our long weekend

leisurely mornings and slow paced days. autumn walks and halloween baking. couch snuggles and library books. crisp temperatures and cozy sweaters. movies and football. a target "date" and take out thai. mugs of coffee and hot apple cider. long chats and belly laughs. refreshed hearts and peaceful minds. 

just a few pieces of this perfect long weekend. goodness, it was needed. J and I have reminded each other about this fact no less than 32 times a piece over the last few days followed with a happy grin and an "I'm so thankful." having one more paid work day doesn't hold a candle to the good the last three days has done for our little family. 

there's a much deeper level of "ahhhh" that we reach when there's at least one more day tacked on -- it feels like a mini vacation of sorts. it gives us more time to let our minds be easy and process through the days we've had and the days we have coming up. it gives us more time to settle in and have those long talks filled with future dreams and wonderings and sharing those "so I've been thinking lately" type thoughts with each other. 

 our little bit needs these bits of reprieve, too; these leisurely, slow paced, unstructured days. the three of us are just alike. at our core we are homebodies, dream-filled, everyday-adventure craving homebodies, but homebodies that are most refreshed in our little haven, just us three.

days like these are sweet to the core. not to be lightly skipped over, but rather to be cherished. not to be flittered away, but to be thoughtfully purposeful in all their lovely unplanned-ness. 

I'm so grateful for the pieces of grace that have filled this long weekend.