Tomorrow, forecast calls for Fall temps, and with it, the official goodbye to Summer. Summers linger longer here in Texas, but every season must come to a close. This Summer was especially precious, as our family took our first ever family vacation completely by ourselves.
We ventured to Orange Beach, AL, Perdido Key, FL and Gulf Shores. I made a promise – to live in front of the camera. To be photographed, but also to be in the moment. To enjoy sand in toes, long walks, hermit crabs, collecting treasures… and even getting stung by a few jellyfish. We timed our vacation at the end of season, and I couldn’t have been happier with the choice. While water and sun were still warm, the beach was vacant. It was as if we’d had a private beach all to ourselves. It was quiet and the reset we needed.
Here are some highlights.
First day. We didn’t stop to change – we went directly to the beach.
This was Day 5. Our last day.
Truly, of all the days of my life, this was the most perfect day I’ve experienced yet.
It was a treasure beyond words.
The sky, the light, the water. Everything. What my heart has always longed for in a beach vacation.
Even perfect days must come to a close. Light fades, night comes.
But there are gifts there too, if we are willing to take them for what they are.
And not wish for something else. The gift is in the moment. In the season we’re in.
Run toward the light. Always.
Good night, moon. Good night, Summer.
Until next year.