Most days are average to good days, where optimistic social media posts with sunny bible verses feel appropriate and encouraging. [...] Then there are the black hole days. The days when you can’t see past the pain. The nights when your fear feels so real that you could reach out and touch it. In times like these, trite platitudes fall short. The Bible verses that used to bring comfort feel, at best, distant and irrelevant, at worst, obtuse and offensive. Where can we turn for hope on these days? Enter the awkward uncles.
Gavin and I recently returned from a trip to Uganda, I'll get into more about what we were doing there in a minute, but first I want to talk about giraffes. This may come as a shock but we don't see a ton of giraffes in Georgia. So, when we first stumbled across one on … Continue reading Just Another Giraffe | Olivia & Pheobe’s Story
One year ago today our twin boys were born. It was a beautiful, exciting and nearly tragic day. Just a few short hours after their birth, Erin was bleeding out on an OR table while I anxiously paced the hallways of Labor & Delivery praying with a desperation I’ve never felt before. It was an … Continue reading Heavy Troubles & Weighty Mercies :: One Year Ago…
Some say I have an unhealthy affection for coffee. I have even been labeled, by some of those people, a “coffee snob” for not joining them in drinking whatever coffee-looking product is being served at the moment. And after I finish shooting poisonous darts at them with my eyes, I calmly remind them that I … Continue reading Coffee Snobbery
On my drive to work I passed, what appeared to be, a photo shoot on the sidewalk of a rather unglamorous road with nothing but shabby looking, overgrown grass on the other side. I gathered it was an engagement photo shoot, from the couple in dressy casual clothes, awkwardly holding each other and trying to … Continue reading Framing The Shot :: Thoughts on our selectively public lives…
I’ve been planning on writing this for some time now but I knew I had to get the timing right. Letting enough time pass that I could actually tell the story in its entirety and not feel overwhelmed or crushed by it, but not letting so much time pass that I’d forget some of the … Continue reading A Few Days In March :: Our story of life, love, heroes, healing, family, friends, providence and pain
Last night was not my favorite. (If you don't know, we have seven week old twins...enough said.) I struggled to get out of bed this morning, motivated solely by the little beeping sound of my coffee maker reminding me that there are still wonderful things in life to be enjoyed, even when you're exhausted and … Continue reading It Cuts Like A Knife :: Thoughts on love and friendship