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A Town \\ A Girl

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Of course, we didn’t realize until after we named our daughter after the Merrimack River, using the disambiguation of Merrimac, that A) my great-great-great grandmother was named Edith Merrimac and B) there is a town of Merrimac in Massachusetts.

According to the all knowing Wikipedia, the etymology of our daughter’s name is somewhat ambiguous; however, it possibly combines the Native American words for “strong” and “place”–“the place of strong current.”  This is fitting for our Merrimac.  She is a strong current.  And, I am very thankful for her strength, even if it does make life a little more trying at times.  (as a side note, her middle name is Adelle, which means “noble, kind, and tender.” It surprises me, but for all her strength (i.e. willfulness), she is already showing a propensity to be kind & tender hearted.)

So, it is only fitting to visit Merrimac, Massachusetts each year on our way to Maine.  One day I think Merrimac will be a little more enthusiastic about the yearly visit.

That One Time \\ Life With Uncles

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Once there was a little boy, contentedly chilling on the rocks in Maine on a bath mat (yes, a bath mat.  Why a bath mat?  Who knows.  It was there.), minding his own business, enjoying the sunset. He listened to the boats and the osprey.  He listened to people talk around him.  He felt the sea breeze.  Life was good.

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Once there was an Uncle, who was also contentedly chilling on the rock, watching the sunset, listening to osprey, reminiscing about a recent hiking trip out West.

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Then that very same Uncle, without warning, morphed into his trail name (apparently when you are on the trail you give yourself another name.  Who knew?) and he issued forth a sound like none other.

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And, the little boy on the bath mat, listening to osprey and watching the sun set, was not so happy.  Actually, he was terrified.  And inconsolable.

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Eventually equilibrium was restored to the world. Tentatively.

 

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And, the sun set.

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Finis.

October 17, 2014 - 12:36 am

Anna Stonecypher - I love this. Please write more stories, always including your brother’s scary face as a part of the story. We need more stories.

October 17, 2014 - 12:37 am

Kelly Budd - I LOVE this. Poor uncle, who must have felt equally horrified at having caused such distress to his very young nephew, but probably held himself together until he was alone. Sad. Makes for a great story though!

October 17, 2014 - 2:46 am

Judy Kalb - This is fabulous! Little sweetie.

October 17, 2014 - 3:11 am

Jenna Mosely Lohnes - his face, his hair, his quivering lip… it’s too much!

Boston \\ Adventures Therein

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Two year olds don’t always cooperate when their photo is being taken in front of a sign with their name on it.  “Sign?  With my name?  Eh.”

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Two year olds do love riding carousels.

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Two year olds might cry when they are forced to get off the carousel (the second time around, mind you), even if there is chocolate milk waiting for them.

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We spent a few days in Boston with dear friends–it is never long enough to either catch up or to thoroughly explore.  Beacon Hill with it’s fabulous little park and lacquered doors and window boxes.  The Greenway with its water play and gorgeous new carousel and easy access to cannoli.  Fenway with its baseball–heartbreak and euphoria.

October 24, 2014 - 1:50 am

Rachael Ringenberg - Ok now I wish we had said YES to your offer of a photo. This one of the Woods is so fantastic. I love the story telling in the photos. I love the guggling of the chocolate milk.

Tom Otis \\ 2 in Water Valley

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Turning two has never been better–a watermelon, peach, and blueberry cake, decorating kites, lots of friends.  Tom Otis, whose mama is the genius behind Amelia, celebrated in style this past summer.

It’s good to be two in Mississippi.

Emily + Jonathan \\ One September Evening

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Here is a story of a small world.  Emily contacts me about her Oxford, Mississippi wedding.  We meet there to talk one afternoon.  Low and behold, Emily lives in Columbia, South Carolina now, which is my hometown, and her fiancé is studying under my former church choir director.  Small. World.  So, where else should we decide engagement photographs?  Columbia, which made my heart so happy.  I love(d) being home.  I love(d) photographing these two.  And they said they were camera shy!  Ha.

Only a couple more weeks until Emily and Jonathan get married in Oxford–so excited for them!