a beautiful summer weekend

July 9, 2018

Happy Monday friends! I hope you are having a wonderful start to this new week! This past weekend turned into one of the most beautiful summer weekends of the summer! 
On Saturday I had the most wonderful special brunch, then caught up with some dear friends who are such an encouragement, and did a short hike. There is something about spending time about these tall trees that just makes you feel small and inspired at the same time. 
Saturday, while hiking, I finalized the last few details of our Alaska trip plans. There had been some debate (okay a LOT) internally about some places that I wanted to see desperately, but as wisdom was given it became quickly obvious that it would be impossible to hit everything. The hard part was that everything looks amazing so it is hard to give anything up. I am though excited about the final decisions and am so excited about the trip that is coming up! And I have already started an itinerary  of dream places to visit for a future trip back. hahaha! 
Some of my favorite times of the summer are spent on this porch... talking with loved ones, catching up with friends, and enjoying the beauty. The evening white lights make it even more cozy in the woods. *smiles*
Yesterday (Sunday) was a fun filled day on the water! It was a perfect water and boat day and was so much fun! I took the boat over to meet up with friends and we had a great time spending the day on the lake! 
These ladies are seriously so amazing. While I would never choose to have gotten sick or have Lyme Disease or have had to walk the painful road to get to this point... there are these amazingly unexpected blessings of illness that show up if you look for them and these three ladies are definitely some of them. I don't know if we would have connected if not for Lyme. I love how our conversations travel from dealing with this journey to life, dreams, and the future. We had such a great time laughing and spending the day on the water.
I can't believe that we are already into the second week of July of this summer. This summer seems to be flying so quickly. I want to grab onto the moments and just hold time still in some ways, and yet it continues to march forward and with that I know will come new adventures and joys. 

Happy Monday friends! I hope that you have a wonderful beginning to your new week! 

for details on shopping the post:
Moon Guide Book (Anchorage & Denali)// Moon Guide Book Alaska // Fodors Travel Alaska // Rand McNally Alaska Road Map // White Porch Lights // Tory Burch Sandals (Poppy Orange) // Earrings (originally from Target in 2014, very similar HERE!)  // Black & White Polka Dot Headband, very similar HERE // similar porch chairs HERE

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