A new adventure

20170715_151858I haven’t had a Saturday off in weeks but this past Saturday, I finally had the opportunity to explore a new town not too far from my home. My friend has been encouraging me to check it out for such a long time. So I decided to take a leap of faith and drove to this new location with my daughter. This was our day to spend some quality time together. Both our schedules have been out of whack lately so we made a decision to escape towards a new adventure. The name of the town is New Hope in Pennsylvania near the Delaware River.

20170715_151743It was a humid sunny and hot day. Maybe a little too warm for my taste. The heat has been excruciating this summer and that day will probably go down in history as another scorcher. When it’s not raining like it has been on a regular basis lately, the sun is blazing. By the way, I thought rain was supposed to cool our temperature down. It feels of late it’s going higher or am I just imagining the intense heat,

As we approached the town, we caught glimpses of the Delaware river on our left and beautiful houses on our right. We drove down Main Street where we observed several restaurants and small businesses. There was plenty of metered parking on the street however we decided to park in an all day lot.

In the middle of the town, a small house was designated for visitors where we were able to get a map, booklets, and pamphlets about the town and surrounding area. If one wanted to take a ride on the Delaware river, there was also a small ferry available which will take you on a small tour up and down the river. So much to do and so little time.

I was so glad we wore comfortable shoes as there was quite a bit of walking but so worth it. There were museums to satisfy everyone’s taste and small shops with various types of merchandise. As we went door to door looking at jewelry, clothing, and other paraphernalia, we happened to purchase some items at relatively good prices. But don’t be fooled, there were also quite a few high-end stores. If you’re on a budget, beware or bring some extra money if you want to spend a little more.

A  small bridge connects New Hope Pennsylvania to Lambertsville New Jersey We walked to the other side where we got a better view of the Delaware River. If you have a taste for antiques and additional shopping, you’ll find it here.

We slipped into a small coffee shop which also sold ice cream in order to get a break from the heat. My daughter ordered mint chocolate chip and I ordered buttered pecan. What a treat after a nice day. It was extremely refreshing and delicious.

Beautiful flowers were arranged in unison by a sidewalk. Crowds of people everywhere enjoying the moment. We were so glad we had the opportunity to spend the day together.

20170715_153330After walking around Lambertsville, we went back to New Hope and stopped at a few more stores where we made additional purchases. Our finale was at a popular restaurant named Havana where we sat an ordered a refreshing drink and ate some appetizers.

In the future, I intend to come back to New Hope. If you have the opportunity to discover new places near your home, spend it with someone special and build memories that will last a lifetime.

Can you recommend any places near where you live?

 

 

 

 

The Joy of being Content

contentment

Are you living a life of contentment? The joy of being content means living in a state of acceptance, thankfulness and gratefulness right where you are today. Living in contentment, regardless of life’s arrows which seeks to destroy your joy. Life happens everyday and it may drift in different directions depending on the circumstances. Continue reading “The Joy of being Content”

Peace

why are we here 2Peace is a state of mind, which has a different meaning to those who genuinely seek it.

Peace is freedom from distraction, focusing on the beauty of life

Peace is love and being loved

Peace is the stillness of the morning on a bright sunny day, being still and enjoying the sunlight coming through the windows.

Peace is refraining from battles with those you come in contact with, a coworker, children friends or your spouse.

Peace is looking at the waves crashing on the beach time and time again, looking far and wide at the ocean that lays ahead.

Peace is tranquility, silence in a pure moment of surrender to this vast universe, observing all Gods creation and marveling at his creativity.

Peace is standing tall at the top of a mountain, screaming at the top of your lungs, feeling the wind blowing through your hair, and the freedom of just being, breathing and taking in the sites.

Peace is being in harmony with the world around you, not destroying but living harmoniously.

Peace is silence in prayer, praying for God’s blessing, healing and direction.

Peace is being still and meditating in God’s word.

Peace is believing God exist, creator of the universe, his unconditional love and gift of salvation. Knowing he is the same yesterday, today and always.

Nuggets of Truth: May the Lord of peace give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

2 Thessalonians 3:16