a long sunday walk...

posted on: 11.21.2012

Before Thanksgiving.

The boys and I woke up Sunday morning and decided to start the cloudy day with a sandy walk on the beach.  

We probably should have been moving a turkey from the freezer to the fridge, to allow for proper thawing time, or searching through hand me down recipe cards for that green bean casserole recipe, you know THE one.  I can hold onto a good recipe card with religious like devotion and will search for it with just as much fervor as my rosary toting grandmother did the prayer cards she'd tuck into her purse  after mass and then handout to the grand kids like other, slightly more "normal" grandmothers, would sweet candy.  But we weren't.  

We weren't doing any of the things we should have and somehow were doing just what we needed.  We were out walking.  Together. 

We were a completely pointless motley crew with no thought towards setting a course; no concern for where we'd end up, just somehow grateful for the going.  We must have looked a ridiculous bunch turning this way and that to avoid the high, and steadily, rising tide, until one boy, with sweet surrender smeared across his salty face, was in the water and then two. 

 Charlie and I sat for a stolen moment to wonder about this life of ours and just how it was we were so lucky when the cards were dealt this go round.  We wondered too, like silly parents often will, whether anyone thought to bring a towel and, also, who locked the car and how will we ever get all of that sand out of Sean's shorts.  But mostly we listened to the giggles of two little boys rise in chorus with the surf and agreed that we are pretty darn lucky.

It was beautiful.  And short.  And so very much the perfect way to start the week, that one Sunday before Thanksgiving.

live sweet, 


Join me if you please for a sweet link up with friends.


  1. Beautiful words. Spending time with family is the best thing to be thankful for! I wish I could wake up in the morning and head to the beach on a whim.

  2. hey nicole! thanks so much for inviting me to join ur sweet mingle!! I'm now joining :) sorry for my late reply iv been so busyy .

  3. Your pictures are too cute! Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!

  4. Lovely photos ^^ Spending time with the loved ones is the best! xx

  5. yes..you are blessed!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Beautiful, as always...life can really be sweet- and wishing you just that this Thanksgiving. OXO Deirdre

  7. Aww so lovely photos :) I want to visit beach but it's really cold here :) Happy Thanksgiving :)


  8. This is just a wonderful post. The pictures are great. I think my most cherished moments are the ones that were not planned. I'm a go by the seat of you pants kind of girl.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  9. little adventures without a planned course are the best. you always have the most beautiful writing. may you continue to be blessed.

  10. We just did the same thing on Sunday. I had my plans to do something and my husband decided it was a go-by-the-seat-of-our-pants day. We had way more fun doing his thing. Something doing absolutely nothing is exactly the something that we need to do. Thank you for bringing your beauty to life with your words.


  11. Sounds like you had a lovely time, I think you choose the right option the turkey could wait. Taking time out with your family, is something we wish we could all do just that bit more often. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.

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