We went to Bar Harbor for a family wedding (which was gorgeous), stayed a few extra days for some R&R in one of our favorite places, and then went to Augusta to stay at Bryce's mom's house while they were on their own vacation so that we could take day trips to Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Damariscotta... a variety of coastal treats (plus one day where we just stayed put and relaxed right at their house, in their sunroom, surrounded by my mother-in-law's luscious gardens). Finally, on our way home, we stopped in our favorite spot in Grafton, VT -- strange to see it in the summertime, since we usually go at Christmas or February, but still beautiful, still like coming home to a special place.
All of these places made me sad once upon a time. They were all places we went and imagined going with our little FutureBaby, and repeated visits found us still just the two of us, feeling a little more lonely and bitter and hopeless each time, until we stopped going to Bar Harbor four years ago, and we skipped Grafton this past year.
Well, those times are over... we felt excitement, happiness at being in these familiar haunts, knowing that it is the Last Time we will see them just the two of us. Next time...there will be three.
|Feeling happy (and squinty) on the Sheepscot River|
|A late-blooming lupine in a field near |
Ships Harbor on Mt Desert Island.
|That pretty much sums up the beauty of Maine to me...|
the inlet at Ships Harbor
|A Great Spangled Fritillary on goldenrod |
that we spied on Sears Island.
|The living roof on the hut in the Children's Garden|
at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.
|The reading room in the Children's Garden... this would have made me|
so sad in years past, but now I just imagined FutureBaby on my lap,
in one of those rocking chairs, reading about butterflies.
|Gorgeous Vermont view that's normally coated in snow for us...|
(Pardon the soupcon of finger...)
|Although the exposure is too bright, as if an A-bomb has detonated|
behind us, I think this picture is just so happy, so content...
it says, "FutureBaby, we are SO READY for you!"