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visiting home

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.
















37 Responses

  1. Leslie says:

    Your brother was so talented, what a beautiful community. I’m sure it was very touching to be there for the dedication. He will always live on in your heart and through your wonderful memories. Blessings to you and your family.

    And your mom and dad are so cute!

  2. Karen says:

    All I see in those photos is LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Blessings to you and your family!

  3. Nicky from Okotoks says:


  4. LeAnne B says:

    What talent your brother has! Truly beautiful. What a blessing to be there for the dedication. I grew up in Maryland too, Crofton, and looking at these made me miss home.

  5. Crystalyn says:

    Ok, this is going to sound totally random, and it definitely is. When I was growing up we would drive from CT to VA and we called the Potomac River the “Pot-o-macaroni and cheese” :)

  6. Terrie Langer says:

    Thank you for sharing. Your brother was very talented, must run in your family.

  7. Debbie says:

    Oh my, so beautiful. The dedication is moving. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  8. Leanne in CA says:

    Wow, beautiful!!

  9. Rhonda says:

    Becky, I live in Frederick, MD and occasionally get to Brunswick. I have heard about this wonderful new community but have not been to it. You have given me motivation to plan a trip! Your pictures are beautiful and LOVE the street names!

  10. cindy b says:


  11. Melissa says:

    It’s a small world. I lived in Brunswick, MD through my teen years. I still like to go back and visit sometimes. Beautiful little town. I can just taste the kings pizza. I really enjoyed looking at your pics! Thanks for sharing!! Neat info about your brother, how cool!!

  12. laura g. says:

    thank you for sharing…loved reading this post!

  13. dmg314 says:

    Beautiful area … and what a great occasion!

  14. Angela says:

    What a beautiful photographic tribute to your brother…you have an incredible eye for capturing what others might take for granted, and I count myself lucky each and every time I read one of your posts. Thank you for sharing your words and your eye with us (and I would love to know if you use special equipment or filters to capture such lovely images).

  15. Gwen says:

    Home Is Where The Heart Is… Heartwarming stories, beautiful photos. Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. oh gosh… tears… what a beautiful dedication.

  17. What a wonderful tribute to Jonathan, thanks for sharing.

  18. Monica says:

    You are not kidding when you say MAYS is the best – – OMgoodness – IT IS!

    What a great tribute to your brother – – I love that neck of the woods in Maryland!!

    And I love the crabs, that’s one thing I’d miss if I ever move!

  19. Angela H says:

    Beautiful!! What a blessing Jonathan was to your family and the community.

  20. Ruth says:

    What a wonderful and beautiful memorial to Jonathan.

  21. Nicole says:

    Stunning. Simply stunning. He did a fantastic job. I have never seen such a beautiful community center. I am so glad you and your family were able to be there.

  22. Karen A says:

    our daughter lives in Frederick and a trip to Mays is always on our agenda when we go there. your photo made me hungry…I will make a trip soon!

  23. Susan T. says:

    What a beautiful post honoring your brother and hometown. I live in Frederick and always love your posts after you’ve been here. (After my disappointment that I didn’t run into you somewhere while you were here.) :) What an amazing man your brother was … creative talent certainly runs in your family. Prayers to you and your family … I know well that grief continues for many months and years.

  24. Jennifer says:

    I love all your posts but I always especially enjoy your posts when you have been to Frederick Co. I live in Middletown, MD. What a beautiful tribute to your brothers passion and work. I will have to go over there and check it out!

  25. Keianna says:

    That building is beautiful. So many wonderful details. He was very talented.

  26. Susan Eardley says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  27. Suzanne Bailey says:

    Wow! What a legacy! You’re family must be sooooo proud!!

  28. Christine says:

    Your photos of your brother’s work are breathtakingly beautiful. What a wonderful legacy he has left behind for all to see. You and your family must be busting with pride. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Denise E says:

    Becky, I sit here with tears in my eyes at how beautiful your brother’s life was and how much he impacted his community. You can see and feel his love of architecture and beauty in his buildings. That dedication plaque got me….what a beautiful tribute to him and his life. I know you miss him terribly and I pray for your family as you continue in this time of grief, but know you are blessed immensely in the legacy he has left for everyone to enjoy! Thanks for sharing such an intimate part of yourself with all of us.

  30. Samantha M. says:

    This post really hits me today. I too live in Arizona, have family in the NoVA area (near Leesburg), and my (adult) younger sister passed away just a couple of months ago. This post is such a lovely tribute to your brother!

  31. Lisa W. says:

    Just beautiful…no other words but just beautiful and full of talent! Bless his family!

  32. Clara says:

    In a word–GORGEOUS!

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  34. Tracy says:

    What a lovely post. You have been blessed to have such an amazing brother. It’s wonderful that his memory and work lives on. Being so close…live in Northern VA, I need to drive up there. See it for myself. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Jules M says:

    Ok Becky, seriously, your brother has such amazing talent. I’m so glad that they were able to complete his project. It is STUNNING! He certainly used his talents to make the community feel quite welcome there. I’m so glad that you were able to go there & be there for such an event.

  36. Krissy says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your brother! So glad you were able to attend. Also a bit jealous you got to get home to Maryland – I’m also a Marylander transplanted into the desert, and would love to get home for a good crab feast! Thanks for sharing your pictures

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