Incredible day

Two completely different schedules often times makes it difficult to see one another for more than a few hours every day. Hours that are usually had through sleepy conversations at the end of the day.

Oh, the life of a journalist and a cook. . .

I find myself missing him through the week even though we live in the same house. I find myself wishing he was right next to me on my days off, especially on those days when the family gathers and everyone is joined by their significant others.  Although those feelings surface I push them aside knowing that we are both working towards the same goal. Knowing that he wishes he was next to me instead of working countless hours.

As we near our anniversary of six years, I find myself thinking about us as a couple more than usual. Jason has made me believe there are soul mates. He has opened up my heart and showed me what true love is all about. When viewing and living the world through Jason’s eyes . . . magical, simplistic adventures are always a short distance away.

Every opportunity Jason has he finds ways to make our time together special. Not a moment goes by where he isn’t trying to make me smile, laugh, or just enjoying every moment for what it’s worth.

Last week we shared a candle lit dinner together before taking a walk with our puppy. The thoughtful and romantic gesture filled my heart with so much love.

Yesterday, oh yesterday, was one of the best days we have had in a really long time. After some convincing on Jason’s part, I took the day off from work and well . . .

Our day began early, but not as early as we both hoped. His incredibly generous parents let us borrow their kayaks for a much needed day of relaxation.

Jason got us a double kayak, which we are still in the process of purchasing parts for . . . which led us to borrowing his parents.

At the last minute we decided to take Lucy, our year and half old puppy, out on the water with us. She’s been on every outdoor adventure with us since we adopted her a year ago April, so why not bring her along for our Florida adventures?

I have to admit Lucy made me extremely nervous on more than one occasion as she became more curious and courageous in the kayak. We began our trip with Lucy in my lap or directly in front of me between my legs. The further we made it down the river, Lucy decided to walk around the kayak making her way to the kayak’s edge.

After a moment of dreading Lucy falling over board, led us to putting Lucy’s leash on, which resulted in her sitting on my lap for the rest of the trip. She’s not a fan of water, so I’m not sure how she would do swimming.

All in all, Lucy did fantastic and I can’t wait to take her out on more of our adventures.

On more than one occasion I looked at Jason throughout our kayaking trip. The amount of relaxation that radiated off of him was incredible. He needed a day out in wilderness so badly. At that moment I knew taking a day off of work was beyond worth it.

I forgot how relaxing it is floating on the water under the blue Florida skies. I forgot how exciting it is to see wildlife . . . turtles – fish – birds . . . right before your very own eyes.

Yesterday was the first time we paddled in separate boats. Yes, I was super spoiled back when . . . Jason did all the paddling as I enjoyed the scenery.

I had a new appreciation for the river yesterday as I took in my surroundings, especially since I was the one directing the boat. It was incredibly challenging to paddle with a dog on my lap, but somehow we made it work. Well, after going into a few branches . . .  But, let me tell you how incredibly sore I am today from that workout yesterday. Wow, I ache in places I didn’t know I used.

Our adventure yesterday ignited a new excitement inside. I cannot wait to take our kayak out on the water. The adventures we can have are endless. I’m already planning sunrise, sunset and everything in between kayak trips!

The day only improved once we got home and continued to enjoy each other’s company. It felt incredible to have this man by my side all day long . . . just him and I together.

I will never be able to put into words how lucky and fortunate I am to have him in my life. It’s crazy how much more I fall in love with Jason each and every day. Our bond, our relationship is like nothing I have ever experienced. He is my world, my everything.

Lost in my own thoughts

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Today I went exploring the Kingsport Greenbelt once again – this time in the other direction.

I had to lace up my shoes and hit the pavement, so I could get lost in my own thoughts while taking in the scenery and sounds.

It seems that feeling of being homesick hits me extra hard on the weekends. Yesterday especially, my emotions got the best of me. When I wasn’t working, the weekends were always spent with my mom when I lived in Fort Myers because I only lived miles away from my parents house.

So what occurred today …

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I was brought back to my childhood, which made me instantly think of my mom. The deep quacks first got my attention as I was walking down the path, a sound that took me back to the farm in Illinois when I was a young girl. My mom had a pet duck that looked exactly like this, Matilda. That duck used to talk to us all the time, that same deep quack.

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I love how everything around me today reminded me of mom … it made me feel like she was right there with me.

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This must be why I find myself at the Kingsport Greenbelt on the weekends … to make me feel closer to her.

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The path was again breathtaking, but not as covered with the huge lush trees as the other direction. The sound of the water running down the river was as clear as can be, making me thankful I left my earphones at home.

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Walking down this path cleared my head and erased some of the homesick feelings I was experiencing yesterday. Nature is the perfect therapy.

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No matter what part of Tennessee I am exploring, there is always a spot that grabs my attention and makes me stop dead in my tracks. Today it was the sound of the water and the beautiful view of this particular place. As the bikes, runners and walkers made their way past, I was still glued to this spot. My jumbled thoughts instantly became clear … my mind was free again.

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What a beautiful way to become centered again.

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Now as I sit on my porch recalling my journey from today a smile spreads across my face once again. Although I still miss my family, the emotion isn’t as extreme anymore.

What a great afternoon.

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