Sunday, July 24, 2011

Final Day in my Favorite City, Part I (& my last running boast)

How does one spend the final day in their favorite city??? Well fortunately Jeff had the day off, & with this token of good fortune we enjoyed the city we had grown to love together. We 'sampled' old favorites mixed with new 'bucket list' activities we had meant to do all year.

Our final day...
it began with a run

for the umpteenth time i'll boast about running in boston. understandably, my endless carrying on about the splendors of Boston running could wear on the nerve of the occasional reader of the blog or the facebook 'what's on my mind' comments, but bear with me one more time as i gloat for i do so with good reason. Facebook & "blogging" has been my outlet of expression for a year.  Friends, we did come to meet, but especially in the beginning commenting & marveling on basically 'everything' experienced was my form of camaraderie. A little sad - kind of - but not so much because I was loving most every minute of our time.  I was prepared for a tough & lonely year in Boston, but surprisingly life was far from what was expected. What a blessing!

& to return to running...  My love of 'pounding the pavement' found me again in boston because the city is a pretty phenomenal place to run.  so as we soaked up our favorites, it was fitting i would begin my final day on my favorite route.

Why is running in boston amazing????
well, how could it not be...
(i took my phone/camera on every run)

the Esplanade was a sheet of ice in January & February.  this made running difficult, but it was still really pretty

charlestown navy yard
even on the dankest of days, i loved it here


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Reason Eight, Nine, & Ten - The Good Shepherd School

Upon our move last June, I never imagined we would live in a community & find a school we would love so much.  During the Spring I wrote an "ad" in the Good Shepherd School Auction Program.  It describes our love for this special school perfectly...

Moving Up Ceremony & Graduation
The Sea Turtles ( JK) graduated & the junior classes 'moved up' awaiting a new year and a new classification for August 2011.  Langston finished her year as a Blue Whale, and though she will not be a Sea Turtle next year with her Good Shepherd friends she is eager to take her spot in the "Terrific Tiger" class at Grace St. Lukes.  I loved our year, and we will forever treasure the friendships made at the Good Shepherd School in Charlestown, MA.  Here's to a wonderful year!!!
 the final walk to school

 special, special friends
Allie, Langston, Ella "S", Ramsey 
Ella S and Ramsey
beautiful girls from beautiful families
i miss them already!
Miss Beth, The Good Shepherd School's Director
mark my words - i will see miss beth on the today show one day honoring her remarkable leadership 

Miss Stephanie & Miss Nicholette
hey sass!  Eleanor, Sadie, and Allie

Langston, Chloe, Eleanor, Bradley, Sadie, & Allie
such a beautiful friendship
langston and chloe

I cannot begin to express gratitude sufficient for our experience at the Good Shepherd School.  From our first meeting with Beth, all anxieties about our family’s move to Boston were erased. 
The Good Shepherd School is a family - a beautiful and nurturing family, one that encourages children to thrive in education and faith.  We so blessed we found this neighborhood gem .2 miles from our home.  
I approach the end of this year with much angst.  Our year in Boston is over, and I cannot allow myself to imagine the day when Langston will say goodbye to Miss Beth, Miss Stephanie, Miss Nicolette, all of her friends, and the other amazing teachers Langston has become so fond of. 
Thank you all!  Thank you for a glorious year in Boston.  Many return trips are in order to visit some of our favorite people. 
Thank you for taking care of our Langston.  We are forever grateful & hope to find a school equal to The Good Shepherd in Memphis.  This will certainly be a tall order!

The Scrugham Family