January 27, 2010

Portraits from the Road, San Antonio, TX

The single most amazing thing about this trip has been, without a doubt, the people we have gotten to meet. And the stories that they share. Stories that make me look at my mixed up, upside down, right side up, word jumble of a life and say “thank god.” Thank you God for the blessings in my life. For the abundance that I take for granted every single day. For the breath that I breathe and heart in my chest. Thank you for Starbucks and Cooper’s face and Taylor Swift on the iPod. Thank you for Mexican food where they know how to cook it. Thank you for friends & family who love me far more than I deserve. Thank you for letting me chase every dream I ever bothered to think of. And I’m sorry for not dreaming more, for loving more, for laughing more while I still have the chance. But I want You to know that I’m going to work on that. Every. single. day. I’m going to work on that. So, thank you God for the stories that they tell. Because for that fleeting moment, when I hear them, I feel like I’m actually holding on to how beautiful life is.

This is a picture of our Ranger friend at the Alamo. As he told us how he’s saved for the past year to be able to drive his wife & four kids from San Antonio to Orlando, and take his family to Disney World for just one day. One day. One whole year of his life for one day of their happiness. And I never want to forget how proud he was when he told us that. Because that’s love like only a father (or a mother) can give. And that to me, is beautiful.

  1. sarah wellmeier

    OMGOSH!!!! One year for for one day!!

    I am sitting here and keyboard is soaked in tears!! That is amazing!!

    That is love! Thank you for sharing:)

  2. Dawn Beirnes

    what a story! The love he must have for his family! You guys look like you are having a blast! And thank you for saying and feeling what we all should be saying and feeling. My husband was just layed off from his job, I’m wanting so bad to get my photography business started…it seems like we always have obstacles in our way, but those obstacles help his grow, learn, and appreciate our life more! PREACH IT!

  3. Diandra

    Wow! That is incredible. Thanks for sharing! And I love the photo!

  4. Marissa Rodriguez

    Now I’m crying….Thanks for sharing, such a powerful reminder.

  5. Jackie Lamas

    i heart that park ranger. he reminds me of my old man :)

  6. Meg

    Loved this! Thanks for sharing the story. I always enjoy your blog but more and more everyday!

  7. Treva Tribit

    Wow. I cannot imagine how amazing it must be to connect with people all over the place, and what a treasure it must be. Thank you for opening up your hearts to all of us, it was amazing meeting you guys and hearing your story yesterday. You are both UN-ordinary, in every way.

  8. Krista Photography

    that’s awesome. what a great Dad! love him!

  9. Stephanie Kanaan

    Such a touching and beautiful story. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Nicole Haley

    Brilliant. Thanks for sharing. It’s amazing that you’re out there meeting people like this. It’s really a great world out there, eh?

  11. maggieb

    "Noble men have noble children". I can’t quite remember who said it, but this man is passing it on.

  12. Grace Liu Anderson

    Life is truly full of sacrifices & miracles everyday! Thank you for sharing his story. Thank you for sharing your story! Thank you for Spreading the Love & travelling the nation sharing your time & knowledge with us!!! It’s amazing what love can do for us and for others – it motivates for the better. It was sooo great to see you!

  13. Karen (Mikols) Bonar


    that’s it.

    simply wow.

  14. feuza

    Okay 1 picture and short story and you guys make me cry,,

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