What a day to be thankful! Coming off such a beautiful holiday weekend, I can't help but feel grateful.
We were able to spend our entire weekend at our family cabin in Lansing. The weather was beautiful and the company was lovely. Joel and I made our usual trek to La Crosse, Wisconsin on Saturday. We caught a movie (Suicide Squad - good, but not great, which made me sad), visited Valley View mall, and wandered around downtown. We stopped by our favorite antique store, but amazingly came out empty handed.
On Sunday we were able to enjoy the sunshine and spend most of the day in nature (my favorite!). We went on an awesome hike on some trail off Mt. Hosmer in Lansing. I somehow had never hiked those trails before. It was SO peaceful and we already have plans to do it again one of the next times we're up. It will be beautiful in the Fall!
After hiking, we jumped on the pontoon and spent the rest of the day on a sandbar! It was very relaxing and had a great time indulging in some brews, catching up with my brother-in-law, and boat watching. We had three dogs on the beach at one point which added some entertainment as well!
As you can tell, lots to be so happy and appreciative for. On our way back to the cabin on the boat, I couldn't help but tear up looking at the landscape I've been lucky enough to take in since I was a very young girl.
I missed my grandpa so much and was overwhelmed by how unselfishly he lived his life. He lived it for us. Every moment. Every dollar. Both were most likely contributed towards something that benefited us. We can't take any credit for the cabin and house and docks and boats and everything else he gathered for us in Lansing before he passed away. He had a vision. He wanted to leave a legacy. He always wanted us to be happy - by sharing the place and things that made him happy for so many years.
Thank you, grandpa, for loving us so much and giving us all such wonderful lives. You are most certainly the root of all that is good in us.
Who are you thankful for on this GratiTuesday? Let them know. Whether they are alive or no longer. Let them know.