Wednesday, October 06, 2010

don't give up

Don't Give Up! from Ben Welstead on Vimeo.

These are my friends. ben and renee. they're really stinkin awesome! and really freaking amazing photographers. and really bad ass wiffleball players. they also really, really, really love each other. and others too. they're becoming foster parents. to siblings. so that the siblings don't get separated. they also really love haiti. see, stinkin awesome!

i stumbled across this slide show a few weeks or so ago. confession. i watch it about once a day (at least). i'm not sure what exactly it is? probably the laughter and the joy. and the deep hope that comes with that. maybe the depth of renee's eyes? telling years of stories in just one frame. and the tears. ohmystars, the tears. the tears of years of life lived together. i can't even imagine what that's like but my throat tightens every time.

i don't know a whole lot about marriage. but i love this three and a half minute snapshot of it. the beauty. the realness. that only comes from dancing in the minefields and sailing in the storm...

(photo cred: the parsons)


Jenni said...

Don't know how you know them, but Brent and I work with his Brother (Bret) at New Covenant here in Lincoln. I was just blog stocking them after checking out a tweet from Bret about how cool his brother is. I agree, cool, cool.

annaelyse said...

jenni! thats awesome! if you get the opportunity, you should for sure hang with them!!

I met them through some photographer friends here in kc, the parsons.

Katie said...

Thank you for your sweet words. Our relationship was 2 years and 7 months and the breakup was We were talking about vacation plans the night before and the morning of he told me he loved me more than any girl in the world. It's confusing and not fair and painful but your words did help me a bit:)

Thank you again.

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