Chronicling stories

 

IMG_3821I had to share a link to a craft project from my blog last week, and it made me realize how many stories I’d forgotten!  It seems that while we’re fully engaged in living life, we have inevitably gotten caught up in its hustle and bustle. Again and again I discover that I truly don’t want to forget the little moments in life, they are memories I want to treasure.

Memories like the one attached to the photo above: Emmy waits for Dad to come home from work.
She’s got quite the vivid imagination and it all began with her, “african safari,” the packing itinerary included:

  1. her orange camera trunk (thanks, Baxters),
  2. magnifying glass,
  3. colored pencils,
  4. field notes (yes, our shop friends hooked her up with one),
  5. and binoculars.  Problem is, we don’t have binoculars, so we made some from old toilet paper tubes and ribbon.

IMG_3820Her safari took her onto the porch where she to spotted tigers, panthers, and bears. After much romping and stomping, she  began, “searching for Dad in the jungle of cars”.

To us, it’s these little moments that coalesce to form the everyday adventure–this is the adventure that can neither be purchased nor feigned through travel and thrill.

Insecurity has also been a culprit in keeping me away from chronicling stories. I haven’t blogged much because I had a vision for curating this blog -I had hopes to hone my writing and learn photography skills. I had even hoped to save up for photo editing software but we are extremely strapped for money, not because we’re “saving up” but simply because we are carrying out the mission we feel called to. So, my photos may never be perfectly edited and are taken by iPhone instead of the dSLR, but they are treasures to me none the less.

Our theme all summer and autumn has been, remembrance, and time and time again, I would think about this blog but feel so incredibly overwhelmed. We’ve spent pretty much all of 2014 learning how to carve out space to rest and creating a value for it within our family. The desire to chronicle stories stems from a desire to remember both the good times and bad but to truly capture the  the goodness of the Lord amidst the chaos. That is the art we try to live out each day, it requires creativity and boldness.

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I have experienced  the critical heart in all of us. Everyone holds fast to their own fiery opinions, but this blog doesn’t exist for you to judge, this blog exists for me, for my family, and is a place for me to walk out my creativity and dare greatly.

So let the blogging begin? Cheers!

 

Ssekos in the summer…

You may have seen me wear my pair of Ssekos here and there, I’ve had them for a couple of years now and get plenty of compliments for them and just figure I’d advocate for their cause (I’m wearing them in the photo above (last summer, thanks to Meg Walsh!).  Daniel got me my pair two years ago. I like beautiful leather soles and unique straps. He was introduced to them by Justin and Audrey and if you live in the OKC/Norman area you can snag a pair at SHOP GOOD–they come in a variety of straps!

So what is there to advocate for? Well, Sseko Shoes (Say-ko) is a not-for-profit organization that helps young women in Uganda continue onto university. These women will not make sandals forever, they will go on to become great leaders. Among the many reasons that drew me to this organization is the fact that they seek to equip these women not only with tuition for further education but skills. Education and tuition for many of these women are difficult to come by in Uganda due to the socioeconomic inequalities that exist.  To read more about their story and those of the women who’ve gone through their program, click here.

Other perks: there are many many ways to wear Sseko shoes! Click here for the various methods to wear them (photos courtesy of the Sseko shoes website and Caribbean travels blog).

And, they’re even ideal for weddings, too!
There you have it, simplicity at its finest and giving back and its greatest!