I was working on this lovely post to recap my weekend, but then decided that a quick, miscellaneous post worked better for this rainy Tuesday.
So shall we begin the miscellany?
- My aunt Brooke and cousin Riley were in from Arkansas for the graduation season. And man did we relish in the all being together thing again. There were dinners filled to the brim with yummy deliciousness, catching up around Aunt Holly’s huge kitchen table, nights full of never-ending conversation and good music, and lots and lots of laughter. Our family isn’t perfect, far from it even, but there is one thing that we do well—and that is love. We love each other with such a passion that no amount of time, space, or family tension could ever snap the branches of our family tree. It is their love and this idea of family, that I am so blessed to be grounded and rooted in. As much as I have watched mistakes be made by my family members, watched as they hurt one another for various reasons, watched as they have had their faith tested by a plethora of reasons, I have also watched their resilience, their strength, their forgiveness, and their growth. At the end of the day, family is what it comes down to and I know that my family will always there to catch me when I’m struggling with their woven net of love. And that metaphor holds firm for us all.
- My baby sister graduated. It was such a bittersweet day. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried through about 95% of the ceremony. There will be lots more celebrating in the next few weeks because we’re throwing a Pinterest-inspired graduation party for our little Mountaineer—no tears there, just best wishes and lots of smiles :)
- Taylor and I took a road trip (complete with snacks, music and our famous life discussions) to visit our friends Danielle and Aubrie down in Blacksburg. And oh my goodness did we have fun! They had planned quite the adventure planned for us: a 2 mile hike up to a beautiful waterfall. It was quite a work-out, but the views and the company made it so worth it. We rested up a bit and then Taylor and I explored downtown Blacksburg and took an unofficial tour of Tech’s campus and I’m pretty sure I fell in love with the school’s architecture and the charm of downtown. We ended up playing charades—I am embarrassed to admit for how long—and indulging in a few adult beverages for the rest of the night. Now I am not normally a huge charades person, but oh my word, was it fun! I am so thankful to still be so close with these girls, 2 years out from high school. It’s crazy to think that in 2 more years we’ll probably be scattered all over, but we’re going to have to plan an annual trip or something. These are some of the only people that I can just pick right back up where we left off. I love them all so much!
- Has anyone watched The Girls on HBO before? It’s gotta be my new favorite show—the storylines and the humor are what make it for me. One of Hannah’s best one-liners: “When I look at you, a Coldplay song plays in my heart.” Stopped me dead in my tracks. And made me laugh. This would be the Coldplay song that plays in my heart:
More on this soon! :)
Christian Grey—makes me want to cry.
Seriously. And I hope that I’m not the only one.
The first book made me cry in just one particular spot. And now I’m about half way through book 2 and just cannot shake the feeling that I want to breakdown and sob. I absolutely love Christian and Ana, but there’s just something about this love story that hurts my heart.
I think that about wraps it up for my miscellany post! It’s a rainy day around these parts, but I’m embracing it—first with a cup of coffee on the front porch and now with…well you’ll see soon enough! :)
Happy Tuesday friends!