Best Thing

“All I want to have is all that you can give me
And I’ll give right back everything I’ve kept in me
Cause nothing ever felt as right as this does right now”

– The Best Thing by Relient K


Of course our lives aren’t perfect.  Nobody’s lives are.  But after fourteen and a half years of marriage, it’s become more and more clear each day that there is no other person in this world that I would rather be with.  We truly were meant to walk this road of life together and I could not be more grateful.

So… You can imagine my relief that no one picked him up as he tried to hitchhike down this Tuscan road.


We kept it low key today and decided to embrace the heart and beauty of Tuscany.


So we took a short train ride and then walked down gorgeous Tuscan roads till we came to enjoy a delightful lunch at this villa and vineyard.


Our appetizer plate was delicious and our first indicator that this would be a meal to remember.  Our gracious host explained the significance of each bite and it was the perfect medley of Tuscan goodness.


Our second course was a tasty meat pasta dish.  It was about fifteen steps up from the box pastas that I make at home and inspired me to someday try my hand at making authentic pasta.


Pardon this picture of our main course, because there is no way it can do justice to the tenderness of the pork or the savory taste of the spinach and white beans.  Also, I took the picture after I had started to eat and then decided to snap a quick picture as an afterthought.  Which would explain the pool of the vineyard’s home grown olive oil just hanging out next to the spinach waiting for me to dip my traditional tuscan bread into it.


Our meal ended with these delicious almond cookies and custard.  They were probably the best cookies and custard I’ve ever had or will have since you just don’t seem to finish up meals in the States with such delights.  I should also note that during this incredible lunch, Jeremy and I also had the best time just talking and sorting out life.  As I mentioned before, ours has its challenges.  Trying to find the right balance of work and home and marriage and kids and everything else that is going on can be exhausting at times.  But through everything, we both agreed that we were very much thankful for it all.


After our delicious meal, our host (who has a name, but for the life of me I can’t remember it) graciously gave us a tour of the special rooms where they make their dessert wine.  He proudly shared that it was a ten year process and then showed us to the attic room where they stored their barrels.  We learned so much about Tuscany from this man.  He was so passionate about his job and the pride he had about maintaining and operating this incredible vineyard made me think we should all be so driven to do exactly what we love in life.


Speaking of the vineyard, we ended our time with a delightful walk through it.


The contrast of the landscape with it’s fall colors was one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen.


Granted, I’m sure it’s prime is in the summer, but fall was absolutely magical throughout the full fifteen acres of the vineyard.


And once again, I’ll end this day full and appreciating the incredible beauty of this vacation.  Tomorrow is our last full day in Tuscany before we head out to our next destination.  But today truly was the best thing I could have asked for and I’m so thankful to have gotten to spend it with my amazing and incredible husband.


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I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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