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On The Road Again.....this time with Gracie and Chris. 

We are heading to the Big Rock of Newfoundland.   This will be our first long road trip in quite some time.   We are all pretty excited,  especially Gracie.   She has not been with us for a long trip yet but she knows it will be more fun than staying home without us for two weeks.   I will be so happy to have her to snuggle with each night.   And if it’s cold over there,   she is like a little blast furnace under the covers.   Yea for Gracie....she has the heart and spirit of  much bigger dog.   Don’t tell her she only weights 5 pounds.   She’s off to fight the Moose.
For the first time in many years Chris will be joining us on this road trip.   It’s the perfect trip for the three of us.   He will lead us into the woods,  up mountain trails and through the river and icebergs.   I always feel safe when I’m with him as he is the best field guide that I know.   We never get lost and if we do,  he’ll know just what to do.   On the other hand,  he is not a photographer so going with Jim and I and our multitude of camera gear will be a stretch for him,  but guess what,  we’ve polished up the old 30d, put in a one gig card and we’ll teach him a thing or two.   One thing I know for sure,  we will have the best time ever.
Jim has had the truck detailed,   I’ve packed us the best lunch,  including LeCreme Charddony and the boys will be picking up some Canadian beer as soon as they cross the border.
It will be an adventure that I have been waiting many years to do.   One more thing off my “bucket list”.   I might even find some of my grandfather’s relatives there.   Newfoundland was their home before they migrated to Nova Scotia.
The only sad thing is that I have to leave The Barton’s home.   I hope Liam doesn’t forget me.   I’ll miss him so much.   I have packed a framed photo of him that I will put on my nightstand at each cabin that we visit.   Who knew this part would be so difficult.   
So stay posted.   I’ll be blogging this trip.   It will be my first time and I’ll also be posting photo’s along the way on my Mobile Me Gallery.   If your interested in coming along for the ride,  just check out the web pages every few days.   In the meantime,  stay safe and remember to get out there and enjoy life no matter where the road takes you.
Carpe Diem my friends.
To visit us on the road click here, it will take you to my MobileMe Gallery.
August 24, 2010
Have a wonderful time, stay safe, be happy, and I hope you capture a few of Gods pretty pictures and send them our way....I'll be looking forward to them all! Love you xoxo
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 11:11 AM
Kris Martinelli
I hope you all have a wonderful trip and I will be check your blog every day. I envy how adventurous you are. Safe journey!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 11:52 AM
sue ackerman
Cheryl, you not only have a way with the camera but also a way to spill out your soul with words.  Thank you
Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 07:25 AM
I like this, you will surely enjoy your travels, oh and if ever you need another guide for this fine country of ours, well, you just call on me, oh and I will bring my own camera gear...:-))))
Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 05:25 PM
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Sunshine, ocean waves and Relaxation. 

Just a quick page today  about our weekend in Cohasset.   Jim and I have been fortunate to have spent time here before but this was the first time our kids have come.
Our wonderful friend Nancy,  once again,  gave us her oceanfront house to enjoy.   She is such a generous person and our love for her has grown over the years,  especially since the  loss of her partner and one of our best friends,  John.   I always say Nancy was John’s final gift to us.
The house is gorgeous and sits right on the ocean in Cohasset.   At night you can see the Boston sky-line to your left and Minot lighthouse to your right.   It is one of the few places where you can see both a sunset and a sunrise just by turning your head.    Waves rock you to sleep at night and the seagulls (which I like) wake you in the morning.   The smell of salt air is the perfume of the day.
I was so glad that Chris,  Jenna and Luke could enjoy this beauty.   It was especially bitter-sweet because we knew it would be our last time there.   Nancy will sell the house soon and move on.   It is time.   For us,  it will always be a place of beautiful memories,  not only for what it is but for what it held in friendship and joy.
Thank you Nancy and John for the gift of lasting friendship that even death cannot take away.
Move on my friends into the life that is now meant for you.   Move on in love and gratitude.   We will find you in your new digs.......xoxo



Liam Tucked Safely in his Mom's Nesting Place


I took this photo of Jenna just a few weeks before Liam arrived. It was such a miracle to see this all transpire.  I am so glad we were able to share this precious time with her.   My baby girl,  having a baby.   WOW

 Liam safely tucked into his Mom’s nesting place. Jenna and Luke came to celebrate the Labor Day weekend and their first Anniversary here at The Maine House.   We had such a good time.   Weather was perfect for boating and just being lazy.   Eating to much and just enjoying each other’s company.   Both Riley and Gracie had a sweet time also.   Riley loves coming to swim and Gracie loves hanging on the deck and playing ball.   

It has been such a wonderful 7 months with Jenna.   Watching her as she carries my “Lil Man” safely  tucked in her womb.   Sometimes I wish we could just take him out and play with him and then put him back.   It is almost time and I think of him everyday.   I love him already and have for many years,  even before he was conceived.
I think of Jenna also.   Seeing my baby girl carrying a baby is such a gift.   Such a joy to see the future through her and the past through me.   Life is a circle that continues.   With his birth I will have experienced 7 generations,  going back to my Great Grammy Harrison,  my grandmother Nani,  My Mom, Me,  Jenna and Now “Lil” Man”.  Such an amazing thing.   I will teach him like my Grams taught me and how my Mom taught Jenna.   It seems to me the greatest lesson we learn from our Gram’s is love.   
As Jenna grows,  I also remember the times when I carried her.   I remember how much she was wanted.   With 7 years between Chris and her  we knew what a blessing they both were and we didn’t take either for granted.   She carries like I did.  She has moved through her pregnancy the same as me.   No morning sickness,  and a sense of wonder at this awesome gift she holds.   I know she will be the best Mom ever,   well after me.   My baby girl  sharing yet another gift between Mom and daughter.   A mom and a daughter carry a special bond, especially at this time.   I just hope she knows how much this baby means to all of us.   It is hers,  but it is mine also,  just as she is mine. I’ll always be her Mom and she will always be his Mom and I’ll always be his Nana.   This weekend I felt his little body move and when it did so did my heart.September 6, 2009

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