Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return. - Mary Jean Iron

Friday, August 20, 2010

Deep Creek Lake

Spent several relaxing days at Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland with the Richards family. We were so thankful for the time to relax together and have some fun with the family. It slows my heart rate to know that the only thing on the agenda is a morning on the front porch with a cup of coffee and a Kingsolver book followed by a walk or perhaps a little paddle boating on the lake. I have looked forward to these precious couple of weeks for the entire summer.

We are blessed to be a part of this family:)

A morning of boarding around the lake.

Morning on the porch...perhaps my favorite activities of all time.

Appetizers, craft brew, and card tricks

A dangerous but successful attempt at lighting the grills without matches.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Well today marks the day where I officially become a 2nd year PT student. It is genuinely hard to fathom that a year could have passed so quickly. I feel like I was just learning the basics of taking blood pressure and heart rate, and now I am actually beginning to learn how to treat people. Amazing what a few years of a very expensive education can teach you:)

The next three weeks (until semester IV begins) will be filled with everything that I absolutely love but that I never have time for: a week at the lake with the Richards, a week at the LaRochelle homestead in Chattanooga, time with dear friends, many wonderful books, pedicures, & of course the occasional margarita or two:) I look forward to cramming an entire summers worth of festivities into just 20 days.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Welcome Back

We met up with some sweet friends last night and I was encouraged to begin blogging again:) So here I am to give a brief picture update from this summer. More to come later this week when I have finished my 3rd semester final exams...yes, I am procrastinating at this moment.

This summer has been full of school and work but we have also shared some precious moments with friends, family, and each other. Enjoy the pics!

Highlight of the summer = I have a new sister-in-law!!! Pat and Anna were married in May and we were able to meet up with them in Shenandoah Park before they headed off for San Diego. Love these two so very much.

Our favorite weekend hike at Great Falls National Park

Our dear friends Susie and Elon come to town!!

The fam comes to visit us in DC. Susanna was desperate to see Julia Child's kitchen, so we dropped by the American History Museum for a quick peak.

Dressed up 80's style to see the Legwarmers with my girls.

Picnicking outside of the Vermont house like old times...

Mom and her girls:)

Took 20 of my friends on a rafting trip to the New River in WV.

And celebrated my 25th birthday with some delicious beer and dinner with my love!