Spring is here where I live, in Georgia, and everything is green. After a long weekend of being apart -- traveling and shooting for a wedding -- we had some time to be together as a family with friends; it was badly needed. Wedding season is picking up which means more time away from my girls and my beautiful husband. But this particular Saturday, I drove through the mountains in Appalachia and saw beauty. I listened to Redbird's Moonshiner, and Drunk Lullaby, and Ithaca. It made me want to go camping. It made me want to back to Oregon, just for a bit, to visit friends and remember. More than that, it made me love the South and everything about where we are, exactly right now, with all the good and bad. My girls are growing and I feel really good about where they're being raised. We live in a very special place called The Hill; it is this hidden, idyllic, green and beautiful parcel of land a few miles from downtown Athens. The people who live here are almost like a family. We gather with them from time to time and it is always special... I am looking forward to more of that this summer, and new growing friendships, and old friendships that continue bringing joy and community to our lives. I am thankful for these moments of rest and being together.