Friday, August 19, 2011

the blessing of friends...

It's a somewhat sad evening here in the Stevens' home. We had to take Chris to the airport a few hours ago. If last year was any indication, we'll keep feeling the emptiness of his absence for a while. But when you think about it, this is such a happy thing. Not that Chris had to leave, of course. But that he got to come and spend his week with us in the first place. And it just fills me with such overwhelming gratitude to have him in my life. Those people who continue to doubt the validity of relationships formed through the internet just don't get it. And you know, I sort of feel sorry for them. My life would not be the same without the very, very, very dear friends I've made because of blogging, especially, though certainly not limited to, Ana and Chris. That is not an exaggeration. Not even a little.

Anyway, I've sort of gotten off track here. As I have a gift for doing. I really just wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures from this past week.

Okay, so it's blurry, and Chris hated this picture, but what can I say--I *love* it because it just screams "happy!" :D


Mount Hope Cemetery is soooooo beautiful.








Taughannock Falls.



Ithaca--one of my favorite cities ever.



Buttermilk Falls State Park.






Wickham Farms.




And even though this was taken at the airport, I absolutely adore this photo.


9 comments:

Amanda said...

Great pics, and it sounds like you guys had a wonderful time!

Jean said...

So glad you had a great time! As for the dragons bumper sticker, that same sentiment is on the back of the t-shirt I'm wearing right now. Love it! And as for friends formed over the Internet, you should have been there as I explained to a Canadian immigration officer that I was coming into the country to visit someone I'd met online in a women's quilting forum, someone I'd never seen in person before. Fun fun fun!

Chris said...

Oh Debi...this post...thank you so so much for everything again. I truly can't thank y'all enough. I had THE most amazing time :) Love you SO much!!

Megan said...

The pictures are great. Looks like you all had a fantastic time!

DesLily said...

love all the photo's!! Thanks for posting them Debi..I would have hated not seeing all the stuff you saw and did. thanks for taking care of my son! lol..

animewookie said...

Awwww, this gives me so much warm fuzzy <3 I'm so glad you guys had such an amazing time :D The bumper sticker...priceless ;)

Kailana said...

My life wouldn't be the same without all the fabulous friends I have made through blogging, either! One day I might even get to meet some of them. :)

Great pictures. I am glad you had a fun time!

Care said...

Wonderful. :)

kreed said...

Looks like another lovely visit - it makes me smile just looking at the pictures and feeling the love in your post. Friends are a gift - no matter how they come into our lives.