Just a small party on the Promenade
Our pups, previously introduced in The Promenade Story: Collections, Ollie and Alfie make up number three and four in our small family party. As much as I want to stay away from letting this post evolve into an “About Us” entry, it’s inevitable that I at least introduce the highlights in my everyday life, the beings of whom fill the frame of my heart…as well as the home and lock screen on my phone.
Oh Sweet, Sweet Bluffton
Our little family story takes place in the small, beautiful little town of Bluffton, South Carolina. We love the incredibly welcoming and dog-friendly community of Bluffton. There are many reasons why in the short time I’ve lived here, Bluffton has already rooted itself deeply into my heart.
- Hospitality. Growing up in the suburbs between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, the hospitality between Bluffton and my hometown is a world apart.
- The May River. If you follow my adventures on Instagram, then you have seen the beauty that is the May River, the river where Bluffton is nestled upon.
- Culture. Festivals, town events and celebrations are usually centered around the Lowcountry theme. Annual festivals are held celebrating local artists, Gullah heritage and culture, Carolinian history and so on.
- Food. If I could only use one word: WOW. Forever thankful for Lowcountry Boil and the oysters.
- Last but not least, my favorite: People. The people in Bluffton are some of the most genuine and kind people there are in this world. I’ve met so many individuals with hearts bigger than you can imagine. The locals businesses thrive because of the always-supportive community and their heart for local businesses. Bluffton wouldn’t be the same without the remarkable, fine people living here.
As many of you know, Chi is currently serving in the USMC and we are in what feels like a “waiting period.” We’re waiting to see when Chi gets out of the Marine Corps and without a confirmed date, this ultimately affects future life decisions. When his contract was first extended in early 2018, I was upset and frustrated but if I’ve learned anything in the past 4-5 years, it is this: I can take heart in uncertainty.
Fast forward 5-6 months and 3 new extended dates later, we’ve learned to just enjoy where we are in life. We were forced, in the best way possible, to learn how to focus on this season of life and how much we have to be thankful for. The list containing our “thankful-for” is endless and growing each day but getting to the point of patience where we are at took hours and hours of prayer.
We’ve learned to enjoy the quiet, sleepy Sunday morning’s in Old Town where just only hours ago, were alive with people, music and laughter in all directions.
Date with the Pups
Because we love having Ollie and Alfie with us everywhere we go, here are our favorite picks for dog-friendly spots within walking distance in Old Town:
*please, please, please check the weather and pavement ahead of time. The temperature outside may not seem too hot for you but imagine having layers of fur and no way to sweat it out. Please check the pavement, too; a good rule of thumb is if it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot, it’s too hot for your pup to walk on. Not sure if it’s too hot? Don’t take them out, err on the side of safety.
Coffee/Brunch: Corner Perk
Breakfast: the Cottage
Sunrise/Sunset: down to Calhoun St. Dock we go
Bluffton is the perfect place for our story to begin. The past few years have been so monumental for our relationship. As people, we’ve changed so much in the past few years and I’m thankful we are able to grow together in such a beautiful location.
Think I missed a spot and should add it to my list or have a place you would recommend?
Yup, that’s us! Between all of the photos logged on my phone, desktop and Chi’s belongings, we couldn’t believe we didn’t have a quality photo showing the four of us at once. Looks like I am now able to join the frenzy of family holiday cards-totally kidding. I don’t think I’m ready for joining that stage of life yet.
Currently listening: Midsummer Madness – 88 Rising