19 April 2014

One Single Lily...

I haven't blogged in one year.  
I don't know if anyone blogs anymore. However,
a few recent experiences have stimulated 
my desire to start again.  Easter, and the coming
of Spring seem a fitting time for new beginnings.
We'll see if it sticks!

The very first Easter Kris and I shared as a married 
couple, and living as students at BYU, he
brought me one single Lily.  I've always
said it was one of the most romantic things he's
ever done. Because to me, it signified his tender
love for the Savior, the miraculous significance
of the Easter Season, and the love he felt for Him.
This is the 31st Easter he has 
given me Lillies.

Christus Consolatur
Carl Bloch

About a week ago, we were in Utah. While
there we went (for the second time) to the BYU
Museum of Art to spend time with the historic
exhibition Sacred Gifts

For the second time, I was particularly drawn in
and moved by Carl Bloch's Christus Consolator.
Many of the paintings are accompanied by 
scholarly, spiritual, and personal descriptions
which one can listen to using the individual
ipads and headphones available.  In addition, many 
of the works are accompanied by sacred music.

I listened to Come Unto Him at least five times
as I sat in the provided chairs staring at this
moving painting.  I could "see" people in my
own life depicted in each of the faces above
as the Savior reaches out to each and every one.

I could see the skeptic, just behind the Savior 
with his hand drawn to his face.

I could see the repentant, with his arms in chains,
wondering if he too might be looked upon with mercy.

I could see the faithful, in the woman with the white 
veil seeking the face she already knows so well.

I could see the anguished and tired, in the man wearing
the red robe grasping onto the Master's robe...
pleading for peace and relief.

And to all of us...His outstretched arms.

(Click HERE to listen to this
restful and hopeful song. The version
I especially love and the one accompanying
the artwork is done by the BYU Singers. However,
it was unavailable to link to.)

"Come unto Him all ye who labor and are weary.
Forsake thy sins...Come unto Him.
Take His yoke upon you and learn of Him.
Come and find rest in Him, all ye who are heavy laden.
Come all ye laboring souls,
 and ye shall rest in His eternal love.
Come unto Him..."

23 May 2013

Boston, And Beyond!

Anne Marie graduated from 
Massachusetts General Hospital
 Institute of Health Professions with
a Master's of Science in 
Speech-Language Pathology.  Additionally,
she will receive her
Reading-Literacy Specialist certificate.

...funny sign from her faculty.  Her class
'walked' during graduation...but actually
they have class through August.

Her school building is located in the historic
and beautiful Charlestown Navy Yard.
Very scenic.

Anne Marie and her good friend Anna
following the hooding ceremony.

An emotional dad congratulates his daughter.


Anne Marie receives her hood.

Then...into the larger ceremony.

Receiving her diploma with the other health
professionals.  I "lose" her for a second during the
video but then find her again. We were
way up in the balcony.

Friends who worked in the Aphasia Center together.

We made a 'week of it' while we were there. 
Had a blast seeing historically significant places
as well as just having fun playing around.  

The day we went to Lexington there was a Fife 
and Drum Muster taking place.  There were 
approximately 24 groups participating.

 Old North Bridge in Lexington marks the place where the
first enemy fell in the Revolutionary War.
The old North Church is the location from which the
famous "One if by land, and two if by sea' signal is
said to have been sent.  This phrase is related to Paul
Revere's midnight ride, of April 18, 1775, which preceded
the Battles of Lexington and Concord during the
American Revolution.

Faneuil Hall has been a meeting hall since 1742.
Several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and
others took place here encouraging independence
from Great Britain.

 Walden Pond
               WALDEN is blue at one time and green
                at another, even from the same point of 
                view.  Lying between the earth and the
                heavens, it partakes of the color of both.
                                           ~Henry David Thoreau~

I heard the Lark and Pewee and other birds already come
to commence another year with us.  They were pleasant 
spring days, in which the winter of man's discontent was
thawing as well as the earth, and the life that had lain 
torpid began to stretch itself.

Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial

Fenway Park
*Note:  Kris sends a not-so-subliminal message
and keeps his Giants hat on.  :)

I just didn't know if I'd ever see a ballpark
menu with "Lobster" on it again!

If you listen carefully you can hear Ty say
"root root root for the GIANTS."
Fortunately, those nearby were slightly amused.

"Sweet Caroline."
A Red Sox 8th inning tradition.
I've been a Neil Diamond fan all my life...been
to several of his concerts.  His music
always makes things better.  :)

Taking the ferry to the Navy Yard.

We drove to Cape Cod and simply
enjoyed eating, walking, and seeking 
out any and all lighthouses!

Cape Cod Highland Lighthouse
Cape Cod's oldest lighthouse

We spent a couple of nights in Hyannis and took
Ferry's to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

On Nantucket we rented Mopeds and drove
around the island, stopping at 
a few lighthouses.

Sankaty Lighthouse, Nantucket

I loved seeking out and seeing the lighthouses.
We saw two out of three on Nantucket, three out of
five on Martha's Vineyard, one on Cape Cod,
and one in York, Maine.

This is a wonderful day.
I've never seen this one before.
~Maya Angelou~

(The videos are for you, Anne Marie!
Dad hasn't cropped them yet...but
you'll enjoy them.)

So many beautiful harbors...

Brant Lighthouse, Nantucket

East Chop Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard
Stands on the site of one of the first
telegraph signals.

Edgartown Lighthouse: Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard

Gayhead Cliffs (and lighthouse) in Aquinna,
Martha's Vineyard.

Fresh Lobster at Menemsha Fish Market
Martha's Vineyard

Pretty sure we never passed up an opportunity
for ice cream...even if that meant having
it multiple times a day!

There are over 300 "Gingerbread Houses"
on Martha's Vineyard.

Fascinating little neighborhood.  For the
history on the houses go: here

Michael and Marilyn Stokes
One of the sweetest part of our trip was staying with 
Michael and Marilyn.  

Marilyn, Marilyn, Marilyn.  Up to her usual
wonderful self!  My birthday was a few days before
our arrival.  She gave me a choice of cake or 
Boston Cream Pie.  That was a no brainer...being in
Boston!  Yum.

I could not get over all of the fabulous Dogwood trees in bloom,
including this gorgeous mature one in their yard.  This
is the first Spring since they moved into their new home,
so they were having fun watching everything bloom!

Michael and Marilyn took us on a beautiful drive our last
day there.  We had already eaten with them in Goucester
one evening...so on this day we stopped in Salem to see
the Witch Museum and The House of Seven Gables, 
and then continued up Cape Ann to York, Maine.  
GORGEOUS country.

Neddick (Nubble) Lighthouse. York, Maine.

Fresh Fish and Chips

I miss my friend.We started
too many conversations
we couldn't finish. But,
I will truly cherish
the sweet new memories

...such generous, fun, and gracious hosts.
We loved our conversations, laughs, and
the opportunity to just be together.

Hammond Castle...located on the coast of Gloucester, Maine.  
John Hays Hammond, Jr. built the castle as a wedding gift
 for his wife.  He was an inventor of numerous things
 and a pioneer of the remote control.

We had a wonderful 10 days with family and friends 
celebrating incredible accomplishments and
making many new memories.