In May 2011, my 3 brothers and dad spent 5 days in Yosemite Nat'l Park. The time did not go as expected and consequently caused a separation between me and my family. For months following, I couldn't look at the pictures from the trip without feeling sadness and confusion. This slideshow tribute to that time is set to the 2 songs that have come to embody the wide emotional spectrum I have experienced in this time: First, Bon Iver's "Holocene" as my despair followed my the redemptive crawl towards hope in Josh Garrel's "Farther Along." I know it may seem strange to pair such beauty with such sadness, but it has helped to bring some closure in my soul. I hope to continue to restoration.
The day after Christmas 2012, Greyson and I went out for a walk and ended up at the beach. He chased birds while I took some video. He's been so much fun at this age. In fact, its because of him that I'm looking forward to doing it all over again with our next son. We do miss being with our larger family, but it's times like this that make us cherish where the Lord has us. I'm sure most father's feel this way about their sons, but it's hard to describe how much I love him and want to be with him and to watch him explore our world.