"You Are My Sunshine" - Johnny Cash
Monday afternoon, Steve, Piper and I took a stroll on a small beach in Massachusetts.
We had just said goodbye to my friend, Julia, and her family. Our visit left me feeling extremely grateful, happy and refreshed. It made me think a lot about my life and the past few years. And it clarified once again, that the people in my life are my greatest blessing.
(About our visit, in my next post.)
Our little trip to the beach was so special. An hour, at most. Funny, how such a short amount of time can leave you feeling so fulfilled. Steve parked the SUV in the shade while I hopped in the backseat and popped Piper out of her carseat. I shimmied her out of the fancy dress she wore to brunch. I changed her ever so impressive poopy diaper and nursed her in my lap while Steve and I talked about our trip. After Piper finished her lunch, I stuffed her sweet, chub-a-licious thighs into tiny, pink shorts and swept a soft, gray tee over her neck. I tied the new hat that I giddily picked out for her under her chin and set striped sunglasses low on her little, button nose.
We all got out of the car. I slung a big blue towel over my shoulder and propped Pips on my hip as we walked towards the sand. I felt my heart exploding. I watched as Piper's attention went straight to the water - staring at the tiny waves as they made their way towards us. It wasn't long before her daddy took hold of her and bent down to let her teeny toes discover the water. I watched as Steve took it all in - knowing he was sharing the same rush of emotions that I was. Piper gazed over at the seagulls - not taking her eyes off of them. Oh, to know exactly what my little girl was thinking.
She was so content. Quiet. And happy.
And so was I.
I was on the beach. With my baby.
I was a mother. On the beach. With my daughter. And my husband.
"She's so beautiful. I really can't believe she's ours sometimes.
I've always dreamed of moments like this."
Steve kissed my head. I kissed Piper's.
And we walked. And snapped 133 photos of our little girl.
Our little sunshine.
Have a sunshine-y weekend, friends.
Much Love. <3