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Friday Photos: Easter Sunrise

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I was lost in utter darkness
Until You came and rescued me
I was bound by all my sin when
Your love came and set me free
Now my soul can sing a new song
Now my heart has found a home
Now Your grace is always with me
And I’ll never be alone.
—-Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King

I hope your Resurrection Sunday was a most beautiful celebration! 🙂

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Friday Photos: National Honor Society


Three years ago, our son Josh entered the local high school as a freshman.

He had previously attended the very exclusive private school, Brown Academy (Or, as it was otherwise known, the Brown residence. 🙂 ). It was just a fancy way of saying that he was home-schooled.

I still remember his first full day. I was a bundle of nerves with all kinds of thoughts constantly swirling around my mind: Would he like it? Would the other kids like him? Would he get good grades? Had I prepared him well?

I needn’t have worried.

From day one, Josh thrived. He got straight A’s. He made a lot of friends. He acquired a new nickname: J-Brown. He discovered his passion for all things English and writing. He went to New York City with the high school band, saw his first Broadway show, and helped the band win first prize in a contest at Hershey Park. He joined the track team.

A whole new world had opened up to him and that is how it should be. He was ready.

Last night, Doug, my mom, and I headed to the high school to watch Josh be inducted into the National Honor Society.


It was a wonderful night as we celebrated the hard-won accomplishments of the students.




After the ceremony, Josh’s guidance counselor came up to me, her face wreathed in smiles.

She proceeded to tell me what a joy Josh has been, how she was worried for him coming in as a new student in the midst of kids who have been together since kindergarten. Like mine, her worries had been unfounded.

“Every single time I see your son in the halls, he has a smile on his face,” she told me. “It is such  a pleasure to know him.”

Music to a mother’s ears. 🙂

Congratulations on all your hard work, Josh. Your dad and I are very proud of you!


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Friday Photos: Irresistibly Contagious

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”—Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

My son Josh is the one dressed in black. His feet are off the ground and his hair is red.

This photo was taken on Thursday night at the high school.

Each year during Winter Carnival week, there is a Lip Synch competition. Each class develops a theme, finds songs that highlight that theme, then they tell a story through song and dance. It is a huge hit with the community and sells out every year.

The big surprise of this year was my son.

The town had the chance to see what our family, his many friends, and favorite teachers have known all along: Josh is a BIG personality. He is hilariously funny. He is an excellent dancer. He possesses a razor-sharp wit.  He can do dead-on impressions.

Despite all this, he is definitely not one to seek the spotlight. He is quite content to observe (that is what makes him a good writer) and he only talks when he has something to say.

His hilarious, energetic, and entertaining performance caused people to laugh until they cried and received sustained applause. Several people  stopped Doug and I after the show to say, “Where did that come from?” and “We never knew he had that in him!”

To be able to give the irresistibly contagious gift of laughter to people in this sometimes hard and difficult world is a beautiful thing.

All this to say, people are fascinating. There is always more to discover about those dear ones who populate our lives.  We can never think that we  know the whole story. There are always more treasures to be unearthed.

Today, open yourselves up to the possibility that your loved ones  still possess the ability to delightfully surprise you.

Revel in the discovery.

Enjoy them.

Realize that they are one-of-kind, never-to-be-repeated miracle.

Then thank God for placing them in your life.

(P.S. You can read about our first Lip Synch experience here).

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Friday Photos: New York City

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This past week, my family and I headed to New York City to tour two colleges: Columbia and NYU.

Our son wants to be a writer and both offer stellar programs. 

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We arrived on Sunday afternoon and our first stop was a visit to the Guggenheim museum. Or, as my husband refers to it: ” A Monument To Self Indulgence.” 🙂

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NYC college visit-0053-1Photos were only allowed on the ground floor…which is why I do not have a photo of one of the exhibits…the absurdly titled “The Bisexual Flower.” It is “a motorized plexiglass flower-shaped fountain bubbling with glowing bath salt nectar. The work…is not just loud but dangerous: as it screeches it glows and protective glasses are provided to shelter your eyes from the UV light.” (source: To protect people from those UV rays, the entire display was shielded by what resembled a giant igloo bubble.

I respect people’s right to create art. However, this just seemed so absurd that our entire family burst out laughing as we observed this spectacle. This definitely garnered us some disdainful looks from the obviously more sophisticated art lovers among us, but so be it.

Give me a lovely Monet to get lost in any day.

Each display seemed more ridiculous than the next, so our time at the Guggenheim was quite short. It was unfortunate that the day we visited, a modern art exhibit was being featured but it provided us with enough laughs for months to come.

The next two days were a whirlwind of college tours, restaurants, heart-pounding taxi rides, and fascinating people-watching.

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Those two days in the city seemed to fly by.

As our cab hurtled toward Grand Central Station, I quietly snapped this photo of Josh…

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There truly is no place like New York City.

“New York remains what it always has been: a city of ebb and flow, a city of constant shift in population and economics, a city of virtually no rest. It is harsh, dirty, and dangerous, it is whimsical and fanciful, it is beautiful and soaring—it is not one or another of these things but all of them, all at once, and to fail to accept  this paradox is to deny the reality of city existence.”—Paul Goldberger

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Friday Photos: Beach

The Friday photo will be short and sweet this week…

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I must admit that I am ready for spring at this point in the season.

So, as winter refuses to release us from its icy grip, I have taken action. I been wearing one of my favorite scents, which is Beach by Bobbi Brown. One whiff immediately places you on a sunny beach in the middle of summer.

It’s like taking a mini-vacation.

A whiff of this glorious scent sends wafts of tantalizing reminders that the fun-filled, golden days of summer are just around the corner and that makes me so happy. 

The other day, I walked into a room spreading my fragrance joy and someone immediately said, “Why does it smell like the beach in here?”

My work here is done.

Only 118 days and 9 hours until summer begins! 🙂


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Friday Photos: A Day In The White Mountains

Great Glen Meet-0532-1This past Thursday morning, my husband and I headed into the White Mountains bright and early to watch our daughter and her high school team compete in the state Nordic skiing competition. The meet started at 10 a.m. so we got an early start. The kids were competing in the shadow of the mountains and they were on glorious display… Great Glen Meet-0023-1

Great Glen Meet-0524-1It was a beautiful day for the competition: high 30’s and bright sunshine. We watched our daughter compete in the morning race, then headed into town for lunch and a little sightseeing before the afternoon races.

The first stop was  a delicious lunch at the Muddy Moose. Love the name, love the food.

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Great Glen Meet-0781-1We returned to the meet just in time to see our daughter race.  The entire team did a super job at the state finals. It was the icing on the cake of a wonderful day.

We are so blessed to live in this beautiful place!

I see ye towering—Genii of the North!
I see ye stand, the monuments of time,
Clad in the dread sublimity of years.
Well do I know ye by the frosty robe,
God’s drapery, that wraps your giant forms.
—–William B. Tappan

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Friday Photos: Bob Houses

Every February, my town sponsors an ice fishing contest.

It is a huge deal.

During the last week of January, the bob houses begin to appear all over the lake. (The bob houses are so named because they bob in the water if they go through the ice).

Before the madness of the contest began, I walked down to the lake and was able to snap some photos. Enjoy!

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On the other side of the lake, some families were taking the opportunity to practice their ice skating…

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Bob Houses-0103-1“The problem with winter sports is that—follow me closely here– they generally take place in winter.” —Dave Barry


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Friday Photos: Nordic Meet

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Our daughter Julia decided to try Nordic skiing this year, which I wrote about here.

The team is a close-knit one. They work hard, laugh a lot, and cheer each other on at every meet. They are great kids.

The first meet we attended was in the White Mountains and it was a bitterly cold 13 degrees. The second meet was a  comparatively balmy 32! 🙂

I hope you will enjoy the sights and colors of winter fun in New England.

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Skiing is a dance and the mountain always leads.”—Author Unknown

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Friday Photos: Portland, Maine

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Two weeks ago I was able to visit Portland, Maine for the first time.

Even on a day when the Northeast was locked tight in winter’s icy grasp, this quaint seaside town sparkled like a jewel.

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I was completely charmed by this family’s Christmas decorations…

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We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Portland Pie Company…

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before heading out to the Portland Head Lighthouse

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Apparently Henry Wadsworth Longfellow spent hours sitting at the lighthouse staring out at the sea for writing inspiration. Since my son is an aspiring novelist, he may want to spend some time here too.

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Once the snow melts and the sun shines warm, we are definitely heading back here!

Happy Friday everyone!

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Friday Photos: Winter Wonderland

Since I am learning the art of photography (I have A LOT to learn, but I really love it), I decided to devote Fridays on the blog to posting photos from my part of the world.

Yesterday, we had a snowstorm. This morning when I awoke, I looked outside and literally gasped at the beauty all around our neighborhood. The stormy skies from the day before had given way to the soft pink light of morning, just before the sun made its glorious appearance. I bundled up, grabbed my camera and ran outside.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of the Creator’s work in New Hampshire on a Thursday morning. 🙂

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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is  the time for home.”—Edith Sitwell


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