Hey y'all! Sitting here wrapped up in my big fluffy blanket wishing morning hadn't come quite so soon.
- Having to split into two cars to get home from the market, you choose to ride with Mrs. L, just y'all. As soon as you sit down in the passenger seat, you excitedly see an iPhone 4 charging cord and help yourself to charging your phone because it's about to die. As y'all are going through people-heavy traffic, music starts playing. You think, "huh, didn't know Mrs. listened to this kind of music!" and just keep chatting over the sound of Owl City, Nathan Clarke George, and Scotty McCreery. On the hour and a half drive home, you stop at Walmart for lasagna. Of course you take your phone with you and plug it in again when you get back in the car. This time, Generations with Vision comes on. Finally, it clicks... that soundtrack is coming from MY phone! How embarrassing you didn't realize that, but it gave you both a good laugh.
- Walking up to the porch: "Hey, what are y'all up to?" "Rebagging Grandmother and Granddaddy's ashes so that each family member has some!"
- "Is that you, Olivia?! I didn't recognize you!" - what I get for going to the neighbors without makeup.
- Standing in the driveway chatting with a neighbor. You're just looking off to the distance and all of a sudden, exactly where you were gazing, a miniature horse hops out of the creek and waltzes up the long driveway towards you. You just stand there in shock as the neighbor calls to it, but it just keeps going. Right past your face it turns, walks through the yard, and heads down the valley. You'd never seen it before and haven't seen it since, but it gave y'all a good laugh about the randomness.
- When three of you go to do the farm chores and you get put on calf-sitting duty while the others move fences. Never babysat a cow before.
- Filming the "brick wall" scenes of the Kickstarter video. You are using friends' business storefront so there are loooots of interruptions, people moving equipment, and several people watching you the whole time. They even had a teleconference in the next room that you had to ignore as you try to remember your script. Oh, and did I mention only half an hour before you had to be someplace else? It worked out fine though. :)
- Being proud when you set the smoke detectors off while cooking steak for the first time.
- Getting stung. IN THE SHOWER.
- Editing the popcorn out of my teeth in the picture below.
- A guy asks for a hug and you willingly oblige, but accidentally BANG your head into his shoulder so hard you say, "Ouch!" and he's embarrassed. heh.
- I would be remiss if I didn't mention first the Fresh Apparel Kickstarter being fully funded!!!! (There is still today and tomorrow to claim a skirt if you haven't yet!) You all are the absolute insane best and I'm so grateful.
- Not having my piano piece comfortably memorized, but getting up and playing it without music at the recital anyway. Ended up completely fudging the second half but nobody knew the difference and it was a big milestone for me. I've never gone without music in front of people before. :P
- Needing and getting to spend a day road-tripping and taking a class with friends I don't usually just spend time with, in the midst of an insane season for me.
- Jordan Taylor writing the music for my Kickstarter video in about 8 hours. It's nice to have friends with abilities like that! It would be a different video without it.
- Going to your neighbors house at 10:30 pm just to eat their Doritos. "Hey y'all... don't mind me..."
- Little victories.
- That my Lyme's stayed at bay for a few weeks while I got the Kickstarter going. The Lord is good.
- My church family who have been rooting for me and praying for me for a long time as I've desired to start Fresh Apparel. And, y'all too! Wow, I've gotten so many messages of "I'm praying for you!" that I can't even count!
- Working on projects with friends that keep us watching movies until 1 am.
- Protection during the storms this week and last. We've had flash flood warnings nearly every day and tornado warnings several days. My parents were out of town most of last week and being the responsible adult it was slightly worrisome, but the Lord took care of us and our neighbors started the generator when we needed it. :)
- Seeing God's hand so very clearly in the every day.
- The increased opportunity for fellowship and hospitality we have because of the guest house my grandfather bought. We keep it clean for last minute guests and Sunday afternoon fellowship times and it's been a huuuuuge blessing.
- That my dad's extended family is coming to visit us this week! Howard family reunions are the best and I'm looking forward to it.
- MUD. It is the perfect remedy for Lymes-detoxing-hurting-like-crazy feet and an emotional balm for me. We have several spots on our property where there is usually fresh mud and it is H O M E to me. :)
// outfit details //
Dress: ThredUP : Gap: $13.50 credit
Shoes: Payless: $12.50 (Get them here!)
Earrings: Thrift store: $2
Necklace: handmedown from Grandmother
My absolute favorite part of living in the countryside of Tennessee is seeing God's happiness so often. The valley swelled with fog last night and so did my joy. I love this place so much. It is part of me.