Monthly Archives: April 2011

today, my wife was surprised

It’s nearly impossible to surprise Ashley Parsons. But today, there was a rousing success as one of her best friends – a resident of Mexico – flew in for her 30th birthday.

I love love LOOOOOVE the look on her face! :)

Dev - 05/03/2011 - 8:34 pm

tears in my eyes as I look at these for the 15th time. :)

laura h - 04/30/2011 - 11:41 am

so beautiful. LOVE that expression! :) so fun!

jenberry - 04/28/2011 - 12:10 pm

your wife has such a beautiful spirit. you can see it beaming!!!

allyson - 04/27/2011 - 11:30 am

oh my goodness. this. is. awesome. this photo series makes me want to hop in my car, drive on over, and squeeze both of you!

Sarah - 04/27/2011 - 10:39 am

What a beautiful moment.

Jewel - 04/27/2011 - 10:16 am

I love the first image best. Surprises are the spice of life. . . well, good ones at least. : )

The day it snowed – and joy showed up :: Natasha + Grant got married

If you’d allow me, I’d love to share a few thoughts about these guys. But not just regular, normal thoughts associated with a wedding. Let’s the get the obvious out of the way: she does resemble Princess Jasmine. And yes, he’s as big as Shrek (better looking though). But knowing these two stirs our souls toward something deeper. I’m hoping I can connect with a bit of that here.

We first met Natasha when she was a bridesmaid in another couple’s wedding. Immediately, we connected with her – her love for life, her passionate excitement, the way she exudes life in every sentence she speaks. And we were taken quickly with her fiance, Grant. Having never met him, we loved that he was serving as a full time missionary in Haiti (which is also what my youngest sister is currently doing). We loved hearing about how he was giving his life away to those in the earthquake, poverty, and disease ravaged country. And we loved hearing that their plan following their wedding was to serve together there.

I rarely hear about much in Haiti these days. After the earthquake relief money was raised, celebrities seemingly have moved on, media coverage has died down, and yet the country is far from “fixed.” Grant came home on a brief furlough from his time there to visit Natasha and we were lucky enough to meet him in person a few months ago. His stories about the current state of Haiti sent chills down our spines, as have my sister’s stories. Grant is a man who played college football, is enigmatic, passionate, smart, driven, and funny. And immediately following school, he moved to Haiti. Without thought of the American dream, he’s giving his life to those with terrible infection, cholera (which he contracted some months ago), and whose children have nothing to play with. Tent cities are everywhere. Food is scarce.

It stirs me because, I think, I am easily wrapped up in a convenient Western “bubble”. We frequently use words like “epic” and “amazing” to describe things like movies and the newest, coolest music out there. I catch myself envying the big house down the street or the nicer car that passes me. So, seeing two people who are giving their time, energy, and talents to those who have nothing – two people who as newlyweds aren’t intent on buying a house right now – two people who are finding the richness of life in the poorest of countries – those things point us to something deeper. Knowing Natasha and Grant is such a privilege and we’re lucky to call them friends. More than that, knowing them is refreshing to my soul.

For one day, we were lucky enough to witness their giddy excitement as they gave their lives to each other.

“How good is God?” asked the pastor repeatedly as snow fell outside. “How good is God to prepare each of you for the other?” Knowing Natasha and Grant, and judging by the looks on their faces all day long – He IS good. Here is some of that goodness in pictures. Hope you enjoy:)

sarah - 04/27/2011 - 8:32 am

haiti represented!!! wahoo!!!!!

also. these are ridiculous. you guys are ridiculous! i’m so glad i share your genes.

Imthiaz Houseman - 04/25/2011 - 10:55 am

Wow, there are so many amazing images. You can just feel there love through them. Beautiful set!

Rosina - 04/21/2011 - 11:23 pm

Haha @ anna! I didn’t see Jer until she mentioned it!

You guys. Seriously. This whole blog fast thing is obviously NOT going well with me. So I have decided to forget about fasting on your blog. I just can’t.

The pizza shot reminds me of your sloppy joe shot. Heart-warming. And the goose bumps on her arm?? ARE YOU SERIOUS?? What don’t you notice??

I just sighed a happy sigh. xoxo

Anna - 04/21/2011 - 12:16 pm

Holy sheeeesh. I love this so much I feel like clapping. Joy absolutely did show up! Beautiful–Natasha, Grant and you both. (Btw, loved seeing a peek of Jer at the end. Love you guys!)

Stephanie Lyell - 04/21/2011 - 12:06 pm

Wow. This shoot is fabulous. So many beautiful, creative shots!

josh - 04/21/2011 - 11:05 am

Wow dudes! These are freaking amazing! Love the contrast of the pink shots with the green grass/tree shots underneath. Silky!

carly - 04/21/2011 - 11:01 am

loves it. that shaving photo stopped me dead in my scroll down.