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Seconds of Summer (Part Two)

Wow! What a busy summer we’ve had.  Our life has been a whirlwind of “pure fantastic” since we made the move here down south just three months ago.  We love it here in North Carolina. Love our home, love our neighborhood, love the amenities, love the weather, love the energy here, just love it all! And beyond that, are the bonuses that we never even knew we were in store for but are so grateful for:

The beauty of this place, the purity of the air. Those clouds! I am in awe of their beauty.

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The friendliness of the people here.  For the first time in many years, when I smile at perfect strangers (as I make it a regular practice to) I have my smile returned.  In the entire two years I’ve had my dreadlocks, I have received maybe one or two compliments on them. Here:  it’s becoming almost amusing how accepting and complimentary people are, nearly every place I go I have someone tell me how awesome they are. So, so nice.

And then there’s the bounty of homeschoolers here and the group that we so quickly and easily fell into.  After many years of going this route alone in our small town in upstate New York, here we have a whole gang of teens that regularly associate with each other; it’s almost getting to the point where there are just too many events to attend.  But to even have that to choose from is such a long awaited blessing.

 

Whether it's hangin' at the coffeehouse or on the monkey bars, if you're in the right company is all you need. Frenz like that are the best!
Whether it’s hangin’ at the coffeehouse or on the monkey bars,
if you’re in the right company it’s all you need. Frenz like that are the best!

 

Making the most of the last days of summer
Making the most of the last days of summer

And then of course, there was this long anticipated event…

The 5 Seconds of Summer concert was not a matter of simply showing up at the venue the night of the event.  Ooooohhhh no! It was far more than that. It was a week long adventure to get ready and properly celebrate.

First was shopping for supplies . . .
First was shopping for supplies . . .
then sneaking into the venue two days before to scope it out. All the gates and doors that would normally be closed were wide open for us, heehee
then sneaking into the venue two days before to scope it out. All the gates and doors that would normally be closed were wide open for us, heehee

 

Spending an entire six hours walking the streets of "uptown" Charlotte in the hopes of a sighting of the guys. We managed 3/4 and Ashton was sweet enough to take pics with the girls. Truly, a priceless and unforgettable moment.Tiff stayed with us another week and shortly after she returned home, was this . . . last but not least, saved the best for last-
Spending an entire six hours walking the streets of “uptown”
Charlotte in the hopes of a sighting of the guys.
We managed 3/4 and Ashton was sweet enough to stop and take pics with Livy.
We managed 3/4 and Ashton was sweet enough to stop and take pics with Livy.
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Truly, a priceless and unforgettable moment.

For the whole magical story of how it all came to be, click here.

ROWYSO Tour~Charlotte NC
ROWYSO Tour~Charlotte NC

Last but not least, saved the best for last-

Trystan realized a dream of his own come true, months in the making; a belated birthday celebration and a rite of passage, all in one and . . .

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at 14,000 feet and terminal velocity
at 14,000 feet and terminal velocity

jumped out of an airplane. I am so incredibly proud of my son’s courageous spirit. To lead your life with no fear, no regrets and to have that ideal at at such a young age, he is destined for great things. We are only too happy to nurture and support that!

For the full video, click here.

I have to wonder: what could top that? What grand new adventure awaits us next?! Guess, we’ll find out.

My new favorite hashtags: #weloveithere #thinkwellstay

May your road be paved with love, illuminated with glorious light and full of all sorts of unexpected adventure!

~Amber

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