Each morning I wake to see the amazing beauty of this place. Today Russ and I scooted a love seat in front of a large window and sat sipping coffee, reading, and just being together. There isn’t much that I enjoy more than that.
Sunday, when we took Dimples to camp, we drove north up Whidbey Island enjoying the scenery as we traveled. At the north end of the island we crossed stunning Deception Pass. There wasn’t time to stop on our way to camp, but on the return trip we went into the state park and enjoyed one of the beaches while having a snack.
I was tired and wanted to get back to the house, unload all of our gear from the weekend and the massive quantity of food we had purchased at Costco, but Russ encouraged me to lighten up and enjoy the moment. I wasn’t in the mood for fun, but after a chocolate chip cookie and some fresh air, I agreed that the stop was a good idea. The kids ran on the beach and climbed rocks while I took lots of pictures.
I finished reading One Thousand Gifts today; a gift from my dear friend, Kathleen, that I savored slowly each morning after reading my Bible. I hesitate to start my own list of 1,000 gifts of thanks, but if there were ever a moment to begin, I believe it is today.
#1 – 10
Returning to a place I have loved as long as I can remember
Quiet moments with Russ
Children playing on the beach
Sand, then water, then mountains
Friends who share my days, my life
Moon shining on water
One daughter taking another to the doctor
Sweet Pea’s friend – a missionary child from China now a doctor
Ear drops and eye drops to aid recovery
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