Happy Christmas to all…

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We are headed south this Christmas and will be loading ourselves up with our luggage and trudging through the rain to the train, and then off to the airport, in just a few short hours (guess I ought to pack!). So I will leave you with the most endearing rendition of the Christmas Story I have come across yet.

Happy Christmas to you and yours!

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Celebrating Hector

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I often can’t share about what is going on with Joel’s work and his students out of respect for privacy, but here is a short video that was made about Hector – a student Joel spent a lot of time investing in and who is now moving in a great direction.

Hector is an inspiration and reminds me of the hope that we have – and I think you also get a little glimpse into how gifted my husband is at working with at-risk youth. Pretty proud of him.

Hector’s Story from Bridging the Gap | Boston on Vimeo.

You can also read Joel’s original post and more about Bridging the Gap here.

Merry, Merry Maine Christmas

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This is family in Maine with my dad’s nifty, “old timey” truck, as one little boy I know calls it. It helps it to look a bit more festive and Christmas-ey as there is ::gasp:: no snow in New England this December! We celebrated Christmas with my side of the family this past weekend as we will be in NC for the holiday. They are a fun bunch and I will miss them — it’s my first Christmas away from home!

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Shhh….

I haven’t posted anything in ages, I know. It’s been a really busy season for us — which should mean I had lots of fun things I could have posted. I’ll do a bit of catching up, but mostly we have been busy with work and ministry and trying to figure out where we are going from here…

But expect me to post more regularly through the winter :)

Suffolk Downs | Food Truck Festival

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On Saturday we combined my love for horses with Joel’s love for food trucks at the Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival. There were good smells coming from all the trucks, but the lines were horrrrrrrennnnnndous. Really. Like about 200 people deep waiting at the Grilled Cheese Nation truck. All the proceeds went to local charities and it was a pretty fun crowd with a wide variety of demographics represented (horses gambling and food will do that). We weren’t going to bet. And then I was three for three in choosing the winning horse, so we figured, why not? And that’s when my intuition left me and we lost $10.

But still, I was happy to watch the horses and listen to the old men on the rail going back and forth with the jockeys. T’was a happy Saturday had by all.

DC

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Two weekends ago Joel and I headed to VA for his cousins wedding. It was a beautiful day full of lots of love and laughter. While in the area we decided to take Monday to see DC with Joel’s family — as I have never been! Here are a few photos of the Capitol…

2 Year Anniversary Getaway | Nantucket

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For our two year wedding anniversary we decided to take the ferry to Nantucket. The forecast called for rain (of course–it rained the day we got engaged, our wedding day, and our one year anniversary), but we packed jackets and went anyway. Lucky for us it didn’t rain a drop until two hours before our ferry left this evening.

We stayed in a delightful b&b, the Brass Lantern Inn, and rented bikes to tour the island (we biked more that 25 miles in less than a 24 hour period!). Nantucket is by far one of the most charming and breathtakingly beautiful spots I’ve ever been. At every turn I was oohhing and ahhing. Lots of large colonials from the 1700s and cobble stone streets downtown, then off in the villages there were tiny little shingled cottages sitting right at the oceans edge. We walked the dunes, discovered a cranberry bog and spent a few hours watching the seals swim by.

We definitely want to return as we felt there was much more to see (like the Whaling Museum). If you’ve never been to this little New England island, I consider it a must-see place for anyone — you should go!