1. Blue Ridge Mountains
When my husband and I moved from rural Iowa to central Virginia, I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains. I feel spoiled to live in such a beautiful place. We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries + holidays in these hills and they have developed into a big part of our story. They have become a place to find my purpose again and a place to reconnect with each other and myself. These mountains remind me of the grand wild places life can bring us + the journey we are all on.
2. Road Trips
Last summer my husband and I traveled to all the southern states for our 5 year anniversary trip and spent the most time in Charleston, SC (my favorite city in the USA!) This year we are doing the NE coastline driving through NYC, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and many more. Tonight consists of packing all the essentials to create a road trip that consists of good music, delightful snacks, and dive in restaurants. I promise I could be a full-time traveler and desperately come alive on the open road. Oh, road trips, how I love you.
If you know me, you know my love for Instagram. I love the openness + online creativity, but my favorite part is meeting women that grew to become some of my dearest friends. In August, my sister and I went to an adoption conference & met so many of our online IG friends that I saw the power of sharing your story online and finding those that understand the walk you are walking. My social media does not bring me down, but I follow people who uplift me and desire to do great, bold things. Thank you, Instagram.
4. Vanilla Red Tea
My sister-in-law gave this tea as a gift and I am forever indebted to her for my love and addiction. I spend my early mornings or evenings sipping its deliciousness and I swear it got me through grad school and working 40+ hours a week as a high school teacher. It became my little oasis. Go and do yourself a favor… buy it. You can thank me later.
5. Old Books
Many friends of mine reside in some of the old classics of literature and I am completely okay with that. I get lost in Silas Marner or Persuasions every time I read it. I have spent many summers with Gil and Anne and have wondered every year why Jo doesn’t pick Laurie. I have found that some of my greatest teachers are the books I hold dear and truly learn the power of story. I may not understand what it was like to live during WWII or life in the busy city, but through books, I can see another perspective & hear another voice other than my own. This summer I am spending my time with Dickens, Mary Oliver, and Hannah Brencher, and what friends they have become.
Libby is a twenty-something Midwest raised, Southern living girl. She believes in the power of story and has long been coined “the story teller” by friends and family. She can be found flirting with her ridiculously attractive runner\preacher man husband, Isaac, or in the classroom where she teaches high school students a thing or two about life. Libby blogs at Miles to Eden, where she documents her and her husband’s journey to parenthood through infertility and adoption. You can also find her on Instagram @liblo21.
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