Boy Number Two

Boy Number Two

Boy Number Two

    This little guy is the life of the party.  You can see it in the energy in his face!  What a happy child and a blessing to be around.  

-ehw

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My Girls

My happy girls!

My happy girls!

    After dinner and having fun on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Playing with some light in a corner near the front door.  The hardest thing is to get the three year old to look up at the same time the bookworm is pulled out of her library book!

-ehw

Flowers for my wife

Flowers arrived by Mr Speedy Delivery himself

Flowers arrived by Mr Speedy Delivery himself

    What is an anniversary without flowers for your beloved?  Thankfully after 17 years of marriage I can tell by sight what she would like….I just wonder if she noticed I put some roses in this one for a change.  Red roses at that!  That was the sneaky item this time.

    I know you all wanted a portrait of my lovely and dear wife for my project!  No better time than an anniversary or Father’s Day to get such an achievement done!  If your wife is at week 34 of pregnancy, feeling achy, nauseous, and reminding you it is all your fault than you should probably wait a little longer for a portrait opportunity.  it is best for the health of the photographer.  I am sure I can get a fabulous photo, but I don’t know if I could live long enough to develop it.

   So until the better opportunity appears, you get a little memory of the flowers I picked up for my wife in the late summer sun on our front porch.

    Just a reminder…if you have art needs please let me know. I would be happy to help capture your special day, a portrait or make some special art for your home.  Ten percent of your final purchase price will go to charity..right now Regina Caeli Academy our family educational and spiritual home!

-ehw

 

Seventeen Years of Marriage

    Today my bride and I celebrate seventeen years of marriage.  The rings you see above display the weathering, scratches and soil of living as a couple.   These years included ten moves, five home purchases, four children (14, 11, 8, 3), one baby on the way (34 weeks thank you God), four miscarried babies in heaven, hundreds of friends across the country, illnesses galore (some very scary), tears of joy for children’s achievements, arguments, resolutions, and deep religious growth granted by God’s grace of faith to both of us inside the sacrament of marriage.   We each fear the premature loss of the other more than ever.  Just the thought takes our collective breath away.

    We now, through the years of experience, understand the deep commitment required to maintain this relationship.  We learned of the complex interaction between all the forms of love: agape (self gift), philia (friendship), ludus (playful), and eros (physical).   At this point of our marriage we can only say we are starting to to keep them all in proper perspective.  We find our marital joys multiply when we use these tools God built in us while building his kingdom here on earth.  This understanding is right on time.   Little kids normally only provide little problems.  Big kids have the big head hurting problems to deal with.  The next seventeen years should be more interesting then the last seventeen.  Therefore we have a lot more work to do on our relationship.

    My wife and I lamented the Supreme Court ruling yesterday.  It was wrong on a matter of states rights and morality.  More importantly it gave into the concept that everyone deserves happiness and love as they personally define it at this moment.  The concept of love people throw around in common speech today, has a diluted definition resulting from poor catechesis by churches and schools.  I also venture to say the concept comes from a lack of self reflection.  The constant bombardment of noise in our brains from so many media sources provides no silence in which God can be heard.  If our marriage followed such a fluid metric, we would be a separated wreck of humanity by now.  

    We will pray our country does not continue down this manmade path of tyranny.  This is of course the inevitable result in any country refusing to subordinate itself (and its rulers) to Natural Law principles.   This couple will continue to trust in God’s compass, not our internally flawed guidance systems subject to radical narcism.  We will need it to navigate the scary world now before us.

    Thank you God for making my wife, and revealing yourself to us through the graces of his son Jesus Christ by  the power of the Holy Spirit.  I am grateful for the journey you gave us to travel together.  Amen.

-ehw