Thursday, May 3, 2012

Peace and Quiet

I soak in the silence. 

Other then the gentle ticking of the antique clock on the mantle shelf and the trickle of fresh rain water dancing in the downspout, all is quiet. Peaceful and quiet. After weeks of being around people 24/7 there’s nothing like an evening of pure, unadulterated silence. 

Only hours ago, after another busy day of travel, we arrived in New Jersey, the garden state. 

It being the garden state, I naturally had to get right to work photographing some of the beautiful flowers.

Now with everyone attending the evening service for the national day of prayer, I’m finally alone. Well not completely alone. Jayden is fast asleep in the next room over and Justin is hibernating in what we’ve recently dubbed his 'man cave'. 

I glance down and smile at my sleeping baby. So far he gets an A+ for being a great traveler. 
He eats good, sleeps well, doesn’t cry much, and smiles and coo’s often!

The unique thing about him though, is if he does get tired or cranky he does not want to be held. We’ve learned that instead of trying to soothe and comfort him, it’s better just to put him back in his ‘man cave’, also known as the car seat, and he instantly calms down. The fact that he’d prefer the car seat over me does hurt a little though.

Oh well, there are moments I feel like hibernating too, and isn’t there a saying, ‘The apple never falls far from the tree?’ 

My thoughts wander back to the weeks gone by. Now that it's quiet I finally have time to reflect, ponder and process. 

Presentations in Mitchell and Strathroy, Ontario.

Then on to Grand Rapids with more presentation at the seminary and school. 

A stolen afternoon of sun and wind on the beach in Grand Haven. 

Presentations in Jordan at the church and school. 

Special times with family, friends and supporters. 

Phoning Grandpa. 

Hotel baths. 

A visit to the Great Wolf Lodge. 

And finally our last stop, before heading back to Chilliwack. New Jersey. 

As I browse through the pictures of the last weeks, I smile. 

It has really been a special time, full of memories I won’t quickly forget.


  1. Unbelievable isn't it how fast that time has flown by!
    Won't be long now and you'll be into the home stretch.
    Very happy to hear that those little guys travel so well.
    Justin has surely grown.

  2. Pete & LauraMay 4, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Wish I was back in my home state of NJ to listen to you guys! Wow! Justin has grown & looks just like his BIG brother! All the best to you & your family even though we don't even know each other.