“…this way of living, this focus on the present, the daily, the tangible, this intense concentration not on the news headlines but on the flowers growing in your own garden, the children growing in your own home, this way of living has the potential to open up the heavens, to yield a glittering handful of diamonds where a second ago there was coal. This way of living and noticing and building and crafting can crack through the movie sets and soundtracks that keep us waiting for our own life stories to begin, and set us free to observe the lives we have been creating all along without ever realizing it. (~Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines)
Our weekend began top down.
We watched sunsets.
We drank good coffee and read in the Japanese Garden.
We sat by the ocean reading, talking, laughing, crying (well, at least I was crying).
We watched this little guy frolic and run.
Our Inn and our ride. Bri traded cars with our friend, Tim, and we spent the whole weekend top down and doors off driving all over the island. It was a wonderful step back in time for us.
We walked down to our honeymoon spot and reminisced.
We were together.
The view from our table. Then we looked at the menu, saw nothing that made me say, “I’m hungry for that,” and promptly left, because we wanted to enjoy our food, not just settle. Kind of how I’d like to think about the ins and outs of every day life.
Enjoy it. Don’t settle. Live it.
And we wound up with this view, and scrumptious food.
Heading home. Sunburned and happy.
And we came home to this:
Our life is so very full of glittering diamonds.