last summer just before we were married, carter was sent on a two week job around the southern coast. if you've been following along for the past two years, you know that his job doesn't typically look like this. so being in the final stages of wedding planning, we decided to take those two weeks and enjoy some time to ourselves. we had family staying in hilton head so we started our "work vacation" with a few relaxing days at one of our favorite places. we have so many memories from this home over the last few years and it's always so good to get back. 


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.


Summer is in full swing here in the Midwest and it sure is keeping us busy. Between six day work weeks and a trip each month, there is a lot going on around here. Since we really have no idea how long we will be in Missouri, we've been making an effort to enjoy everything this area has to offer. While we are currently living in a smaller town than we are used to, my husband travels to an even smaller rural community for work each day. He discovered a lake tucked back between corn fields and farm homes, a local treasure for this area. So last weekend, Carter came home from work and told me to pack us a lunch. While he grabbed the fishing poles, I grabbed my swimsuit and soon after we ended up at the Pony Express Lake. We spent the next few hours rowing across the lake, searching for a calm spot to eat lunch, not catching any fish, and soaking up the sunshine.