The last month of summer has kept me away from here. In a good way, I suppose. Days have been spent barefoot and poolside and walking (and sweating) and eating watermelon and dripping popsicles and sipping frozen green tea lattes. Still, I feel guilty when I neglect my blog — if only for the fact that it serves as a journal of sorts for me. These precious days are slipping by and I want to document them and savor the last bits of time we have here in Virginia.
In the last month also, you may also have heard of the tragedy that has befallen our community. The Navy SEALS make their home here — and their families are woven into the fabric of my community. Their families are our dear friends, my children’s playmates, our neighbors, my clients. I have photographed many of these families before their deployments, and while none of my immediate friends perished in this terrible accident, none of them were left unaffected. We have been praying for and rallying around these families. It is our greatest fear as military spouses that the loved ones we send off will not return. The Navy SEAL Foundation is a charity that helps the spouses and children left behind. In addition to personal support, my business is contributing to the Foundation through the sale of the “Peace” print in my new Print Shop — all profits from this print will be donated to the Foundation.
Meanwhile, happy end of summer. I’ll try not to be such a stranger.