golden cloves: kernels of goodness in lots of photos and little words from the last week or so
Appalachia: there couldn't be a more beautiful place to have in-laws--they are dappled throughout the mountains and valleys.
Appalachia: a bit quirky, yes, but we love it.
Appalachia: my first time in the summer. First time seeing, catching, fireflies. Lightening bugs. Pixies. Tinker Bell. You name it. They seem unreal; little fairytale bugs.
Appalachia: fishing for bluegill at dusk without a jacket or sweater. Heaven.
Appalachia: Juniper's first time meeting many relatives in general, and great-grandparents in particular.
Appalachia: Juniper's (and my) first ride on a coal-powered steam locomotive.
J bug slept on Uncle M's chest for most of the ride, smooshing her sunglasses into his chest.
Riding that train with more cousins and relatives.
Appalachia: warm summer evenings. I probably have not stopped talking about the warm summer evenings to anyone who will listen.
Appalachia: already dreaming of the next visit, of country cooking, of family, of green, and of warm air licking our skin.