“Each day has been chained to the previous one…but the weeks have wings.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer
Howdy, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve published a post, and I honestly didn’t plan to take such a long break from blogging, but this summer was so…different…and I guess it just felt most natural to ebb with different for a while too. Anywho, I’m looking forward to writing more regularly now, and I look forward to reconnecting with my ol’ blog friends here too!
Speaking of writing…Kevin and I wrote a book! It’s a children’s story book based on a real-life experience we had at the beach back in March. Our wonderful literary agent (Lisa) introduced us to the fine folks at Bethany Books at the end of May, and we signed a book deal with them in August. We’ve been working with our talented editor (Jennifer) on all sorts of things since then and I can hardly wait to see the illustrations! We’re working with a phenomenal artist (BIG TIME dream come true to work with this guy!) and I look SO forward to seeing our story pour out of his pen!
And speaking of happy pictures…I dusted off my camera card reader today and found a handful of Tybee Island photos waiting for me there. You may remember that Tybee has been our happy place since 2010 and I’ve always felt like there’s something extra magical about it in the Fall. Summer crowds thin, and it’s still warm enough to enjoy the beach. We stayed in a new-to-us Mermaid Cottage this time last year and it was such a sweet little place. It was called Nora’s Cottage and the cheerful colors had me at hello.
Steevenson had a very wiggly baby tooth when we arrived, and by the next morning, the three of us were admiring that same tooth in his hand. He saw me editing these photos yesterday and squealed, “That’s where I lost my tooth!” 🙂 He tried (and loved!) Corn Pops for the first time in the Nora’s kitchen, and he was equally excited about her shower water pressure because “It doesn’t feel like hailing. It’s so soft!” Ha! We’ve stayed in a lot of Mermaid Cottages on Tybee, but I think Nora’s might be our favorite so far.
Ooh! And that reminds me to tell you about another incredible travel destination in Georgia. River Falls at the Gorge campground in Tallulah Falls. WOW! We spent my birthday there in early June and told everyone we had discovered heaven on Earth! Here are a couple of photos from my phone:
We camped there again a couple of weeks ago and although the river was rushing over the rocks during the day this time, we still had a magical time and I hope sharing about it here doesn’t make it hard to book our favorite site there now! 😉
On the home front, everyone is doing just fine, and we’re fiiiiiinally starting to tackle the back side of that big wall that separates our living room from the rest of the first floor.
We added it several years back to delineate the spaces because I didn’t like having the living room, dining room, and kitchen all in one rectangle. It felt almost like a studio apartment, or loft-style living, which is fine in a studio or loft, but didn’t feel right in this traditional, single-family home. It instantly helped the living room feel more cozy and did away with the issue of feeling like we were cooking in the living room and watching movies in the kitchen- ha!
I’ll keep you posted as things come together. It may be several weeks before we’re completely finished…but you know what they say about weeks…