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Our Kentucky Little Valentine

Thursday, February 2

Devin and I (along with Matilda) headed to Kentucky for one last visit with his friends and family before he started his flight attendant training in Atlanta with Delta Airlines. Much to my surprise, Dev had arranged us a room at 21C Museum Hotels to celebrate an early Valentines Day along with a continuation of our 2yr anniversary. A special thank you to Rachel, Aileen and the 21c Louisville team for the accomadations and warm welcome.

Friday, February 3

We started the morning with Friday brunch and mimosas at the Wild Eggs Café with Scott and his boyfriend Nicholas. It was great to finally meet Nicholas and catch up with Scott. 

(left to right) Devin, Scott, Nicholas, Myself

(left to right) Devin, Scott, Nicholas, Myself

After brunch,

Dev and I headed back to the hotel for a much-needed nap. Dev ended up having a headache that needed more sleep, so I went out for a little walk around the block with my Nikon D750. 

Saturday, February 4,

After saying our goodbyes to our Louisville family we drove 2hrs to visit with Devins family in Corbin, Kentucky ( The birthplace of KFC ). I was very anxious to meet his family due to the past personal conflicts his family has had with the whole Devin being gay thing, but I went in with an open mind. In the beginning of our relationship, it was of no interest for anyone to meet me other than Devin's grandmother and his twin sister. However, in the past few months his mother had taken quite the effort of getting to know more about me, my family, and what it is I do for a living. In June, she even sent me an unsolicited birthday card. It was very well appreciated, and I honestly was very much looking forward to meeting her in person.

All in all, everything went very well. We had dinner with his dad one night, followed by a Superbowl taco soup dinner with his mother and grandmother. I really appreciated the normalcy we were treated with, and we didn't experience any criticisms as my anxiety was trying to warn me about. 

Sunday, February 5,

While we were out in Corbin, Dev had taken me out to Cumberland Falls, as well as the neighboring Eagle Falls. Without the proper shoes and camera, we made the best out of this spontaneous adventure via iPhone 6 and VSCO Cam.


After a challenging, but well worth it hike, we finished the night relaxing at his momma's house eating taco soup and watching the Superbowl with family. 

I want to say a huge thank you to all of the family and friends who have made this trip special and we appreciate your continuing love and support. In today's world of chaos, anxiety, discrimination, and uncertainty, we are forever grateful for the people we do have in our life. To our families, thank you for the acceptance; And to our friend families, thank you for the love. 

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