Northern Drawl

Month: February, 2013

Prints and Panoramas


Mom and Dad's Wedding

This is one of my all time favorite pictures; it was taken in 1975. October 11, 1975 – to be exact. This is my dad  and mom on their wedding day (check out that ‘stache!). They were true high school sweethearts who met when they were 14 years old, and they have been together ever since. Supposedly they took a “break” during college, but I’ve heard stories about how they reused postage stamps when they wrote each other letters every single day…which doesn’t sound like much of a break to me. I’ll let them give you the specifics on how to cheat the postal service.

They have been an inspiration to me in so many ways. They are some of the most gracious, kind, selfless people I know…and I hope that my husband and I can be just as happy as they still are after 38 years (47 if you count all the years they dated!).




The Beginning

Having a blog is something I daydream about. I imagine writing beautifully crafted posts that bring people to tears; either because they are just so charming and heartwarming, or so witty and hilarious. I imagine a blog full of gorgeous photography, or pages and pages of complicated DIY projects, or award-winning prose and poetry that will one day get published in The New Yorker. Needless to say, I’ve started about 100 blogs and immediately felt disappointed in myself and/or it’s content. I usually end up deleting all my posts out of embarrassment, I’ve even been known to feel mortified about a grammatical error I didn’t catch right away.

Who can live like that?

I mean really. Yikes. Talk about unrealistic expectations. I would never hold anyone else to that kind of standard, it’s un-human, so why am I holding myself to it? I don’t really know why. Maybe you can enlighten me about some deep psychological issue that I probably have (I’m not sure who “you” is supposed to be, but I’m going to pretend I have some followers).

Anyway, the point is…this one is going to be for real. No more deleting posts because I feel slightly embarrassed. No more cringing each time I notice a grammatical mistake after I’ve hit the “publish” button. No more. I’m just going to go for it, and we’ll see what happens.

Mostly, I want this blog to be a space where I can express gratitude for my immediate surroundings (God, family, friends, nature, things, etc). I want a space to document and appreciate my thoughts, adventures, ramblings, loved ones, etc. So I’m not going to worry so much about who might be reading, or if it’s interesting. I’m going to focus on it being a blog full of gratitude, memories, moments, and things.

But…I think I might just start with some pictures. I’m the kind of person who dips her toe in first, I don’t usually dive right into the deep end.