Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Perfect Day in the Woods

Hello Blog Readers,

I hope you are well. I am a little sad because I had to say goodbye to my family and Czech friends this week. 

I got to spend one of my last full days at home in the Czech Republic in the perfect way. Barbora, my dearest friend from high school, came from the city to spend time with me. We drank tea and chatted in my kitchen. We ate leftovers from the fridge and talked to my mom. Then we went exploring in the woods across the street. 

We brought a wicker basket (birthday present from Claire!) and a mason jar for artefact and blackberry collecting. Wandering slowly through the forest paths was peaceful. When I am with a fellow artist like Barbora I am more attuned to the details in nature. 

For instance when I am with Barbora I notice bugs. Because she has always been fascinated by them I am on the lookout for interesting insects. I want the satisfaction of pointing them out to her. 

Collecting bits of nature and walking helped us to talk more freely, because we had something to do. It made us each feel more comfortable, instead of feeling awkward after not having seen one another for so long. 

In the evening we sat around my dining room table and doodled together. We drank more tea. Talked some more. Then my mother drove us back to the city where we said goodbye to Barbora.  The time I spend at home in the Czech Republic always has a bittersweet flavour, because I am always aware that my time here is short.

I loved being with my sister. That girl has been a friend to me for almost six years. We have each moved to a different country to study: me to America and she to Germany for a semester. But she has still made me feel like I could rely on her. I pray that I can be a support to her from afar in the same way that she has been for me.


Lucy Rose 

Here is more about my time at home.
More about Barbora.  
About trip to Arkansas. 


  1. Oh, I feel this bittersweetness with you. It is always so comforting to realize in both places - Czech and Chicago - that relationships built do remain. So glad you had such a lovely day! Reminds me of the late summer days when we would go blackberry picking together. :)

    1. Oh yes! I thought of you the whole time. I wish we could have picked berries together. I even picked some by the hotel!

      Your words are so true regarding the relationships. I get bogged down about it sometimes. and wonder why the Lord has chosen such a fragmented life for me.

    2. You put words perfectly to what I have felt these past two years. Fragmented - yes. Let's keep asking those questions - I think the Lord has something specific and intentional in that for us.

  2. cute photos, sounds like you had a nice time!

    danielle | avec danielle

  3. so sweet moments!! *_* lovely!!

  4. This is just gorgeous! Such a perfect time, it looks like that <3
    Thinking about you after saying those gbyes - never nice. I know exactly how it feels. Keep your chin up & if you ever need a friend who understands 101%, I am here :)
    I mean it :)
    xox Nadia

  5. It sounds like you had such an amazing time with Barbora! It's incredible that you guys are still so close even though you're not physically near each other, I think that kind of friendship is so rare and precious.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'