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When I left Louisiana to go to college, I never dreamed that I would have gone 7 YEARS without returning home. Can you believe that? 7 years? I grew up in a small, small town in southern Louisiana and left the state twice as a child - once to go to Orange, Texas, to visit my Dad while he worked a temporary job there and once to go to the beach in Pensacola, Florida. That’s it. Until I was 18 and drove up to Ohio for college. Here I am many years later, only 6 hours from home. Six hours seems like a lot to most people, but that’s a breeze when you’ve been living 18+ hours away for 13 years. Of course, as soon as we arrived in Dallas we started talking about when we’d make our first trip back. We didn’t waste too much time. We took a weekend at the beginning of May to head down and visit my family.

The weather was gorgeous and we spent much of the time outside. It easy to remember that I grew up in the middle of nowhere (cable and internet aren’t even an option, that’s how middle of nowhere), but being there was weird. After living in downtown Raleigh, Brooklyn, and now Dallas, being in an expansive natural place with lots of wide open, uninhabited space takes some adjustment. My favorite part was the quiet. Listening to all the bugs and birds and sitting in green grass. It’s been too long since I’ve done that.

We had a chance to visit my grandparents. It was so great to see them and see how well they are, despite the fact that they are up in age and live very remotely and simply. They took us out to show us their fruit trees and flowers. I am so glad they were able to meet Louis and that I have a photo of us all together.

After church on Sunday,  we visited Jefferson Island, which is a plantation home and garden about 10 minutes from where I grew up. Everything was so green and still in bloom and we had a great time following the peacocks around and exploring the gardens. The nature that I grew up with and always found so boring, is now exotic and so beautiful to me.

I’ve had these photos ready for awhile, and it’s taking me much too long to blog this! Especially, since we’ll be heading back there this weekend. I'm looking forward to more visits home and sharing this piece of me.

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