there are still a few weeks until summer but here in the midwest, it's been insanely hot for the past two weeks. a couple of days ago, i received a package from the beach people and it could not have come at a more perfect time. inside was the majorelle roundie towel and jute tote bag along with a personalized note. after opening, i got a call from carter saying he was coming home early. we made lunch, packed a bag, and decided to head to the lake with the hope to spend the afternoon in the sun. an hour later, we arrived and realized that after the monumental rainfall over the past month, the entire lake was flooded. we parked at an empty campsite and walked on to the flooded shoreline. it was a peaceful afternoon, laying there together under the shade of a lonely tree. 

we've got some exciting trips coming up this summer and i'm looking forward to bringing the majorelle with me! it rolls up and fits perfectly in the jute bag. it's so soft and big enough for two which has me excited for the summer days to come. thanks again to the ladies over at the beach people for sending this beauty my way!



for whatever we lose ( like a you or a me ) it's always ourselves we find in the sea. 
 - e.e. cummings



we just returned back to the midwest after an incredible week on the east coast and are already plotting our next visit. charleston is so special to us. we moved there when we were twenty-two. we lived in a tiny studio apartment overlooking a creek. my favorite room was the kitchen. we would sleep in on weekends and cook pancakes. one day, carter traded some old bike parts for a couch and moved it into the kitchen so i could sit and write while looking out at coleman boulevard. it was the city that inspired me to turn my passion for creating into a business. and it was where we dreamed of traveling the world together and someday returning to raise a family by the shore. currently, we are pursuing two of those dreams. after this visit, we are brainstorming and praying about our return. 

we spent the first few days in mount pleasant, revisiting some of our favorite places; poe's tavern, page's okra grillred's icehouse, and the greatest spot in the world, d'allesandro's pizza. we woke up early to run the bridge, spent hours on sullivan's island, and caught up with old friends before heading to folly beach for our annual trip with carter's family. after spending the first part of the week constantly on the go, it was nice to settle in at my favorite home on folly. i love to wake up early and catch the sunrise with my father-in-law. we sip on coffee and rock on the porch while watching surfers and dolphins swim by. sometimes we walk down to grab breakfast by the pier. usually smoothies, acai bowls, or breakfast burritos. and then we claim our spot for the day. some of us sit with our chairs in the water, the older guys play bocce or kick a soccer ball until someone sprains an ankle (ahem, husband...) the younger boys play in tidal pools or chase birds, and the girls flip through magazines. you can find me doing all of these things. i'm lucky if i get a few minutes to myself where i can relax. 

we snack throughout the day and sip on cocktails before dinner where we sit on the deck enjoying the company and the breeze. i think we managed to stay up until midnight one of those nights, the six of us playing card games and laughing hysterically over drinks. but for the most part, i was dozing off to the sound of the waves shortly after ten. 

when we are in charleston, our lifestyle is different. we slow down. we ride bikes all over town. we comb the beaches for wildlife, never taking anything from where it came from. we appreciate the way the tide rolls in and out. we spend hours sitting together, and find ourselves dreaming about raising our children here just like we did years ago. we live more intentionally and love more deeply here.  and whether or not we settle here again someday, this place will always be dear to our hearts. 

a few photos from my camera from our time in charleston. sadly, i lost the first half of our trip while cleaning out my hard drive. you can see more photos from past visits here



we are heading to the east coast in the morning to visit our favorite beach town. we will be eating, drinking, and lounging on the beach for eight days. after a long winter and a stormy spring, i am so excited for a week away in the charleston sun.

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dear husband -

six years ago we started this life long love story of ours. you smiled at me. that same smile you had given me every tuesday night for months and thought i didn't notice. you ran over to my car as my heart was breaking on the inside, thinking we had just missed this chance of you and me. and then it happened. and we both knew it in that very moment. and here we are today. two thousand and some odd days later. dreaming of what's to come next for us. continuously falling in love with you and consequently praying for seventy more years by your side. thank you for loving me so well, always. 

for the first time since that first night, our dating anniversary falls on a tuesday. we are celebrating with love letters, margaritas, and a fiesta in our backyard. thank god for taco tuesday and for this man of mine who reminds me to celebrate everything in life. 

see past celebrations herehere, and here.