I have not regularly participated in the weekly themed photo challenges posted at PhotoChallenge.org, this year. I make an effort every few weeks. Really, being sick is not a decent excuse. I can almost always come up with something, if I just plan ahead.
These two photos are basically the same photo, with somewhat unique finishing touches. I could not decide which photo to officially submit, so I thought I’d blog them first, and look at them for a little bit in the morning.
The theme for this week is love. I really wanted to see each photographer submit photos that capture love in action, or something like that. For me, the past few months have seen obscene amounts of love poured onto my family and I.
Right now, as I write this, our 4 kids are being cared for by a team of families and young couples. They’re taking turns staying at our place each night, so the kids keep some level of comfort and routine in the evenings. Then one of the families is taking them during the day, and that mother has actually taken over their homeschooling.
You probably already know that the first time I came to UCLA, my parents, sister, and brother-in-law did all this. Then my father-in-law. And the second time I was here, my parents facilitated it all at our place.
People have been, and are loving us in action, every day.
Yet, in spite of all the stress and anxiety regarding the care of our kids, my wife has worked quite hard to not only brief all those people with the important details, but she has remained focused on caring for me. She has stayed with me during each visit to the hospital. Even when she runs an errand, she makes sure to not be gone too long. She’s sleeping on a slide-out couch, for crying out loud!
Her choice to love me has meaning. Her choice to love me is observable. Her choice to love me is Christ.
Happy 15th anniversary, my love.