Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Out of all the blessings in my life…you are one of the greatest. Although another year has passed, and we are both getting older, I will always be that sleepy little girl asking for just one more story, and you will be that very tired daddy mustering out a few more tales before both of our eyes close.
The best parts of my life involve you, and you always make your way into my favorite memories….from the teddy bear picnic to “bumble bees flying in the trees,” and from tea parties to birthday parties…even to proms. Although, out of all these memories, my favorite times spent with you were the days you drove me to school. Every second of those car rides were spent talking, laughing, crying, or learning….For me, mostly learning. I owe all that I have become to you because it is you, daddy, that laid the foundation for me to chase my dreams, to have a humble heart, to love myself and others, and to trust God with all that is in me…It is you who held my hand when I got scared, but let me walk on my own when I had to…It is you who dried up my tears and stitched my heart back together when it was broken, but rejoiced with me through every achievement.
I am so proud of you for all that you do, and for the amazing example you set for our family and our community. Everyone who knows you would say that you have been a blessing to them in some way, from the people you help with your job to the kids you coach during your free time. You work so hard for others without wanting praise or recognition, but every time you do something and think it goes unnoticed just know that you are wrong…because I notice. I am so very proud to be your daughter, my loving and humble father.
Today, on your birthday, I want you to pat yourself on the back for once, and know that who you are is everything I hope to be. I love you soo much!
Happy Birthday Dad,
Monday, September 21, 2009
"What Greater Thing Is There for Human Souls Than To Feel That They Are Joined For Life-To Be With Each Other In Silent Unspeakable Memories." ~George Eliot
Thank you for sharing your love and laughter with me!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Not a million words could describe what I have found over the course of this journey, so to put it simply I have found me. The real me, the soft, compassionate, emotional, silly, and messy me…and you know what, I am beautiful.
Beautiful was such a hard word for me to say before I started this journey, and complimenting myself was an even harder task. These obstacles are not easily overcome by any means, I still struggle to pat myself on the back or to look in the mirror and say the words “you are beautiful” but I can actually do it now. I can do these things now and actually believe them…I can do them without sarcasm and sadness, without pain and ugliness. I have found my place and my self-worth, and most importantly JOY. I am able to love deeper and live stronger.
I think my journey most resembles that of grapes in a vineyard. It took time to grow, a very long time, and any little frost or discouragement could have sent me right back to where I started. I was blessed because the weather cooperated just enough to nourish me. Now that the seasons have changed my heart is ripened and ready for the harvest.
I was asked two questions today-If you could be anything in the would what would you be and If you could live anywhere in the would where would you live? Here are my Answers:
If I could be anything in the world I would be a little kid again. Inspiration was so easy to find then, and a simple “hey, I like your shoe strings,” or “Will you play with us,” made my day. Love was easier to give then to…from the smallest kitten to the biggest person it didn’t matter. I miss those days.
If I could live anywhere in the world I would live In Asheville….not in the city, but in the mountains because I feel closer to God there. I don’t know what it is, but the mountains have made me feel that way ever since I was little. I fell in love with the creativity, the architecture, and the people of that city as well.
1 Samuel 16:7: “The Lord Does Not Look At The Things Man Looks At. Man Looks At The Outward Appearance, But The Lord Looks At The Heart.” I feel as though my heart has gone through an extreme makeover during this process. I have started a new chapter. As I was clicking away finding the beauty in the world something wonderful was happening to my heart. As I was meeting new people and finding the beauty in them, something amazing was happening to my heart. . As I prayed for God to open my eyes, to let me find beauty hiding in unexpected places he was opening my heart and helping me find the beauty within myself. Now, as I reflect on this blessed journey my heart is exploding with beauty. I want to share it with the world, and that is exactly what I am going to do…through my heart and through my lens.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
As the leaves begin to change so does my spirit. There is something so warm and comforting about Autumn. I find this the best time of year to reflect on my soul, to see how much my heart has ripened and matured. You see, just because the leaves are turning and falling off of their branches doesn't mean they have been defeated by death. These distinguished leaves are just growing, maturing, and fulfilling their purpose here, just like us! To dwell on an ending is bitter and depressing, but the start of a process, reflection, and discovery is astonishing as well as full of wonder. I hold dear these treasures of autumn!