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Lifelines.
This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery

Follow me as I follow Jesus

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“…Makes me want to buy school supplies.”

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Let’s settle some stereotypes real quick.

New York City Myth No. 1: It’s hectic, crazy, and fast-paced.

False. It’s surprisingly calm, relaxing, and peaceful. At least that’s the case on the Upper West Side (where Haley and I are staying and the only place we have explored so far).

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New York City Myth No. 2: People are rude (“It’s the North”)

False. Everyone has been so fun and friendly and warm.

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Praise for beautiful cities, relaxing days, and kind people.

Here are some photos from our first afternoon in the Big Apple. (You can see Haley’s here.)

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When we came out of Penn Station, we realized we just came out from under Madison Square Garden and then we flipped out a bit.

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Haley almost cried.

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This is the Post Office. I was googly eyed.

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This is the view out our hotel window (that’s the Hudson River in the distance).

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Be still my heart.

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This is for my girl Lauren.

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Central Park. ALL THE HEART EYES.

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Y’all. Fall is here and it is STUNNING.

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Notice our friends in the corner hailing a cab (aka showing us how it’s done).

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We randomly walked by this place and decided to eat dinner here, which will undoubtedly go down in history as one of our better life decisions.

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I’ve eaten a great deal of burgers in my life and this is by far the best. Praise God for AG Kitchen (the chef, Alex Garcia, has had two Food Network shows, something we didn’t know before entering the restaurant but we can now confirm he earned those shows).

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This is the way you look at the dessert menu. Are you serious?! SO FUN.

 

 

7 comments on ““Don’t You Just Love New York in the Fall?”

  1. manofmany10s@comcast.net says:

    that was great!!! What a nice picture presentation!!! So encouraging, wish I had a burger and fries, right now!!!

    I am soo blessed to have you two as mine. I love you both, alot!!!

    God bless and keep you. dAd.

    1. We’re having such a great time!! Love you, dad!!

  2. Lauren Gray says:

    Not how I would have pictured New York! Beautiful. Enjoy!

  3. Me either, and I LOVE it! ❤

  4. Louise Brady says:

    Crazy how familiar everything looks! Beautiful images! x

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