July 29, 2022
The nature of a blog post from Born Again in Blue Water is changing beginning with this one. As we have chosen to leave the social media circus behind, this will become the vehicle for more frequent, day to day updates, rather than the rambling pontifications that have previously appeared here. I won't make any promises, but we'll try to post weekly.
We've been fairly busy since our last update:
Amy has finished up her time at Home Depot and has been helping a new friend, Sherry, to organize her vessel. Derek and Sherry are new to the boat life and Amy has been able to share some pointers on how to manage the limited space on a sailboat. There seems to be such a large number of people taking to the cruising life these days, that at times we feel like veterans to it, even though we've only been living aboard for two years now.
Amy also had an opportunity to help a neighbor whose dinghy had died half way to his boat. It was a small act of kindness that most anyone in the harbor would have done given the opportunity, but he was so thankful, he bought us a large fruit basket.
I have been helping my friend Joe re-wire his boat trailer and a few other small projects he needed a hand with, and have begun learning how to harvest a bounty from the sea. Not having that ability or the necessary equipment was one thing we really regretted on our last trip to the Bahamas.
Last week, I tried my hand at using my new pole spear, and managed to come up with two Mangrove Snapper for dinner that night, and the last two days I have been out with Joe and some of his other friends taking part in mini-season lobstering. It was a mixed bag of great fun, extremely hard work, meeting new people, lessons in patience, and of course, was capped off with a lobster dinner for all involved. We caught 20 or so lobster, 10 of which were big enough to keep. A less than stellar catch according to those who've done it many times, but it was overall a great experience from my viewpoint.
So as you can see, God continues to provide abundantly for our physical needs as well as opportunities to shine His light to those in the cruising community and beyond. He is also helping me through the difficulty of adjusting to a world where my mom no longer exists. And while we're on that subject, if you are a praying person, would you please lift my dad up in prayer. He is feeling quite lost without her.
If the forecast doesn't change over the next few days, our next update will be sent from the Bahamas. Our tentative plan is to depart Marathon this coming Tuesday, which will put us in Great Harbour Cay Marina in the Berry Islands some time Thursday. Prayers for a safe passage appreciated.
In closing, we love hearing from you! Please feel free to email, text, call, or Marco Polo any time.
Fair winds and following seas, and may God bless you all.