William + Torrey

We got to Hoover, AL about 1:15 Saturday afternoon. 

My husband’s first cousin, William, and his wife Torrey live in Hoover with their precious 4 month old babe, Blakley.

I asked if we could come visit them and if they would be willing to let me take some pictures of a Saturday at home.

William came in from baseball practice with plates of chicken fingers and fries, hot and sweaty from our oddly warm February weather.

He kept laughing at the thought of me wandering through their house taking pictures of them, and told me he wasn’t dressing up for pictures, his words “If this is lifestyle, I’ll give you life… I’m putting on a t-shirt and sweatpants. It’s Saturday.”

buy Lyrica tablets I’d have it no other way. 

I really wanted something simple, a day with them to capture  click them. 

follow link Something for them to look back on and remember a Saturday in their early years of marriage, with their little one.

The days when sleep was limited and diapers were the biggest budget breaker.

When freezers are full of milk for the baby and their living room is covered in toys that soothe and entertain. When the days are long and the nights start settling down at 7 for bedtime. But they got to do it all together.

The sleeplessness and long days and baby giggles and diaper changes.

Because that’s life.

It’s what is actually happening. 

The moments after you say “I Do” when the flowers have died and nobody cares anymore about the diamond ring he bought for you.

The moments where you find out what you’re made of as a couple when the wedding is over and the marriage is what you have left.

It’s the moments after all the baby showers and visits from friends bringing you casseroles and dousing their hands in hand sanitizer to hold your baby.

The moments when the baby is screaming and you can’t figure out why, when you have to go to work the next day regardless of the sleep you got the night before.

It’s the sweatpants that you change into the first minute you’re home from work.

The favorite tv shows that you curl up together to watch.

It’s figuring out budgets when everything you earn goes towards taking care of each other. It’s life. 

William and Torrey, thanks for letting me capture a little portion of yours.

Do we?

We took some friends to our family farm last weekend.

A little getaway for my hubs birthday.

But also a place that these friends had never been and wanted to see.

There’s not much to Joppa, AL.

Just a lot of land and functioning farms.

A lot of trailers and houses.

A lot of good, honest, country people. Nothing fancy about them, but everything in their core is extraordinary.

The land of pick up trucks covered in dirt and full of farm supplies.

Our friends wanted to see the land and we needed to check on the cattle, so we went on a little tour around our family land that runs between two counties.

My Dad was explaining the stories and people and history, talking to my friends as if they knew the people he was talking about.

As we drove through a pasture checking the cows, my husband spotted a calf that was less that 24 hours old, laying nearly lifeless, on the ground.

He and my Dad hopped out of the truck and ran over to check on him, attempting to lift him to his feet only to watch him collapse again.

We were surprised we didn’t see his mama, but sometimes that happens, sometimes we get a little lost from our parents, amen? At least that’s what I told myself in the panic I felt that this calf could die.

We sped to Co-Op to get a bottle and formula and sped back to give it to the calf.

My Dad kept saying, “this doesn’t always work y’all. pray it works.”

We surrounded the calf.

My Dad massaging its neck and talking to him, my husband feeding him what he would *barely* take in.

This went on for nearly an hour when all of the sudden …. he had a movement… a bowel movement… and then a moo… and then he started moving his legs and rocking his body back and forth. Finally, he thrusted his body forward and stood to his feet and started walking.

The kind of walking that a normal healthy calf walks like.

He ran straight to his mama, knowing who she was and started feeding immediately, almost as if nothing had happened.

My Dad cried, because thats what he does, and we all clapped and cheered for him, seeing him full of life.

It struck me.

Creatures  know where they come from. They immediately stand up and know who is their protector and provider… even when they get lost from them.

Do we?

Do we wake up daily actually remembering who our Protector and Provider is? Even when we have felt lost from Him?

“If creation still obeys Him, so will I.”

Secretly Incredible.

Sitting in a local restaurant, our waitress ignored us.

We made our usual order and she brought out things that were totally different.

She stared at her cell phone and only came back to our table to give us a check for a meal we didn’t request.

He looked across the table at me, “I want to bless her.”

“Bless her out?” I said.

“No, I want to leave a good tip.”I rolled my eyes. He wrote a note of blessing for her on the back of the receipt with a $40 tip hidden under it. We hardly had enough money to be eating there, but he blessed her anyways, and rushed us out the door before she would notice we did anything.

We were house sitting for a family one year after Thanksgiving. They warned us the house was a mess. They had a little one who was barely 2 and rushed out the door for their trip trying not to think about their house being messy.

He wanted to clean their house. Top to bottom, iron clothes, wash sheets, clean dishes, and set up a full meal for them to have that was easy to pop in the oven when they got home from there trip.

Oh, and scoot out the door before they got home.

We did it, but he swore it wasn’t his idea.

He heard once that my brother in law didn’t get a specific action figure one year for christmas when he a little boy. So when he turned 28, he bought him that exact figurine and made my no-emotion-brother-in-law consider weeping.

He loves surprises, the kind where you drive 8 hours to surprise someone on their birthday, or just because. Especially his mama, he loves his mama.

We once had a neighbor who thought her cat was choking. She called him. He went. The cat lived and our neighbor appreciated him a little more that day.

He once walked 6 miles in the snow to ask me to prom. He surprise me the day I moved into my new dorm room in a town 5 hours away from him just to help me move in.  He drove back a few weeks later because “He just wanted to see me in person”. 5 hours there, 30 minutes with me, 5 hours home.

He will be slammed with all aspects of life and not a single word of complaint fall from his lips.  He will have worked around the clock, but a friend or family member needs help moving something and he goes to help.

I once bought a chair with money we didn’t have because I thought it was cute. He was frustrated with me, but drove in the rain to pick it up. Because that’s just what he does.

A friend of ours was a little down during a season of life in college and he was in need of someone to walk as his escort for homecoming. I couldn’t do it, so he asked her. Not just with words, with balloons and confetti and large signs and streamers hanging from her ceiling fan. She cried a little.

We sold our house and made enough money profit to pay off all our debt, but he wanted to give away 10%. I rolled my eyes, but when the Lord came back and blessed us 10 fold from that, I just looked at him as he grinned his “see, I told you” grin.

His roommate in college struggled with anxiety, so he drew out the armor of God on their bathroom mirror in dry erase marker so that every morning when his roommate looked in the mirror, he knew he was strong.

One year in college, everyone forgot his birthday. I am talking everyone except his mom.  My sister was married on his birthday and I even forgot about it.  But he celebrated everyone else that year, maybe more than ever before. Because, that’s who he is.

He can fix everything… EVERYTHING, not because he knows how but because he isn’t afraid to try.  And people know he will try for them, honor them, and it will be no surprise that he does it with a smile on his face.

He reads new books every week on how to be a good friend, manager of money, husband, and how to run business. He has handled failure with grace and stayed a constant encourager in more ways than describable.

His favorite movie is Remember The Titans, he loves cinnamon rolls for breakfast with a glass of cold milk. He wants so much to meet Dave Ramsey and might pass out if Chris Stapleton was anywhere near him. Fried okra is the way to his heart and his mama’s sweet tea is his favorite drink. He loves watching blooper reels of “The Office” on youtube because seeing other people laugh makes him laugh… and when we watch the actual episode he will make me rewind it to the part where you can “kind of tell they were about to laugh, because they had to do that take a lot. It was on the blooper reel.” He loves connection with people but tends to be the last to speak up. He will always be the guy that makes the quiet jokes and if you’re lucky enough to sit by him, you’ll catch it. He doesn’t like attention on himself but he deserves full reward for his kindness, goodness, hard work ethic, positivity, and love.

To my incredible husband, who exudes Christ in ALL ways.

I love you beyond words.

Cody love, you are my delight and joy in this life.

Here’s to 26.

And 100 more years of watching you be secretly incredible.

 

 

Photos by: Nalin Crocker