Thankful Thursday: A Fresh Start in Savannah

This is a Thursday series in which I pause and acknowledge something big and important or something small and insignificant that has made me thankful. It is so important and incredibly refreshing to look at the positivity around us, when we are so often surrounded by negativity.  Whew. It has been a doozy of a time in Savannah. We have often described our time here so far as a roller coaster, with really high highs and really low lows. My father-in-law (one of the best people I know) wrote this to us the other day: "Unlike the Flight of the Hippogriff, we can be the safety straps that hold you tight, safe and sound on your roller coaster..." Do I have the most amazing family or what?!

It's true that our families have held us tightly in their support and protection. We would not be where we are without them. And also, throughout this process, Donnie and I have also become even closer, being the immediate support that each other needed. This experience has been a lovely reminder of how dear our people are to us, and how dear we are to each other.

The other night, what we needed was a fresh start. We needed to celebrate new beginnings, breathe deep breaths, and soak it all in. So we drove the 30 minutes out to Tybee Island. And it did not disappoint.

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Each time the waves rolled in, and the waves rolled out, I felt a little bit of stress leave my body, and it was instantly replaced with joy. Bigger joy than I've felt in a while. I think these photos that Donnie shot (as we were quickly losing light) perfectly express how GREAT life was in those few minutes. Because in that last image, there is no denying that I was really stinkin' happy. And that's a good thing.