Charleston: anniversary and Edel photo redux.

 

 

Whew.  What an amazing vacation we had last week. Rather than the usual wordswordswordywordwords you usually get from me, today it’s mostly photos with some captions. I do have to apologize, though.  I only used my good camera for the plantation photos.  The rest are iPhone/Instagram.  The quality is much lower than I prefer.  Boo.

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The first two nights we stayed with Kevin’s cousin Emily. This is the view out her back windows. I couldn’t have picked a nicer vacation spot if I was paying top dollar on Air B&B. Bonus: family time!

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Emily and her sweet babe.

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This is where we drank our morning coffee and prayed our rosary. Beats my car rosary by a mile.

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(two of) My loves and traveling companions.

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Sea Island Cotton at the McLeod Plantation

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The plantation home at McLeod.

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One of the original homes for enslaved men and women. It was built before 1851. This tiny house would have held 10 or more people in it.

 

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The cotton gin on the McLeod Plantation.

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We went to Folly Beach and visited with a friend we made in Korea.

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I’m pretty sure this was Rosalie’s first time at the ocean… and the California baby saw the Atlantic first!

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Eating lowcountry foods with the cousins. Shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, fried okra, collard greens. Yuuuuuuuuummmmmm.

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I honestly do not know why I was making this face but this beer, local to Charleston was so yum. Seriously, super delicious. Kevin loves IPAs so that’s usually all we have in the house. I was so happy to have this brown. (Also, Charleston is called the Holy City because of all the steeples. You know I love that.)

 

 

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Francis Marion Fancy Pants (and a sleeping baby to boot).

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On to the Edel Gathering. Holy moly, Holy City. Kelly has been my online friend for a gazillion days, so hugging her and hearing her humor in person were worth the price of admission. Her talk was so so so inspiring, Follow her if you don’t already. Rosie isn’t quite sure what’s going on, but I’m sold on Kelly. She’s rock solid.

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I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Jenna on the CA CWBN conference, and she is the sweetest thing. Funny, smart, and so dedicated to her vocation as a mother and her calling to lead other women to Christ through the Blessed is She ministry. I could have chatted with her all night if her flight didn’t force her to bed early. 🙁

 

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Palmetto in the Palmetto State! {check it off the list}

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Apparently preschool cross-stitch is art now? Seriously, the pencil lines were still on the fabric! College fund, maybe?

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Downtown Charleston Market

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Sweet grass baskets. A little above our price point for souvenirs, but perhaps someday.

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Anniversary lunch!

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I’m hoping to actually write out some more words about the Edel experience.  I’ll link them back up here when I do.  In the meantime, head to Kelly’s for the link-up.  Lots of great re-caps there!

Besos, amigos!

Comments

  1. I find old-time plantation homes with slave huts intact to be so incredibly fascinating. My imagination goes wild at the thought of all the separate lives and stories that passed through there.

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  2. Love these photos! It was fantastic to finally meet you in person 🙂
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  3. Awesome pics, as usual! Thanks for sharing. Glad you had such a great getaway with the hubby!

  4. I’m so glad we finally met!
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  5. These are beautiful pictures and looked like a lovely anniversary and Edel trip! So nice to meet you and your sweet babe at Edel! God bless!
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