Well…that’s probably the first time you’ve ever seen those three things on a list together. Clearly, “one of these things is not like the other” (more on that below). But what they all do have in common is that they’ve kept me from writing my weekly RYGblog posts. And I’m so sorry about that.
First I had strep throat…knocked me out for over a week. And that led to bronchitis…out for almost another week. It was no fun. No fun for me. And no fun for Britt. Just ask her…I’m not a very good sick person.
But the 3rd thing on the list…Southern Living ®…well, that’s a horse of a completely different color.
So what’s up with Southern Living® being part of this otherwise sickly list?
Well…this week we had the humbling honor of having two of Southern Living’s ® finest [Hey Paden & Alison!] taking pictures of our back yard and outdoor spaces…which will be featured in Southern Living ®.
And two really amazing things about that…it’s going to be a featured article – like multiple pages, and…AND, they want me to write it!
How great is that? Not only are RYG and our yard going to be featured in the be-all and end-all of gardening magazines, but we’ll be able to express how important it is for families to connect in meaningful ways outside at home…in beautiful, intentional spaces. Come ON! (Can you tell I’m excited?!)
How’d this Southern Living® thing happen?
Well it’s one of those friend-of-a-friend kinda deals. Literally. A comment on Facebook from a longtime childhood friend of mine, led to her introducing me to a woman she worked with in Birmingham, who’s related to an editor at Southern Living. Said editor was forwarded the link to our blog…liked what she saw & read…and reached out to me to see how we might be able to work together.
With great zeal I replied with emails that were way too long (not a surprise if you know me)…our correspondence ebbed and flowed for some time…and then…almost a year to the day from that initial email exchange…friggin’ Southern Living® was in our back yard…crazy!
When can you see the RYG article in Southern Living®?
Well…since Southern Living ® shoots in-season for the next season, the article is scheduled to be in the April 2016 issue. I know…that’s a long time to wait…you’re telling me. But it makes sense and we’re beyond pumped!
So what’s Southern Living® have to do with a break in writing posts to RYGblog?
Well again…initially, much of that had to do with my being sick. But when I wasn’t on my deathbed, I was spending every spare moment essentially spit-shining every pebble and blade of grass in my yard. It’s Southern Living ® for cryin’ out loud…I wanted to make the most of this opportunity.
So…enlisting the gracious help of family, friends, and neighbors…I power-washed the world…moved plants around & planted new ones…built tables & painted doors…was literally up to my eyeballs in chicken poop making sure that the coop looked and smelled good (well, at least not that bad)…planted a veggie garden with more lettuce and greens than we’ll ever eat, but they were lush and green for the shoot…bought yard objects and re-positioned everything about 1,000 times…and I even found myself singing to my G.G. Gerbing Azaleas to keep their blooms just one more day.
While I was doing all that, Britt and the girls were helping me where they could in the yard…bought pillows, candles, rain boots & other things…and gave Sally the Scarecrow a much needed make-over.
Oh…and we did a ton of praying that the crazy weather we’d been having (we’d had 10 days straight of rain)…would cooperate. And it did! The first day started out a bit scary with a tornado warning…but it passed…and the second day was absolutely beautiful!
It was a ton of work…but well worth it. And even if our new Southern Living ® friends understandably didn’t take pics of everything we did…by the time they arrived, our yard looked great…if I do say so myself.
So the bonus for us is that our outdoor spaces are now that much more enjoyable to hang out in…connecting as a family and with friends. And besides that, we have a ton of new RYG-related goodie we can write future blogs about. So stay tuned for that.
Alright, I’ll stop. I’m sure you’ve had enough of me going on-and-on about our Southern Living ® photo shoot. But we’re excited…and wanted to share our excitement with you. So thanks.
Take care friends,