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Barefoot Blue Jean Night

I’ve talked before about how I never grew up wanting the simple country life we lead. I never dreamed about a white picket fence, or being a mother. I certainly never looked forward to raising my kids in the small town that felt so confining to me as a teenager.

The rush of the city excites me. I thought I might end up there. The cadence of a beach city, especially, draws me. The water rejuvenates my spirit. Blogstalkers know that San Diego is my favorite city in the world… I always kind of figured I’d choose that city to stake my claim on the world.

But here I am.

I’m 26 years old, married, with two children. I live in an old farmhouse with a wrap-around porch, a stone’s throw from my parents and grandparents. This morning, I didn’t rush to work, because I work for myself. Instead, I sat on the porch and watched my half-naked, wild-haired children play in the dirt in the driveway, separating smooth rocks from jagged ones, while my husband painted our closet doors.

And I hugged my arms around myself tight, and thanked God almighty for not giving me anything close to what I asked for.

I wouldn’t say country music is my favorite. I like lots of music, and there are seven decades and dozens of different genres on my iPod. As musicians (lapsed though we may be), Mack and I pride ourselves on being able to enjoy and appreciate the gems in any kind of music… techno to country gold, pop to thrash rock, classical to hip hop, blue grass to broadway. This season, though, country music is really speaking to me.

Songs like, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen ), “Take A Back Road” (Rodney Atkins), “This” (Darius Rucker), pretty much anything by Lady Antebellum. And of course, always, “Everything is Fine” by Josh Turner.

That’s what this summer is, to me. Barefoot Blue Jean Nights, family time, fish fry, long mornings on the front porch, and being thankful for things I never knew I wanted.

  1. KSellers

    July 5th, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Adorable!

  2. Jana

    July 5th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    What a gorgeous family! You all are so photogenic and look absolutely stunning together!

  3. AmberB.

    July 5th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Awesome post! Love it! Pics are super cute too!!

  4. Ciiku

    July 5th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Everything about this – the words, the pictures – is just amazeballs!

  5. Nadia

    July 5th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Your family is just too cute for words! Love posts like these…

  6. Scotty O

    July 5th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    my favorite post in a long time!

  7. Abby

    July 5th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    This is my favorite post in a long time… Life is never what we thought it would be, and it takes a special person to see that God has a bigger plan for a better tomorrow. I live you all and am so thankful that you are right where you are!

  8. Misty

    July 9th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Love love LOVE this post, you’re such a picture-perfect family and I’m so happy for all your happy! 🙂 <3

  9. Mike

    July 10th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Quite possibly my favorite McG personal post of all time. For real. LOVE!!! Y’all rock my world. Period.

  10. Anne

    July 14th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    This post makes my heart happy!!

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