Goodbye World

I’m leaving in a few hours to head out to Calvary Bible School. I’ll be attending second and third terms for a total of nine weeks. So obviously you won’t be hearing from me. ūüėÄ Y’all have a good winter!
<3 rosemary

youth trip

so our youth group kinda did a mission/camping trip a few weeks ago. we left here for atlanta, ga around 4.

*photo credits to tinslie wagler*



we got there… actually i don’t remember what time but it really isn’t that important. we got there sometime that night. :) settled in and the guys played a few games.


us girls mostly sat around and gave back rubs and got tired


it was pretty cool, our house was right in the middle of atlanta. we took a walk out around the streets. this was the view from our street. yup i was talking about the penske truck. :) so beautiful right?


the next day we had tickets for the atlanta aquarium. check out all the buses! it was packed!


the aquarium was cool but i don’t think it was worth $30. i definitely wouldn’t go there again since i’ve been there once. i just don’t get a huge kick out of fish.


the dolphin show was pretty cool though.


we bummed around in there for awhile then went and had lunch.


there were lights everywhere!




sorry for the bad picture but i had to put it on. inside joke. :) “CNN is my favorite building!”


after that our group kinda split and some went back to the house to work on supper and the rest of us monkeyed around in the park



we had a few hours before we had to be back to the house so we decided to go the the coke museum which was right by the park and aquarium. it’s kind of a weird picture but you get the idea


admittance was only $16 and i was wondering what kind of museum only charges $16? like maybe its not a very cool museum or something. but the staff were all really nice. the building was very modern. one of the first things was a short film on coke. share the happiness. it was little clips of the happy moments in peoples lives. the kind of movie that makes you feel good. :) then the lights came on and the movie screen slid up to reveal a door. that’s how the whole thing worked. you would walk in one room and the wall would slide shut behind you and another wall would slide sideways etc… it was the most fun museum i’ve ever been to! then they made a really big deal about the secret recipe for coke. it was in this heavily guarded vault.


the best part of the whole museum was the tasting room though. there were over 100 flavors of coke in there and you could just try any you wanted. some of them were really nasty! i think i like just plain coke the best. but it was so fun walking around trying them.




we actually aren’t usually segregated. it just looks like it.


then on the way out they gave everyone a free coke. pretty awesome. we kept seeing this ferris wheel and i have ALWAYS wanted to go on a ferris wheel.


so we decided since it was only a few minutes from our house we’d come back after it got dark and go. we went back to the house and had supper. the mission part of the trip was feeding the homeless. on Saturday we were going to go out and give lunches away. we were under 7 bridges to recovery. so friday night we went to the mission and packaged lunches.


then we came back to the house, grabbed our stuff, and went downtown again.


the ferris wheel was a lot scarier than i expected. it was 20 stories high! all us girls could fit in one so that was cool. the boys got on just ahead of us and they stopped filling after they got on.


we were the first ones to get on so it kept going. stopping. going. stopping. and when it stopped it would ominously sway back and forth. it wasn’t so bad when it was moving but when it stopped like that, it made my feet tingle. :) so the first round was a bunch of quiet little girls. but after that it got fun. we got four rounds, which lasted about 15 minutes. it was really foggy and hard to get good pictures.



it was so worth it! we went back to the house and played reverse charades and pig and donkey. it was hilarious! :)



that night my stomach hurt when i went to bed. a combination of laughter and all those coke flavors i’d tried. it was a good reason to have a stomach ache. :) the next day we went in and fed the homeless. we tried anyway. it was rainy so the mission had a little trouble finding them at their regular spots. also there were close to 30 other volunteers besides our group of 12. so it was a bit of an overkill. the few homeless we did find were swamped as soon as they came up. :) we did see their “homes” under the bridges. wow! i am so thankful for everything i have! it was so pathetic. we weren’t really supposed to take many pictures so i don’t have any to post. ¬†it’s something i’d love to do again with just a few people. we also went to low-income housing. there we had lots of little children come out and we gave them lunches and hygiene kits. there again there were too many volunteers and i felt kind of sorry for the children as every time they turned around someone was trying to give them a hug or pray with them. :) (those were the things the mission stressed we should do) i didn’t do either simply because if felt like i was smothering them. so that was our trip! i’ll end with a picture of our group.


<3 rosemary

wedding prep

well it’s been so long ago, let’s see if i can even remember! i know i got home from ohio, 3 weeks before the wedding. things had gotten a little backed up. andrea had to pretty much put wedding things aside to wrap up at school. erica was busily sewing 8 dresses for the wedding (one of them being the wedding dress!) and mom was frantically¬†feeding work crews that came to work on the house, plus washing, cleaning, and feeding our own family of 9. so when i got home i didn’t have any of the above responsibilities and was able to help out with actual wedding details. and there were a LOT of them! i’m kind of a list person so i typed up lists and tacked them to the wall.


i’m not even going to try to describe what it was like exactly. hopefully you will catch on from the pictures. the table numbers were chalkboard squares which needed to be spray painted


as you can see the deck was full of wedding projects. another of them was painting the bridal table chairs


we had so much help! people were so awesome. i’m not going to name them all but i’ll point them out in pics as they come up. we decided to make flower balls to hang over the bridal table. we did not realize how much work they were going to be when we started! they should have been done months before wedding. they were actually only finished a few days before. we bought the styrofoam balls and t-shirts in bulk. we cut the t-shirts in one inch strips, sewed a gathering stitch and gathered them, rolled them into little flowers and glued them to the balls. it doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but when you have a couple hundred flowers per ball it’s pretty time consuming! originally we wanted 7 but had to come down to 5 as the days passed. we had a few people over to help make them. this was the day we realized exactly how long they take to make! i was hoping to get them finished in one day. ha ha. we got one small one and part of the big one done! but bless the dear girls who came. :) it was a mixture of youth girls, cousins, and joe’s sisters.


erica and esther




tinslie and i. you can see the unfinished large one and the nearly finished small one in the foreground. (sorry its unfocused!)


people got really tired of gathering them! the mood got interesting as you can see.


there were little fuzzies EVERYWHERE!


at the end of the day we still weren’t close to done. sooo…. the strips went everywhere with us and we worked on them any chance we got! even to the lake when we went boating with joe’s family.


¬†bless joe’s family! they literally saved the day. i’d say they did the majority of the work on the flower balls. and it wasn’t really fun work either. but not just with the flower balls. they painted the entire trailer, ironed table cloths, and prepped the flowers. along with many, many other behind the scenes jobs. andrea ordered her flowers online and they began arriving the tuesday before the wedding. we had to pull leaves and thorns off the roses and rehydrate ¬†the hydrangeas. this is where my other family came in handy. :) i don’t know how many times i called renita and jonita asking this question or that.



it worked out really nice to have the meat cooler. it kept them nice right up until the wedding. we had a last minute panic trying to find spray roses because sams sent us more regular roses and we needed spray roses for the bouquet. but an old friend was able to find some for us and ran all the way to greenville to pick them up at the last minute. pepsi and my phone. pretty much life savers when working on a wedding. at least for me. :)


marta put together a seating chart for us


aunt jan moved in a week before the wedding and took over all housework. she was amazing!


two nights before the wedding our house was filled to the top! we sent out teams to pick queen annes lace from beside the road, and put the programs together. there were other various projects being worked on as well.




the last time we had this many vehicles in our drive way was brad’s accident. i’d rather have a wedding. :)


okay well it’s time to wrap this thing up. good night!

<3 rosemary

CBS Term 2

well scarcely 8 months later. :) but i won’t make any more excuses! i’ll start with my dorm. i was really sad to leave my first term dorm cuz i loved them so much. and because i got moved to dorm one. which was right across the hall from the deans room. :) it’s notoriously the trouble dorm, mostly because the deans can hear everything. but i’m pleased to report we only got shushed once! my new dormies were pretty amazing too though and we had a party!

Susanna Yoder, Katie Eash, Katie Beachy, Suzanna Beiler, Lisa Miller, Me


yea, it got a little confusing sometimes with two susannas and two katies but we managed. there was also someone else there that i was thrilled to have with me.


it was awesome to have a sibling with me at cbs! especially a brother. i could run tell him all my drama and he’d help me figure it out. and i liked to try to embarrass him occasionally.


i don’t think it really worked. :) okay, my classes. lets see my first class was commands of christ which was taught by hosea troyer whom i know from family week. i was blessed to have amazing classes second term! i loved all of them.


second class was doctrine of the church by gerald wagler. it was a small class of just 14 and consequently we had lots of discussion which i loved!


in this class we split up into two churches and had a bishop and two deacons. we had to find a place to start our church, have a budget, buy a church building, and most importantly we had to make standards! we also had a real church service with a real message and real devotions, sunday school and singing. :) i totally recommend this class! its really practical and it taught me a lot! so if you’re going first term in 2015, sign up for his class. :) fyi, my church was called tooele mennonite church and was located in tooele, utah.



my last class was christian family living by kevin graber. that was a rather large class and also very educational. :)



those were my classes. and on to study hall.



chorus by director leonard mast.




picture night! 18 year olds.

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19 year olds

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20 and older

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some very important people! the cooks. :)

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i think south carolina had a record this year! we usually don’t have more than 5 or 6 but this year we had 10!

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preacher’s kids

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dating! :)

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and this is how the rest of the chorus room looks on picture  night. :)

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reunited with family weekers.


it was super cold second term, it got down to below zero. lots of snow!


snowball fight!


the epic snow man some of the girls made


snow fort





since it was so cold we didn’t play a whole lot of volley ball and there were more inside games.





evangalism day was really snowy and icy so they didn’t make people go out. just the people who really wanted to braved the roads. the rest of us stayed and did skits and had a spikeball tournament. and just so you know, the couple dancing are brother and sister. :)



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converse and black socks? yup it CBS!

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tournament day was also too cold and rainy to play outside. thankfully the roads weren’t as bad and we were able to go to a gym about 45 min away.




championship game


and the winning team!

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every week your dorm gets graded and one dorm is awarded cleanest dorm. at the end of the term all the dorms who got cleanest dorm get to stay up late in the dining room and play games.




we played some pretty crazy games!!



there are just some awesome people at cbs! here are just a few. this is my little buddy. he would bring me snacks and we would go out and catch craw dads in the creek.


hannah turned 16 out there and in her honor we all tried to wear pink.


it was also great going with my friends from home, crystal and tinslie. i dont have a picture of crystal and i… tinslie and i have done a lot of stuff together over the years! im glad cbs is on that list. i also got to go with my cousin travis. its always cool to have guy cousins there. :)


and that’s the end! well, not exactly. today i got my acceptance card for CBS 2015! here we go again! sorry this post feels scattered and wrongly punctuated, but i’m ready to be done with it! k, good night y’all!

<3 rosemary


okay so sorry! i know i’ve seriously neglected this blog. i know you see this on every single blog you go on… oh i haven’t posted because i’m so crazy busy! and i guess you see it on this blog too. :) i am still ¬†planning to post on the wedding and second term from cbs. but it might be a little bit yet. for now i have a photo shoot for ya. as i have mentioned, photography is not something i am actively pursuing at this point in my life. i still enjoy it, though, and have fun when stuff like this works out. this was a very spur of the moment deal. i was up in north carolina for a wedding and the next day we went to the beach. we had about a half hour of time to kill in a little town called plymouth while we waited on another cousin and i had my camera along so we decided to do a photo shoot. :) so. meet my cousin chad.


we struggled a bit with the lighting as you can tell. :)



it’s an awesome little town and ¬†we had fun bumming around.


and he likes his car. so of course we had to get some with that!


once again the light was just NOT in our favor so i had to play with it a bit to make it look ok.


then we headed out to the beach. there was this sailboat that had washed up during a hurricane over a year ago and hasn’t been moved since. pretty awesome!



something i’m noticing, there is a lot of blue in my life! random observation there. k, there is quite a bit of work i should probably be doing instead of being on the computer. :) good night!

<3 rosemary

all in a days work

this morning we babysat some of my favorite kids. :) they have imaginations! unlike most kids these days. they are very easy to watch because they pretty much entertain themselves. they played outside all morning. :)


such a cutie pie. :)


 at lunch time, we get a call from mom who was just getting home from town. when she pulled in the driveway, there was a HUGE black snake in her way.


 our heros come to the rescue. :)


did i mention it was HUGE?


and we sent it back on its way. only a litter further from the house. :)


this evening our youth group had a tail gate party in my grandpa’s feild.


and here they come. :)




andre’ :)

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so… there’s this thing called bale-jumping. :)


it really is truly epic!


children don’t try this at home :)


you can really work up an appetite jumping off atvs let me tell you! :)


photo credit bradlyn wagler


i still can’t believe i let bruce have my camera when he was that high! (he climbed a tree) i have a lot of faith in his athletic skills i guess. :)


so that was my day! good night!

<3 rosemary

goodbye ohio

i am back to my south carolina home! it’s great to be back but seriously i MISS my ohio people! i learned a lot from these people and not just about plants. :) ok i’ve never been a huge fan of people claiming unrelated people as “family”. but i honestly feel like i have two “families” now. maybe it’s because i lived with them for seven weeks. maybe it’s because they’re so comfortable to be with, or maybe it’s just because they’re awesome. :)i’m gonna kinda go backward here and start with the week end i left. tinslie, caroline, gale, and bruce came to pick me up. bruce spent the weekend at sheila’s and the girls came over to plain cityfirst they were going to get there at 2 then it moved to 6 and till they actually got there it was 7. they actually got lost and i could see them across the field driving back and forth. so i jumped in the car and went and found them. when we got back to the house we erupted out of our vehicles and met in a loud group hug in the middle of the driveway. :) that night we went out for chinese and just caught up. the next day they worked in the green house with me.


this picture tells a story all on its own. :)


we went into the house at 12 and had a nice leisurely lunch. when i got back out to the shed afterwards…


they threw a little party for me! it was so sweet! i have the best co-workers ever. there was this giant blue pot that i had been dreaming about getting and they all went in together and bought it for me! i had to cry a little when they told me.  they had ice cream and salties and a card. it was perfect. :)


we had to take some group pictures of course. something funny happens when you lift heavy trays of flowers around every day for weeks on end. mom says i’m so much stronger now! we call it the greenhouse effect. :)


kendra, jonita, brenda, janessa, carmen, me, glori


my last day…

IMG_3568it was so weird working and knowing i won’t be back on monday to unload plants, trim, cash, or water. quite sad actually! that night the youth played volley ball at a gym.




and then it was sunday. my last day in plain city! renita invited the youth girls over for lunch. that was awesome. a few more hours to put off saying goodbye. :)this is actually a picture taken a while ago. these youth girls made me feel very welcome and made it a party! they have a special place in my heart. :)


we loaded up the van with my many flowers and flower pots, and then sat around not wanting to leave.


micah and jonathon flew their airplanes for us.


the goats were just tickled pink with their sunday afternoon visitors.


it’s dumb but leaving just felt like the end of everything. i knew i’d see them again but in my emotional, sleep-deprived state it was hard to keep that in mind! i had to fight tears a few times. :) take jonita for example. she literally had the power to make or break my time there. but she just took me in under her wing and became another sister. :) she would fuss at me to take care of myself and watch out for me. ¬†we had late night chats and she ¬†brought out her creative side on sunday afternoons and taught me how to do ombre’ paintings. borrowing shoes and sweaters. inside jokes like tall, dark, and handsome. :) ¬†i count her as one of my good friends.


¬†then there was jolynn and micah. they¬†did the brotherly duties of scaring and teasing that must be taught at brother school. :) they were also called into service for things that my brothers have to do that most brothers don’t. i’ve mentioned that i have lyme. well sometimes funny things happen to me and i’m not able to walk. i had a spell up there where my legs wouldn’t support me. unfortunately i was outside when they gave out. the boys were very gentlemanly and hauled me inside and up the steps. they handled it really well and didn’t make me feel weird!


jonathon and renita watched out for me and treated me like part of the family. renita made sure i got food and pills and jonathon taught me a lot about efficiency in the greenhouse. :)


i’m planning on seeing them next month at family week! can’t wait!¬†right now that feels like a LONG time away! we had an uneventful ride home. well except for getting stuck in the bathroom and making our own tooth paste commercials. :) it was so good to be home again. i told mom i had forgotten how overgrown, redneck, and awesome the south is. my sister is getting married in two weeks and there’s a lot to do yet! so that’s been keeping me really busy. i guess i should really head to bed. tomorrow is another day filled with wedding details and house work. gotta love it! :) good night y’all!

<3 rosemary

ohio part 2

so i have a few minutes before i should head to bed so i’m just gonna put some pictures on and add a few comments here and there… :)


meet glori. she’s awesome :)


i love this  picture! jonita trimming calibrachoa


 sunlight is awesome!


met up with a cbs friend! :)


this anemone was on the kitchen windowsill and i got to look at it every time i washed dishes! :)


janessa and her sister kendra




the next three pictures the photo credits go to jonita



dahlberg daisies




this was taken standing on the table. i wanted to show you the world above the hanging baskets. :)


we had a special helper last saturday!



saturday night we went out to eat. we played rook while we waited for our food to come out.


jolynn and jonita. she claims they are incapable of taking nice pictures.


kendric. maybe he is too…? :)


micah looking all worn out. :)


and my awesome hosts. :)


we had to run into meijer afterwards.


i also got to be here for micahs graduation which was awesome!


ok i really need to shut this thing down. sorry it’s so scattered! til next time!

<3 rosemary

Life in Ohio!

so i have given up on doing my second term post of cbs until i get back home. ¬†as i have discovered since my last post, there is not an over-abundance of time here. :) okay. so i’m out here to work in jonathan and renita gingerich’s greenhouse. let me introduce you…









and another picture of jonita and jolynn being cheesy. :) which is kind of normal in case you’re wondering.


and last but not least! micah


so. now you know who i’m talking about. ok, how do i know these people? well i didn’t really before i came. jonathan and renita took mom and dad’s place in belize as missionaries back in 1996. they’ve kept up over the years but we children didn’t really know each other. i met jonathan and renita twice and micah once. jolynn was at cbs second term but our paths didn’t ¬†cross very often. and i had never met jonita. so i didn’t really have a clue how these people were. and i was a little nervous. :) i mean seriously, i was gonna move in with these people for seven weeks. what if we totally didn’t get along? what if they had strange habits? what if they had REAL skeletons in their closets? (ok, i wasn’t really too worried about that.) :) and what about the youth group? i knew jerry and hannah from family week¬†and had met a few of the others but other than that i didn’t know what to expect. ¬†i was actually pretty excited about it until about 2 weeks before it was time to go. then i was like, i can’t do this! if it wouldn’t have been dreadfully rude to back out, i most likely would have. i arrived on march 31. in the first week i discovered; we did get along , they didn’t have strange habits, and they definately didn’t have any scary closets. it’s really been awesome and i’m gonna miss them like crazy when i go home! so onto the green house work. when i first got here, this is how the greenhouse looked.


the first few weeks i mostly transplanted. you get seedlings from the little greenhouse


take them to the potting shed and transplant them into larger pots


¬†then they’re sent to the big greenhouse to be watered and grown. :)

lately i’ve been doing more waiting on customers and arranging tables in the greenhouse. oh, and trimming calibrachoa and petunias! i could do it in my sleep i think. :) i have learned so much since i’ve been here. it has been a very educational experience so far and hopefully the rest of my time¬†will be the same. i’ve been blessed with some awesome co-workers! there’s jonita of course then there’s brenda


carmen and janessa


at the moment i don’t have pictures of the others but i’ll see if i can’t get them on the next post. i love these girls! we have so much fun together. :) we have lots of serious discussions and we have lots of times where we’re doubled over with laughter. i’ve literally laughed till i cried up here and i haven’t done that in a long time! so these are the people in my life right now. ¬†i’m loving all my new friends but i’m also missing my old ones and i can’t wait to hang out with my girls again! this was from a shopping trip just before i left.


and of course my family! being away from them has made me realize how awesome they are. :) bruce came to visit his girlfriend sheila this weekend (she lives 2 hours from here) and they came and took me out for lunch yesterday. that was fun! so i shall leave you with a few pictures i took in the last week.  this was taken from the same place as the above picture. (the back of the greenhouse)


this is from the front of the greenhouse




my amateur attempts at capturing the budding trees. :)



so i guess i will cease for now. :) more coming!

<3 rosemary

CBS Term 1

ok i am finally posting here! im a little overwhelmed, i’m not exactly sure which pictures to post an how many etc… so i guess i’ll just give it my best shot! :) here are a few pictures of the buildings themselves. the main building. this is where we had classes, meals, and church.



girls dorm


guys dorm/teachers house


 next i shall introduce you to my dorm.


this is a really awkward picture but i dont have a better one. from left to right we have; Mindy Nisly, Maria Gingerich, Me, Michelle Fisher, Candace Miller, Lindsay Overholt and Lindsay is holding our mascot Jeffy. :) i was really nervous about who would be in my dorm because i heard your dorm can pretty much make or break CBS. but i am happy to report that these girls were awesome and ¬†we had a great time together! maria was our dorm mom and she did a great job looking out for us and making sure we were up on time. well, me anyway! quite a few mornings she would come to my bunk and be like, rosemary do you know it’s 7:40? we had to be in chapel at 8 so i would jump up fly around getting ready. :) i guess i will try to take you through a day at CBS. you wake up in your dorm along with five other girls. we had to stagger shower and mirror time in order to all get ready in time. then it’s off to a fifteen minute chapel and then you have thirty minutes in your dorm for personal devotions. my first class was Galatians taught by Julian Nisly. this is actually Julian teaching his other class but i don’t have a picture of him in Galatians.


i had off second period and usually took a nap or wrote letters or did wash… you get the picture. :) third period was Science and the Bible taught by Benji Jackson. btw this was the day he showed a documentary. hence the blankets over the windows. and that’s the class clown front and center. :)


next was lunch and then Bible Reading and Prayer. because of my health i only took three classes instead of  the required four.  i had fourth period off and then fifth was Phillippians taught by Benji Jackson.



Chorus by director Clifford Stoltzfoos. it was so much fun singing with a hundred other youth! it sounded pretty awesome. :)


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after chorus we had about an hour to do what you want until supper at 5:30. mostly we played volley ball and hung out. after supper we had study hall to, what else? study. then came evening chapel and then a little more hang out time before we had to be in our dorms. dorm sharing and then lights out at 10:45. then wake up and repeat! :) ¬†then there were special days light volley ball tournaments…



my team made it to the championships…




we lost by one point then but we had a lot of fun! this is my team


i dont have a picture of the winning team unfortunately. tournament day was the first saturday and evangalism was the second saturday. i have a few random pictures from that


this was my group exchanging numbers before we left


we went door to door inviting people to our chorus program and witnessing if we had a chance.


it was a bit out of my comfort zone but definitely a good experience. afterward we went out to eat before heading back to CBS


one of the last evenings we had banquet night. everyone dresses up and they decorate the dining room… its a lot of fun. :) somehow i lost my pictures of the tables and stuff so this is the only picture i have from banquet night. these were two of my really good friends. :) i hung out with them a lot. Candace Miller and Alanna Nisly.


can’t forget clash day! :)




and i have to include a few pictures of spike ball. there was pretty much always a spike ball game going on somewhere!


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im just gonna post a few more random pictures that probably wont make sense unless you’ve been to CBS

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and that is just a teeny tiny part of first term! ill try to post about¬†second term¬†eventually. life is super busy right now with planning andreas wedding. also im leaving this weekend¬†to go to¬†ohio for 7 weeks. so my next post will probably be from the buck eye state! night y’all!

<3 rosemary