Archive for December, 2011

December 26, 2011

Staunton Lifestyle :: The Wheeler Family

It was March 2011.  It was still chilly outside though the weather tried to fool us every now and then with a few additional snow flakes here and there. We opened the double white door and stepped inside of what became one of our favorite places to be at.  Quietly and swiftly we found ourselves a seat on the very last pew, not wanting to get any more attention than we have already.  And it began…  The very first day of a new chapter in our lives.  One that has changed every aspect of our existence.  We sat through the service, first being skeptical, later relaxing, and by the end we felt like this is where we belong.  Afterwards we were ambushed by a crowd of warm hugs, smiles and loving people.  And then we went over to house that serves the Lord.  A house that you feel radical love and never ending care.  This is the house of our dear Pastor Wheeler and his lovely wife Maureen.

It was December 2011.  Not as cold as we remember last year to have been but chilly.  The weather tried to fool us into thinking it was spring every now and then with a  few additional warm breezes here and there.  We opened our front door and packed the car with our camera equipment and took off to Staunton.  The second best place in Virginia (the first being Alexandria, of course).  Arriving we met the rest of the Wheeler family (though three siblings were still missing) and fell in love with each and every one of them especially little baby Sadie.  And the rest I’ll let the pictures explain…

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Ashely and Sterling…  And cute baby Sadie.  ;)

So adorable!

Lindsey and Willis.

With his boys…  Missing Benge and Bryan.

With her girls. ;) Missing Tracy.

Meegan (on the right) is a beautiful and very special girl!  We love her and she makes us all smile…  And she gives some of the best hugs ;)

Ashely the youngest daughter and her husband Sterling.

Lindsey and her husband Willis.

Maureen and Pastor Bryan Wheeler.

Ashley suggested the “shoes shot”

Such a blessed family!

Pastor Wheeler and his girls :)

Love them!

This is what love looks like…

And Willis was extremely kind enough to snap one of us…

Merry Christmas!

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December 12, 2011

Randomnessness + A dreamy reality

Yes, I came up with a  new word…  A word to describe this special post.  And the reason it’s special is because this is the first post in a looooong time.  Since October 28th, 2011 things have took a turn in my slow life and I became super busy.  But you guys already knew that, I’m sure.  So on another special day, I went out and snapped a few lovely snapshots of how a typical Fall day here in good ol’ Virginia SHOULD look like…  But this year it’s….  Super Special!  Mainly because the weather is all whack. ;)  Like it snowed in October, and November felt like May.

The only day I was off work, I took a little field-trip to the countrier side of the country-side.  It was a beautiful cloudy day and it seemed perfectly peaceful to take a few hours to myself and think…  I did a lot of thinking, as well as snapping.  I thought about where I am right now in life and what to do next.  Thought about writing down my thoughts, but then realized I’m to chicken to have anyone read them someday.  Pictured myself in third-person-perspective and found a strong, confident, and open person…  But snapping back into my body I found myself a lie.  I’m not as strong and confident as what people might see me as.  I’m just a scared and confused girl.  I may be open, but only to a certain extent.  When it jeopardizes my image as a person I block out.  I’m nothing what I am on the outside.

With every shot I took, I stared at my camera screen and a million thoughts ran through my head.  The same thoughts as when I was taking the picture.  Now as I sit here and look at the pictures that I posted, I remember every thought as clearly as it happened a minute ago.  I’m not depressed, if that’s the idea you’re forming.  But I am a little lonely, not because I have no one to talk to, (I do, I have a wonderfully supportive husband) but because I don’t think there’s a single person out there in this over-populated world that feels even slightly similar to what I am feeling.  And to describe what I’m feeling, I first need to find the right words…  I don’t have those words.

I feel like I’m trapped between reality and a dream.  A wonderful dream.  A scary reality.  And the second I lean more to either side I am yanked back to the in-between. Does that make any sense?

 


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