for boston.

I am completely overwhelmed with emotions over the events of yesterday, as I’m sure each and every one of you are, too.

My sister and I went out to watch the marathon with some friends yesterday morning and came back yesterday afternoon in a state of shock and sorrow. We are all okay, and all our friends in Boston are okay too. We were watching the marathon a few miles up and were a good distance from the finish line. I am humbled by the concerns from friends old and new, near and far. I am humbled by the response of people everywhere to this tragic event that ruined what was supposed to be a perfect day– a perfect day for the incredible athletes, a perfect day for the spectators, and a perfect day for Boston. Far from perfect, it’s sad to realize that our city and this day will never quite be the same.

My heart is broken for those that were injured and those that lost their lives. It is unimaginable and horrific and depressing. It will never make sense and it will always be unfair.

But for what it’s worth, I’m more proud than ever to call this place my home.

I’m proud of this city and its people who came out to watch and to cheer.

I’m proud of the Boston Police + paramedics + volunteers + of all the hospitals in Boston who worked so hard to help in the aftermath of the explosions.

I’m proud of those that offered up their homes + donated blood + food + comfort.

And more than anything, I’m so proud of all the runners and their months and months of training to get to this day. For those who crossed the finish line, and especially those that didn’t get the chance.

From now until forever, you are all marathoners to me.


Quote from J.R.R. Tolkien

Photographs from my walk through Back Bay on Saturday
in this beyond beautiful city, both inside and out.


  1. I should have known you would have the right words.

    So glad I can count you among my friends and among the safe and sound.


  2. big hugs. and thank you for these comforting words – i couldn’t agree more.

  3. A lovely post and a very fitting quote. Thanks for sharing. Our thoughts are all with Boston.

  4. Unlike you, I feel that I have no words! It will absolutely never ever make sense. My prayers and an immense admiration are with the city of Boston today. And by the way, soo glad you are safe my friend.

  5. This post gave me tears. Thank you for your words; they are perfect.

  6. I would be proud, too. beautiful post Anna.

  7. My thoughts went to you so quickly yesterday, and relief doesn’t begin to explain how I felt when I heard you were safe. But my heart breaks for you to have to remember this so vividly. See you on Sunday, Anna. Xo Jenna

  8. Beautiful post, Anna. Happy you are safe!

  9. Amen to all of it. What an amazing city we get to call home.

  10. Well said Anna…such a sad day for Boston.

  11. I can only imagine how scary and sad that was for the bombings to happen in your own city. And just miles away from where you were watching the race! Thank the Lord you are safe. I’m so sorry this happened to Boston. Please know I’m praying for your city!

  12. Beautifully said. So in love with + proud of our home.

  13. I am proud too. Boston is a great city and we proved that yesterday. Thankful for all the first responders. So sad but trying to focus on all the good.

  14. <3 <3 <3 I have no other words.

  15. dear friend, I’m glad you are ok. yesterday was a scary day.

  16. LOVE Boston and LOVE you friend. Perfectly said. xoxoxo

  17. I was thinking of you all day yesterday! I’m glad you and everyone you know is safe and couldn’t agree more with the words you posted.

  18. I love that Tolkien quote you used. It is a perfect and wise thing to remember, especially considering what happened yesterday. Keeping Boston in my prayers.

  19. So glad you are safe. This city is resilient. Thank you for this post, it was a sad day for Boston for sure.

  20. Oh. Yes. Perfect Anna :) Alex you hear that? You are a marathoner to me too!


  21. I`m grateful for your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Thank god. You`re pictures are a beautiful tribute to your city.


  22. Sandy Burns says:

    We love your post, Anna. Perfect.

  23. Such a horrible event on a wonderful, typically joyous day. It’s completely senseless. I’m so happy to hear you are okay. Boston will come back from this and be stronger than ever. I’ve got you and the city in my thoughts.

  24. Beautifully said, dear friend :)

    Love you, and am so relieved you, Meg, Zan are safe!

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