Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.
― Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

Kristen and I spontaneously packed the kids into the car on Friday to meet our sister-in-law and nieces at the coast — a 6-hour roundtrip from our home.  After spending so much time in the ‘Burban at the beginning of summer, it felt almost second-hand to pile our six kids in with books and snacks and towels and lunches and drinks and shovels and chairs and the stroller. And aside from the 7 bathroom stops on the way home–one that occurred using a water-bottle and no stopping–and the horrible rain-turned-hail-storm we hit on the way home, the day seemed strategically perfect, a sandy, exhausting tribute to summer’s end.

On another note, I still have two weeks worth of summer travels to share with you. I don’t know why, but I always imagine I have more time than I actually do.  All things normal have become strange with our new transitions, and in so many ways, I’m learning all things new again. I’ll be back soon.

11 replies
  1. Erin
    Erin says:

    Looks like a fantastic day in the sun! I love the idea of getting up and just driving somewhere- I need to do it more often!

    • cloisteredaway
      cloisteredaway says:

      I completely agree! Being on the road is so liberating. I adore the idea of heading anywhere and seeing something/someone new. Thanks for stopping by, Erin!

      (p.s. I love your blog!)

  2. amy
    amy says:

    “I’m learning all things new again.” I image. that seaweed? hair. awesome. sounds like a perfect way to salute summer and welcome a new school year. great shots.

  3. Lynn Grandbergs
    Lynn Grandbergs says:

    Reminds me of when Totila and I lived in LaMarque and I would make an early morning trip to Galveston to see the dolphins swimming and collect shells. Love it. I was with ya’ll in spirit! Lynn—Love to all.

  4. tito
    tito says:

    So, jealous of ya’ll getting to do this, then I remember the pee bottle and I’m okay again. =) Thanks for documenting all the life!


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