Tuesday, July 26, 2016

hello there, friend,

we are finally home as of yesterday afternoon. i'm so grateful for our time away and for the many things that allow for easy travel... time off in the summer, a reliable vehicle, cooperative and engaged kids, good podcasts, stops for ice cream, and the amazing views of the appalachian mountains throughout pennsylvania, virginia and west virginia.

there's a lot to do after being away for so long. the kids each have lists of things they want to do and things they need to do before starting school two weeks from today. my to-do list grows by the minute as i think about the things that have been neglected by our time away and what needs to be done in the next two weeks.

it would be easy for me to get completely overwhelmed, but as i write here and listen to my oldest play the piano, while i sip my third cup of coffee, i'm holding tight to the feeling of gratitude instead.