January 21, 2015

when there are hardly words...

We have made mention of meeting up over the years (yes, years!)... How we hoped that there would be a time. How we would sit and sip chai lattes, and laugh and cry and how it was certainly only a when, not an if.  There really is only one state separating us - unless you count half of hers and practically ALL of Florida (which may as well be three states, because it is so long!)

When Camden got his letter to interview for a scholarship in South Carolina, I was excited... for more than one reason.  Yes, we would visit the school and attend the luncheon and interview... and we would carve out a time to meet Southern Gal and her Ethan. I knew I wouldn't be nervous... I truly believe we know each other by heart!  

I got a little teary eye-d thinking about meeting her. And when Cam & I were on our way to meet them at the zoo, those tears slipped back into my eyes.  This was really happening!  And then...
thank you, camden for being the photographer!
I could only laugh and smile... and we talked so fast I think we talked right over each other.

The day was beautiful, and I hardly have words to say how happy my heart was.  It was two friends picking right up from our endless emails with easy conversation... and although we should have held hands and skipped though the zoo, we resisted.  The boys were really great sports about this whole day, and skipping surely would have pushed them over the edge!
thanks, southern gal for letting me steal this collage!
We never did sit and sip chai lattes... but we walked and talked and laughed and talked some more.  It was such a fun day- and so hard to say goodbye!  But there will be a next time... I just know it.
and thank you, ethan, for this great shot!
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January 14, 2015

wordless wednesday {ice}

When it rains, look for rainbows.  When it's dark, look for stars...

top right? flamingo feet!
fountain at Erskine College


cam pulled this stick out of the water and it was encased in ice...




Since it was so cold on our trip, we looked for ice!

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January 13, 2015

hiking...

Just last week I was wondering why my fitness gadget had different settings for walking and hiking- I figured they were kind of the same. But as Camden & I started an uphill trek through the woods, it became pretty clear that they are different…


He led, while I trailed just a little behind.  Our sneakers tumbled the leaves that covered the path, and we could hear the crunch of frost beneath them.  The sound made me grin.  Cold may not be everyone’s favorite, but coming from Florida, we appreciated the climate change.


We strayed from the path when we spotted a pool full of trees that had frozen over.  Camden was fascinated by the ice, and I, in turn, was fascinated by him enjoying it.  He prodded the edge with a stick, he put his foot out past the edge and gently shifted his weight until the ice began to give way.  I was enjoying capturing his antics, when I heard him say it sounds awesome! I didn't hear the sound, but I stopped taking pictures and focused on him. He was tossing chunks of ice out over the frozen pool, watching and listening to them skid, echo and smash. It did sound awesome, and I thanked God for the stillness of the forest and that He stilled me, so that I could take it in.   


Back on the path, we encountered trees that were twisted and gnarled.  We followed the trunks from the ground, around and over and eventually up towards the light. Each had its own kind of beautiful... just like people. 




I was out of breath when we spotted the parking lot... but I felt so alive.  Nature has a lovely tale to tell, and if you surround yourself with it and listen, you can hear the story and become a part of it.

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January 12, 2015

after the weekend...

It was so strange to see him dressed in a t-shirt and shorts this morning as he headed off to school. After a weekend of being bundled up, my brain is still cold, even though we arrived home last night and dove right back in to warm  and muggy.   Our trip to South Carolina was a beautiful escape, and we acted like tourists every time we spotted ice.

More on the weekend later... and for now?
My list of gifts:

-early RSVPs
-watching the moon rise
-sending Eric off to school and joking about a first day of school picture (he did not let me!)
-cooking a delicious dinner for the 2nd night in a row
-a shrimp story
-It is a really good class
-a frustration turning out a-ok
-back on track with boot camp and feeling energized
-working next to my Mom
-making zoo plans
-pulling out of the driveway, just him and me
-a peppermint shake, when i thought i had missed out
-the view: an ocean of clouds
-remembering the first time i saw this side of a cloud
-still being amazed


-sunset through the window and the silhouette of mountains
-laughing over new-fangled "keys"
-finding our way
-a burrito-calzone
-texting a friend at just the right time, and knowing it was so, because she replied PRAY
-a goodnight call from eric
-plenty of chances to wear my ann-gloves
-reviving our preschool game of "rainbow cars"
-meeting southern gal & ethan
-feeding the giraffes


-choosing the perfect carousel ride, and having the attendant pass along a thank you from the anteater, who never gets ridden
-a group photo
-boys who want icees in the cold
-country roads
-red & gold balloons
-an opportunity...and being dressed for success
-a text from laura to her brother


-a frozen fountain
-his maybe
-home sweet home.
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