As we approach the holidays, I am recounting the year and what a year it has been.¬† It took months of planning and years of saving, but we managed to swing a five week stint in the UK this past summer.¬† You would think after a month of traveling that all but the serial jet setter would be ready for home, but honestly, I could have stayed.¬† The UK has always felt like home for us.¬† If I could spend a year at Swinglee Grange Farm in Sheffield, tending the sheep and cows, maybe I would get sick of it, I don’t know.¬† But I’d like to give it a try sometime.
The trip was in celebration of mine and Andy’s 10th anniversary and included a three night stay in the Keeper’s Cottage at Wedderburn Castle, in Duns, Scotland, where we were married.¬† The stars aligned in having a one day overlap in Scotland with our friend, and extremely talented photographer, Elyse, who offered to come to the Castle and do a photo session for us.¬† Even crazier is that the resulting shoot and the story behind it appealed to another talented friend, Katie, and her brand spankin’ new magazine Cottage Hill.¬† We are so honored to see our story in the Homecoming Issue.
So, down to brass tacks… what am I thankful for?¬† I am thankful for my parents, who continue to raise me in the most supportive way imaginable and have set an example for raising my daughter in the same way.¬† I am thankful for my husband, who thinks I’m crazy sometimes but usually lets me get away with whatever scheme I’m planning.¬† I am thankful for my nephew, for being such an amazing big cousin, my fellow Beatlemaniac, the Star Wars President and an all around fantastic young man.¬† I am thankful for my daughter, the light of my life, who won’t stay little forever.¬† I am thankful for my extended family and dear dear friends who make life worth living.
If you have a chance, pick up the Homecoming Issue of Cottage Hill.¬† I believe it can be found at Barnes and Noble and Target, as well as Dutch, here in OKC.¬† Or you can order it directly through their site.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the Wedderburn session.¬† I get teary every time I look through them!