Remembering those that have paid the ultimate price for freedom today.
I'd love for you to take a minute and read something that hits close to home. My brother-in-law lost his oldest brother in July 2003 to an IED. Here's a post his other brother, Milam, wrote last year concerning the death of their big brother, Joshua Byers, entitled God is My Refuge.
Tec and I recently returned home from here. It was paradise and work, all rolled into one. Truthfully, it was a lot of paradise and some work. It was sort of an early anniversary trip, and it was fantastic.
I finished the books I brought for the beach before I got off the plane, so I resorted to grocery store romance novels. I'd never read one, so I went for the trashiest I could find. Go big or go home, right? OK, judge me. They were the first two I'd ever read, and probably not the last two. Sometimes it's nice to have mindless, easy reads. It's kind of like watching reality TV or a sappy movie, I think: you get to turn your brain off and just enjoy the laziness of it all.
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. We took all of your advice--we drove the road to Hana (and instead of turning around and driving the road back, we kept driving south and saw some of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen; images to come), ate at Mama's Fish House, ate fresh pineapple and coconut and snorkeled. Thanks again!
Last month, our sweet friends Emily and Joy of Once Wed trekked their way to Nashville to collaborate on a couple shoots with Tec.
One of my assignments was to create a wood burned monogram on a plywood aisle runner, fashioned after invitations they were having especially made for the shoot. No problem, right? I mean, as Joy kept saying, "Boy scouts do it all the time." And in true artist fashion, we all underestimated the work that would go into creating a 3'x3' wood burnt monogram with a quarter inch hot metal tip. It took me all of two minutes to switch gears and tools to a brown, water based marker for the lettering and shoe polish to give it a seared look.
Don't need a faux wood burned aisle runner any time soon? Strange, I thought we all needed one of those. Well, then try the same technique for a customized table top or wall hanging. Just make sure it's protected from water since the marker will run!
For more images from the shoot, check here and here.