Back from vacation… with a few thoughts and a few photos


I’ve missed you.

The blogging/podcasting/writing fast has been a healthy one for me.

As you may know, I took the last several weeks off to prep for and enjoy my daughter’s wedding, plus take some needed time off with family and friends. After launching a daughter this year, and a book, plus a DIY refinishing of a bathroom, and other pre-wedding household chores, I was in need of recharge.

So much has been going on in my life, and in the news, that it’s hard to know where to jump with a blog post today… but maybe I’ll just start with a few photos… (with promises of a new podcast, wedding photos, and thoughts about Pope Francis and World Youth Day still to come later this week!)

But first a piece of advice… If you ever have the joy of being a mother or father of the bride (or groom), be sure to make sure there are a few pennies left over from the celebration to treat yourselves to your own post-wedding vacation. You won’t regret it. After spending some time with our out of town guests following the July 4th wedding, Bob and I went to Maine. It gave us time to walk and talk, and read and rest, and to count our blessings.

Not to mention we got to do other Maine-like things that Downeast Maine is known for…

Eat lobster…


You must wear the obligatory paper bib, Bob! (I did as well!)

And sail…

Under sail on the Olad, a schooner out of Camden, ME.

Under sail on the Olad, a schooner out of Camden, ME.

And watch the sunrise…




Lincolnville, ME

And find a lighthouse…


Pemaquid Point at dusk

or two…


The light in Camden harbor.

Eat more lobstah (and say it like a native)…


The quintessential lobstah roll

Find pretty harbors…


New Harbor, ME


Belfast, ME


Camden, ME

Search for puffins…

And find lots of creative ways to do nothing… and relax…

Watching the grass grow... as we overlook Penobscot Bay.

Watching the grass grow… as we overlook Penobscot Bay.


I pray you are having good summer…

Thou hast fixed all the bounds of the earth;
thou hast made summer and winter.

-Psalm 74:17-


All photos taken by me on my iPhone 4S.

Bird lovers may be interested in learning about The Puffin Project.

5 comments on “Back from vacation… with a few thoughts and a few photos

  1. Welcome back! Yes, some personal time is needed after a daughter’s wedding, much more so than a son’s, I might add. I’m so looking forward to seeing you at 2013 CWGLive next week. I always enjoy your talks as I get so much out of them, especially the entertaining way you teach.

  2. Welcome Back! Glad you had a nice break 🙂

  3. If that wedding was half as much fun as the Maine trip, it was a blast!
    Love the photos, thanks for sharing.
    See you at CMN!

  4. Ann says:

    Welcome back…What an incredible time you must have had. I love the pictures. My favorite travel partner is my husband as well…and I guess that is a good Spending that extra time, doing your own things, together…is amazing. Can’t wait for the podcast…and the blessings I always receive from them. Blessings and warm thoughts sent your way.
    PS…my husband and I are traveling from PEI to Sainte-Anne de-Beaupre, Quebec on the weekend…I will light a candle for you and your family and say an extra prayer for you all to St. Anne

  5. Crystal says:

    Sounds like you have taken good care of yourself , and that’s wonderful! God bless you in your work Pat!

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