You know those people in your life who impacted & formed you for years and years? Those friends you got to choose as family? I have a handful of those people in Ohio who invited me into their families through thick or thin and let me see it all. From fights, to the joys of family life, from sharing in the pain of deaths of close friends, to years of sadness because of infertility. They’re my people and they have my back no matter where I go in the world. .
I wish you could all meet Mark + Kate . They’ll look straight in your eyes when you are talking and make you feel like you are the most important person on this earth. This is little Olive… she is funny, wild, and free. She was prayed & hoped for over years and years and years. She made her grand entrance on this earth at the right moment along with her new baby brother due in August. Mark and Kate have let me watch them fight for their marriage, fight for hope, and fight for goodness this world has to offer. .
Something OHIO has that many other states don’t are local ice cream shops scattered throughout towns. I think it’s because we have millions of Dairy cows just hanging out here. It’s always a special thing to go to Dietches Brother’s when I come home or when someone comes to visit. It’s even more special when you get to share ice cream with your people on a random Wednesday summer evening without a care in the world and the most present as possible.