Midcoast Maine Summer

31 July 2018

My love for both my family’s summer cottages in Maine and the book The Tech-Wise Family are by now well-documented, but it wasn’t until our most recent visit that I figured out the connection between the two. While in my everyday life, it can feel like a fight to implement the author’s Ten Tech-Wise Commandments*, in Maine, they are a natural way of life. That’s why our time there feels like such a breath of fresh air, and it’s just one of the many reasons why I’m so grateful for this beautiful place! Here are a few photos from our time up North this year, if you’d like to see!

island view

main wharf

dramatic tides

boat ride

coastal maine botanical gardens

We made our first visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and they were AMAZING! We hardly scratched the surface of what they have available for kiddos after several hours. Highly recommended!!


sand castle

great grandma

Another highlight was a beach day on the Island with my grandma (June’s great grandma!). Such a treat to spend time with her!!

boats at twilight

blowing bubbles

shoulder ride


life jacket


Ahhhh… the best view in the world. Until next year, friends!

*In case you’re wondering what the commandments are, here you are the ones most relevant for our time in Maine:
1. We develop wisdom and courage together as a family.
2. We want to create more than we consume, so we fill the center of our home with things that reward skill and active engagement.
3. We are designed for a rhythm of work and rest, so one hour a day, one day a week, and one week a year, we turn off our devices and worship, feast, play, and rest together.
4. We wake up before our devices do, and they “go to bed” before we do.
5. We aim for “no screens before double digits” at school and at home.
6. We use screens for a purpose, and we use them together, rather than using them aimlessly and alone.
9. We learn to sing together, rather than letting recorded and amplified music take over our lives and our worship.
10. We show up in person for the big events of life. We learn how to be human by being fully present at our moments of greatest vulnerability.

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July 31, 2018 1:13 pm

That looks so peaceful and relaxing! Where would one stay if they wanted to replicate this vacay?

August 2, 2018 9:11 am

Wow, those commandments really got me! So awesome x

August 3, 2018 3:39 pm

So many happy photos of such a magical place!!

August 6, 2018 4:09 pm

I love this so so much. Will definitely be incorporating this in me and my husband’s (and when we have kids one day!) life!