July 11, 2024
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For our 10th anniversary this past May, Katey and I took a trip to Acadia National Park in Mount Desert Island, Maine. It was a beautiful trip full of birding, sitting by the wood stove, sitting on cliffs by the ocean reading and doing watercolors, eating fresh seafood, taking walks along the rugged coastline, and resting together. I'm so thankful for the ways that God has blessed our marriage together, and for this unique time that he gave us together to wander; to connect with him, with nature, and with one another.

In many ways this trip was refreshing to our souls, and we spent a lot of time talking and reflecting on life. During the week we were there, I started reading Art + Faith: A Theology of Making by Makoto Fujimura. Thematically, his concepts around Kintsugi, the gospel, and the mending that God works through our lives, through embodied living and making, and the way “God the Artist communicates to us first... before God the lecturer...” His work is one of slow, redemptive mending—towards becoming whole, towards becoming new creations ourselves. Along our journey of marriage, of beginning a family, and all the messiness that comes along with modern life in our culture, being given (and gifted) intentional time for no reason but to be together, in awe at creation, was certainly a mending for us both. I think we also both felt a renewed call towards what Fujimura translates as "loving stewardship" over creation (from the Hebrew radah), and the responsibility to care for and love the land and people that God has made.

And now, an unordered list of not all, but many, of the wonderful things had the privilege to witness: white spruce along the coastlines; groves of birch trees nestled over pink granite and under eastern hemlocks and white pine; fruticose lichen (old man's beard) hanging from trees with the sounds of gulls and ocean waves in the distance; boulder and map Lichens spread over granite boulders; great black-backed gulls circling mini islands of rocks extending up from the tides, while double-crested cormorants dried their wings in the sun; “rafts” of eider ducks floating together off the coastlines; a common loon diving for sea urchins as the tide went out from Wonderland, followed by her newly hatched baby chick; piles of rockweed and irish moss on igneous rocks at low tide; constellations of periwinkle, acorn barnacles, and blue mussels scattered across tidal pools; granite mountains rising blue in the distance; waves crashing against the rocky shorelines; a 4:28am sunrise at Sea Wall.

Our Airbnb
Fresh eggs from the farmette we stayed at on the ”quiet side“
Sand Beach
Great Head Trail
Paper Birch
Wonderland Trail
Jordan Pond

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