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!
Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.
This beautiful wedding day took place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, just past the Virginia state line. Wild Goose Farm is a venue that I’ve never photographed before and let me tell you, it was a treat! We didn’t even have the sun join us for most of the day and yet we were able to capture beautiful portraits! Between the horses, old fences, stunning estate home, lily pad covered pond, old stone walls, rustic barn, open fields and a historic stone arch, I was in photographer heaven!
This session was just as sweet as it looks. We spent the evening with Megan and Tim in the country outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were tucked away in the rolling hills in between beautiful fields and family farms. It reminded me all over again why I just love Virginia. We really have it all… beaches, mountains, history, and great schools! JMU, while it did play a role in Tim and Megan’s story, isn’t actually where it started!