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Last week I spent some time in Boston with my daughters.

It was our first time being there and we were amazed at how different it was from our home city.

The charming colonial style architecture and gorgeous rivers…

…the university life, and the iconic American history sights…

… were all delightful to witness. We loved it, and especially enjoyed sharing it together. 

Along with the fun adventure, came a handful of challenges. The lack of parking, combined with my sub-par driving skills and streets that wound wildly in a million different directions supplied a high level of anxiety for me. While at the wheel, it took 99% of my brain space to keep the three of us and the 500 pedestrians we encountered alive. Truly. I accidentally ran red lights, got honked at dozens of times and may have shaved a few years off my life. At one point I commented on how grateful I was for rush hour traffic because at least everyone was driving slowly, giving me more time to decide where to turn! 

One afternoon we fortunately found a parking spot and spent a few hours walking “The Freedom Trail”, a tour of downtown Boston mapped out by a small brick line in the ground that leads through the city, stopping at amazing American history spots along the way. It was such a relief to be walking slowly, leisurely, taking in all the touristy sites. 

The beautiful brick trail led us along every step of the way. It was wonderful and so easy. 

I couldn’t help but compare my frantic time behind the wheel, to the easy paced stroll on foot. And though I certainly prefer the easy feeling of the walking trail, it occurred to me that I had everything I needed in both circumstances. In the car, the navigation system worked well, we were safe, the roads were marked clearly, we got where we needed to go, we were together, we saw things we hadn’t seen before, experienced new challenges and had a story to tell at the end of it all. 

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Sometimes my life feels like a simple, joyful walk down the path…other times it’s tumultuous, unpredictable and treacherous. I’m so grateful to my Heavenly Father who knows I need both, and meets me exactly where I am along the way, bringing exactly what He knows I need.   

My love to all of you today, dear reader. May you find exactly what you need along the way.

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  1. Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing!

    โ€œBrothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.โ€
    ??Philippians? ?3?:?13?-?14? ?NIV??

    1. Nelson,
      Thank you for leaving this wonderful scripture here today. Such a good one. ๐Ÿ™‚
      All my best,
      ~Jamie

  2. I enjoyed reading your story and seeing the pictures of your trip to Boston!! Praise to you and the girls. Nice looking family ! Will be looking forward to more of your adventures in the future. ??

  3. Hi Jamie- i love your posts and recipes. Glad u got away to Boston w/ your daughters and had a nice time. We live in upstate NY- about 4 hours from Boston. Boston is beautiful but lots of traffic. The suburbs are nice also. We have vacationed many times on Cape Cod, MA. Highly recommend beautiful Cape Cod!

    1. Lori,
      Thanks for your recommendation! We will have to try that out next time we go.
      Best,
      ~Jamie

  4. What’s your next adventure? Duke? My vote but I know home sounds great for many many reasons.

  5. Jamie, I have been lurking for years and never comment. First; how nice that you got to spend time with your daughters and survived Boston together. Second; you have given me new insight on how to look at the tumultuous times in my life. You are right, God knows we need both. And keep those recipes coming.