Just 4 more days until we get to spend another week doing what we love!
This has been the fastest turn around between two escapes that we've ever done, and there's no time to take our foot off the gas because next week we'll be surfing, hiking and exploring Sri Lanka with 20 amazing people!
Bring it on!
I never realized how important it is to create a space you can truly identify with as home, until we moved across country from NH to TX.
Upon arriving I was far too excited to notice how I really felt in our new “house” as I was just immensely grateful we finally found a place to live! (A story for another time)🙈☺️ That all said, after a few months in TX, I began experiencing a deep sense of homesickness.
I had lived in Europe for extended periods of time with no problem at all, which made me feel that much more confused. What I didn’t realize was that while I was living abroad for college and graduate school, I was always returning back to my family, friends, and all I had come to truly identify with as home...but this time it was different. ✈️
I was often frustrated and shameful for the way that I felt, as we were not only blessed by a beautiful community, we also truly believed we were exactly where God wanted us to be. In time, however, I realized that my family and all I had known in NH was such a strong place of grounding and peace, which I never realized, nor appreciated, until I moved away.
As a result, half of me felt so uprooted for the first time in my life and the house we were living in only made things harder. I honestly felt like a stranger living in someone else’s home. It was not about the aesthetics, but rather that it made us feel like we were living in a foreign land. 🏡
Once we realized how important it was to really create that special space you can identify with as home, and all we had come to understand that beautiful word to mean, we began planning for renovations!!!!
The other day we sat in our newly renovated living room and for the first time we felt that familiar feeling of home!!! In that moment I could not have been more grateful!!!!! There is still so much work to be done, but we are slowly turning this once foreign house into a sacred space of true joy and peaceful grounding for our family, which we can finally call home again. 💛🏡☺️
What are some ways you have turned a house into a place you call home? 🏡☀️💛☺️
Perfect weather for the beach 🌞🌴 at the Oregon Coast (which I've been corrected by locals here "its the coast not beach." I'll have to kick that old california habit) 😎
Exploring the sand dunes at Pacific City was perfect for the boys. Total freedom (well almost). Complete with smiles and laughter! And perfect for us...sipping our cocktails from the porch 🍸🍻 Any other Oregon beach recommendations? Or Favorites? Good for families?
The girls and I took the new @toyotausa#Avalon for a spin last weekend and had a little overnight in Friday Harbor. I’m grateful for daughters that love a last minute adventure and are still so excited to hang out with their mama! We grabbed a bite @sanjuanislandbrewing then snuggled in our b&b with cookies and Netflix. I have to say - their ages (5 & 8) are pretty dang fun...as is this car!!! Can I please keep it #Toyota??? I promise we’ll go on weekly adventures! 🙏🏻 #LetsGoPlaces#Ad
• A fisherman spotted in the half light of a majestic morning in Pangandaran. Fishery is the primary skill of the locals here since hundred years ago and most of the products were exported to Japan, Korea, and China
Navidad y Año Nuevo en Madrid, Barcelona y París con Tren de Alta Velocidad.
Diciembre 23-02 de Enero 2019
✅Boleto aéreo Miami/Madrid, Paris/Miami con impuestos incluidos.
✅Traslados Aeropuerto Hotel Aeropuerto
✅Recorrido en autocar con guía de habla hispana
✅Seguro básico de viaje
✅Desayuno tipo buffet
✅9 noches de alojamiento
✅Visita panorámica en: Madrid, Barcelona, Paris
✅Excursion: Versalles en Paris
✅Traslado nocturno: Plaza Mayor en Madrid en Madrid, Fuente Mágica de Montjuic en Barcelona en Barcelona
✅Traslado: Barrio de Montmartre en Paris
✅Entradas: Monasterio de Poblet (no incluido en los meses de invierno) en Poblet
✅Funicular: Monasterio de Montserrat en Montserrat
✅Tren alta velocidad: Barcelona- París en clase turista con traslados hasta y desde la estación en Paris
✅ CENA DE NAVIDAD Y CENA DE AÑO NUEVO
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Voila! I love how happy he is! The pumpkin 🎃 carving first step, top removal. Tudor has so much fun and even carved Aura’s little pumpkin! On a side note, what’s your favorite candy? Mine is Butterfinger. An oldie, but goodie!