13. Snorkel with an underwater camera (video – and an added bonus)

I feel like I’ve been blowing through my 31 Things list. I haven’t really, but I have been working through it at a steady pace.

But #13? Oh yeah baby. Simply. Amazing.

We swam with #Jesus! Apparently that walking on water trick didn't work out so well for him here.  Can't wait to share all the video we took. @justinplayswithballs even swam with a school of fish. #epic #bucketlist #thebigchill13 #keylargo #pennekamp #chr

One of my favorite pics of the day. It's the simple things after all. #bubbles #underwater #snorkeling #mamaocean #ocean #water #blue #turquoise

Captain Zeb. #boat #ocean #diving #snorkeling

We couldn't go out with the entire crew! @heathermattern @calebabc  You guys were totes there! #thebigchill13 @caylaanngirl @bluesparklejoy @Isaiahchasingdanger

I can’t describe what it’s like to be doing things I never saw myself doing. It’s like trying to picture yourself as breaking mach speed…just not really on your radar until one day it is and you can’t believe you’re making it happen.

We went out in Key Largo, rented a boat from John Pennekamp State Park, and dove in with friends. Zeb didn’t stay for long – cold and wet and over-his-head are not really his thing.

It! Was! Amazing!

The reef was gorgeous and the fish spectacular, but what took me by surprise by the Christ of the Abyss statue. Many, many jokes were had at old Jesus’ expense, but to see it was still pretty wicked cool – way more wicked cool than you would assume.

I didn’t know how I would do snorkeling. My HSP nature makes a lot of things challenging, like cold water and strong currents that cause a sense of panic to seep in. My back and joints make it easy to hurt myself. Plus I’m just the right size to not be able to float but not be able to dive down easily either (I tend to hang just below the water – safe!).

But there comes a point in self-awareness when you can acknowledge these things about yourself and also acknowledge where you can ask for support. It’s a surprisingly sweet and wonderful point.

Enter Justin. Strong swimmer. Scuba certified. Tenderly compassionate when he understands what I need.

This man.  @justinplayswithballs

And he pretty much made me fall in love with him all over. He held my hand when the current was too overwhelming, grounding me with his presence. He pulled me through the water so I didn’t have to swim, so we could spend more time in the water before my body had had enough. He was by my side, pointing things out, making sure it was WE that had fun. He even helped me find a wetsuit a few weeks before so I wouldn’t freeze (as much).

It took us many years to get to the place of my being okay to ask for support and his giving it in the most amazing way (aware of my limits, not pushy too much and not letting me quit too soon). I’ve gone through periods of just sitting out, periods of wanting to join and wanting help but wanting him to anticipate my needs, periods of refusing all support and fighting with the reality of what is my body and its limitations.

It was kind of a wakeup call when I realized just how blessed I am to have a man who is so tender, so gentle, so eager to give. (So sexy doesn’t hurt either.)

It’s been a lesson in love – self-love but also love for him – to lean on him more.

So not only was #13 on my 31 Things list a totally amazing experience. It was a deep reminder of who this amazing man is.

 him. I would've drown out the today. Instead I had a blast. Every time I asked him to help he was there to make sure we both had fun.  @justinplayswithballs #ocean #diving #snorkeling #keylargo

Oh! And we took video! Cuz that was kinda the whole point of #13 – to capture some fun stuff. ♥

And An Added Bonus

This one may not have been on my list, but when Zeb and I got here and saw the parasailing we made a pinky-swear with one another to make it happen before we left the Keys.

And today, just him and me, we made it happen.

Best Mother-Son date ever.

Getting ready for parasailing!

This totally happened! #parasailing #keylargo #ocean #zeb

Capturing this was the best part. #zeb #parasailing #keylargo #ocean #smile #joy #fun

So much fun! I wanted to never come down. #parasailing #keylargo #zeb #laugh #smile #joy #flying

 him. #zeb #parasailing #keylargo

#Rainbow in the #sky. #colorful #keylargo #parasailing #sun

It’s late January and I hope your New Years dreams and lists are still going strong. ♥

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