2009: the year that was

For the Thematic Photographic this week, Carmi asked us to reflect on our blessings from the past year.

my wonderful and healthy sons

the love of my life

Both of these photographs were taken this summer, and they both were taken at places that are also a blessing in our lives.

This photograph of my husband was taken on the Appalachian Trail. We can drive for 30 minutes, park the car, and hop on the A.T. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful place to hike.

The photograph at the top was taken of my boys on vacation in Washington state. We were on the beach with extended family on Whidbey Island. My SIL has access to a family home there that was built by her grandfather. It is a beautiful place any time of year, but it is especially wonderful to spend a hot summer weekend there with 10 cousins (9 of them boys!) and 6 other adults — wading in the water, building sandcastles on the sandbar, being cooled by the breezes, building a fire on the rocky beach at sunset.


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14 responses to “2009: the year that was

  1. Such nice photos and it fits the theme sooo well. handsome family my friend. πŸ™‚ With you the shining centerpiece of it all πŸ™‚ Have a great week ahead πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely – and thank you for sharing..

  3. Your crew is so handsome. πŸ™‚

  4. I love the photos of your men. What a happy family!

  5. Oh my gosh! I just realized your boys – all 4 – have the same face! There is absolutely NO denying that they are all related! Not even the little guys blonde hair can get him out it! That is incredible how much they look alike!

    I would like to go to the Northwest and visit the Pacific…. A house on the beach sounds LOVELY! Truly a blessing!

  6. Have you ever read “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson? It’s about his hikes on the AT. Excellent book. Bryson is a great writer.

  7. just perfect!! Happy New Year!

  8. that sounds like a fantastic place to visit! How lucky πŸ™‚

  9. That’s a lot of boy cousins! How does the girl feel about it?

  10. Oooh, I am intrigued by this photo project. I might begin taking part.

    And, nine boys out of ten cousins?! I wonder how it is for the lone girl. πŸ˜‰

  11. Lovely photos and a house on the beach sounds wonderful.

  12. Jenn & Jodi –
    I think the one girl on that side manages quite well! On my husband’s side of the family, there are 10 grandsons and 1 granddaughter (clearly, we are not the girl link), but the next generation seems to be turning out girls: by June there will be 4 great-granddaughters.

  13. And next time you visit Whidbey you can wander down to Anacortes, enjoy a scenic ferry ride, and visit Amoeba and I in Friday Harbor. If Amoeba isn’t teaching class, he might even be able to slip in some tidepool/algae lessons for your budding scientist [and a tour of the Labs, of course].