This was such a funny summer for us. Well, not really funny at all. Kind of worrisome, definitely disappointing, and a little bit crummy if I'm being honest with myself and you both. There is so much to be grateful for, of course - and we are, I assure you - but at the same time, we were all missing 'summer' in the way we know and love it to be. With good health returning to us all (or heading in that direction, anyway), we set out last week in search of a little bit of that summer magic we love so very much. After several days of work and play at our favorite fair, and with the farm in good and capable hands, we headed deep into the woods. We landed ourselves in one of my favorite places on earth - my family's land DownEast - where we spent our days together with another family - new friends for all, with child peace and companionship that was nothing short of miraculous. New friends instantly made old and good friends. While the children disappeared to (quite literally) frolic through the mossy woods, the adults (and babies) relaxed into the glory of late summer sunshine, quiet and conversation. Just as magic was the weather which found us 'living summer' fully in the boats, woods, and (albeit, very very cold) water of the lake. For a few incredibly special days, we received the gift of summer with wide open arms and hearts. No matter the calendar.
And now, with summer tucked deep in our souls...we all take a deep exhale, turn the calendar page and embrace - with wide open hearts and arms - the beauty of October.