A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Casual Fridays: These breaths I take.

Hi guys. It's Britt. I've missed you!! 

There's this quote:  “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." -unknown 

And as cheesy as it might be, those words have always kinda struck a chord with me. I've always read them and thought: "Hell, yeah. I want to have lots of those breathtaking moments." I've tried hard to live my life in a way that welcomes them.

And I had one recently. As some of you know, my Dad died a couple of years back. Not too long ago, my sister Rachel got engaged. She asked my other sister Aly and I to walk her down the aisle. I think she felt it was almost like having him there. And then just two weeks ago, she was married. 

So there we were, in this beautiful tropical paradise, hiding around a corner while all of the guests and the groom were waiting down on the beach. The wedding started. Mom and our stepdad, Stewart were first down the aisle.
Then our youngest sister, Sophia.
Then Chloe, the maid of honor.
Deep breath. 
Out we went, into the dazzling sun, me on one arm, Aly on the other.
 The music was playing. The groom was standing at the end of the aisle.
And here was this gorgeous bride on my arm. A sister I love fiercely.
Can I tell you what I felt next? My Dad all around us. I really and truly did.


That moment absolutely took my breath away. 

What about you, story-makers? What are some of the magical moments in your life when the air was snatched straight from your lungs? 

xo Britt

p.s. What a beautiful bride, eh?


  1. Congratulations to Rachel! And to all of you, as your family just stretched its walls to welcome yet another member who will be loved and cherished. Thanks for sharing this with us Brittany. It truly is moments like that, that will take your breath away.

  2. thanks for sharing the magic of this moment! it took a little breath away from me just reading about it. so beautiful!