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In the past three weeks, two people close to me have lost family to suicide. Now, two young souls will never see the beauty of another sunrise, and their families will never be the same. I know how hopeless and painful your life can feel, but I know it always gets better. I also know that, at that pivotal moment, it can be impossible to see that. There is always someone who cares, someone to reach out to, even if that person is a stranger. I may be a stranger to you, but if you’re reading this, and if you ever think that you can’t go on, reach out to me. I care about you. There is so much more than the moment you are in.

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Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “When people kill themselves, they think they’re ending the pain, but all they’re doing is passing it on to those they leave behind.” — Jeannette Walls

Daily gratitudes:
Our first snow (but only because we need the moisture)
Snuggly Mr. Man
Leftover chinese food
My toasty Razorback fleece onesie
Some inner calm

 

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It may not have a sunrise like this, and even if it does, I won’t see it, but I’m ready for today to be done, so here we are. Having spent most of the weekend grappling with my fallen tree, I can honestly say that I hate this tree. And if you know me, you know I’m a tree-hugger, and have probably never said such a thing before. This tree is evil. It didn’t want to be here, and it doesn’t want to leave – worst guest ever. It slaps and cuts, it bites and bruises, it’s stubborn and pervasive. It’s a Siberian Elm that really should have just stayed in Siberia. There are logs and branches and twigs everywhere and I feel like it will take forever to make it go away. So I’m calling it a day. As my FB Friend Scott says,  the white flag is up. Tomorrow is another day.IMG_6570
Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “A sunrise shows a new day has started, that whatever happened before is the past.” — Shannon McCrimmon

Daily gratitudes:
Progress
A beautiful day
Being clean after being super dirty
The scent of hyacinths
Oversized T-shirts

A rare, but beautiful, sight for me. And through the camera’s eye, you can see the curve of the horizon.
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Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” — John Muir

Daily gratitudes:
The velvet softness of pansies
The scent and memory of daffodils
Trish
Pie and coffee at Sam’s with MKL
Finding a favorite movie on TV on a sad night

Prayers for Belgium.

As it usually is, today was better. I felt better, not so hopeless. There was sun. And then there was snow. But that’s okay.

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Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “I’m the one waking up at 4am to witness the sunrise, where the sky touches the sea, and I hold my elbows, grasping tight to whatever I’ve made of myself.” — Charlotte Eriksson

Daily gratitudes:
My random llama
Piglets running
How much Mr. Man loves chicken
Kelsea’s first spring break adventure (I wish I was with them)
A certain calm
My husband

Sending love and prayers to Kelsea’s Ultimate teammate, who lost her Mother unexpectedly this week. What impossible pain for a young woman. For any woman.

I didn’t customarily accompany the sunrise with a couple of fingers of tequila in a handblown sea green  glass tumbler, but I’m not saying it never happened on this trip. We are both still really missing the curious magic of this place.

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Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity’s sunrise.” — William Blake

Daily gratitudes:
Blooming purple vincas
Talks with Kelsea
Dropping off my taxes
Trying to play with the much disliked wind
Coatless weather

From the bed in our room, we could see the sun rise out of the ocean. The change in light woke me every morning, an awakening I was happy for, unlike the daily grind of an alarm clock, even though it was early. I would get up, slip into my white silk robe, watch the sun come up, shoot some images, and then crawl happily back in bed for another hour or two until breakfast. Every single sunrise was worth it.

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Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “One day you do meet a man who kisses you and you can’t breathe around it and you realize you don’t need air. Oxygen is trivial. Desire makes life happen. Makes it matter. Makes everything worth it. Desire is life. Hunger to see the next sunrise or sunset. To touch the one you love. To try again.” — Karen Marie Moning

Daily gratitudes:
Adults soccer players under siege by tiny soccer players
Sand
Cowboy boots
My poor baby girl with her black eye and sprained ankle
Missing MKL on days we don’t get to see each other

Our sabbatical has ended, and it was rich indeed with beauty, laughter, some tears, storms, sunshine, and the ever-present sea. How I will miss it until November.

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Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” — Rachel Carson

Daily gratitudes:
Safe home
Travels with my daughter
Snuggling with MKL
The sound of the rain
Seeing Mr. Man again

 

Sunrise at Topsail is like a glimpse of heaven.

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Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “And when we’re no longer speaking, thinking or dreaming, we will dance with the ghosts of whales that have beached themselves long ago, long ago on the Barbary Coast. ” — Jesse Huestis

Daily gratitudes:
The rain and thunder and lightning tonight
Cobalt blue
Going off sugar
Toddlers in sparkly silver shoes
That I live in a place where a man can ride a horse down the street in the middle of the day with a dog in his backpack (unfortunately he got arrested, but that’s beside the point) (and I just found out the dog was a pug named Bufford, which adds a whole other dimension of awesome.)

The sun rises over the edge of Setting Point, the horizon hidden behind some scrubby trees that edge the shoreline. Standing on the dock at Neptune’s Treasure, you can watch the day start and the light change as it gently splays across the anchorage. You can never quite be certain what a day on Anegada will bring – except for some new loveliness.

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “If you’re squeamish, don’t poke the beach rubble.”  — loosely translated from Sappho

Daily gratitudes:
That I was warm today when the rest of the world was cold
Lunch with MKL in the Tattered Cover
Visiting with my niece
My new Wodehouse book! (Thank you, love)
Cuties

Photo title: Neptune’s Sunrise

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Intense love does not measure, it just gives.”  —  Mother Teresa

Daily gratitudes:
The smell of juniper bushes
Pedicab drivers racing each other down a Denver street (with terrified passengers)
Thunder and lightning
The Madison Blanket
A new project at work

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