I've had many homes, sometimes on the other side of the world. But nearly a month ago, I left one home in Jerusalem to return to the US of A. The last few weeks have been a blur of joy and sorrow, reunions and goodbyes, and a few different homes. We traveled to Laguna to again celebrate the earthly life of our beautiful Briana Blackwelder, who deserves a post of her own and so much more.
|Cooking up a feast with Bri at Thanksgiving 2010|
As heartwrenching as those goodbyes have been, it was wonderful to be "home" and spend Mother's Day with my mama in the ward where she first became a mother (to many others before I came along). There were rose gardens and ferns in mason jars, there were tears and smiles, there were familiar roads and lots of new buildings, there were days of surf and sunshine and sunburns, and most importantly, there were friends who have become family through years of love.
|Ocean Way, being a poser, & Ian rippin' the waves at Emerald Bay.|
|I love my mama and she loves me (even when I'm silly).|
But now we're really home at our little house in the country. It's pretty quiet around these parts, but besides beautiful scenery and my awesome parents, I have seven furry new reasons why you should come visit me.
|My front yard and the little ruffians who have overtaken it.|