Top Ten Photos of 2019

Top Ten Photos of 2019

…So I know that I said on Friday that I wouldn’t be posting for a while, but then I remembered that this post was already scheduled, and, well, I feel like I have to post it; it’s tradition*.

*The tradition of posting my ten favorite photos started in 2014, and I haven’t missed a year since.

On the eighth day of Christmas break…

On the eighth day of Christmas break…

…we circled the Presidential Range.

People had told me that the White Mountains are beautiful, but I did not expect these breathtaking views.  The snow-covered peaks that tower high in the clouds are unlike anything I have seen in North Carolina.  I wish that I could have spent several days exploring the trails and soaking in God’s beautiful creation.

 

On the seventh day of Christmas break…

On the seventh day of Christmas break…

…we romped through Rhode Island.

On the sixth day of Christmas break…

On the sixth day of Christmas break…

…we managed not to fall on the ice.

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If you know me well, you know two facts: (1) I sprinkle literary allusions into most conversations, and (2) I love being outside.  Thus, a quick jaunt around Walden Pond seemed like an ideal way to spend the morning.

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When we arrived at the park, someone warned us that the trail on the south side of the lake was covered in ice. Yet, falsely believing that we are seasoned winter hikers (or maybe just desiring to prove that southerners can handle ice), we chose to wander Henry David Thoreau’s old stomping ground.

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Truly, the walk was perfect…until we reached the south side of the lake where, as predicted, a thick layer of slippery ice covered the hilly path.  We charged (…er, I mean, shuffled) ahead, and I am proud to say that we arrived back at the north side without falling.

Despite the ice, we Thoreau-ly (thoroughly) enjoyed the beauty of Walden Pond.

P.S. We also stopped by the North Bridge while we were in Concord.  Here are some bonus pictures:

November Photo Challenge 2019

November Photo Challenge 2019

I have only ONE MORE MONTH in my 365-day photo challenge!

Simple Joy Saturday #60

Simple Joy Saturday #60

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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I saw this post on Instagram, and I think that it summarizes my month pretty well:

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Despite the cold weather, the 35 deadlines, the panic, and the darkness, November brought joy.  Here’s why:

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A Mixed Bag of Wedding Photos and Literary Tangents

A Mixed Bag of Wedding Photos and Literary Tangents

Every time this year that someone asks me, “Has your summer been relaxing?,” I want to respond as Mr. Beaver responded to Susan Pevensie:  “Who said anything about relaxing?  ‘Course it isn’t relaxing.  But it’s good.  It’s the summer, I tell you.”  (I think that I could probably use quotations from Lemony Snicket and C.S. Lewis to  describe everything in life. But I digress.)

The highlight of these busy weeks was my brother’s wedding.  After several days of heavy downpours in Sarasota, we worried that the outdoor wedding would be a mixed bag of love and rain — in the same way that “a trip to the zoo would be a very mixed bag if the weather were beautiful, but all the man- and woman-eating lions were running around loose”  (and there’s your Snicket quote for the day).

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