My Becca

This is my Grandma Becca, who fell again yesterday and fractured her other hip. I’ll be holding Becca and my mom and Aunt Sandy in the Light today, and for all the days to come. These photos are from the day before the first bad fall and broken hip.

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It was a good day, and one for which I’m very grateful.

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Be My Valentine

Meet Kit Kat, our valentine this year.

This year, for Valentine’s Day, I decided to sponsor a shelter pet in honor of Josh, who has the biggest heart for abandoned animals of anyone I know. I picked a little lady who currently lives with our favorite rescue group, Paws4Ever, where we adopted Arlo. I went back to Paws4Ever last week with some friends (who adopted a dog!) and fell totally in love with her. Oh, she was so sweet, and climbed right up on my lap and purred and purred. Since we don’t go out or buy each other things for Valentine’s Day (it is both a tradition and a quiet protest of the commercialization of love), I have to get creative with how to do something special for Josh. I think it makes sense to honor him – and the pets we love- by spending the money we would have spent at a restaurant or on gifts in order to do a little bit of good in the world. It’s in support of an organization that does a LOT of good – Paws4Ever saves pets from high kill shelters, loves them and spays and neuters them and vaccinates them and trains them…they’re an amazing organization, and they have the nicest pets in the whole world. So for those of you North Carolina natives, go meet Kit Kat and the other amazing and adorable pets at Paws4Ever in Mebane!

Happy Valentine’s Day, folks. In spite of its commercialism, I do appreciate a day that reminds me to be grateful for love – not just for Josh, but for all of the people I love. This week even more than most weeks, I am so thankful for the life that I’ve got, and for all of the people in it.

Here lately: Winter photos

Ah, January. It may chill the bones, but I do love winter. I love the holidays, the long lazy break from school (okay, it wasn’t lazy this year. But generally…) and getting to see our families. I LOVE Christmas. I enjoy a good winter meal, with roast vegetables and fresh baked bread at the top of my list. I always have fun with my resolutions. And since we’ve been having so much fun, I thought I’d share a few favorite moments from the past month or so:

fun with foam swords and giant blocks

Oh, don’t you just love his face? And his hat?!

Block fort

Building a block fort! Time in Asheville (and Charleston and Raleigh) with our families was the best part of December and early January.

the beginnings of a winter sunset in the mountains

brotherly love

Riding in style. Check out those shades!

post-nap snuggles

waking up is hard to do.

Josh at golden hour

my favorite photo of my favorite person – the golden hour light was so perfect on this afternoon. I wished for a better camera than my iPhone, but you work with what you’ve got, right? I still think it turned out pretty well!

me on skates!

Let’s pretend that this photo is blurry because I was skating by so fast, shall we? It might be grainy and blurry, but it’s also a moment of absolute joy. I had been wanting to go ice skating all winter, and when we finally did, it was with some favorite friends, at an outdoor rink at night with white twinkly lights all around us. We drank hot cocoa. I fell down a lot. Then we went to a late night diner and ate pie. It was a magical evening.

These were the Christmas lights surrounding the outdoor skating rink. How perfect are they? White twinkle lights on cold nights are the best.

the Christmas camel

Why, yes. Yes, that is a camel at a crosswalk. A camel made up of two people in a giant costume. I have no explanation, except that it was Christmas in Charleston. I think he escaped from his post beside the manger, personally. I do like that he’s not jaywalking.

into the valley of Hall...

Look how tickled my dad is at his Christmas gift! I cross stitched my parents an (amended) version of my grandma’s favorite poem. As in, the one she’s been reciting at the dinner table for many many many years. It’s the Song of the Chatahoochee, by Sidney Lanier, late of the great state of Virginia. It begins with “Out of the hills of Habersham, down the Valleys of Hall…” so I stitched my parents an “I love you from the hills of Habersham to the valley of Hall.” I think it was a hit. Also, the portrait on the wall behind him? That’s yours truly at the ripe old age of two, as painted by my Pop Pop.

Christmas 2012

Family dinner. Aren’t they a handsome bunch?

One of the many things I love about the lake behind my parents’ house is that in December, the neighbors set little lighted Christmas trees on each of their docks. They’re so lovely to look at in the evenings. Very coastal.

sunset over (and in) the lake, with one of the dock trees all lit up, and Josh and Arlo by the lake shore. How I love this view.

The best sunset of our trip

one more, because it really was that good

finally, I leave you with this family gem. Mr. I-don’t-like-puppies, clearly hating all over the baby dachshund my aunt and uncle got for Christmas. LOOK how much he dislikes puppies. I call your bluff, sir, because this is just plain adorable.