You know those times in life where something really tough was waiting just around the corner but you didn’t know it? And maybe you see photographs from just a few days or hours before that rough patch, and think, “my gosh, what beautiful ignorance to not know what was ahead..”?
A couple of months ago we went to the lake house. This is a place that has become so dear to our family and each year its owners extend a gracious invitation for us to go make it our own retreat place for a few days.
I share these photographs here on our WATP blog for a couple of reasons . first, I am aware that, since we vacated social media almost sixteen months ago, people are seeing way less of our lives and I want to find ways to continue to share openly and authentically here, not just on the family blog. but mostly I share because of what came after these photographs. Just a day after this trip to the lake house, our youngest son Zion would have a health crisis that would land him in the ICU, and in the children’s hospital for a week (more about that here), only to go home with a very tricky diagnosis of epilepsy, and on anti-seizure meds. If you haven’t ever heard about Zion’s story, you can read about that on our family blog but our little boy has fought for his life many times in the past five years and this was no exception. Ever four days or so now he has some kind of incident that has the potential to turn into an emergency. Life is not the same as it was at the end of May.
So I guess I share these images here with you mostly because of all that . because photographs matter. These were days we can’t ever get back. This was a pace and style of life we can no longer take for granted. These were the last moments of “normal” before we entered into a new normal as a family and I’m so thankful we’ve got them in our pockets now. I’m so thankful photographs have the power to honor the normalcy we had no idea we were about to lose. It makes us all the more resolute to do exactly what we believe in most for our people and our couples each time they invite us to tell their stories . to tell the truth.