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The Many Gifts of St. Maarten

As I sit here in the middle of Blizzard Stella, with the snow swirling and the wind whipping nuggets of hard packed snow on the window above my desk...I take myself away to a warmer and gentler day.  A day where the breeze was gentle, slapping my face in the most comforting way.  Embracing me with it's warmth, relaxing every bone in my body.  Winters in New England are tough and they can last a long, long time, that's why a winter escape is necessary, if you can manage it.  That's what helps me get through days like today. Don't get me wrong, there is so much beauty in winter.  I love to see the snow and the sense of quiet that it brings.  It locks me in and slows me down and I appreciate the enforced retreat to be with just myself and my muse. I think of it as a free day. A Gift. Sometimes though, it goes on just a tad to long and it can be mighty fierce.  That's when I go back to St. Maarten...just to remind myself.  Time does not stand still and soon it will be warm and wonderful here also...


I hope you enjoyed my little tour of parts of the Island of St. Maarten.  It is always warm, it is always sunny and it is always relaxing...When I'm there, I love it and enjoy all that the Island has to offer.  Then when I'm home I'm right back into New England...because the truth is, no matter how far we travel, how long we are gone, whatever we do and experience while we are away...there is no place like home..So tomorrow, when my feet hit the floor and the bedroom shade goes up on a new day...whatever is waiting for me outside that window will make me happy...hopefully there will still be some snow to grab a shot of...but I did enjoy my little visual jaunt back to the lovely Island of St. Maarten...I'll tell you another little's always best when the boys and Jenna come...



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I'm right there with you! My kind of island. I've only been there once but I can see why you love it and how relaxing it is.I am so glad you did a photo spread so I could see more. I can totally understand why it is even better when Jenna and the boys are there with you. You got such amazing shots of them this year. I love the one of Liam reading! I love the one of Jaxon with the big backpack! ANd them in the water. And of course the little dog. And the scenery is full of colour and warmth and beauty. Makes me miss the Bahamas this year. But not the Stella storm! Happy week to you, Cheryl.

March 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSherry G.

When a snow storm hits this time of year, and we're on the cusp of spring, I'd also be looking through some "warmer" photos myself and remembering some time spent on a beach, in the warmth and glow of sunshine! These are beautiful, and it looks like you had a perfect time relaxing, and soaking in the sunshine and family time.

March 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

Thanks for the visual warmth! It's most welcome after two hours of digging out and moving two cars this morning so the parking lot could be plowed. (Usually it's only one car, but since my daughter is out of town I had to do both myself.) Now I'll sit back and dream of St. Maarten!

March 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLeón

Ahhh, I just want to soak up all that warmth, light and tropical color! Seems like our spring has been put on hold for the time being.

March 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Such wonderful memories, Dear Cheryl!
I had no idea the boys went with you . . .
That would be a dream come true for me to have my granddaughters on such a special vacation!
Thanks again for sharing these adorable shots.
Hard to believe that Liam is losing his "young boy" look . . .
growing up too fast! I also adore the shot of him reading, and
the one of his little brother with a backpack almost as large as he!
Beautiful photography.
You and Jim are absolutely the BEST grandparents in the entire world.
Kudos all around!

March 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

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