Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Weekend Away

Karleigh took me home with her to a small swamp town that I've always known of and never been to. I spent the weekend with her family, in the same town her family has lived in for forever, and I finally caught a glimpse of what it's like to live in the low-country of the South. In a lot of ways, it was like being in a foreign country.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

blossoms my heart must bear

Sometimes, I just need my friends. I need to forget that we're here for a purpose, and that we don't have endless afternoons like this. And they needed it, too, so we escaped for an hour or so, slipping back in right before the rain.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Art of Being Lost

Karleigh and I took a hike in a swamp and didn't look at the map and got lost when the trail disappeared, but we eventually found our way back.

Still, for the few hours when we didn't know if we were going to get back before dark and had no cell phone reception, we were frightened.

And we prayed with every step.

There is an art to being lost.

Monday, September 5, 2011

wells of stillness

She's so much more peaceful than last year, so sure of herself and beautiful in her confidence. I love spending quiet time with Tara, talking and dissecting and watching the light in the silence.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Right now I could really use one, because I'm not used to Southern loudness and jokes that hit too close to the core not to sting.

I really need to go hide. I really need to be alone.

Friday, September 2, 2011

We'll Pretend It's Not the Last

The first week of my last year of college started out being horribly empty, but too busy, and then filled when I made a new friend and filled the days with getting-to-know-you adventures. Karleigh has been a lovely new model, though. I tested her in sunsets and woods and rainstorms and rivers, and she has been enthusiastic about all of them.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Dashing Rescue

This is from the Sunday that I actually reached out. I took my rescuer to her word, and she whisked me off on an adventure. And in her home and family, I found my safe place.

110 in the Shade

My parents and I went to Savannah, Georgia for the day in early August. The heat was liquid. My father's temper was like fire.

Sacred Spaces

I took Heidi out to one of my special places. I think this is from July. Or August.

Patriotic Plantations

Heidi and I played pretend on a plantation. She wore a hoopskirt. I forgot that we are in our twenties. I love having a best friend who will still do this with me. These are from the 4th of July.

evenings with my brother

My brother came home for a surprise visit in late July, and we went driving around the countryside with only my film camera.


Allie came to visit in early July, and it was one of the loveliest days that I've spent in a long time. We went to the dam and the Waffle House and the top of a mountain. We talked about love and God and pasts. I love how she listens and understands and feels.