Here’s to fond memories…

fond memories

 I took this photo while on vacation back home on December 31.

The contrast between the tranquil waters and serene skies of the Caribbean and the cold, ice, and snow this January in Maryland, especially this week, is stark and jolting.  

Add to that yesterday’s fatal shootings in a mall I visit, right here in Maryland, minutes from my home, and I begin to hanker for better days.  

“I remembered the old days, went over all you’ve done, pondered the ways you’ve worked,

Stretched out my hands to you, as thirsty for you as a desert thirsty for rain.”

Psalm 143:5, The Message

We can’t go back, but we can remember and take comfort in the gift of the good times and even better weather.  It all is sifted through God’s hands.  

Here’s to fond memories, whatever form they may take for you.

Happy Sunday! 


  1. Alison…so many of my fond memories involve warm air and water. This picture does me good as I sit at the ice rink with my daughter this morning. Happy Sunday.

  2. Glad it’s blessing you during this very frigid winter, Lisha!
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  3. So nice and the water calms you so much makes you forget the evils of this world.
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  4. Oh my Alison. How scary when things hit so close to home. The photo is beautiful. Have a great week.
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  5. This is lovely, Allison. I need to read the whole psalm in this translation.

  6. What a treat to see this photo! I immediately became overwhelmed with love of the photo, the sea, the clouds, How joyful! Thanks MUCH!.

    OH, and re: your comment on my post, can’t go to Uganda again unless we end up with lots and lots of money. Can’t afford it now. But, even if my Ugandan dear ones can’t come here, there will be time in heaven. Eternity there, a few decades here.

    Bless you…
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  7. That photo is a treat for sure.
    I’m in Florida right now and the difference on my mentality is insane! Warm sun. Better days.
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  8. I hadn’t even heard of this shooting. Oh, that just makes me so sad.
    No wonder you wanted to look back on that lovely photo. Have a good week! –Lisa
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  9. I hope you had a wonderful Sunday! Unbelievable that shooting that happened near you! I think this is the first time I realized you were in Maryland. My husband lived there for half of his life right before he came to NJ and met me 🙂 We have been living in Arizona for almost 2 years now. Oh and that picture is amazing! I would love to visit you hometown one day! xo
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  10. That shooting was very sad news. I remember a post of yours a while back about being afraid to be around when something like that happened. I hope that photo can take you mind somewhere else.
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    • Therein lies the healing power of looking at the picture, Kenya. It brought calm and peace at a challenging time. I was to go to that mall yesterday with friends. My heart goes out to all who work there and were shopping there at the time.
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  11. These shootings – everywhere – are so horrifying. I can’t imagine having one so close to home. That has got to be jarring. I will join you today in embracing better days and better memories. Should we all be fortunate enough to have great memories to hold onto when the present moment is a difficult one.

  12. That picture is amazing. I am sorry for the turmoil in your area. I have been traveling so this is the first I’ve heard of it. My prayers are with the community.
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    • Hi Joi! Prayers are definitely needed. That this could occur somewhere 15 minutes from home, at a place I go to often, is very jarring. God is in the midst, I know. I plan to meet a friend there next Sunday for lunch. We can’t let these unfortunate events paralyze us.
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  13. Alison – that is our mall, only ten minutes from my house. So scary. I don’t know if my daughter will ever go there again. But thank you for the beautiful photo; it’s a reminder that there is peace and tranquility somewhere.
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  14. Thanks, Dana. I know you would get how disturbing it is to see this kind of violence erupt in a place close to home. The photo was a welcome respite from the reality of Saturday’s tragedy.
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  15. I love the calm waters and beautiful sky. I long to visit a carribiean island one day. A pretty picture with warm thoughts on this cold day.

  16. Oh Alison, these shootings are awful. It’s even harder when it hits close to home. I’m so sorry. The calm of your picture is soothing…I can see why you would want to look at it.
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  17. Hi Ali! What a lovely vacation photo! All this horrid cold makes me wish I was out on that sea. (But not on that ship with all the sick people. What a nightmare…)

    Living in the midwest, sometimes things that happen far away loose impact, and you have helped me see the mall shooting in a more personal way. Thank you for that. I am so sorry that you had to go through something so random and awful. It really does touch communities. I hope you will all heal and feel safe again. We’ve got to be vigilant, but not afraid.

    Happy Tuesday my friend,
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    • Happy Tuesday to you too, Ceil! You’re right about distance making the impact seem less real. When tragedies occurred farther out west, like in Colorado, I was upset, but recognizing the proximity of the event this time really makes it hit home. We trust God, however, to protect and provide for us. I’m going to the mall on the weekend to meet with a friend. We can’t let fear overtake us!
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  18. All sifted through God’s Hands… yes, indeed. Although oftentimes it’s brutal and horrific and wondrous and miraculous… there is and always will be His Sovereign plan.
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  19. That’s a lovely picture. Someone else today also blogged with a reminder to think on the good things. I’m taking note and doing just that. 🙂
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  20. I love how vacation photos can so easily transport us to a time that we truly felt at peace. I wish I could pull a little more of that feeling into my daily activities!
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    • It does bring that sense of tranquility into our day, Jennifer. I try to carve out different ways to remind myself of happier times, or surround myself with mementos that lead to those memories.

  21. You island girls were blessed as kids! We Americans vacation to your “home lands” and also find the beauty and peace there. My husband truly relaxes in the Caribbean, and I am thankful we can travel there some when time and money allow. God’s peace to you wherever you are today.
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    • Thanks, Jennifer. I’ll be heading home on Thursday for a week. We sure were blessed to have grown up in the islands, and the funny thing is… we never realized it until we were grown and living elsewhere. Hindsight is truly 20/20 vision. Here’s wishing you a wonderful Easter, Jennifer!

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