I'm going to be a little short on words for a couple of days so, last night, I was looking through pictures to try to find images that I love. There are many but this one always makes me stop and stare. This was taken in Melides, Portugal at sunset (obviously). This is one of my absolute favorite places because the days are lazy and the beach is beautiful and the kids can climb the dunes and build sand castles. We spent days on this beach in 2008 after my mother died and I took comfort in the sound of the waves and sandy hugs from the kids and the company of friends who had joined us that trip. This picture was taken in 2011 after we had spent a week there, a week of lying on the beach and jumping into waves and then falling into bed at the end of the day. When we are there, we don't stay until sunset every day but we try to stay at least once.

This is one of my favorite pictures.

The sunset over the ocean and our two kids standing side by side, taking it all in. It could not be more perfect.