20th Reunion Thoughts

It's been 20 years since I graduated from high school, and tonight, there's a class party in Houston to celebrate the occasion. Only I'm not there. And suddenly, I'm really wishing I were.

{The only high school photo I have on my computer.
No such thing as digital back then, so everything else is
in a scrapbook or shoebox at my parents' house in Houston.}

Maybe this is normal...this wave of homesickness on a reunion night. Because on a regular day, I wouldn't trade our farm life in Franklin for anything. But tonight, I'm feeling really far from the place I called home my entire life.

As I wonder what stories my classmates are sharing tonight, I'm aware that for the first time in my life, my story is really different than I ever dreamed it would be. I'm the girl who went to reunions and had the same stories every time: same city, same neighborhood, same haircut, same everything. {If there had been a "most predictable" or "most likely to stay the same" award, I might have won it.} Sounds kinda boring, doesn't it?

But it's who I was. I felt really safe being the same. It was my comfort zone. And I had no desire to leave it...until we decided to take a leap of faith and chase a dream. Nothing about that process was easy, my friends. In fact it was downright scary at times. I often wanted to pretend we never had a dream...and just keep living the life I knew.

But now here I am, living in a whole new world!

{Same haircut and still wearing a ball cap!}

I've traded city life for a small farm in Franklin, Tennessee...

...with chickens...


...and two big dogs.

{Buddy rules the farm. He was the first of all the animals.}

And instead of dressing up for a party tonight,
I wore these out to the barn to round up chickens.

{Part of my daily get up.}

And I've even been known to wear those boots
while playing the violin in the barn on Sunday morning.

{The violin playing is new; the white legs are not. Wink!}

Friends, I'm so not the girl I thought I'd be. And even though I have short waves of homesickness or twinges of shock at how different this life we're living is from the one I expected we'd live, I'm grateful to be living out a story that isn't quite like the one I imagined. It's changing me...making me more adventurous and less predictable; more relaxed and less perfectionistic; more alive and less afraid. 

To all my St. John's classmates, I wish I could give you a big hug tonight and hear your stories. I have every reason to believe that your stories are amazing...no matter how simple or how daring...how close to home or how faraway.

We all have a story. I hope you're enjoying yours!

Hugs and love,

P.S. If any of my classmates are reading this, I hope you'll send pictures!


  1. I have always enjoyed reading your blog especially this evening ....hunter boots (?) And the violin.

  2. This is such a sweet and heartfelt post. You seem to have reached a great balance in your life...I've felt how homesick you've been and a little unsure where your new life has taken you. But you sound so happy and alive today! And that smile!! Lovely!

    Keep finding new adventures and never forget the old. You are very different now and will continue to grow and change and that's a good life!


  3. sooo many emotions surrounding a 20 year reunion.
    i remember all that i felt a couple of years ago when i went to mine. so many memories.

    i love that you're still wearing your hat...you rock that hat, friend!
    and those boots! and that violin! and that farm! and those animals!

    Adventure has found you and you have welcomed her in and she looks fabulous on you!

  4. Sweet Lins- I visited you in my dreams last night. It was so cool catching up with you and seemed so real. Sorry you missed your reunion but not sorry that you're living the life that you are. Life is good!
    Love you~

  5. Change is never easy- growing and learning are tough sometimes too! Glad to see you are finding the balance and enjoying this new adventure :)

    PS- you won't be missing Houston much in a month or so when the temps go sky high!

  6. We had an event here in Dallas that I opted to go to instead of the reunion. I had a great time with new friends....but will admit to checking facebook and feeling a bit disappointed that I didn't choose to go. It sounds like they had a great time.

  7. You look radiant! We have been here a week. . .I am sure the homesickness will set in pretty soon and hit me over the head one of these days. (especially when I can't go to Baylor events or when we have visited all the churches) Right now we are enjoying the area so much and desperately trying to get things put away (2 steps forward, 1 step back). We're a long way from Texas. . .but it is beautiful here. Can't wait to have you out to have coffee/tea on our back deck :)

  8. I hope your classmates are all following your lovely work and blog. They must admire you and your many talents, Linsey. And, most importantly, the beautiful family you have.


"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." ~ C.S. Lewis

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