After being back at school for the first full week, my spirits have been flagging. I gathered this glass of sand and rocks on a perfect day on Mackinac Island last summer. It was one of those rare magical days (I remember Caleb wistfully wishing we could live there forever), and we were riding our rented bicycles around the island when we stopped to let the kids "swim" in the frigid waters of Lake Huron. In an attempt to capture and remember the day, I filled a water bottle with a bit of the beach. This week I am so grateful for this reminder by my kitchen sink. So grateful for that perfect summer day, and the hope I have for another just 6 months away.