wishing you all the blessings…

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  19. Every special experience adds to the texture of our necessary conversations. Clicked too soon.

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  20. Oh, how I love this! Even before I reached those true, moving final words, I loved it, but that really sealed the deal. And I’m suddenly thinking I ought awaken Li’l D a little early one day this weekend, so he can experience his first sunrise.

    Or should I wait till the Wednesday after next, when he turns two? That seems like a sweet way to start a day that (for me) is already apt to be overwhelmingly sweet!

    I wish I could remember any sunrise-specific moments, but . . . I’ll have to settle for enjoying others’, for now, through their eyes!

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    • Li’l D would love it. There’s something magical about the whole experience and to hold close somebody you love as the Sun greets the day is sheer joy. It would be a memorable moment to do it on his Birthday. I would love to read your post about it. Every story always brings about a sense of adventure. And best part, we can read it again and again. Can’t wait for you to share your Sunrise story with your son. Wishing you and your family a lot of beautiful sunrise ahead.

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  21. 2e0mca says:

    Such beautiful moments of life described in your post – it’s great that you were able to savour and to share. I don’t think I have ever seen a sunrise at the seaside – at least I don’t remember one. My bedroom window – now my son’s window – faced east so I always got a good view of the sunrise from there. Most of my special sunrises have been in open countryside on misty October mornings :-) Thanks for such a great post.

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    • I would like to see such a Sunrise on a misty October mornings. Is there one among your posts? Sometimes there are certain moments that only happens once when all the elements of nature comes into one perfect harmony. You take great pictures, it would be cool to see your version from your son’s window….keep me posted. have a great weekend my friend. best wishes to you and your family. Thanks.

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  22. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Oh what a wonderful sunrise and morning! The moment of dawn is always so enchanting…

    My favorite sunrises are in the winter, looking out through the bare branches of the trees and over the little salt pond behind our home. It’s almost a daily treat that time of year. Whoever sees it first usually calls to the other, come see this one! We never get tired of it.

    Another time we see the sun rise is on May Day. We get up before dawn and go to see the local Morris Dancers dance in their colorful costumes outside. They are there to greet the new sun and the Green Man.

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    • Thanks Barbara. It would be cool to see the Sunrise through the bare branches during winter or during the May day. It doesn’t snow in Houston and it would be nice to see one in pictures. The break of dawn is always enchanting, it promises a brand new day full of new possibilities.

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  23. What a wonderful way to share a sunrise, through the eyes of a child. Love the photos!!

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  24. Thank you. It was special for me because my son was there. It made the Sunrise event more meaningful and personal for me. I’m glad you like the photos.

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  25. ElizOF says:

    WoW! these are fantastic photos… I wish I were there.. Happy Birthday wishes to you wife! :-)
    I’m finally catching up on everyone’s blog. Thank you for your patience! :-)

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  26. What matters is you got to visit my blog again. Thanks for the encouraging words. Stay blessed always.

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  27. Maggie L R says:

    Wonderful momments to remember forever. The sunrise is such a special time, full of prosmise. I especially love to watch the sun rise while I am in a canoe on a wilderness lake, listening to the call of the loon…Great photos.

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  28. jhirzel88 says:

    You know what they say about sunrises? If you see a red sunrise expect good weather to come. However, if you see a red sunset, then expect bad weather to come. I think that’s how it went. I remember reading that out of a weather picture book when I was 8 or 9 years old. I actually dreamed of being at Seaside Heights, NJ, looking at a sunrise over the ocean. That never really happened, but I can imagine seeing it in your picture just as clear as in the dream.

    I remember watching Free Willy when it first came out on VHS. I never saw it on DVD yet.

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    • It was a perfect weather that day. Sunny all throughout the day. clear skies. comfortable temperature till 10:00 a.m. I noticed the orange red tinge color during the Sunrise event, I guess it’s all true then. I like Free Willy 1 and 2, my son enjoyed it as well. It was time to introduce it to him after we saw Shamu at sea world. Have a great day my friend and best wishes to you and your family.

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  29. midaevalmaiden says:

    Such lovely memories you are making.

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  30. auntyuta says:

    Only today I noticed your comment to my blog ‘How we settled in Australia’. I still want to thank you for that very much! It led me to your wonderful, wonderful blog about the sunrise. And I absolutely loved all the pictures too. I wish your wife many, many Happy Returns! Your commemorations about September 11th moved me to tears. I am so happy for you that you had a memorable day with your family.
    Since we live close to a lot of beaches it hasn’t been that long that we’ve watched the sun rise above the ocean. Maybe I’ll write about it some other time.

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    • I would love to read your stories of the sunrise in your beautiful country. Each person has a special way of telling and its never the same. Thank you for your generous and beautiful comment. Honestly, I’m surprised myself how I’m able to come up with the words to write. There are days when my thoughts are blank while there are days when I feel so inspired that my heart just wants to express everything that it feels and when that happens, words just flows naturally. Stay blessed in all that you do. i’m glad you visited once more.

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  31. john tugano says:

    well, belated happy birthday to your wife IT. As I read your post it seems that my dad is telling me a story..I just can’t tell the exact words to describe how well you have narrated your experience.You have a great knack on keeping the attention of your readers word by word and sentence to sentence..I bet you can make a book out of your experiences molded by your magical wit in writing..I adore how you make your post an interesting one..Idol..hehehe..Anyway I found a lot of qoutable qoutes in your post and I so much like this one..
    “The happiest moments in our life are the ones we shared with the people we love and care about. Most of the time they don’t cost much except your time, maybe a warm hug and a sweet kiss to go with it.”

    Godbless your family Bro…

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    • “The happiest moments in our life are the ones we shared with the people we love and care about. Most of the time they don’t cost much except your time, maybe a warm hug and a sweet kiss to go with it.” Bro, everyday, I’m thankful for the simple yet meaningful joys that I encounter in my life. Today my wife made some ” pancit ” noodles while my wife sat close to me while he played some iphone games, for a moment I forgot how tired I was. Thank you for the inspiring comments. One day, you’ll be a great that yourself. I can see how caring you are about people and your environment through your post. God bless you too and best wishes to your family.

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  32. semprevento says:

    Non conosco l’inglese.
    userò il traduttore.

    I looked at all the photos.
    are beautiful because they express a sweet feeling of unity
    towards the family, but especially to that child
    dark hair … I guess it’s your son.
    I will follow with great pleasure your newspaper.
    And part of the world will know that I will not see.
    Congratulations on your life.
    with sympathy

    wind

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    • Like the wind, your words sounded so refreshing to the heart. And yes, that is my son, who’s starting to look and walk like me . My wife told me that he’s turning to be a kid version of me. She was hoping he’ll look like her. I guess she’s better looking than I am? ha, ha, ha. .. I’m glad that you like the post. Compliments like that means a lot to me. I hope to follow your post as well. Best wishes to you…and thank you.

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  33. Patricia says:

    Thank you very much for this lovely post and the memories it brought back. My first sunrise at the beach was on the Bahamas, then later there was one in Denmark, where frost bejewled the grass on the dunes. What magic, joyful moments that completely outweigh the darker things.

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    • “What magic, joyful moments that completely outweigh the darker things.” When I see the beauty in things or events , I forget my worries in life. I used to dwell on problems but I realized in later in life that they are not worth stressing out. We need to find ways to solve them but it does not have to control our lives. This Summer we tried that approach andI could, best Summer ever! I hope I can see some photos or post of the Sunrise at the bahamas or the frosted grass on the sandy dunes of beautiful Denmark. Stay blessed my friend , I’m happy to hear from you again.

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  34. I would hard copy this post and put it in his baby book. I have three kids. 1 teen daughter and 2 adult boys neither of the boys wanted anything to do with their sappy little baby book I recorded in for 21 years. Then one day I found my oldest (36) sitting on the end of the bed with his boys. He was reading through the book pointing out pictures and recanting memories. When I looked in his face I saw remembrance, love and a few little “dust” partials in his eyes. He said he remembered a lot of stuff but the record keeping brought it back with far more clarity. He stole it when he left for home. It made all those years of recording important moments worth it. Thank you for sharing with us that beautiful moment you spent with your son. Life can be grand.

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    • “When I looked in his face I saw remembrance, love and a few little “dust” partials in his eyes. He said he remembered a lot of stuff but the record keeping brought it back with far more clarity.” Just beautiful. I have a few pictures when I was a child. I wish my parents had more but we I can’t really go back in the past but only make the most of what I have now. This is the beauty of blogging, years from now it would still be there . How sweet of you to have a baby book which you treasured and nurtured for the past 21 years. You’re a loving mom who values memories. Sometimes when we are younger, we take things for granted like pictures and momentos but as we get older we realize how important they are. I did! Thank you for sharing about your family. I always makes me happy to read comments like this. Wishing you all the blessings in life. Keep making those memory books, they are priceless keeps for generations to come.

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  35. Connie T says:

    A wonderful story and beautiful pictures.

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  36. WOW, what an amazing sunrise!
    Like you, I’m very partial to sunrises (and sunsets), especially those over water. I saw a beautiful sunset this week – all kinds of reds and oranges and purples. It’s such a humbling experience. I had my camera with me but I didn’t even want to take my eyes off it long enough to take a photo. It’s been burned into my memory. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story. You’re a lucky man.

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    • The Sunrise, Sunset experience is something that will always be magical. It makes us appreciate how beautiful life is. That there is hope and new beginnings to come. that there is something to look forward too each day. I wished to to pause, slow down or replay those “Sun” moments but we can’t. All we can do is preserve them in our memories. thanks for the generous and beautiful comment.

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    • Thank you. I wish to preserve this images too and hang on to them for as long as I can. I can take photos or write about them but the best one is when the actual moment is happening. I’m lucky to have witnessed it with the people I care about.

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  37. These photos are absolutely beautiful. I love the angle and the lighting of the photos as well. Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us

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    • Thank you for the compliments. The actual event was mesmerizing. It’s amazing how we can easily miss glorious moments like this when it’s there are everday. I’m glad you enjoyed the Sunrise post. We’re all here to share stories that inspires… have a great weekday.

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  38. suitablefish says:

    I remember sunrises at the beach with my grandfather surfcasting, and one particular sunrise with my father when he took me fishing early before sunrise. We were perched on rocks next to a lighthouse when the sun began to rise. We sat quiet together, bathed in first morning light, just the sound of the surf breaking on the rocks. Some of my fondest memories being with my family are days at the beach. Thanks for such a lovely story and the exceptional photographs that accompany.

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    • Thanks for sharing a sweet and tender moment with your dad. I could almost hear the surf breaking on the rocks as I was reading your post. You had a lot of wonderful memories with your family and that’s really beautiful. The beach for me also holds a lot of fun memories with my old folks and my sisters as well as with my wife and son. It helps me appreciate how lucky I am to be alive and be surrounded by people that I love. Best wishes to you , and may you share a lot of future Sunrise with your family.

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  39. Cheryl says:

    I’ve been to the shore at Galveston … a few years ago with my husband. We didn’t get to see sunrise, unfortunately. Your images and story have added layers to that old memory. Thanx.

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    • One day, I hope you and your husband will have the chance to see the beautiful Sunrise in Galveston. There’s always tomorrow. I’m sure you had other great memories though. The beach itself, the walks with hands held together, the reading of a favorite book, all of these brings out a cool, lasting memory. Thanks for the comments.

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  40. What a wonderful experience- the pictures of the rising sun are great, too. I think of your site as a ‘life diary’ of significant moments. It’s one of my favorites!

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    • Thank you. Reading comments like that means a lot to me. It is sort of a ” Life Diary” that celebrates life and family. Two things I treasure the most. When I read back my post, all the more I feel grateful for the blessings I get every single day. I wish you and your family all the love and happiness…and many Sunrise ahead.

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  41. Just wanted you to know that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Go to my blog for more information. http://lifeisabowlofkibble.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/look-what-i-got-last-night/. I wish you luck on this. I tripled my viewings in one night after I got this.

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    • Thank you for the award. It’s my honor to have it. I promise to make a post about them soon. Now there’s more reason for me to share with the world the cool bloggers I met along my blog’s journey. Have a blessed day my friend.

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  42. jakesprinter says:

    Nice blog and and a wonderful photo collection too:)

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  43. As always, your post is as beautiful as the “sunrise” itself. You really do have a way with words “IT.” They embrace life’s more tender moments. I love sunrises and sunsets too. I just happen to be more of a night person, so I see many more sunsets than sunrises. Fortunately, I live near the beach, so I make time to enjoy it often. There is nothing more special than sharing the many natural wonders with our loved ones. Your photos capture all of those touching moments beautifully. Also, it sounds like you just might have a future surfer in the family! More memories to be made ahead! Anyway, I know that your wife must have really enjoyed her birthday at the beach. Those wonderful moments turn into precious memories. Best wishes to you and your family. :)

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    • “There is nothing more special than sharing the many natural wonders with our loved ones. ” Well said my friend. This Summer my family had a great time discovering nature and its just a sheer blessing to celebrate each moment with the people we care about. Memories becomes more meaningful when we spend them with the people we cherish the most. If you don’t mind, I would like to share a part of your post titled ” Inspired By The Autumn Moon, ” which to me sums up why I continue to blog each day.
      From Words With Purpose recent post…
      As much as I enjoy writing what I am passionate about; I also love reading other bloggers’ posts. Other bloggers can inspire us, enlighten us, take us on exciting journeys, make us laugh, or even make us cry. Most of all, they are like a distant friend. Yet, the distance doesn’t weaken the blogging bond that we all share together. And as “The Island Traveler” so eloquently wrote on his blog, “It’s not about numbers, but it’s building meaningful connections.” – Wordswithpurpose
      – Thank you. God bless you and your family always.

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  44. It’s been a while since I saw or witness a sunrise, but everyday I always see the beautiful sunset from our window coupled with the beautiful colours heralding twilight.

    With this post, I’m inspired to wake up early and witness a sunrise and a brand new day :)

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    • “With this post, I’m inspired to wake up early and witness a sunrise and a brand new day .” Beautiful words my friend. All of us should strive to appreciate the Sunrise, Sunset, the change of Seasons, the coming of rain, etc. We don’t want to grow old one day and miss all this magic in nature. have a great weekend.

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  45. thedailydish says:

    Wishing your wife a wonderful new year of life with her beloved family. You’ve inspired me to get out and watch the sunrise — this weekend!

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    • Update me of your Sunrise, may be a post about it. I believe your place has one of the most beautiful color change for Autumn. Hope you’ll share it with us. Please, please, please! Thank you for wishing my wife a wonderful new year of life. Just so sweet and thoughtful. She would loved to hear that. I wish you all the peace , love and happiness. have a memorable weekend my friend. congrats again.

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  46. a sunrise to remember !

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  47. Your photography and writing are always so beautiful.

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  50. Sony Fugaban says:

    Just a test whether this will be sent to you or not. I’ve been sending comments to you and Donna almost three weeks now and I still can’t see them on your posts.

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