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!