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I am writing this on day #9 of our travels and we are thankful that we decided to spend the first month here in Mexico. Joyce gets to surf every day and I am writing more and more every day.

Even though it has only been a little over a week we have already begun to establish a new routine and I am enjoying how much simpler life is here.

Our wedding song is Simple Gifts which is a Shaker song written by Joseph Brackett in 1848. And we choose it because we wanted to live the message that is found in the song:

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

Joyce and I spent a lot of time in her driveway learning to dance to the song way back in 2001. And now it feels as though our lives are beginning to truly dance to that song’s spirit.

It is most obvious in our food and our transportation. Since we do not have a car here we walk wherever we need to go. And since there is not a single supermarket in town our diet has become made up of mostly fresh fruits and vegetables bought at fruit stands with occasional street tacos thrown in.

You buy the fruit here ripe and ready to eat so there is no need to buy a huge quantity, usually just enough for the next meal or two. And getting to eat fresh fruit so close to the source is truly a simple gift.

We spend time walking together and talking more, we sit on the beach and watch the sunset and the surfers and life is good. I am thankful for this trip and I am thankful that I get to do this once in a lifetime experience with Joyce. That is the best gift of all.