After thirteen years living in one state, I guess I can call Maryland my home now. When I moved here in 1998, we were on a schedule to move every 3-4 years. Our family of 5 traversed the country – one side to the other and back a few times before we landed in Maryland when I was 17. I grew up with this cycle of moving to and fro, and when things “settled” a bit, I had life transitions and growing up to keep my mind busy: moving to college dorms (albeit only about 20 miles from my parents home…), and then move to new house after the wedding. Hard to believe we have been in this house for nearly 10 years. Even now, we are keeping things fresh with the renovations (so close to being done – can’t wait!) but we have no plans of leaving the area.
My parents will be moving to Pennsylvania this summer. Not across the country, but still a few hours away. I am thrilled for them and very excited about being able to visit and discover the sights in their new area (eastern PA, western suburbs of Philly). It is a bit of a transition though, knowing that my parents will be moving on and picking up the cycle again – this time just the 2 of them.
It is only May, and 2011 has been full of changes: moves (in addition to my parents, my sister and her family will be moving from California to Virginia this fall), career changes, and I even have a new little niece/nephew on the way… so many good things, and a few challenges. Change is the only constant. And with my “on-the-go” childhood, I am pretty good with change. Maybe you could say I even embrace it. Looking at each little step as a new opportunity.
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I took a walk yesterday. I pass this place often and think that I will check it out and snap some photos… This time, I had nowhere to be, in particular, and with Project Spectrum on my mind, I decided that today was the day. Project Spectrum has always been more than color for me – it is really an exercise in mindfulness. Just being aware and observing the things around me. Sometimes this amazing beauty is just down the road and around the corner. Sometimes it is right in front of us and we just don’t take the time to notice it…
Little did I know that this amazing bridge is actually a National Historic Landmark – the Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge.