Tuesday, July 5, 2016

hello there, friend,

i hardly know where to begin. i write this morning from a place of gratitude, wanting to hold on to the memories of the last three weeks. to say that this trip far exceeded my expectations wouldn't be saying enough about it. it's hard to put into words, but to have experienced another culture with my kids, to talk about what we noticed, how we felt, to see and be in places of such natural beauty... it has filled me up these last days.

often re-entry from any kind of trip or vacation is hard for me. i have expectations that aren't realistic, but this time it feels different. i feel so grateful for ordinary things, for our ordinary life... for running water that's safe to drink, for the bounty of fruits and vegetables i missed while we were away, for our home and our own beds, for the familiarity of our small town and our friends and family, for daily tasks of laundry and dishes, for the things i know i can so easily take for granted.