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Today we’re sharing with you one of our favorite little nooks on Long Island. The Sherwood-Jayne House in East Setauket. It’s a place we go to for nature-inspired peace and simplicity when we want to get out of the house with the littles but aren’t up for too much activity or pre-planning. It was pure happenstance that we came across it when we did one spring day almost five years ago, but we’ve been drawn back to it countless times ever since.

It was the animals that first got our attention. Driving along Old Post Road, on our way to the children’s farm classes at nearby Benner’s Farm (which we gushed on at length about in this post!) we noticed the sheep grazing in the pasture, and in the distance- a horse as well. After that, I looked for those charming pastoral friends every week when we drove by, wondering where they were whenever I didn’t see them. Finally one day we decided to stop and see what this place was all about.

And what did we find?

Well simply that the Sherwood-Jayne House  is a living piece of Long Island history. Originally built in the 1700s, the home and its surrounding accessory buildings, farm, and bucolic setting is maintained by the SPLIA who even offers tours of the restored house itself. It’s the tranquil meadows, grazing animals, and wooded trails that personally draw us back time and time again however.

We’ve spent many afternoons here in the years since that first visit, watching the children run up and down the hills, trekking through the trails lost either in thought or conversation, and watching the animals quietly as they watch us back and then go about their business. It’s just enough for a restorative hour or two with nature- a quick fix, if you will! So if you’re ever in the area for a visit or passing through on your way to an event or an activity nearby, stop in and check it out- we may just meet you there!

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2016. You just couldn’t make it easy, could you? For a while there we were definitely on the fence. For a while I wasn’t quite sure what to do with you. Yes you opened up quite a few new doors and ushered in brand-spanking new chapters in this adventure called life, but you also facilitated sad airport goodbyes and tear-filled FaceTime calls. You’re also behind the deafening quiet in our houses every weekday morning now as we do our work, aren’t you?

Add to this the many other factors that made up this wildcard of a year. The decisions weighing on our minds, the commitments we’ve put our faith in, and most of all the collateral opportunities that are inevitably lost with every new one gained. The stories we began this year haven’t even finished unfolding and yet here we are ready to turn the next corner. But you know what?

We’ve decided.

We’ve decided to go with gratitude. We’re thankful because whatever the outcomes will be, whatever the uphill battles will look like, an opportunity is still a chance. We’re grateful because having options means you’re doing something right, and- most of all- because change is the epitome of what it means to be alive. It’s a reminder that we’re smack dab in the middle of living out the twists and turns that will ultimately make up our story.

We’re grateful for the chance to have felt the love and support of friends and family when we needed them most, the opportunity to take a huge leap out of our comfort zones, to watch our little ones step bravely out of theirs, and for the moments big and small in between. There were the days out east, in the city, and upstate; the parks and playgrounds and festivals; the afternoons at home and the visits with family– the wonderful nooks and crannies of daily life.

We are also thankful to you, our readers, for sticking with us on this journey, for following our posts, for sharing your thoughts and your own stories as well. We may not know what 2017 has in store for us yet, but in keeping with one of our original goals for this year of seeking out happiness wherever we can find it, gratitude for all we’ve been through this year it is!

Happy New Year, dear friends!