all of june and beyond

June 20, 2006

We spent three of the last four weekends out of our state. Traveling the highways enroute toward those we hope to grace with company, joy and love borne of deep pleasure and thankfulness.
A weekend in Erie, PA brought couch-sleeping, car-reading and late-night conversations with truth and honesty. We felt the sand between our toes and the hookah in our lungs, we were stretched slightly beyond the coloring-lines of comfort and found ourselves changing into that messy and amazingly absurd image of an earthly Christ.

The following weekend in Fort Payne, Alabama (Al-a-BAma) brought humidity on our skin, dinner-table home-cooked meals and two soulful listeners unlike I’ve ever encountered. Bike rides and sitting on the porch. Naps and the gift of mangos. Tiny present-pleasures of a romantic God that speaks to our hearts exactly as we need to hear. Long drives home of tears and naked honesty, a desire to not allow our messy pasts to dictate our futures.

This weekend in Wilmore, Kentucky brought story times and lap-sitting that only 4 year old boys can bring, late-into-the-night games of RISK, and the call to live a life of Holy contentment. Finishing every U2 song at our disposal and conversing when silence would be more comfortable because we desire the challenge to draw deeper into the depths of relational intimacy.
In addition, I was delighted with an evening of basking in the beautiful summer evening and clear-sky summer night with Leslie. Organic pizza, eclectic shop browsing, conversations that make the soul somehow lighter and martinis on the porch. Far-and-wide discussions of future plans and here-and-now words on the heart.

So our bags are unpacked, at least for now, and we are back to tending our porch garden. My husband was born with farmer in his veins. The second-story, cement porch of our inner-city apartment is now home to pots full of strawberries, peppers and peas. And, of course, pot-with-hope full of what-one-day-could-be tomatoes and squash. Stay tuned, ya’ll, Farmers Market soon to be hosted in the Oregon District compliments of Josh.

In other news, Selah turns one this week!

name your beliefs.

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2 Responses to “all of june and beyond”

  1. Schmanda said

    i absolutley LOVE the pic of you in this post. and….i think i see a familiar african artifact…aw. and selah! is she gonna eat me?

  2. huster said

    nice pics. that was a hot pic of… Candy (I can’t remember what you call her) =)~

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