Wandering Woods | Betsy+Justin
Our post Thanksgiving shopping was minimal this year since we don't really have space for more things in the van. Instead, we had a bit of a sleep in and then I went to the shops for some Christmas card making supplies. When I got back Justin and I laid in bed talking and eating leftover lentil soup and donuts (because those go together really well, right?😉) and then went rummaging in an outdoor gear consignment shop. After that Justin surprised me with my first Dutch Bros. coffee and now we're having a date in the hospital cafeteria. A good day spent making memories.
Some of my fondest holiday memories are of childhood Christmases in Tanzania, spent in the tiny brick home that my parents built together (that's when my dad taught my mom to lay brick - they're pretty legit). Gifts were few and usually simple or home made, which made them even more special I realize now. A hand made story book from my mom, complete with wonderful illustrations, a set of blocks from my dad made from wood scraps. I remember being so excited to receive things as simple as pencils and new underwear. It's so easy to get caught up in the frenzy to acquire an excessive amount of new things, especially around the holidays, and I'm sad to say I succumb most of the time. Living in the van helped me say no to consumerism this year, but we won't be in the van forever. I want to remember every year that simple things that carry meaning + making memories with loved ones and friends is what really brings me joy, not new things from Anthropologie no matter how tempting 😁
If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a lovely one surrounded by meaningful people and things.