Dear Summer of 2013...

As the summer comes to a close, it's natural to feel a little sad that the days of lazy reading in the sun are coming to an end.  Since Corey and I met in the summer and initially planned to gracefully part ways in the fall, the end of August always fills me with a nostalgic bittersweet feeling.  I can still remember those late summer evenings, drinking beer and listening to music in the backyard of my rental house and promising to try to stay in touch.

Those old memories are making me feel a little sappy and I thought I'd take some time to think about everything we have to be grateful for this summer.  I'm also sharing a few pictures we took during a lovely (and very relaxing) weekend spent at our friends' cottage, which is on a private island. 

Dear Summer of 2013,

You were our first summer in our new/old house!  We spent the days working very hard but we also promised ourselves that we would spend lots of time relaxing.  Each time the work and renovations became too much, (And trust me, this happened!) we would remind ourselves that buying an old house and making it our own is our dream!  Thinking of how we would have given anything for this house at this time last year, always makes us feel better.

You were the summer when we got engaged and began planning our wedding.  It was a really happy time for us and we were excited to start imagining and planning our future together.  We were touched by the outpouring of love from our family and friends.  So many people made a special time even more special for us!

You were filled with great memories.  When we weren't working at our jobs or on the house, we were visiting and laughing with our friends.  Many, we only saw once or twice, but we believe in quality over quantity.  We may have pinched pennies on our home renovations, but we realized that we are very wealthy in our friendships.

You were filled with small pleasures and leaving the stress of our condo allowed us both to stop and really appreciate the little things.  Some of our favourite "small pleasures" were:
  • Morning walks with Barkley with iced coffee in hand.
  • Long drives listening to our favourite songs and just getting a chance to talk.
  • Sipping wine and roasting marshmallows in the backyard at night.
  • Mini trips to "Fun-derland".
  • Watching our new/old house begin the transformation from "disaster" to "home".
  • Enjoying nature.
We are very grateful for our lives, our friends and each other.  This has been one of the toughest, but happiest summers in recent memory and we both feel very lucky. 

What have you been grateful for this summer?

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