We spent our Thanksgiving at the beach again this year, and it was a much-needed get away! D and I always feel rejuvenated after time by the sea, in our favorite spot, and near our baby girl. We got to soak up beautiful pink sunsets like this one, and as tears still filled our eyes missing her so deeply, we felt a little bit more peaceful this year with baby W in our arms.
D and I snuck away for a coffee date, lunch date, and a few walks on the beach. We sat by the water with William, watched him sit up on his own for the first time, enjoyed watching my grandmother (91) love on him, and lots of family snuggles! We had our hard moments missing Mary Anna and knowing now what a Thanksgiving looks like with a baby made this year better and worse all at the same time.
As we finished our meal on Thursday, Dan had such an insightful point as the “black Friday” emails began. He said: What is wrong with us that as soon as we spend all day saying how “thankful” that we are, we immediately start planning to go buy more things that we don’t need. I just think black Friday is a terrible idea. Spot on D.
Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
I pondered a lot this trip about our traditions that I want to start with William. As we have gotten settled back in and started preparing our hearts during this Advent season, I want W to remember our holidays full of time together, love, laughter, and good food, not that he got a new pair of shoes for 70% off. May we take this season and refocus back on what is important with those we love and those we have lost.
Keep Walking. Together.