We had a full summer with travels to and from West Virginia and up north to Canada, all centered around visiting family. We almost experienced our first Declaration Celebration in the rain, but the storm clouds blew over and the sun dazzled the dripping earth just minutes before we arrived for the event. A brave crowd turned out despite the rain predictions.
Soon after, Lydia traveled with James and Julianna to the quaint town of Dover, Delaware to photograph a wedding and were thrilled to visit Washington’s historic crossing spot on the shores of the Delaware river as well as the Golden Fleece Tavern in Dover itself, where the Constitution of the United States was first ratified by the Delaware delegates.
Elizabeth, Susanna and Carolyn followed them down to West Virginia soon after for a week-long visit and were treated to a memorable experience when they were caught in a rainstorm while visiting the old North Bend Railroad Tunnel. Later, Matthew and N’gella traveled north, introducing Anna to fun Canadian traditions and exploring beautiful Quebec scenery. Other notable summer activity include a black bear strolling through our backyard, Matthew completing a half marathon and apple picking at a local orchard. We’ve caught a whiff of the coming fall with occasional cooler days and slightly crisping air, but summer is still here for a while!
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 100:3-5)