Home Again

We’ve been home almost a week and I’m just now finding a minute to sit and write about it.  Our time in South Dakota was crazy and hectic and it hasn’t slowed down one bit.  While we were there, a lot was going on: Halloween, snow!!, hunting, my bestie’s wedding, decorating for said wedding, visiting, eating.  Lots of eating.
Being back is always weird after being away.  Its like everything’s different but just the same.  Its hard to explain.

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Halloween kind of snuck up on me this year.  It was too quick.  The kids were Pirates of the Caribbean characters, including Elizabeth Swan.  Oh, and their parrot.  She was there too.  Doesn’t she look happy?!

We took the kids trick-or-treating in my aunt’s neighborhood.  There was a million kids running rampant in the streets, our three included.  I wish I had even an ounce of Sophia’s energy.  Every house was a race to get to the doorbell and she won a lot.  Except towards the end when the heels started having an effect on speed and she slowed down a little. 

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We came back to my aunt’s, sorted candy, took baths, and they crashed.  Then Jarrod and I did something we never do…and I mean never.  We watched a scary movie.  Paranormal Activity to be exact.  It was stupid. I’m not proud.  I’m even less proud about the fact that Jarrod fell asleep and left me watching alone and Paranormal Activity 2 came on and I watched part of THAT too.  Then I told myself to quit being ridiculous and go to bed…which I did…and googled the synopsis of the movie so I could see how it ended.  Obsessive much?! Anyway, don’t watch it….unless you like that sort of thing.

I know sometimes you guys think I go overly “Martha” for holidays and stuff, but you have to understand, I come from a long line of creatives.  My mom and my aunt included.  My aunt Maggie had gathered supplies for a super spooky dinner before trick-or-treating and it was so fun.  The kids loved it.  I love that she took the time to figure all that out, just for my babies.

In a little over a month, I’ve gotten to see my sister and my best friend get married.  Both weddings were really small and intimate–I’m convinced that’s the way to go.  Everyone there is connected with the bride and groom and it means so much.  For my friend’s wedding, they’ve both had a lot happen to them in the last few years, so their union was an emotional one.  I’m pretty sure every single person in the church was wiping their eyes–even me, Stonewall Jackson, as my sister calls me 😉
I don’t have wedding pictures to share, since the bride hasn’t even seen them yet.  So I’ll just share some selfies…

Besides spooky holidays and weddings…friends.  I met up with a few friends I haven’t seen in years and it was so good.  Friends that go way back so the stories abound…friends that you catch up with like you just got together last week.  No awkward hellos, just “oh my gosh, you look great, hug me!!”  It was so good for my soul.  Still so many people I didn’t get to see.  The time is never long enough. 

But Vera…oh did she meet somebody.  A close friend had a baby just a few weeks after Vera was born.  We had so much fun letting them scoot about on the floor together and pull each other’s faces off.  Josephine, meet Vera.  Vera Mae, this is Ms. Josephine.  Friends forever.

Its weird to call it “going home.” Because yes, that’s where I lived for a really long time of my life, but it doesn’t feel like its home anymore.  But back here doesn’t really either.  I’m trying to figure that one out.  Someday we’ll figure it out.  Either way, we came home with a whole slew of new memories…the important things in life.
It feels good to be here though, mice traps and all.  I wrote this post and I meant it.  I’m supposed to be here right now.


  1. Okay I've missed WAY too many of your posts girl. I am so sorry because I love keeping up with you and your heart. My life just flipped upside down from Sept to October with work. Which was a God send but it kept me from having a LIFE too. LOL Anyhow I love how you ended that post… good things on the horizon I just know it. God has HIs bEST for us. Believe it!! Loved all your sweet kiddos pictures.

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