I will always be grateful for where I grew up.
Brunswick, Maryland is a quaint little railroad town that sits on the Potomac River just an hour’s drive northwest of the nation’s capital – Washington D.C. I was born and raised there until I left for college at age 17. We make our way back there as often as we can, primarily to visit my parents and other family that live in that neck of the woods. My parents have lived in their home nearly 40 years. And they keep getting cuter.
Every time I’m there I feel so blessed for my roots, and for the natural surroundings. These are the corn fields I drove past every day going to school.
Being that it’s summer, we try to get out of the desert as much as possible. I love our home in Arizona, but it is blasted hot in the Valley of the Sun. One of our recent getaways was to Maryland. I have so many fond memories growing up here – like the homemade staircase that we took walking from our house to the elementary school, for example.
We checked out some of my Great Aunt Eva’s original masterpieces that are currently gathered at my parents’ home (and yes, we scored a couple of those canvases). She recently passed away and will always be remembered for her artistic talent and having the sweetest character.
We enjoyed a crab feast at a place called May’s in Frederick (if you’re in the area I give it a thumbs-up for sure).
And of course we visited my brother Jonathan’s grave. It’s been nearly 10 months since he passed away and every time I think of him, I heart swells with gratitude for knowing him and loving him and learning from him. They haven’t completed his headstone yet, but my parents are keeping beautiful flowers there in the meantime.
Speaking of Jonathan … one of the main reasons we were in Maryland was to attend the dedication of the Brunswick Crossing Community Center, which Jonathan designed. It was his last project before cancer overtook his ability to carry on with work. It was our honor to be there. They spent the whole dedication honoring Jonathan and his life and his talents. He was so passionate about planning and designing and developing the Brunswick Crossing community. If I lived in that area, hands-down, this is the community I would choose.
If you’re ever in the area, please stop by Brunswick Crossing. It’s a real treat.
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves for the rest of this post. It is my honor to share glimpses of his talent, and his community center. Jonathan was such a visionary. As soon as you pull into this community, and step foot inside the firehouse or community center or any building he designed … you get a strong sense of his passion and his talent. How grateful I am that there is so much evidence of him sprinkled throughout the area – and beyond (he spent many years working on the Olympics and Superbowl projects as well).
PS – He even named all the streets, each one based on a piece of local history.