PARENTING | FAITH | So many mommies have loved so many sons.
Since the beginning of time, mothers have held their boys and wished for them all the joy and all the peace the world can bring.
And yet as I hold you, my little love, I feel a feeling that is so pure and so deep that I cannot fathom anyone ever having felt it before -- not to this level; not of this depth. But then I am reminded that this is what true love feels like. And it is not new; it is as old as time. It is the original, it is the beginning, it is the foundation of everything; of life itself. • Fish have travelled miraculous feats and birds have soared beyond the highest skies because mothers have loved like I love you now. • It is my prayer, little one, that you take your rightful place among giants and men, and that you never forget the sound of my heartbeat as I hold you tonight. I am your champion and your greatest fan -- like all mommies who have come before me and all mommies yet to come. • I stand united with all of humanity by my sacred love for you. And you stand united with every son who has been the source of his mother's greatest joy and pride, as you are mine. • That is our bond, my son, and that is why I am - and forever will be - yours. // #parenting#parenthood#motherofboys#motherofboy#son#motherofson#thoughtsonlife#thoughtsonparenthood#baby#philosophy#parentstaoteching#mommyhood#mommyhoodmadesimple#mommyhoodismycareer#tomyson#notetomyson#notestomyson#parentingdonewell#faithdonewell#whitneywingdrake
Many the Miles * Marker No. 51
Five more photos to share after this one.... I've always loved "bokeh", soft lights like the ones in this photo. My wife and I's "song", if we have one, is Carry Me Home by The Alternate Routes. That song is kinda these lights in sound, and I didn't know they were called bokeh when I fell in love with them - when I was about ten years old, somewhere out on the same highways where most of these photos were taken. I also didn't know my wife the first time I heard Carry Me Home. The band played it for us last year in Tampa, which was a real moment. This year I had the pleasure of taking this photo, and of learning a lot about who I am, and where I came from. I'm grateful for bokeh, and for The Alternate Routes. More than anything I'm grateful for my family - my wife, my mom, my sister and the ones who loved me and supported me when the ones who didn't decided to walk away. Everybody is sharing "me too", as victims of sexual assault. Remember something. There's lot of kinds of assault - emotional is the hardest to spot, and the hardest to stop. If you are being abused, know that there are people who can help you. The Alternate Routes spread a message of love in their music, and the bokeh, like the ones pictured here, are all about love. We need more love in the world, and a little less Kim Jong Un. Okay, maybe a lot less. And probably also a lot more of The Alternate Routes. Anyway. Next Stop: Glenwood Springs. Goodnight. "In Off The Desolate Highway" #thoughtsonlife#bokeh#glenwoodsprings#thealternateroutes#spreadlove#offthebeatenbath#emptyhighways#manythemiles#healingwaters#outuponthatdustytrail#tracinghistory
This summer I met an older woman who showed me you could do anything. She was proud of herself, kind to others, funny, had an open mind, also humor was included and loved travelling. I watched her be, she was shining and so she inspired me. Her love for her husband and family, humanity was something I couldn't describe. This picture is one of her hobbys, she loved color and gardening. She let others inspire her, and now she inspired me. Thank you for making me see things from a different perspective🌻. #thoughtsonlife#perspective#positivethinking#lifeislove#beinspired
@naisyydaisy gave me a box of baby succulents to plant for my birthday last year, and this little guy was my favorite among them. he’s stretched and grown so much in the past year and his tips have been turning pink over the past few months. birthdays are always a time of reflection for me, and this coming one all the more as i reflect on everything this past decade has taught me. twenty-nine has been a year, and looking at this guy today i can’t help but be overwhelmed with thankfulness for all the growth and transformation it’s brought. here’s to the gift of life 💛#10daystil30 || p.s. i started a birthday fundraiser supporting @savethechildren and those affected by hurricane maria, link is on my profile, help me reach my goal of $300 for my 30th 💛
[WARNING: LONG post ahead🚨] Snapped this quickly last night at dinner, but the more I look at it the more I like it. Not because the lightings great (it's not) or I really love the font (though I do!), but because I really believe in this idea of community and that everyone needs it. Instagram has been a fun place to discover other people who like England or cats or cute cafés, and also an encouraging place to try out creating visual content. You hear many of the larger accounts on here saying similar things and it's just a cool idea to me that even those with thousands of followers still find IG a place where they've been able to form community and has pushed them to create interesting content. Plus, is it just me or does everyone's heart grow a bit bigger every time they see IG friends hanging out in real life?!😂❤️ More than just Instagram though, I really believe as humans we're created for community and are constantly yearning for that knowledge of being known and loved. Our community at @shemcreekchurch has grown and morphed in the past (almost) three years that we've been in CHS and it's been one of my favorite things to see people without community, come into the church and find a HOME❤️ So whether it's on IG or in real life, community seems to be at the core of our desires. Where do you find community? And how do you foster it once you have found it?🤔 #saturdaymorningthoughts
embrace the chapters in your life. the ones that run like rushing rivers down your soul, painfully carving canyons, will unveil beauty that is glorious to behold. the ones that envelop you with terrifying winds and strip you down to your foundation, will give you the opportunity to inspect and the freedom to reinvent. the ones that ask questions of you that you have never contemplated before, will sift your beliefs and stretch your imagination. the ones that feel like a desert, dry and lonely, will give you the gifts of introspection and self-discovery. the ones that splash warm sunlight on your skin, sweep soft breezes through your hair and plant kisses on your cheeks, will heal broken places like only being seen and held can. the ones that chill you to the core with their darkness, will strengthen your character and give you the gift of hope as you await the warmth of coming light. the ones that uproot you and transplant you to new soil, will allow you to appreciate the tender care and patience that growth requires. the ones that feel like a trust fall, ready or not, will teach you that vulnerability is a strength, even if you’re not caught. the ones that go as quickly as they come, will teach you to love as if there were no promise of tomorrow. the ones that are rocky and unpaved, where you trip and stumble until you can no longer stand, will teach you to ask for help and to live in community. the ones that wash over you like the ocean meeting the shore, relentlessly pushing and pulling, will polish your rough edges and wash ashore the hidden treasures of forgiveness and understanding. the one that’s unfolding at this very moment - one day you’ll be able to look back and see all the gifts it gave you. don’t wish it away, or hurry to bury it. embrace it and be still.
Natural stone sold to this beautiful home in eastern Maryland, It's said success doesn't come from selfish endeavors but from providing value to others lives and dreams- But what really defines success to you? #thoughtsonlife#success