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Contentment: Treasuring What You Have

Contentment: Treasuring What You Have

It is Beautiful Life Friday! My how time flies! One of my “beautiful life” goals for August was to reflect on contentment. While it has been a long time since we were able to take a real vacation together, my kids and I spent a lovely day yesterday being tourists in nearby towns.

It may not have been a week long vacation, but it was wonderful just the same. We had the best day ever visiting a wildlife preserve, enjoying the beauty of Hood Canal and ending the day in Port Townsend.

On the way back to the car at the end of the day, my three kids walked hand in hand down the side walk. Well, my girls walked. My son tends to hop or leap in the air. It was a rather ordinary sort of moment, but I have to tell you —  I got completely choked up seeing them all together like that.

Contentment: Treasuring What You Have

Seizing the opportunity, I grabbed my camera and snapped this photo.  My girls will be heading off to college in a few weeks (and my oldest is married!) — these moments with all three kids just walking along having fun together are becoming more and more rare. Now I’m getting all teary again {reaches for tissue}.

It was a beautiful day, made even more special by this one moment. One moment, frozen in time — through both the image from my camera and the tender place in my heart where I have hidden the memory of this day.

Did you have any of those “freeze them in time” moments this week? Moments you found contentment in just being present and treasuring what you have?

Let’s share the beauty in what we found this week! Either leave a comment about how you found beauty or leave a link (directly to your beautiful life post!).

PS. Don’t forget to get your Fall posts ready, next week starting on September 2nd Fall Nesting Week returns!

Oh, and I am thrilled to announce the very LUCKY winner of the vintage grain sack from last week’s giveaway!

Ta dah…the winner is:

Kathy Owen!


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photos: taken in Port Townsend, WA

Beach Cottage Drive Bys

Beach Cottage Drive Bys

Beach Cottage Drive Bys

Since we are in the last couple of days of summer at our house (school starts next week), my kids and I are heading off on an outdoor adventure! I’m unplugging, digging my feet in the sand and maybe even picking berries.

Awhile back I took these photos while driving by a cute beach house in Cannon Beach, Oregon. I think it was a brand new house. I was hoping to fit in more road trips and drive bys this summer but that darn emergency surgery kind of messed up my summer plans. Such is life. I’m looking forward to a fall drive by though, I’ve already found the perfect neighborhood in Seattle to show you!

But if you want to enjoy some more end of the summer beach cottage drive bys, you can visit the way way back machine to last years beach house drive by (the one I did right after my daughter’s wedding)…there are some really cool beachy houses to drool over! It is worth checking out again!

Beach Cottage Drive Bys

Beach Cottage Drive Bys

Happy day to you all!