April 17th, 2016
- Travelled to Tennessee's fair eastern mountains for Easter
- Went to Surf Side Beach, SC for a weekend
- Put on an exhibit opening with the other Johnson Service Corps Members
- Walked The Great Human Race 5K
- Jordan wrote more on his blog: Check it out
- Had fun at Johnny's Gone Fishing coffee shop
- Said farewell to new Durham/Chapel Hill friends
- Helen read Blood Brothers (and recommends it to you!)
- Skyped with far off Floridian friends
March 17th 2016
- Jordan started a blog check it out here!
- Enjoyed warm weather
- Pulled the jackets back out for a cold snap
- Started working on JSC Praxis Project "Know Your Neighbor", a community art exhibit
- Talked about future plans
- Hiked in Duke Forest
- Upped our scrabble game with words like doozie, zygote, and yogurt
- Enjoyed bluegrass and coffee
February 17th, 2016
- Helen got a hair cut
- Jordan shaved his beard
- Enjoyed Christmas visiting with family and friends in Butler TN and Asheville NC
- Survived a North Carolina style snow storm
- Improved our sledding skills
- Jordan started a new position at Self-Help
- Went on the Johnson Service Corps mid-year retreat
- Fought off/ recovered from colds
- Went to a lovely wedding in Johnson City TN
- Had the opportunity to catch up with and be encouraged by old friends
*A Note: This 'Once a Month' project has quickly become a 'every other month' project. If life doesn't get in the way we plan to rectify that in the coming months. You should see us again in March.
December 17th, 2015
- Car troubles
- Bought a new car
- Computer broke (So we missed October and November's picture)
- Visited family in Dallas, TX for Thanksgiving
- Visited DC and the Church of the Saviour
- Enjoyed visits from friends from afar
- Started attending The Advocate
- Decorated for Christmas
- Learned more and more about living in intentional community
I recently had the opportunity to visit Darin and Jane out at RambleRill Farm, nestled in the rolling country side of Hillsboro North Carolina. "After giving away their television (about 7 years ago) and discovering Wendell Berry (about 5 years ago), they started RambleRill Farm in 2009 and haven't looked back" (RambleRill Website).
Darin and Jane spend a lot of their time growing certified organic fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms to sell to the wider community. But more importantly, they inspire young and old alike to learn, love, and care for the Earth that sustains us in so many ways. They welcome school tours, college students, and even young photographers like myself to tour and learn about them and their farm.
September 17th, 2015
- Moved to Chapel Hill, NC
- We were so busy we missed taking a picture for August
- Started the Johnson Service Corps program
- Helen started working at Step Up Durham
- Jordan Started working at Durham Economic Resource Center
- Jordan started sporting a mustache
- White backdrop broke so we got creative with the background for this month's image
July 17th, 2015
- Said "Bon Voyage" to Natasha
- Discovered Southern Roots Filling Station
- Helen turned 25
- Jordan turned 24
*Disclaimer: Jordan has worn the same shirt in ever picture so far and I would like you to know that it is purely coincidental, which amuses me.
June 17th, 2015
- Helen dyed her hair.
- Jordan moved in to a new office building.
- Watched Pogopalooza downtown.
- Started packing.
Jordan and I got married a year ago, May 17th 2014.
While we were celebrating this small yet meaningful milestone, we kept talking about how it has not felt like a year. As the old adage goes "time flies...".
In discussing the disturbing speed at which time seems to insist on progressing, we decided to attempt a project. I am going to take a picture of us on the 17th of every month and post the pictures here.
This project is for us to remember every month no matter how mundane, to have a memento of each month while we grow, move, change, and simply experience life together. I also hope that it will give our future children (Penelope Simba and Harrison Ford) something to flip through and laugh at as I have done so many times with my parents' old pictures.
While I cannot slow down time, I can attempt to capture it on film and remember everything that each picture holds - all the hopes, dreams, anxieties, worries, landmarks, and love.
Aileen Genevieve MacDougall Stewart Hilchey Alison Pyke Brown, my Grammy, passed away on Wednesday March 25, 2015. She was 98 years old.
Grammy lived a life as long and interesting as her name. Sometimes it resembled a romantic movie. Other times it was filled with trials beyond my comprehension. Throughout all the ups and downs life brought her, she persevered and was strengthened. She brought peace and joy into every room she entered. She loved her family and friends fiercely.You could not help but fall in love with her.
Although she is gone, the impressions she left behind are not - her generosity in Aunt Judi, thoughtfulness in my sister, humor in my brother, appreciation of the simple things in Uncle Larry, faith in my dad, and her gentle kindness in my mom.
My Dearest Grammy,
Your presence in this world is sorely missed. The moment I found out you were gone, I felt the absence of your beating heart, your warm hands. You inspire me to love others, speak my mind, leave a gentle impression on this world, and enjoy a cup of tea. I think of you ever time I see a red bird. I love you immensely.
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.