Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ringing Out The Old on Hvar

Last night some visitors arrived here on Hvar. Can you see who came to visit??

Our Patty family from Slovenia!

They drove down from Ljubljana to spend New Year's Eve and Day with us here in Croatia!

We headed down to this familiar beach this afternoon for a very particular purpose.

Like us, the Josh Patty family has camped in this beautiful place numerous times, so they know and love the beach well like we do!

But as I said, we were down here for a particular reason.

These four people had a goal in mind on this last day of the year.

Together, they took a swim in the ocean as the sun set on 2016!

After Claire and Dave swam the other day, they could hardly wait to go back and do it again.

My college age niece, Becca, and 10 year old nephew, Luke, were happy to join them in their last day of the year swim!

I am positively amazed at how long they stayed in the water. They said that after the initial shock of cold, their bodies adjusted and that it actually felt really good. Another year I'm going to have to try this out for myself!

But for this time, it was fun to be the ones on the beach documenting this amazing feat, and enjoying time with the other members of the family.

But seriously, these four definitely get the "Brave" award for their plunge in the sea!

How fun to share this last day of the year with our family!

As the sun set, we headed back to the house for our last few hours of 2016, excited to ring in 2017 with an hour in the JV Prayer Room at midnight, the first ever hour of its opening!

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