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Last days in New Hampshire

Our first weekend in New Hampshire featured a lovely Sunday morning in North Conway where we all drove to watch and cheer Sara as she ran a half marathon. 

As our time drew to a close in New Hampshire, Meg and I enjoyed several new experiences.  First, we had the opportunity to attend a jury trial that Michael, as a deputy prosecutor in Manchester, was presenting.  He handles major felony cases, and has an excellent grasp of facts, law, technology, and technique.

On Saturday, Meg and I accompanied him and Kenai, his golden retriever, on a pheasant hunt along the Contoocook river.  Fall colors lingered, the walk was refreshing, and the two of them got a pheasant.  The pheasant medallions made an excellent dinner. We also went to an apple orchard on Gould Hill where over two dozen varieties of apples were for sale in a large barn that had been converted into a sales facility. Sampling such a range of apples truly stimulated the taste buds and reminded us how much we miss at the major supermarkets.

Gould_Hill_NH

Contoocook_River_NH

Warner_River_NH

Warner_River_NH

Gould_Hill_farm_NH

Gould_Hill_Farm_NH

Pleasant_Pond_Contoocook

Pleasant_Pond_Contoocook




Faith

On a regular basis, I need to ask myself–do I have faith because I am comfortable or because I am challenged; because I lean on my self created, self satisfied props, or because I allow and trust the Holy Spirit to work within me?

Faith always re-creates the good world. Without faith, 
we will inevitably sink into various kinds of despair. Faith is a matter 
of having new eyes, seeing everything, even our most painful suffering, 
through and with the eyes of God. It is the only way to keep on the path 
toward love.”  Richard Rohr

Contoocook, Gould Hill NH, New England Fall

Warner River  NH

Water settings of a New Hampshire fall

Nothing gives more dynamism to fall colors than seeing them with, in, and around water.  Here are a very few scenes of the many we have enjoyed.

New England fall

Pleasant Pond, Contoocook, New Hampshire

North Sandwich, New Hampshire fall

Pleasant Pond, Contoocook, New Hampshire

Pleasant Pond, Contoocook, New Hampshire

Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro


New Hampshire fall: trees and leaves

Meg and I are nearing the end of our annual New Hampshire fall trip to visit our younger son, Michael, and his wife.  As always, the days have been full of enjoyment of family and the nature that surrounds them here. Although the colors were technically past their “prime,” unique patches of yellows, reds, and oranges stand out amidst the otherwise bare forest–maybe like our own uniqueness stands out from the crowd when we allow the Light to radiate from us!

Contoocook, New Hampshire

Contoocook, New Hampshire

Contoocook, New Hampshire

Interstate 93, Contoocook, New Hampshire

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Sewell road, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire



Enjoying and accepting the Seasons, New Hampshire


The cycle of the seasons reminds me both that my life is transitory, and that my life is deeply part of the eternity of God. Nothing is lost; everything is gained; all is given in love!

New Hampshire, Contoocook

Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire



Remembering that God loves us

Rueben Job writes, “Leap from doubt to belief and remember that God loves you, delights in you, and yearns for your response of faith in HIm and His Creation.”  Too often we judge ourselves harshly, thinking that we do not deserve God’s love and forgiveness.  Yet, no matter who we are or what we have done, His love for us is never diminished. He is always there when we turn and return to HIm.


New Hampshire fall colors

Time with Michael and Sara, as well as our siblings in New Hampshire have restored and revitalized us for our return west to Oregon. Meg and I are even more enthusiastic about the return leg of our trip than we were coming east. We have learned that we can handle driving 350 miles or so a day.  The time together in the car–talking, meditating, listening to audible books, marveling at the scenery–is excellent.  We will leave Sunday morning, drive north to Montreal, and then west to Saut Ste Maire.  We will visit a friend in Bemiji, MN and then continue on Hwy 2 through North Dakota.  After that, we will decide whether of not to stay on Hwy 2 and see Glacier National Park again, or drop down to Yellowstone.  Much of our travel route will depend on the weather.

We are deeply grateful for the time we have enjoyed and for the awesome, never ending wonders/beauty of this Nation.