Summer has arrived and I’ve made it back safely to my Pennsylvania mushroom town roots. My next few weeks at home will be filled with fun family gatherings starting yesterday with my mother’s pre-wedding celebration (I refuse to call it a bachelorette party because she is way too old for that… sorry mom!!!) and continuing today with my sister-in-law’s baby shower. Two weekends from now I will be celebrating my mom’s marriage and then shipping myself to France for ten weeks to study abroad and return home just in time for the arrival of baby Eckman at the end of August! My precious little cousin Ben (second cousin? cousin once removed?) let me practice being an aunt at the party today to prepare for my first nephew. Looking forward to lots of new changes in the next couple months!