Monday, October 20, 2014

Post Hurricane Ana - And Healing

Glad that crazy storm is getting behind us!  What a wild weekend.  I don't know why the crazy heat and high humidity surprised me, but it did! The ocean was angry and the winds were fierce.  Mostly in the night-time hours.  They advised everyone to stay off the roads if at all possible so we enjoyed a quiet Sunday at the hotel.  Neither of us can remember a day when we did so much nothingness!  Reading, quiet stitching, listening to talks and beautiful music.  It was pretty sweet.

This morning after a restless night of sleep and waking far too early for vacation standards, we witnessed a pretty spectacular sunrise.



Today is Monday, the 20th of October.  
A very hard day for our family, and many of Davis' close friends.  
We mark the one year anniversary of losing our Davis.


As difficult as this year has been for all of us, we really feel blessed, loved and cared for.
Countless acts of love and kindness have been done and encouraging words spoken by so many.



We know we can't thank you enough for this strength
but it is our hope to pass this love on to others 
as we travel our individual paths towards healing 
and living life to the best of our abilities.  


(Saturday evening at sunset)

There have been many days that have certainly felt like a hurricane.  
The pounding of the surf and the constant churning of our sadness and grief.  


(This morning opposite direction of the sunrise)

But we have also felt the strength and the hope in the light and beauty around us.  
Thankful every day for new beginning 
and the hope that we have 
knowing that we will be with him again one day 
and will have so much to share and catch up on. 



We have learned to live with more purpose and love.  
We continue to feel his presence in sweet ways.  
We are thankful for the days and memories we have had with him 
and pray for his well being, progress and peace for him and us. 


And I will wish every day for a glimpse of him - just to see how he is doing and who he is with.  
I know that is not a likely event and am coming to the understanding that this glimpse of him and his love will be found all around me as I remember his heart of gold and quiet ambitions and dreams. 
His talents of music, athletic ability and love for nature.
His need to always be on the lookout for those who needed a leg up.
His strong hands and quick mind.
And that laugh of his and the twinkle in his eye.


I love you, Davis.  Thank you for what you have taught and continue to teach me.





Sunday, October 12, 2014

Our Iowa Family

Early October was the perfect time for a quick trip
 to visit Brady and Danielle and their adorable children! 





The simple life and wide open spaces


corn fields and farms surround you


We found Iowa to be so charming!! 





And we squeezed every minute out of our short trip! 


Professor Brady is now a Hawkeye.  The campus is beautiful!!


They have a fantastic recreation and fitness center, quaint little restaurants and shops!
Iowa City is pretty darn hip!!


Dani took us to a charming little bakery in this cute home.  Oh my, the pie and goodies!



Isn't it just glorious??


A special treat was visiting Liam's school!


  Visiting a Farmer's Market anywhere we travel is always on our list and this one didn't disappoint!


And these caramel doughnuts…  I can't even begin to describe the delight they were!!



Smiles all around!



When I perfect this caramel donut recipe, we can all have a twinkle in our eye like Mark!


Dani loves fresh flowers in her home all year round.



Elsie pointed out all the mile high pies!


We found the cutest little knit hats for kids


Velvet Pumpkin making time!  These two were great little stitchers.

Personality Plus = Alayna


This little cherub is a shining gem!

A leather scrap bag from the farmer's market gave papa and the kids hours of fun!

those bright eyes!!!


These two had a night out with free baby sitters…wahooo!

And we had a delightful evening taking a deluge of 
family photos and fun:


































See you all in December xo