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Dawn came early and cool today. It doesn’t feel like June at all, but I suppose it just gives a little refreshing variety to life here in Virginia Beach.
Dear Norfolk Botanical Garden,
Thank you for lending us a shady spot of grass for our Sunday afternoon picnic. You couldn’t have been more hospitable.
Dear Little Nephew,
I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to the moment you join the world tomorrow. You are precious and loved, little one.
I cherished having a whole day with you yesterday… I wish those weren’t so few and far between. I know this is a stage of life that we are going through–one that includes a lot of long hours and little rest. But thanks for giving me priority on Sunday as we rest and spend time with each other and with our Lord.
Husband and I know without a doubt that we are called to offer our hospitality to our friends and family, especially those in need of respite. We were so honored to be able to offer you a little peace and serenity, even if the weekend was all too brief. We truly hope you will come back again when you need a little more refreshing.
I greet you with a deep breath and a long sigh. Life’s rhythms are keeping me going these days, and you are part of that. While Monday mornings will likely never be my favorite, I’m determined to welcome you into my life and make the best of it.
The fact that we haven’t seen each other for nearly three years didn’t seem to matter a bit once I picked you up at the airport. A weekend full of deep soul-searching conversations and lots of laughter was utterly refreshing. It’s part of the rhythm too, I think, these once-every-few-years visits. Still, the time went by far too quickly and I was loathe to say goodbye. Next time, let’s not let it go quite so long. I need friends like you in my everyday life.
Sand, surf, waves, wind, sun…you offer everything dear to my heart. Two days in a row of beaching it was just what I needed this weekend, so thanks for always being there, even when I ignore you too often. I promise I will try to do better this summer…
I’m terribly sorry for the neglect. I do love you. But sometimes sandy beach towels strewn over chairs and kicked-off flip-flops on the kitchen floor happen. And sometimes, that’s a good thing.
Dear Little Sports Car,
This may be our final week together…I plan to cherish it.
It’s an “All I Ask of You” kind of day…at least, when that song popped up on Pandora, I was quick to turn up the music and lose myself in the drama for a bit. As Monday mornings go, you could be a lot worse.
Rain, rain go away…come again another day (or don’t). I get that you’re very helpful for the garden…but seriously, these daily thunder storms are getting to be a bit much, don’t you think? And the water spout Friday night? A little dramatic if you ask me.
Dear Weekend Adventures,
Thanks. You were awesome. Even if the boat battery did die half way through the evening… Makes for a better memory =).
I can’t say that I was looking forward to your arrival, but with the new leather bag Husband bought me to carry all my work “stuff” in, I am pleasantly surprised by my delight in packing my things to leave for work this morning. Amazing how an over-sized handbag can turn a day around.
Oh, what a wonderful ride we had! Let’s hope it stops raining sometime soon so we can do it again…
Thank you for holding off on Saturday so I could line dry my laundry, and thank you for arriving on Sunday. There’s really nothing like rainy day to make you stop all the craziness and just enjoy. Even if we did get seriously wet running in and out of stores yesterday. But at the same time, I’m not sure I really love the weather report…another week of you might be more than I can handle.
Thanks for Sunday. I know that I have to share you with the rest of the world Monday through Saturday, but I’m so glad that we set aside Sunday for us.
How swiftly you appear! Be gentle with me today, despite the joys of the weekend, life has a way of running me down.
Dear Oak Grove Lake Park,
Thank you for existing. I forget how much Ginger and I miss you when we neglect our walks. You were a delightful distraction on a lovely Sunday afternoon.
Thank you to all of you who spent precious moments and hours with us this weekend, new friends and now-better friends. I forget how much fulfillment friends bring to life. When I get so wrapped up in day-to-day life, activities, errands, and to-do lists, it escapes me how much we need community. But this weekend, several of you gave me a taste of what I have been missing lately. So thank you, for reminding me of the beauty of interpersonal interactions–the joy of just being in community with one another.
I truly hope you are having fun on your boys-only surf trip. But I think I’m ready for you to come home. Ginger is too.
Wasn’t the weekend lovely? Time spent sipping tea on the porch swing in the early morning hours. Waking to the lovely scent of honeysuckle wafting in through the open windows. Hard work put into the garden and flower beds to bring about beauty and simple joy.
After a three day weekend of wonderful memory-making goodness, I find that I don’t dislike you as much as I once did. And that makes me happy.
I hope you had a wonderful birthday weekend. Happy 33! When life is hectic and hard, I can see it in your eyes. For the first time in a long time, I saw you truly relax and simply enjoy the weekend. Was it everything you hoped it would be?
More importantly, was that nine-layer cake worth taking a day off work, driving three hours, and paying the bridge toll to get? =)
Dear Assateague Island,
You really haven’t changed much since I was a little kid and visited you on my summer break. Your beach is still full of shells just waiting to be discovered, and your wind still pelts my skin with tiny, painful grains of sand.
But most importantly, you still have the most adorable wild ponies I’ve ever seen.
A special thanks to Husband for sharing his birthday with me by taking me up to Assateague. And another thanks to the National Park system for offering free entrance to national parks across the country for one week in April.
You did so great on our road trip! Can’t believe you’re growing up =).
There is a lot to be done in preparation for graduation, out of town guests, and the big celebration we’re planning. So please, be kind. I’m sure I will need a little grace over the next few days.