This spring my Dad completed a year of cancer treatment. I will probably never truly know what that year was like for my parents but I can say with a fair amount of confidence that it was one of the hardest years they have yet endured. The amazing thing is that looking back on the year, there are glimmers of joy, bright spots in times where it was hard to be optimistic.
With the year behind us, we had a reason to celebrate and what better place than Lincoln City, Oregon. After my parents house in Idaho, this is the place where I feel the most at home. Years of visits to the cabin at Road’s End have made the familiarity of the beach a haven for my family.
We spent the week walking on the beach, making meals together, playing games, reading books, drinking coffee, simply enjoying each others company.
At dinner with a few close friends the other night, we were discussing what makes a place comforting. There are a handful of places in our lives where we arrive and immediately feel at peace and filled with deep joy. A part of this is being detached from technologies in some way, whether that means no cell service, or a personal choice to set our phones aside. I think that for myself, even more than being removed from a daily routine is feeling like I am in that place for the sole reason of being present with people I love. The sweetest memories I have come from those blessed places.
**The photos are a mixture of film photography by Elias and I, and iPhone photos by Andrea, Elias, and I.