Wednesday, July 15, 2009

back to the bayou

It’s official. I am finally going to be back in Louisiana on November 21st! I’ll spend my time between Mandeville and Lafayette and will be there for a little over a week. =o) I cannot even express how excited I am!

I moved to Charleston at the beginning of the year and had anticipated returning to Louisiana sometime during the summer. Well, that didn’t happen. With work, school, getting engaged/wedding planning, etc. it just wasn’t possible to visit my much-loved home state. Today my requested time off was approved by my office and I am so very grateful/ecstatic/blessed!

I’ve started making a list of all the things I want to do (Go to my old church, bring Matt, Micah and Mags to the lakefront, visit VOA, etc.) and all the things I want to eat (Isabella’s Pizza, boudin, beignets, gumbo, etc.). I know that I probably won’t get to do everything I am hoping to do, but just being able to spend a whole week back home is enough to make me smile like this ----> =) 

To be honest I am somewhat scared. I’m scared of having to say good-bye to all of my loved ones again. (I’ve already begun thinking about the day that I have to leave…) I’m scared of my heart breaking when Micah, once again, begs me to live with him forever and ever. I’m scared that if I go back home and see all of my family and friends that I’ll never want to leave. But here’s the thing: Louisiana isn’t really my home anymore. It’s where I’m from and where I grew up, but my real home is here in South Carolina with Keith. Actually, scratch that. My home is where Keith is. Regardless of our exact location, I have found the one whom my soul loves and I honestly believe that God made each of us for one another. If I can just remember this thought when I am saying my tearful good-byes then I think I will be okay. Maybe.

Okay, back to the happiness! This Southern Girl is headed back to her roots in 129 days! Woop Woop!!
**Here are some of my favorite pictures from Louisiana**

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