25 November 2015



happy thanksgiving eve! i’ve been trying to hone in this week especially on the deep gratitude i feel for so, so, so many blessings and joys in my life. as i’ve considered the things i am very most thankful for, i’ve realized that the core of my gratitude is most certainly about relationships. truly, the best part about life is people, and the immensely beautiful and sweet and unique and wonderful bonds that we form spirit-to-spirit.


and so today i went through some wedding photos, looking at the faces of those humans i love most – and i was brim, brim, brim with acute gratitude.

i am so thankful for each member of my family. look at these faces! {missing a few here – there are indeed eight more shining faces that i feel so much gratitude for.}693_0232
and i’m so thankful for each member of the second family that the boy gave me. i love these people so very much.
i am so thankful for my incredible parents, and the incredible parents of my true love. i can’t even wrap my head around the magnitude of the gratitude i feel for these each of them – their sacrifice, support, examples.
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i’m so thankful for my siblings, each of whom i unabashedly and completely adore.
and for siblings-in-law, who gift me with generous love and care and new perspectives and stellar examples of true goodness.
i’m so thankful for all these women. how insanely lucky am i to have this sisterhood?!
and man oh man, i am sure so thankful for these little people, who bring so much simple joy to my life. nieces and nephews have been my obsession since i was eleven years old, and now i have thirty five! they are each such a gift to me. {missing a few in these photos!}
i’m so thankful for dear, dear friends. our celebratory dinner the evening of our wedding was filled with our closest, very most beloved friends. and i’ve never been quite so overwhelmed with love and gratitude than on that october night when i had a clear view of almost every person on this planet i am most thankful for.
i’m so thankful for the friendship of these women. when i look at these photos of me with my bridesmaids, i am flooded with tender memories from different stages of life with these true, true friends.
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and, of course, most of all among human relationships, i am so thankful for the boy. pretty much every single night, as i thank god for my ian, i am choked up by the intense gratitude i feel for him, for our love, for our marriage that is refining and a profound joy. i truly cannot believe how much i love ian wright, and how overwhelmingly thankful i am for him.
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indeed, i am outrageously blessed with good people and good relationships. this thanksgiving, and hopefully more and more every single day of the year, i give hearty thanks.

{wedding photography by lindsey stewart of green apple photography – click to see more from our wedding}

23 November 2015

lately in london



this week, winter came to london.

on my saturday morning run, as i jogged over the cobblestoned streets around covent garden piazza, a huge smile stretched across my face. i was happy because i was cold. there was a wintery biting chill in the air around the christmas decorations, and i was glad to feel it on my face and in my bones. i’ve missed having a real winter during my years in california. the crispness, the shivery sting – i love it. {i know, i will probably have a different attitude by late january…}

the past few weeks have been a real change of pace for us. more slowness and less activity outside of routine life has been really good in a lot of ways, and also challenging in other ways. the boy has been working long hours and i am honing my ability to be alone but not lonely. i am seeking to appreciate the ordinary and the extraordinary, develop my gratitude, become better at using my time wisely, and relish being alive in my own present. i’m so glad we get to be learning and living this chapter of our story in this amazing, amazing city.


today i’m sharing some photos from two very classic london outings i’ve taken lately. i seriously, seriously love living here.

one: watching the changing of the guards at buckingham palace.
we live about a seven minute walk away from the queen’s residence, and i decided one day that i might as well go watch the changing of the guards some late afternoon. {the last time i saw this spectacle, i was maybe eleven or twelve, and it’s just such a classic london thing…!} i met a few new friends at the front gates. even though it was a grey november weekday, it was pretty outrageously crowded. this picture pretty much sums up the experience:IMG_8716
a sea of humans, cameras and selfie sticks cramming in for a good photo of the action! we got there pretty early in an attempt to get a good view, but a loooot of tourists had gotten there before us – haha! from our vantage point, the event was kiiiiind of slow and boring, and once it got a little more exciting when the instruments came marching in, it started raining pretty hard. it was funny.
we enjoyed nonetheless! and when the whole thing was over and the crowds just started to disperse, a rainbow appeared in the sky!
and everything above turned blue. london weather…so variable!
^^ from the walk home. my new friends came back to covent garden with me and i introduced them to homeslice pizza in neal’s yeard, which is undoubtedly my favourite food find in london thus far. ^^

two: saturday afternoon at the portobello road market.
while the boy was working on saturday, i bundled up and perused the delightful, iconic notting hill outdoor marketplace. portobello road on a saturday is something that photographs really can’t capture. there is just this unique brand of charming there – it’s hard to describe. i sipped on some peppermint steamed milk while i strolled among the stalls selling everything from produce to antique magnifying glasses, peeking down side streets at the colourful row houses along the way. jazzy music was streaming from a corner stall selling records and cds and it was getting dusky at 3:30pm.

i really, really love london. and this monday morning on the week of thanksgiving, i am feeling full, full, full of gratitude. life is so very beautiful, and i am so glad to be alive now and here.

happy monday and thanksgiving week!

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