In past years I have gone through a mourning period upon returning home from Michigan. This year it felt good to be home, and that, my friends, is HUGE. I have struggled for years to accept Providence as my home. I have always enjoyed this city, but it always felt like a semi-permanent residence, despite the fact that we own and love our home and have found a great community. But this was the year where it all fell into place, and I worked really hard on adjusting my thinking to view my city in a positive light, despite its issues. Because let’s face it…there is no such thing as a perfect place.
Upon returning home the first thing we did was pay a visit to our farmers market. Oh how I’ve missed our market. We are in the middle of some major kitchen work (more on that later) and so I was limited in what I could buy since we are without a place to cook for the next two weeks. So basically we just bought a ton of fruit and ate it all day long! The following day the boys and I drove to the Cape to help my friend Sarah celebrate her daughter Emily’s birthday. It was the loveliest party and I was once again blown away by Sarah’s creativity. Would you look at those cupcakes and cookies? She made it all, even down to the starfish hair clip (embellished with french knots) in Emily’s hair. Although we are already midway through August, summer still feels delicious and although we ache for the lake, and miss my parents terribly, it sure is good to be home.