#aunting #heart #soul

I’ve lived in Maryland for almost seven years, and I still never really think of myself as a Marylander.  I’m from New York originally, and ended up moving to Maryland to work for a season as a challenge course facilitator at an outdoor education center.  Then I met Tee and we fell in love and made Maryland our home.  🙂 For the first few years living here, I felt like an alien outsider with few friends.  (Wonderful friends – but few.)  Slowly, over the past five years or so, I’ve been building a community, making connections through work, farming, friends, and family.  heart

The very, very best thing about Maryland is having family close by.  When I left Virginia for Maryland, I was deciding between several different outdoor ed jobs – one in upstate NY, one in southern California, and one in Maryland.  My brother and my sister-in-law were expecting their first child at that time, and were living in Baltimore County; wanting to be around my new niece/nephew (spoiler alert: it was an adorable, curly-haired, smiley-faced nephew!) was my deciding factor.

NOW I have four adorable little ones – a nephew and three nieces! – to love in Maryland.  On Friday, I got to spend my afternoon and my evening with them.  The highlights were some floor time with my almost-three-months-old niece, who is smiling now, especially when she sneezes; playing a lively game of basement soccer with the four-year-old and the six-year-old; and snuggling with the 23-month-old, her head on my shoulder, scratching her back and singing to her softly.  Definitely #heart food.

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