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New Hampshire Lake House Family Trip

We did a family trip to Lake Sunnape in New Hampshire.
It had been since 2019 that we were back as a family
to visit with Jeff's parents. 
And if
 losing both of my  own parents
has taught me anything
it's time is a precious thing.

I wanted to make sure my kids 
had an opportunity to spend time with their remaining grandparents.

And I really wanted Jeff's parents 
to be able to spend time with their 
West Coast Beardsley family.

Four generations of Beardsley men.
I am of an age
to see this as the incredible sight to witness.
It seems like yesterday Jeff and I were the young parents
spending time with Jeff's  Pop Pop and Grandfather.

The fact we were all together
in the most beautiful area
made me literally
Savor and Enjoy
every single moment
because my heart is all too aware 
of the running clock.
Sometimes I feel like I am straddling 
the here and what's next every day.

Loosing both of my parents
is an ever present reminder of the brevity of life.
Sometimes my heart catches on the fact that they are both gone
it hurts so bad 
I feel like I can't breathe.

But it usually is right after this moment
that I reach further down
remind myself
that I have a very finite time remaining myself.

That I want to find all of the meaning, love
there is to be found
in my one life here.

To do good where I can.

To document sweet moments of love.

To witness beautiful life beginnings ...

 precious moments of togetherness.

Precious magical moments
that will live in my heart forever.

Because the flip side of grief
is a heart honed
to see clearly
the beauty and miracles  of life.

The  simple heart moments
that make up a 
A Life Well Lived

Like Jeff's dad 
having the opportunity
to share the boat he spent years refurbishing
with his son 
 his son's family.

Creating the most beautiful memories 
for us all.

Having an opportunity 
to rock a new grandson to sleep!

Seeing the loving relationships
my children have with their spouses.

I am continually in awe and gratitude
with the people who have come into our family
and the love that abounds!

Visiting Jef'f's parents house
is always a highlight for my artistic eye.
Everywhere you look are curated vignettes.

Like the collection of heart rocks
his parents collected on beach walks.
They have a relationship 
in which their intense love for each other
still shines
even after 60 years of marriage!
Talk about a life well lived!

Painting leaf sun catchers with our darling grand daughter
was certainly a highlight for me!

Kayaks on our dock
also filled my days with pinch me moments.
Being on the water whether ocean of lake
always fills my heart with joy!

Seeing Jeff love on his grand children
is always heart filling.

I will forever 
hold this family trip to the 
New Hampshire Lake House
tenderly and gratefully 
in my heart.

As a reminder
that we can create the most
Life Moments
when we open our heart
to really see
the beauty and precious moments before us.

I am so grateful to my kids and their wonderful spouses
who made the trek to New Hampshire
shared their wonderful selves with us.

Jeff's parents for all they did 
to make this trip so meaningful.

And to my parents
who I miss everyday
in ways I never, ever expected.

But now I know
never to take time with family
those you love
for granted.

I hope to use my remaining days
loving on my family and friends
in the hope of leaving 
a legacy of love
a life well lived in beauty.

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life


  1. And who knitted those wonderful sweaters?

    1. Aren't they cute sweaters! Jeff's had his for ages and the other's are from Zara. Thank you for for stopping by!

  2. What absolutely stunning pictures of your family, the home and countryside. The text was just the icing on the cake! Thank you!

    1. Why thank you so much! I appreciate your stopping by for a read and comment dear!

  3. What a stunningly beautiful place to have your family gathering, Tamera. Thank you for sharing. xx

    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth! I always appreciate your visits here!

  4. What a beautiful post, dear Tamera. I missed it! so glad to find it now. Your visit was magical, it warms my heart to see and read of your family, and love of those gorgeous grandchildren. Your in-laws live in a stunning place, and Fall is the perfect time to see it all. Best wishes from Australia. xox

    1. Patricia I can't believe I missed seeing your lovely comment here!I always so appreciate your visits here, all the way from Brisbane! It was definitely a magical trip that I visit over and over in my heart. Sending you big, big hugs my dear!

  5. Dearest Tamara,beautiful,happy pictures of your family....what a fabulous place to live๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿก pure magic๐ŸŽถ
    Ottie ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ’•

    1. Dearest Ottie how lovely to find your comment here! Thank you ever so much fir your visit from the magical Cotswolds! You definitely know about beautiful places to live my dear! Sending you big hugs from Southern California! XOX

  6. Just WOW!! Stunning photos of beloved family and place!

    1. Thank you very much for visiting here and you sweet words! It was definitely a magical family trip!