I remember getting an email from Kristin over two years ago. She was asking for prayer because she knows that prayer is powerful. She was undertaking a massive project that was scary and would require so much sacrifice on her part. Kristin has a heart for young women and it’s so evident in how she loves them. Over two years ago God shocked her with a HOUSE that could be 100% dedicated to ministering to young women and after months of hard work, they formed…
The Delight House!
I’ve been trying to be a part of a Delight Retreat or intensive for years now and the timing was finally right this year. Kristin and I chatted back in November and we made plans to make this happen!! Michael and I spent the last three days in the middle of the mountains of Washington State with this incredible family. They welcomed us into their home and allowed us to be a part of their lives. This comes naturally to them because their entire life consists of serving and opening up their home to others. It’s a beautiful thing to witness a husband and wife who have not only given their hearts to the Lord but have also given their kids, their home and their SPACE to the Lord too.
Opening up your home 24/7 to anyone in need isn’t for everyone… but every now and then you meet amazing people like John and Kristin who have been gifted with heavenly hospitality. And I don’t mean “Heavenly” like their floors are made of gold… I mean “Heavenly” in the sense that they love like we’re going to love in heaven one day. They are selfless and focused on God’s unique call on their life and it’s just awesome! And the best part? They’ve taught their kids to love like that too. MAJOR parent points!! Michael and I are taking notes for one day when we have teenagers of our own! I think everyone dreams of their life, their family and their marriage leaving a beautiful MARK on this world and the Walls have definitely accomplished that already. :)
We were so thankful to have a space to stay at the Wall’s house but it was awesome to be able to walk right up the street to the Delight House each day and be a part of the intensive. Michael got to ride snowmobiles, shoot guns and play video games while us girls talked about the good, the bad and all of the HARD parts of marriage!! It was an amazing time for both of us!! I left my time with these amazing women feeling encouraged and not alone. Michael and I have a beautiful marriage but it’s far from perfect and it’s so refreshing to know that we’re not alone!! My time with these women reminded me that we were created for community and vulnerability!! This “Cultivating the Heart of a Wife” intensive was so perfectly timed for us and I’m so honored that we had a chance to be a part of it! I cherished this time with these amazing women!!!
Enjoy a few iPhone pictures from our time up in Washington and THANK YOU to Kristin for loving us, caring for us and allowing us to be a part of their lives!!! We love you all!
Loved meeting so many amazing women!! Lauren was one of them! Why do we live half of a country apart?!
Michael was Emily’s su-chef! :)
They grow them apples BIG in the PNW!
Loved getting to see this sweet girl’s little bump at the beginning of her pregnancy!! ah!
32 Years. Over three decades. Can you image the impact? My dad accepted the call to our tiny little part of Virginia when I was just 18mos old.
Off season is here!! For wedding photographers, this is hopefully a time to rest and rejuvenate before busy season kicks back in. This is also a great time to focus on some back-end business tasks you might have had on your plate for a while now.
2021 was a year to remember! I decided to close out YouTube for the year, by reflecting back on life lessons 2021 taught me – what worked, what didn’t and what I hope to remember as I move into 2022.
You guys know talking about the tech side of a photography business is not my expertise… but thankfully it IS Tyler’s!!! I asked him to take over this YouTube video because I want to help you figure out which Mac is going to be the best one for you (even though I shouldn’t be the one to help you with that!!)!
It’s been years since I’ve done a round-up of some of my favorite images from the year! I struggle to narrow these down and so I decided to showcase some of the images with the best candid emotions!
Welcome back to another Behind the Image! In this series I take you behind the scenes of a real wedding day and then analyze one image! Today we’re analyzing an image from a wedding we shot back in May that should NOT have worked…but it did!!