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Wow, last week was beautiful. Eric and I had such a wonderful time with family at the farm, and we also had a delightful rendezvous with my parents in St. Louis, culminating in the first time I’ve actually seen my mom on Mother’s Day since my Masters exams. Good times! It was an interesting week too, since I wrote all of last week’s posts before I headed out of town and was only checking in every now and then. It was an experiment, and I’m glad it worked. I think (and hope) that everyone who spends some time away from the computer comes back feeling relaxed and refreshed, but also with a strong sense of why we bother with the internet anyway: to keep up with the people we care about. It’s kind of a beautiful thing to feel so grateful for an unplugged week, and, at the same time, so eager to catch up with all of you and see what lovely things you’ve been up to. It’s a line I’m happy to sit right at the edge of (happy enough to end a sentence with a preposition, apparently). As I write this, I am bursting with all the exciting things I want to share with you…and I am also really jet-lagged! So for now, I just want to say hello, and that I’m back home. But home is more than one place for me now, as I so happily discovered this week. Home is here, where I make messes with art projects and play in the kitchen and welcome Eric home from work every day, but home is also where I grew up in Memphis, and now, it is on the farm too, with my new family. This picture is from a sunny afternoon, when Eric took me out on the pond in the rowboat. Although I am here, part of me will also always be there. That’s enough to make me smile every day.

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