It's 9:30 pm and I'm sitting at my desk, listening to the fireworks someone's shooting off somewhere in my neighborhood. It's obviously been a spell since I sat down to write a lengthy post of any kind, and in all honesty, I don't know where to begin. I want to tell you all about how much has happened this June, but it's all sort of blurred together in my mind this evening....
This month has been a doozy. I can't even describe it. So full of excitement, first meetings, good times and bad, adventures big and small, goodbyes. Just, a lot has been happening. I finally have a moment to sit and breathe and think about everything and share with y'all a little bit of the good stuff.
|photo credit: Naomi (and yes, we did ride it)|
I met my best friend for the first time ever this month. I saw her face-to-face, I hugged her tight, and we spent three weeks together. Three weeks eating strawberries, singing Newsies and Josh Turner songs, quoting Fiddler on the Roof, watching Downton Abbey and raiding bookstores. Three weeks that have already become some of the most memorable of my life. It was amazing to be together, to hear her voice, to see her smile, to find out the things about her you can't tell from just letters. Our time together was precious -- it had its kinks, of course (Naomi learned that I don't like having my blog hacked...*ahem*) but even though we may not have been exactly what we imagined, and even though I may not have seized every single moment like I wish I had now, and even though we were exhausted by the end of our visit, I know it was worth it. All of it. I can still hardly believe how blessed I am to have a friend like Naomi. :-)
Best Moments With Naomi Which I Will Never Forget:
~ sitting on the couch together eating popcorn and listening to my dad tell stories of when he was a kid ;-P
~ singing hymns after dance class, harmonizing on 'The Old Rugged Cross'
~ laughing with the Cousins on the way home and singing 'Stars'
~ sitting on crates in the stand, eating M&Ms and talking about our different accents -- several times while she was here, people asked Naomi to try and imitate an American accent, which was always funny because every time she'd start out by saying "Hey, y'all!"
~ sneaking into A Hotel even though we weren't technically supposed to...THAT was fun.
~ sitting together around the bonfire -- on the bridge -- on the dock on the lake -- in the car at a church parking lot
~ riding the ferris wheel & watching fireworks
~ Naomi taking random selfies at inconvenient moments ;-P
~ MOONING over books together at Barnes & Noble, at which she bought a bee-you-tiful copy of P&P and I bought, um, the entire Hamilton cast recording. I NOW HAVE THE ENTIRE HAMILTON CAST RECORDING.
~ walking our bikes home while the twilight set in (then setting up our tent in the dark....that is, Naomi set it up...)
~ watching 'The Waltons'
~ sitting on Sadie's bed, talking about snowbanks....I'm just going to let you wonder about that one
~ watching Blimey Cow videos and laughing our heads off
~ making pizza and singing Newsies songs!
~ eating strawberries all day long :-)
Saying goodbye was HARD. Harder than I'd thought. I miss Naomi's laugh, and I miss having her around every time I want to tell her something, like, "Hey, did you see that person? Guess what song's on the radio! Listen to what I just found out!" It puts a whole different perspective on living an ocean apart. It's even harder now. But I know we'll see each other again, someday. And hopefully that day will come soon.
Next adventure, writing camp! I left the day after Naomi did. Talk about emotionally bereft.
Anyway. That was interesting. (COUGH.) I'd found out I was accepted late in May, which made me extreeeeemely happy because it's so rare that I ever win/get picked for anything, heh. It was at a university and I was one of 24 other students. Interesting, but not quite what I'd expected...at first I thought I'd be eaten alive, but then I got used to it, and things turned out alright in the end. There were good moments, and I made some great friends that I won't forget. Kindred spirits aren't so scarce as I used to think.
After that whirlwind things have calmed down a little. I'm working on our farm, catching up on my projects, making the usual mischief, and trying to get back into writing what I love. I spent a long time looking over my manuscript this evening...but didn't really get anything accomplished, except it reminded me how much I desperately LOVE this story and how important it is that I tell it. I'm still not giving up on that novel. It may take years and years, but I'll do it.
Some things I've been loving this June....
NAOMI // my new journal, sleek and new // the pea patch // peach pie // American Cowboy magazine // this song // Blimey Cow's 'Ten Most Awkward Types of Hugs' video // the golden color of the meadow at dusk // the four little kitties we've been taking care of // geraniums // conversations with friends // driving my daddy's red Ford (I feel like such a boss ;-P) // water // The Paradise // braids // funny stories // my cat Oliver // daisies // the country station // ice cream bars //
It's good to have those things you can always count on -- like a family who loves you, work to do, and old shows like The Waltons. These are the things that don't change. Sort of my touchstone when life starts getting crazy and I'm pulled in so many directions at once. I love my home, I love my folks, and I love my Lord who gives me all I need and usually more just because He loves me....I will never deserve all the loveliness of this life I've been given.
So how are y'all, my friends? What fun have you had this month, and what are you looking forward to the rest of the summer? For me it's our rodeo, three concerts, and possibly finishing my book...time will tell. ;-)
P.S. Happy Independence Day!
"Time just gets away from us."
~ Mattie Ross, True Grit