I’m sort of like a country song, in that I grew up (mostly) in a smallllll town, dreamed of living in a big city, ran as far away as I could after graduation and vowed to never come back. Now, “I Miss Mayberry” (except not really because that’s not it’s name), but only enough to want to go back and visit every now and then.

Conveniently, my mom has stuck around, and she and her boyfriend just bought a beautiful property not far from my small town roots. Mom’s madly in love with the place for obvious reasons, and I am forever grateful to them both for giving us a place to stay when we get the urge to go a little country or when the kids need to know what it’s like to run barefoot in the grass (or on the long driveway) as far as their feet will take them… and for providing such an amazing backdrop for gorgeous pictures!

Also convenient, having my brother in town, who happens to be a great photographer. I took about half of these, and he took the ones with me in them. I think we make a great team.

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70 thoughts on “Country Beauty In Pictures”

  1. Gorgeous, Jill! We moved from the city to the country for a while just to gain perspective on life. It really will remind you how great God is, won’t it?

  2. Um, is it weird that I have TEARS IN MY EYES?? What the?

    These are amazingly gorgeous, J. I didn’t know your brother was a photographer too – that is awesome to me, b/c then you are in some photos too!

    The one of Kendall on the swing is AMAZING.

  3. Lovely pictures. I absolutely love the play suite that Leyna is wearing in the first couple of pictures. I wish I had a country getaway and a photographer brother.

  4. WOW how fancy! A PAVED driveway!? I wish our family farm had that kind of coin 😛 (I kid, I kid) That’s amazing that you guys have that to “vacation” to, I know my family LOVES having my parents farm in North Carolina to visit when we get sick of the cold winters in Boston!

  5. I have to say that by following you over the years your photography has improved so much in the past few months! I love to see the progression that people make with photography. Love these!

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  7. Ã…h.. jag planerar bakning (sällsynt!), att läsa och se film. En riktig innemysarhelg vill jag ha! Men hallÃ¥ – hur ofta gÃ¥r du pÃ¥ bal egentligen?? Ha nu en riktigt fräck fredag.

  8. Increible el articulo, gracias por el trabajo Vanille.Me han entrado ganas de volver a jugar a FFXIII-2. La verdad que se han currado un universo y una mitologia muy buenas, espero que anuncien pronto la tercera parte y podamos sacar nuevas conclusiones.Un salu2 desde Málaga

  9. I feel like breaking something just reading this. Those hooligans sound like the sort of scumbags I put up with while working retail. They were always sweet talking my managers into letting them go into the warehouse section of the store so they could hoard all the Hot Wheels and Star Wars stuff soon as the truck arrived every Thursday. We almost got fired thanks to those bozos. I don’t miss those days one damn bit.

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