After being in Florida for about a month and a half, we were so excited to be able to go back to the North Carolina coast that will always be home to us, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The kids and I drove up about a week and a half prior to Thanksgiving day and daddy (Anthony) flew in early Thanksgiving morning to join us for the last 4 days of the holiday week! I have to say, it was pretty insane to go from the 80 something degree whether we gotten used to in Florida, to daily high averages in the 50’s & 60’s. It was just like stepping from summer straight into fall all over again!
But since Anthony and I had both spent our entire lives until this year in the same city with both sides of our families residing there, the holidays just wouldn’t be the same without going home! And as you can tell from the picture gallery below, we squeezed every bit of fun and family time in during our trip home. Although we truly enjoy being on the road and have gained so much we were missing out on before, we definitely miss our friends and family in North Carolina and had promised before we even left that we would always go home for the holidays whenever it is even remotely possible.
Our days were spent overflowing to brim with friends and family time. Coffee dates, shopping trips, lunches, dinners, oyster roasts and s’mores bonfires have been the magical stuff of the last two weeks.
I’m spending the last few hours in North Carolina sitting across from my sister in Starbucks as I type this post, and tomorrow the four of us will make the eleven hour drive back to Florida to finish out our last month or so of time there before moving onto the next place!
Being on the road has it’s drawbacks and it’s perks just as we knew it would! But I can honestly say that the old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” is something we’ve found to be true. There is something priceless that absence can teach us: It is the relationships we share with the people we love, and who love us that make life worth anything. Everything else, is just fluff.
During this trip home I found myself paying more attention than I used to – documenting in my mind all of the small moments so that I could carry them with me wherever we go and remember them over and over again. While it is true that the adventure of full time life on the road is something in which any place can be home, it is also true that no place on earth will ever feel quite as comforting and treasured as the sacred place our hearts knew first as “home.”