I’m sitting here watching the light filter through the trees outside, thinking about all life holds right now and longing to share just a little snippet. I used to share many, many snippets daily on Instagram, then linking to twitter and facebook, but I have enjoyed the new exercises in presence, slowness, diligence in work, and openness to creativity without the constant pull to those platforms. But, I have still longed to reach out, to put a few words and images down in one place and share a bit of the adventures happening over here in these walls. We’ve been writing letters via snail mail these days a lot more in response to our boredom experiment podcast, and so I am finding the format of letter writing more and more second nature. even as I sit here typing digital pixels on a glowing screen, my hand longs to write you as a friend writes a friend, in a letter.
so, Hello to you from our magical little trailer!
I (ash) can easily stand up inside it, Jeremy… well. he’s a good sport. :)
Things are well here. They aren’t perfect and I am over pretending that they ever will be. But as one guy who wrote us a letter for the podcast said, “it’s not perfect, and I make more mistakes than imaginable, but life is really very good. Maybe more than that, it’s hard; exactly as it should be.” There are days when we fall into bed tired, depleted, frustrated, at the end of ourselves. Having a special needs four year old is a challenge. Watching our two other boys grow older and get a bit more “emo” in their moods can be a challenge as well. Owning a small business and making art for a living are a wild ride and adventure always surprising us with what is around the bend, sometimes good, sometimes a challenge. But there are also many days when we look at one another, smile with gratitude and lay there surprised by the joy a single day can bring.
I don’t know if I can accurately describe all that has opened up the past few months. In a list format, it looks something like:
reading too many books (is that a thing?)
silence and solitude retreats
weddings, travel, putting our feet in the ocean
baseball out back with the boys
learning about monastic life, centering prayer
full tables and dinners and pot roast
wine, always a good bottle of pinot noir
jumping into the lake
hosting beloved strangers and guests in our big old dusty house
making lotsa photographs
I’m not gonna lie… saying yes to finally deleting our apps and beginning the social media detox made us shake like shitting dogs. At first, it was SO hard, y’all. But these days, as the dopamine levels have all leveled out, we are kind of amazed. We are doing it! We are actually swimming against a really powerful current in search of something deeper. We are turning pro every day working on new things we fiercely believe in, and preparing to give you more inroads to these experiences and philosophies that are coming alive to us. A few really great things are in the works right now: an opportunity to come alongside us for a month and do a participatory artist’s detox, a sleepover mentor-shop (hosted right here in our awesome old house, for couples or groups of two to six), and later… a brand new workshop experience! The detox will come first, and we cannot wait to share it with you. We’ve put a lot of energy and heart into the making of it and we are so excited to see the ripple effects this has in the industry. Look and listen around July 1st for the details and the chance to join in with us and the others participating! If you don’t think you’re on our mailing list, contact us and request to be.. there’s going to be a lot of good stuff we don’t want you to miss out on. (and we won’t be posting about it on social media, remember, so this is the only way to keep up with what’s up).
Back home, today marks our older boys last days of fourth and fifth grade, and Zion is finishing out his first full year at his special needs preschool. I know that many of you gave out of your pockets and the goodness of your hearts this past year to make sure he got into that school and that we could afford it. I just need you to know this: we hear him speaking in sentences for the first time, see him RUNNING for the first time as a result of his extra therapies there and his botox and casts, and we marvel at the miracle of the past year in Zion’s life. It’s never easy but my gosh it’s good. Thank you, you know who you are if you were there for us in that season, for being a part of that story. Today also seems to mark the beginning of our busiest travel stretch. Although we’ve already been on airplanes this year, we now build up some major miles as we go tell stories and leave home for over a month. Starting tomorrow we will board planes taking us all over the world from a farm house in England this week and next to Colorado the week after that to Hawaii to … well, you get the point. We are beyond honored to pay our bills by experiencing what love and family look like with our cameras, always open to meeting new friends and eating home cooked meals and drinking wine with strangers. We have loved making more images for more families than ever in the past, and will always do our best to make room for yours, so drop us a line and we will set something up.
or, as always, you can drop us a letter and for the brief hours when we are in town this month, we will check on our box!
P.O. Box 32875
Kansas City, MO 64171
Be in touch, be encouraged, and all joy and kindness and best wishes to you as you are journeying along. we are fellow sojourners, and we are all in this together!
ash and jeremy . we are the parsons
much much thanks to our dear friend, papa alec, for making some pics for us in our trailer!