Christmas Eve 2016, packed and ready in front of our home in Nashville
We met in 2009. We were in a film class that explored the question, “What is the good life?” Most days I forget that our relationship began asking such a daunting question, but on days like today, that part of our story overwhelms us with thankfulness
Over the last 6 years (whether we knew it or not) we pursued this question. We failed, we succeeded, we took really big risks, we fought, laughed, cried and in our short 6 years together found that the answer didn’t lie in any destination but in the process – the process of growing, learning, and finding joy in the unexpected
Back in August 2015 we started feeling the pull to go deeper – to ask harder questions, to step outside our comfort zones. We had no answers, just the common notion of knowing that after a really good and busy year, our off season needed to be one of rest and rejuvenation
We journaled, we prayed, we had long talks over bourbon searching …until one Wednesday morning in November I walked upstairs to our office to Brad glowing with an answer… “we’re going to L’Abri”
We’ll let you look it up, but to say this time changed us would be a strong understatement
To quote the heart ninja Brené Brown, “if we want to live a wholehearted life, we have to become intentional about cultivating rest and play, and we must work to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self worth”
This big, long, and beautiful trip was about just that. Finding the courage to ask questions and enjoying the process of what we’re becoming.
Much of this growth and exploration happened around tables at L’Abri…wrestling through conversation, staying up late at night, or reading and journaling for hours on end (which is why we don’t have many photos of our time there), but our days off exploring the Alps and the surrounding towns will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
These images were taken over the month of January 2016 between Laussane, Huémoz, Vevey, Montreux, Sion, and Villar.