Our families have celebrates many holidays together over the last 7 years - everything from New Year's Eve dinners to their annual 4th of July cookout. They have become family - and never more true was the saying:
"Friends are the family you choose for yourself."
I definitely would have picked my best friend to be my big sister. Wise and kind, full of grace and self-confidence. I'm so thankful for the dear friends that I have, both those who are near and far.
I decided one of the things I love about traveling back home is that I pull out my camera and take notice of the little things around me.
I slow down, I hunt for the beauty in the ordinary.
I'm there, focused.
So I took my camera along to our 4th of July fete and spent some time in the moment - eyes open, searching for that play of patterns, colors and textures.
Eventually, all those tiny bits of color and design make their way into my beads - filtered through the years, tempered with sweet memories. They find their way from my heart to my hands.