Home Sweet Home

I wasn’t sure if my first summer back home in Granite Bay (Nor Cal) and staying in my old bedroom in my parent’s home would also be my last.  Rachel, my good friend back home and I joked about it prior but when the time came, it was perfect.  I’m also convinced that the more space (as in square footage of a house) provides enough distance to not make one go bat crazy.

Mr. Wonderful did visit for five days which was so much fun and I loved every single second of his visit.  I feel like I’m dating my dad – and I mean that in the non creepiest way possible. I actually admire and love so many qualities that my dad has.  My dad and Mr. Wonderful got along to no surprise even more so back home.

For anyone who knows me, quality time is my love language. I love being in the presence of those I love, creating memories, having conversation and developing a deeper, meaningful relationship.  I was able to spend quality time with my parents, my darling old friends Rachel, Becky, Melayne and Jackie.  The best part of getting older?  Your relationships become older, stronger, and the more memories you have.

Of course, I did work.  I took on my first assignments from Sacramento Magazine which you can see in the October issue.  My dad drove me around like a chaperone to my shoots.  I loved being able to spend time with my dad between shoots at the Tower Theater Cafe in downtown Sacramento.  Every minute I spend with my dad, who I almost lost years ago to cancer, I am reminded how much grace God has and how He has transformed our family.  On a side note, Lincoln Brewster lead worship one weekend which is always a treat when I can catch him at Bayside.

Now, back to work, time to move, and time to gear up for the busiest time of the year in Arizona, fall! I can’t wait for the weather to cool down and have fun layering all of my outfits.  Before you know it, it’s going to be 2012.  Happy to have gone home, but happy to be back home in Arizona.

Row 1: Love note to Mr. Wonderful from Newport Beach / Tower Theater Cafe brunch with dad between shooting for Sacramento Magazine / Evening Folsom Lake walk with Paris & Mr. Wonderful / Folsom Lake / Row 2: Folsom Lake with Mr. Wonderful (Paris is between us) / Paris on my leg / Dim Sum – yum! / Cleaning out my purse and realizing I have an obsession / Row 3: Movie snacks with Rachel watching The Help / Sacramento Railroad Museum / Yogurtland cup in Huntington Beach / My fuzzy baby Paris

Diana Elizabeth felt a bit overwhelmed when she returned, lots of loose ends to tie up and correct but she quickly reminded herself that nothing is ever the end of the world that can’t be resolved with a little bit of patience, time and of course, prayer.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next creative themed party. She continues to blog weekly.


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