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July 19, 2016

Southern Charm + Country Livin'

Moving is hard.  After packing up our home, shedding countless tears, and saying bye to all of my favorite people one after the other, I was emotionally and physically exhausted. It was finally time to say goodbye to the home, city, and life I loved so dearly.


It was a bittersweet goodbye to Raleigh and our life there but it was time to begin our next adventure. 


We embarked on our cross country road trip starting in Ocean Isle, North Carolina.  We dipped our toes in the Atlantic Ocean once more before starting the drive south to Florida to say bye to my family. 

Shortly after starting, we stopped for lunch in the charming town of Conway, South Carolina.


I'm wearing a backless neon dress from [Shop Hopes].  It's so light and comfy, perfect for exploring small towns and driving with the window down.


Dress from [Shop Hopes]

I was craving classic southern food, just in case it was hard to come by true southern grits in California.  


We stumbled upon [Cradys] perusing through Yelp.

We sat down in this quaint restaurant, immediately excited by our decision of restaurant choice.

We browsed the menu and both ordered southern staples.


I ordered the classic, Shrimp and Grits.  It was probably one of the best interpretations of the dish I've ever had.  The grits were so creamy and had the perfect amount of spice.  I topped it with an over easy egg.


Dan ordered the Fried Green Tomato BLT, a restaurant favorite.  It also included homemade pimento cheese.  Oh, how I'll miss pimento cheese!  I'm on the search for a good recipe so let me know if you have one!


After a delightful meal we left with satisfied tummies, ready to continue our drive.

That night we made it to my parents house in Northern Florida.and had a yummy home cooked meal and celebrated my baby brother's 25th birthday! The next morning we said our goodbyes and drove to my Aunt and Uncle's for an equally delicious breakfast.  We had homemade biscuits and gravy, eggs, and grits.  So perfect.  

Next stop was my grandparents house in Chipley, FL.  It had been years since we've been there and I was excited to finally return home out in the country to visit my Grandparents, especially after my Grandfather's surgery.


Coming back to the country is always so peaceful.  It's such an escape from our normal lives.  I mean, look at this sunset!


Their house has been in the family for generations.  It's the house my grandmother grew up in and the house that my grandfather rebuilt when they retired.  It's beautiful + perfect.


We arrived and Grandma had made us a couple of my favorites - roast beef, butter beans, corn bread, and blueberry crunch. 


Look how precious my Grandparents are!

It was a true southern cooked meal - something I will miss.

After dinner, we walked around the property with my Grandpa.  It was so nice to see him recovered and healthy - walking around after his surgery. 


We strolled through their land as the sun set, listening to shot guns being fired in the distance and crickets a chirping.



It's always educational and interesting to chat and learn from your grandparents. Check out what he uses to cut grass and tame his land - a machine from the 60's!



Their home truly is an escape, one that I regret not visiting more.


The next morning I sat on the porch before breakfast, listening to the birds and taking it all in. Dan and Grandpa were chatting about life while I listened on and kept their cat, Puff, company.


I mean, look how photographic this cat is! I can't stand it. What a model baby.



After breakfast, it was time to continue on our trip. We hugged and said our goodbyes, so thankful for our family. I will always cherish the time we had with them, no matter how short. 

Until next time, Chipley!

1 comment:

  1. Love this post, Sarah! I had the same feels when we moved 20 hours away from loved ones. So glad y'all came to visit us in Austin. Hasta luego! <3 Viony

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