// adventures. / fall break 2015 //


Hello dear lovely people! It feels like it’s been nothing short of forever since I’ve written a blog post. In reality it’s only been a month, but that’s still enough to make my writerly soul nearly burst with all the things I need to say.



Today marks my final day of my last fall break spent at home, but I refuse to linger on that bittersweet little thought. Instead I want to share all the loveliness that went down this past week, and give a little update on my hectic-yet-beautiful life at present.


Well, now that we know for sure that I am indeed going to Liberty next year (I was overjoyed to receive my acceptance call and letter last month!), my parents had wanted to make a trip up there to discuss financial aid and all that practical loveliness with them. I was looking forward to visiting again, especially knowing that my goodness I’ll be calling this place home soon, but the truly fun part was that my dear friend Taylor came along with us for the journey. (By the way, it’s actually her birthday today, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAYLOR I LOVE YOU.) And so we simply HAD to take cute pictures. 😉

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We took a little detour on our way home from Virginia on Friday, and may I just say, that was one of the best mini-adventures I’ve ever had.
Have you ever heard of the State of Franklin? It’s this little corner of northeastern Tennessee that, long ago, tried to become the fourteenth state (yep– it would’ve been the first state to join the original thirteen colonies). It didn’t work, but some people call it the State of Franklin even today.
Anyway, there’s this adorable little town in Franklin called Jonesboro, surrounded by sprawling countryside and hills and autumn-covered trees. It was the first city established in Tennessee, and is drenched in history and rustic charm.





Jonesboro is so conservative and non-politically-correct. I love it. They’ve got the Ten Commandments up on the town hall, American flags everywhere, and cute little Protestant churches lining the streets.
And then there’s the other loveliness– a farmers’ market every Saturday (we were there on Friday unfortunately, but my parents have seen it before), antique shops, candy stores and artisan chocolatiers, and even a handmade-pen shop and a storytelling hall. And on the outskirts of town are a bunch of cozy little bed-and-breakfasts with historical flair.

We got to stop in a few shops, and this is the random loveliness I felt the need to document in photographs:


(floral teacups in an antique shop)


(artisian chocolates– almost too pretty to eat)


(mine was called “raspberry rose”, isn’t that delightful?)

I also purchased a gorgeous hand-crafted acrylic pen, all golden base and ivory-with-pink-swirls. The guy who made it said it was called “strawberry swirl”, and it was on sale, so clearly I had to get it. Taylor told me it matches my personality perfectly, which is probably true. 😉

Friday night, before I went to bed, I just knew I had to journal about this adventure. And I’m so glad I did, for it was truly a fall break to be remembered. I’m forever grateful to my parents who make these adventures happen, and to my Heavenly Father who paints each day so brilliantly, especially in autumn.

“Let us ride, let us ride home again with a story to tell!”

// Into the Fire / The Scarlet Pimpernel: The New Musical Adventure //

{love, Em}


9 Replies to “// adventures. / fall break 2015 //”

  1. You’re going to be living so close to me ^-^ I considered Liberty. I may transfer there or to Regent University after I get my Associates 🙂 Emmie! It’s so good to see you blogging. Pretty pictures! ^-^


    1. Really?! YES. I believe a visit is in order. 😉 And that would be so wonderful if you transferred there! // Thank you! It’s so lovely talking with you, Brookie dearest. Are you going to be blogging anytime soon?


      1. Yes! You’ll be living within 3 hours of my home! A visit is totally in order, girl. We could meet in the middle. 🙂 I’d love to transfer there, Liberty is such a cool place.

        Welcome! You too! Yes, I hope to! I have a plan for a new blog (my other one is gone with the wind, obviously) and you should be seeing that within a few months, I believe. ^-^


      2. Yes, I like this plan! Only I probably won’t have a car there with me (everything you could ever need is on campus so I wouldn’t be using it much anyway), so I’ll have to find creative ways of transportation. xD But we MUST meet up. That would be the greatest thing.

        Oh yay! I can’t wait to read your writings again! 🙂 Speaking of which, are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?


      3. Me too!! I’ll probably be driving and maybe have a car by then (that would be next fall, right?) so I’d probably be willing to drive the whole distance myself. [I can go the distance! x) I really do love road-trips.] In any case, my Dad would definitely drive me. 🙂 We really have to meet up. No question about it. We must have a café, sit down, tea-sipping tête-à-tête together and that’s final.

        Aw, thanks! ❤ Yes! I actually *just* messaged you on there. 🙂 I need a NNWM buddy!


      4. Yes, next fall if we can manage it! 🙂 I would hate to make you drive the whole way though– well, I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Ohh, YES. Going to tea would be SO AMAZING. I’m excited just thinking about it! ^_^

        Wonderful! I’ll check it as soon as I get home 🙂 I need a NaNo buddy too– it’s going to be VERY difficult for me to stick with it this year. College courses are brutal; I’ve got three separate and complicated projects for three different classes, all due the first week of December. :] But I refuse to go down without a fight! I *will* write. No matter what!


      5. Yes, we shall. ^-^ I KNOW! That would be the ABSOLUTE loveliest!

        Awesome! I feel ya, girl. I’ve been doing some pre-college stuff (apparently, I kinda suck at Math. *no one looks surprised*) and dude, I’m not looking forward to taking on the entirety of college. November will see me trying to balance Math classes, tutoring siblings, babysitting, a personal project that I’m hoping to put into action soon, and NNWM… so… I might be as mad as a march hare by the time I see December — YOU GO GIRL. So will I! Even if I have to pull a few writer all-nighters. 🙂


      6. YES. Well, at any rate we’ll both be mad by that point, so… LET’S DO THIS GIRL. *slays NaNo because that’s what we do* *and also rocks out overwhelming college workloads because we can do that too* *all while suffering through writerly insanity and lack of sleep together*


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