Favorite Place in the Whole Wide World

Our family has enjoyed many adventures.  We have discovered so many special places along the way.

Hot…

…cold.

High…

…low.

Near…


…far.

Silly…

…and sweet.

It’s impossible to look back and choose one favorite place from so many golden ones.

Whether I’m high or low, whether they’re near or far, I hold them within my heart.  In that place, whatever happens, I know we can be together in a heartbeat.

And that is my favorite place in the whole wide world.

All words and images copyright 2012 Naomi Baltuck

76 Comments

    1. Thank you, Len. I know that big changes are underway as the kids grow up. With the kids moving away from home, I am going to have to get my husband to mug for the camera!

      1. Good Luck with that, have you thought of more in the way of nature? LOL You take beautiful photos I am sure whatever you undertake after the kids leave will be just as beautiful!

      2. Thank you, Len. I do love to take nature shots, but I learned something from going through my dad’s pictures long after he was gone. He took many interesting shots of places, but we didn’t know where they were taken, and they hadn’t any true meaning for us, except an appreciation for his good eye. It is the people pictures that we loved and looked for. But I know whatever happens, we will be okay. I will take things one step at a time, and for now, we are able to plan trips that are still interesting enough to keep the kids coming back!

  1. Great choices of images Naomi ,I really love your favorite spot there thanks for sharing my friend 🙂

    1. Hi Patti,
      It felt like we were on top of the world looking down on the earth. But that photo was taken from the top of Haleakala, the volcano on Maui. Thanks for your visit!

    1. Thank you, Maggie. So many shots are just being in the right place at the right time–being struck by a visual when you happen to have your camera and be in a position to snap a lucky shot!

  2. You know, I’m not a religious person at all, but I can’t help but use the word “blessed” to describe your adventures with your family. I wish that I was able to travel around and enjoy beautiful places with wonderful people the way you are now.

    I’m sure you’re kids will never forget these experiences.

    And man, do those cupcakes look good!

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Dear Mike, you are very kind. After my mom was widowed, she used to drive us around the country in a beat up VW bus hauling an Apache tent-trailer. She took us to the 49 states that you could drive to. (I had to get to Hawaii on my own) That was such a treasured and formative experience for me, that I wanted to pass that on to our kids.

      We live relatively modestly. We don’t watch TV, and don’t have cable. We drive our twenty year old cars into the ground, and often shop at thrift stores for our clothing. But travel has been our indulgence, and it has been really special to share that with each other, and with the kids.

      We are twice blessed. Once, because we are, and twice because we know it.

      Thank you so much for your really sweet and thoughtful comment.

  3. The trouble with you always being the one holding the camera for all the beautiful photographs, is that we never see you 😉 How about a photo shoot of you in some wonderful location, with one of your lovely family members holding the camera?

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I am happy with that arrangement, but once in awhile one of the kids will snatch the camera and snap a photo of me. There are a few here and there, but I’m happier behind the scenes.

      Thanks for the visit, and thanks for the lovely comment.

    1. Hi Subhan! Thank you for your sweet comments. Bea is settling in to school, and getting really involved. She plays with the marching band, has joined the outdoor club so that she will be able to learn how to snowshoe, she was accepted in the Shakespeare Company as a technical assistant with costumes and set design. She is also taking lessons to become–I’m not sure, but I think it’s a campus tour guide. I think she is even getting some classwork and school homework done! Thank you so much for asking. I sure do miss her, but am very glad that she seems to be fitting in and enjoying herself, making new friends.

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