the fourth and my family

July 5, 2010

This was my first fourth of July back with my family since I was fifteen.

It's been six years since I spent a summer in California.

I missed them so much it hurt inside. I felt joy inside - all day long, joy just photographing them and pondering how much I love them, and the ways that they are an anchor for me. They are my solid ground. They are my roots. They are the source of so much of my happiness.

I'm so thankful to be with them.