There are many times when I feel very lucky to live where I live. Today was one of those days. First, we woke up early to go to church to see Cameron perform in the children’s choir. It’s the older group of kids and they sang with the adults. Jordan was excited to see her brother up there singing. Afterwards it was so nice to say hello to many people and just smile and feel welcomed around a lot of people. Then we ran to breakfast at a local coffee shop that serves wonderful biscuits and gravy… It’s not a chain, just a local and warm feeling place. It felt good to be there.
After a good Jordan nap, she and Cameron hopped into the car with me to go to a nearby park. It’s the kind of park that just has a lot of running space and trees. There was a fundraiser underway that was a word of mouth kind of event. A local photographer (and the best friend of my neighbor) passed away earlier this summer and she left a big hole in many hearts – especially her husband and two kids. So a group of her friends and photographers got together to hold an open family photography event. I and many other families got a chance to get a casual family portrait for no sitting fee. Profits of any photo prints will go towards Sarah’s pet project: POYi (also a program that is part of RJI/Missouri School of Journalism) I look forward to seeing if there are a couple of shots of the kids and I. Beyond the picture part, we got to hang out with the kids’ favorite friends who happen to live up the street from us. Jordan is friends with their twin girls (4 months younger than Jordan) and Cam is friends with their son who is in Kindergarten. It was fun and sweet. Both kids ran around, ate food and enjoyed crafts. Jordan also grooved with folk music players (thus the groovin’ picture).
There was such a cool feeling of community and friendship. I met people I didn’t know. I met people who go to Jordan’s school who know Jordan but didn’t know me. (that happens often) It was just a great feeling.