One thing I didn't expect was how hard it would be to stay up at two in the morning to write about my adventures when I have to get up and drive in four hours. So, please forgive me for not posting on time for day six and seven.
The first half of the day was spent playing with this little California-born ray of sunshine, my niece. We played dress up, she grilled friend chicken for me (kid logic is great) and she sang songs to me while she danced in the sprinkler. She's got an imagination that I wish I could tap into, so it was so much fun to spend time with her again before I moved to Oregon.
In the late afternoon, we went an visited Centennial Park to see the Parthenon while the sun started it's descent beneath the horizon. It was gorgeous to see the way the light walked through the columns. It was such an overall relaxing and reflective day, a slow day for soaking in. The pictures are limited because Emily and I both took so much time to be present, but just you wait for day seven.
So, we all ended at The Pharmacy for deliciously original burgers and homemade sodas before a drive home and an early bed-time for Emily. I went back out to have some quiet time and try to completely embrace the day's lessons:
Be still + present
Let it go
Use more hairspray
Give time and give space
Make the toddler think the nap is her idea
We are so small and God is so big; never lose your wonder
A phone doesn't keep you connected, an open heart does.
ever free, ever true, ever kind.