Thursday, January 19, 2012

Where My Cover Photo Comes From: Ogunquit, Maine

Usually my posts center around reviews, giveaways, current events, the media, or whatever, but I don't post barely enough about myself. First, because I know you guys love giveaways, and that's why I started the blog after all. Second, posting about yourself forces you to analyze yourself in different ways, and sometimes that take way too much effort.

But tonight, I am going to take the time to post a more personal blurb about where my cover photo comes from and the meaning behind it, and the name of my blog, Not One Ordinary Moment.

I actually took the cover photo myself, with my own camera. It is, in fact, one of very few pictures on this blog that I did not steal from Google Images. I took the photo in April last year, actually on Easter Sunday, on a trip we took to Marginal Way in Ogunquit, near us in Maine. Ogunquit is very much like Kennebunkport in that it's economy centers around tourism in the Summer, although it's much smaller than our town. Marginal Way is a walkway of about half a mile that runs right next to the ocean, but high up on a cliff so you aren't actually on the beach.

Marginal Way is something that we've walked as a family for years and years. It's something great to do on Mother's Day, Father's Day, and in last year's case, Easter. The walk is absolutely beautiful, as you can see from my cover photo, and I think it is the best placce near us to go if you want to appreciate where we live and how lucky we are.

So last Easter, we went to our favorite restaurant in Ogunquit, Barnacle Billy's, and then walked the Marginal Way, all five of us. It was my definition of a perfect spring day: the weather was nice, the ocean was beautiful, the food was great, everyone was getting along, and the walk was stunning.

I have to admit, growing up, I didn't appreciate Marginal Way at all. I found it boring, I thought the ocean looked like the same old ocean I saw everyday in the summer, and I would ache to get home as soon as I could. Now, I look back on those memories as some of the best in my childhood, because it is one of the best examples of us just acting like a normal family and doing normal family things together.

I have grown to adore our trips to Marginal Way, just as I have grown to love trips to Peak's Island, and other Maine-outdoorsy places I didn't like going to as a kind. Marginal Way really is one of the most beautiful places in Southern Maine, and everytime I go I feel so absolutely lucky to be able to spend so much time by the ocean. We have lots of extended family who don't live near the ocean, and maybe only go to the beach a couple times a summer. If there is one thing I have learned from living in Maine all my life, it's that I will always want to be close enough to see the ocean everyday, if I want to.

I named my blog Not One Ordinary Moment because of a quote that was shown to me by a special friend of mine: "There are no ordinary moments." This quote really rang true with me, so when I created a blog I knew Not One Ordinary Moment was a great title. Once I had the name, I was scrolling through my pictures and I came across our pictures from Ogunquit. Being at Marginal Way that day really had me appreciating that life is so precious, and that I should be thankful for being so so so lucky to live where I live and have everything I have. Most days, I am not greatful enough.

So there it is: the story behind my cover photo and the reason I named my blog what I did. Few and far between though they are, my posts about myself really are enjoyable, and I hope you enjoy them too!


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