Candy for Elaine. WordCandy.

Dear Elaine,  It’s all going to be awesome.  (And by “all,” I mean this part, this part–every part.)  With love and confidence,Mom Me, Daphne, Elaine, Sawyer, Cadence. Pumpkin Patch. October, 2012. ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.I will strengthen you, surely I will […]

Another Airport. Another Homecoming.

Daphne Kate Matoushek. September 4, 2012. Meeting Skin-to-Skin Finally, after 51 days of waiting, tonight’s the night. My daughter, Elaine, our almost-two-year-old grandson, Sawyer, and brand new, as yet unseen granddaughter, Daphne, are due in on a late flight from Honolulu to San Diego. Rich and I will head south after work, claim a long-reserved […]

Coming Up For Air

Tiny Flowers, Lichen, Oak Leaves, Stone. Along the Shore of the Frio River, Laity Lodge, Texas. A Ride Into Grace Last spring–before I knew my grandson would be in California for his sixth birthday, before I knew my son-in-law’s submarine would be in port in San Diego the last weekend of September, before I knew […]

Drive-by Worship

Community Harvest Foursquare Church, Pasadena.  Sunday Service SurveyIn the good city of Pasadena, California, over 100 churches serve its population of 138,000 souls. On a recent visit, it seemed we drove by at least half of them on Sunday morning, on our way to photograph the Gamble House, an architectural treasure I’ll tell you more […]

On Awaiting Better Things

Parking on Observatory Road. Griffith Park. September, 2012. Clinging to First Glimpses We spent the afternoon of our wedding anniversary visiting the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. If you’ve never been there, I encourage you to go. The entire facility bears testimony to our God-given curiosity, drive to discover, powers of reason, inspiration, courage to […]