My Old Kentucky Home
When moving from Kentucky to Arizona, I had no clue how often I was going to get to return. I've been so blessed to be able to visit KY 4 times this past year. Each time, I'm reminded of how wonderful the community I was raised in is. The people who saw me through many stages of life have been so supportive of Christian and I's endeavors.
During this particular trip, I got to see friends that I haven't gotten to see since last year! The other half of last year's 5th grade team, Kristi, and I shared a special bond as we survived our internship year together (through the grace of God and a lot of coffee)! She and her precious family met up with me in a park near our old school and I had the privilege of taking their family pictures. Action shots were a must with her fun-loving tribe, and it felt like we were laughing during the whole shoot! Then, I had the honor of seeing a former student and his family. I couldn't believe how much he and his siblings had grown! It was so neat being able to reconnect with them after a year had passed and hear about his 6th grade year. Come to find out, his mom is now working at my former school! It was such a blessing to be able to catch up with them. The Womacks are such a special family and I loved being able to capture their strong bond on camera.
Right before leaving the South, I got to catch up with family members from Oregon and Wisconsin that I hadn't seen since high school. Obviously, a lot has changed since then, and it was beyond wonderful to see where we all are now. This particular side of the family hasn't been to Kentucky in years, so we all had to adjust to the disgustingly high levels of humidity. I often compare walking in the desert to walking into an oven, where walking in the South is like walking around in a sauna. Fortunately, we were able to escape the humidity by cruising around Kentucky Lake on a boat. It seemed like we had the entire lake to ourselves since no one else wanted to be outside. Can't say I totally blame them! We had such a fun couple of days catching up and reconnecting.
It's good to be back in Arizona (no more humidity!) but I'm already counting down the days until I can see those loving and familiar places. There really is no place like home.