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Fernandina Beach FL

2016 December 2
by lyn

Our next leg took us to Fernandina Beach Fl. We love this little town and thought we were going to have to miss it this year. They sustained quite a bit of damage from hurricane Matthew and have been completely closed until this week. They were able to get the dinghy dock accessible. The rest is closed until at least spring and maybe longer. They are working hard to get everything fixed!

Since they opened the dinghy dock we were able to go ashore, walk around town, eat a burger at T-Rays and enjoy looking at all the Christmas decorations.

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Weather moving in while we were in St Mary’s.

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High tide almost got this mark.

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Fernandina marina is closed.

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Fernandina harbor Christmas tree.

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The wise men are here!!! Praise God from whom all Blessings flow!!

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T-Ray’s for a great burger!!

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We thought of our two granddaughters, Becca and Eliana, when we saw this pretty doll Christmas tree.

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Leaving Fernandina Beach at first light.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

2016 November 24
by lyn

Greg and I have been so blessed this year. The blessings are too numerous to name! We hope everyone has a good turkey day!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

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Off shore sunrise.

 

He quieted the sea with His power

Beaufort SC

2016 November 17
by lyn

Our next stop took us to Beaufort SC. We love Beaufort with it’s beautiful waterfront area. We encountered others who were in Beaufort for a “mini vacation” by car so we aren’t the only ones who appreciate the beauty of its southern charm and hospitality. We enjoyed wandering and looking at the beautiful gardens and architecture as well as the water front along the river.

One evening we went by dinghy around to Lady’s Island marina and walked the main street and had dinner at “The Fillin’ Station”. It’s not much to look at but the food was good!

We walked about a mile and a half out to visit a church on Sunday that was so very warm and friendly. Just about every one there spoke to us and invited us back when we come back through in the spring…..and we didn’t have to walk back to the anchorage either. A wonderful time of worship and fellowship.

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Sunrise off shore

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Enjoying a cup of coffee just after sunrise.

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The main street through Lady’s Island SC.

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The only pirate we’ve seen so far!!

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I’m not sure how this white Egret stays so clean walking in the mud.

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The Beaufort anchorage.

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Friday night is steak night at “The Fillin Station” on Lady’s Island SC.

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Our view while we enjoyed the steak dinner.

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A beautiful back yard and driveway in Beaufort.

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Most of these old homes still have beautiful gas lamps at the entrance to their property.

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This one was used as a hospital during the Civil War….it’s now a private residence.

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The old armory….built in 1956….is now a visitor center.

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The building is dedicated to the youth who gave their lives for their country.

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How to take a tour of Beaufort

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Parriss Island…..where Marines are trained….

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Cormorants look like they are standing guard….watching in every direction….strong current going with us too….

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Sunset off shore

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Super moon rising…..it was like having a huge spot light on us all night!

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Almost to the St Mary’s inlet….fishing boats are out working early!

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Sunrise just as we pass the first buoy heading into the St Mary’s Inlet.

 

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Wrightsville Beach NC

2016 November 6
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by lyn

We really like the anchorage at Wrightsville Beach NC. Room for lots of boats, good protection, great holding and they have a great dinghy dock with an easy walk to the beach and several restaurants. We watch paddle boarders and people rowing through the anchorage….they are out there every day no matter if its raining or blowing 20 mph or 50 degrees!! It is also a good place to ride out weather fronts which we have done several times. We went to dinner with some good friends that live in the area and enjoyed catching up on life with them. Of course there are the usual boat chores to be done: we took the dinghy around to a marina and filled our fuel and water jugs. But we also spent an afternoon walking the beach and enjoying the sunshine!

 

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You can’t miss the big fishing boats even when it’s still dark out!

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ICW from the road in Wrightsville Beach NC.

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A beautiful Sunset at Wrightsville Beach NC.

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Sat out a front with rain and wind.

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Dinghy dock in Wrightsville Beach NC.

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Dinner with Bill and MaryLou….always a great time catching up!

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Running errands…..Paperbird in the back ground in the anchorage in Wrightsville Beach NC.

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Fuel and water…..ready to head back to the boat.

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Watched paddle boarders and those practicing their rowing through the anchorage.

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Beautiful day walking the beach.

 

He quieted the sea with His power

A great week!!

2016 November 1
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by lyn

We’ve had a week of beautiful weather and some nice wind for sailing. We went through the Norfolk/Hampton area and into the Virginia Cut side of the ICW as the Dismal Swamp is still closed due to damage from the high water of hurricane Matthew. We really prefer the Dismal Swamp so much more….it is so much prettier and we don’t have to share the small space with HUGE power boats.

We had a great sail across the Albemarle Sound despite its reputation for rough conditions. Then through the Alligator River where we anchored at the entrance to the Pungo Canal. We debated whether that spot is the middle of nowhere or just within sight of the middle of nowhere. Either way, it’s one of the few places with no light pollution and no cell service – a very peaceful spot! Then through the Canal, across the Neuse River and on to the Oriental area where we met up with our friends Tony and Ann and their crew William and Frances on Stella Maris.

It was great to see them and spend some time with them sharing stories and plans. But then it was time to get underway again so we headed down Adams Creek and out to Lookout Bight along the North Carolina coast. This is one of our favorite anchorages with lots of beautiful scenery, some wild ponies and lots of sealife. In the spring we actually saw a Humpback whale inside Lookout Bight!

We have seen several bald eagles and today watched a bunch of playful dolphin, including a mom and pup, swim all around us as we came through Adams Creek past Moorehead City NC.

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A beautiful sunrise.

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A blue heron in the predawn light.

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Getting underway at dawn, apparently with lots of airplanes too.

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Wolfe Trap Lighthouse in the early morning light.

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Sharing space with huge Navy ships.

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Sharing space with huge tug boats pushing even bigger barges.

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A gorgeous sunrise.

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More tight space!!

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A passing NC ferry.

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A beautiful bald eagle in the early morning light. He sat there and watched the boats go by.

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This bald eagle was watching a line of boats heading towards the Alligator River bridge.

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Sunset in the Alligator River

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Yep, another tug to pass in tight space.

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I look for this little boat every year. Two Boys…..we have 4 grandsons that could work this boat one day!

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Next to Stella Maris at the dock. A wonderful time.

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A reminder of our creator out in His creation.

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Lookout Bight lighthouse and a fishing boat working his nets.

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Lady Kimberly at work……thought of you Kim!!

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Lookout Bight Lighthouse. What a pretty spot!

He quieted the sea with His power

Bonus week

2016 October 26
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by lyn

That’s what we are calling this past week while we had the engine work done. We enjoyed the fall colors, helped some more with the continuing kitchen remodel at our friends house. Went to another Navy football game, spent an afternoon playing with grands, got to go to Church at BEP again and then spent an evening with friends talking about different ideas for this winters cruising. We also spent a day at the boat getting some things done while the boat was out of the water…..more packing in the rudder gland, lubed all the through hulls, zink paint on the prop…..paint and powder for her upkeep!

 

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Deja vu all over again!

2016 October 25
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by lyn

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Paperbird was put back in the water yesterday morning and everything worked great during the sea trial!! We are so thankful! The damper plate that sheared had to be replaced but the transmission is ok. We went back and anchored in Mill Creek and got up at dawn today heading south. Exactly one week later to the day.

Thank you Phil and Kathy Dalby and Jill and Butler Newman!! You have been a huge blessing to us and we treasure your friendship!

 

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Silver Lining

2016 October 18
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by lyn

We have a good friend who talks about the “God Sightings” her family sees as they go through different things in life. That’s what we are doing today. Seeing God’s mercies at every twist and turn. In the events we go through and the people he puts in our lives.

We left Galesville on saturday afternoon heading south on the Chesapeake. It was an incredibly beautiful day with 10 kts of wind. We sailed 20 miles down to Herringing Bay and anchored for the night. I didn’t get a sunset picture but instead this amazing full moon picture as another boat was coming into the anchorage to join us for the night.

The next day was even better even if we did have to sail close to the wind. We had 12 to 20 kts of wind and sailed 40 miles down to Solomon’s MD. The sun was bright and sparkling on the water and we were sailing at 6 – 7 kts!! We anchored in Mill Creek away from the noise and lights of Solomons Island. I made a pot of Brunswick Stew for dinner while Greg calibrated the wind instruments, George (our auto pilot) and topped off the batteries. We sat in the cockpit at sunset and enjoyed stew and our surroundings.  I didn’t even bother getting up for the camera as the sun was setting….figured there were many more nights to come for sunset pictures. And there will be!

The next morning we got underway at 6:45 because we had 45 miles to go and the wind was going to be very light. We were motoring out of the mouth of the river at 7 AM as the sun was rising on another gorgeous day on the Chesapeake! AND THEN we suddenly started losing speed.  The engine was still running just fine but no speed. We raised the sails and I tacked back and forth heading back into the river as Greg went below to figure out what was wrong. He checked the fluid levels, manually shifted the transmission into forward and reverse and checked all the linkages but no go. Nothing. The transmission had quit working. We looked at each other and just sighed….then called Tow Boat and then Zahnisers Marina in Solomon’s and arranged for a mechanic to look at it when the tow boat got us to the dock.  We had to be taken out of the water because when the transmission is taken out the prop shaft is no longer supported and it leaves a big opening for water to “flow” in!  So we are safely on the hard in Solomon’s Island, our transmission will be taken out today and sent to NJ to be repaired. We were told it could take a couple weeks.

We were rather frustrated with how the day went, but we sat, in our gracious friends basement apartment, this morning with our coffee and started talking about all the ways God has provided for us. First and foremost that we were safe. We were not in the middle of nowhere (and we HAVE been there before!)  but instead close to a town where we had a tow boat captain with 25 years of towing experience (knowledgable and friendly!)  and a good marina with a good reputation for repairs and a lift to keep the boat safe during the repairs to special friends that drove to Solomon’s to pick us up and take us back up to Galesville to get our car to knowing we could just show up at our friends apartment and stay for as long as we needed.

 

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Day 1…Getting underway from Galesville MD.

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Huge full moon rising over the anchorage.

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Day 2…..great day of sailing!

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Watermen working.

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Beautiful Cove Point Lighthouse.

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Captain Mike towing us.

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Paperbird in the lift well.

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Paperbird safely on land for her repairs.

We are very thankful for how God provides for us even when we aren’t aware until after the fact! And now we wait….

He quieted the sea with His power

Summer 2016

2016 October 15
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by lyn

A mixture of work and play…..that’s what our sumer has been! We spent time with kids, grandkids and friends. We got projects done on the boat that will make life better this winter and helped friends with home projects that will make life better for them. We baby sat for grands and house/dog sat for friends. We cheered at baseball games and football games. We spent a wonderful weekend in NY city with good friends walking the city and seeing a broadway play.  We are just about done with our provisioning as the weather starts to cool off from the summer heat. We had an amazing summer and are ready to head south!

 

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Grands…..they are the BEST! Becca and Ryan.

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Everybody loves a dinghy ride!!

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Gramps and Zach.

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Everybody loves the pool too.

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Walking Frederick MD with  Jill and Butler.  Fun and relaxing.

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Spending time with Sue.

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House and dog sitting.

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Remarking the anchor chain. Always a fun job!!

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We installed a water maker!!

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Fun evening with fellow boaters Tony and Ann.

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Our grandson Ben at the helm….at 3 years old!!

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More fun in the dinghy!

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Our grandson, Noah, driving the dinghy!!

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I LOVE this silly boy!!

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He had his turn driving the dinghy too.

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Noah had his turn at the helm.

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Lots of solar added to the top of our canvas!

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Orioles baseball!! Fun time with friends.

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Home improvements with Jill and Butler!!

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Yay!! The newly relocated drain for the kitchen sink worked perfect!!

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New house batteries!! That, with the new solar panels, should make life better!

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Navy football game with friends!

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Always a great show at the Navy football games.

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He nailed his landing.

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Noah seeing what he can see.

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Lunch aboard Paperbird.

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Playing aboard Paperbird.

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Noah had so much fun driving!!

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Reading to Grands.

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Went to a Hartge display of their boat building in Galesville.

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Learned a lot of the Hartge history of boats.

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Fun playing legos with Grands.

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We had an amazing weekend in NY with Jill and Butler.

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Special friends….Jill and Butler.

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We walked the High Line through NY city. It’s an old rail road track that is several miles long that has been converted to a walkway It is up high so you get amazing views of the city.

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Then continued through the streets of NY city.

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And walked along the water front down to the 911 memorial.

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The World Trade Center memorials

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Names engraved along the edge of a huge fountain. It was a very moving place to visit.

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This is the inside of the wing looking structure in the previous picture. It is a huge mall.

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World Trade Center Memorial.

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Then we walked down and looked at the Statue of Liberty. We went to a wonderful Italian place for dinner and then a broadway play. Like I said…an amazing weekend!

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We found a place in Annapolis that sells small pieces of teak and Greg was finally able to fix the cap rail that has been broken since we bought the boat.

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The new cap rail looks great! Now for it to “gray” to match the rest.

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We attended the Annapolis GAM and had a great time catching up with old and new friends!

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We had an ordination service for Brian March the new senior pastor at our home church, Broadneck EP, in Annapolis MD. It was a special evening for our church. His family is a blessing to our church!

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Spent a day walking around the sail boat show in Annapolis and picked up a few small things…..one was a new baseball hat for Greg with Paperbird on it!!

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More time with Noah and Ben playing in the back yard on a gorgeous fall day!

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So much fun with these two guys!

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Always checking for books at the marina trading library.

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He quieted the sea with His power

4th of July Parade

2016 July 7
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by lyn

We are in Galesville MD for the summer. It is a delightful little town on the West River. We walked out to Main Street on the 4th of July and watched the independence day parade and thoroughly enjoyed it. The rain held off long enough for all the  fire trucks, floats, cars, bikes and horses to slowly make their way past all the excited kids that knew to bring a bag to collect the candy that would be tossed to them.  It was fun and patriotic!!

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He quieted the sea with His power!