10 years ago, while Josh and I were preparing to begin our journey with Village Missions, we were living in the city and attending a good size church. One of our favorite things about this church was that it really valued relationships and encouraged their members to be a part of a smaller church gathering, after all, in that size of church it’s hard to really know everyone Sunday to Sunday. We learned of these small gatherings which at the time were called Grace Groups. We somehow ended up in this beyond amazing group that really became more like family to us. The couples involved were all just a few years ahead of Josh and I in the family department- where their kids were just a bit older than ours but they had so much more life experience (remember Josh and I began our family young) so Josh and I looked up to these families- and learned so much from them. Each Sunday we would gather, over great home-made mochas and lattes we would talk while the kids played. The little rug rats running around in the backyard at summer time- Logan and Gabe and Matt with a bat and Jesse off to the side observing with his sippy cup. This is still the image I have of Grace Group and these little guys running around as us adults craved just a little bit of adult conversation before going back to the regular Monday routine.
So when Shannon called and said that Gabe and Logan were seniors I about fell off my chair. First it was Amanda last year (remember that fun glitter senior session– yeah, that was another Grace Group rugrat) …… love you Amanda! :)
And now these
boys men! Oh how time never stops and they just grow and grow. Here they are now enjoying their last year at Portland Christian. I suppose one can look at that in a saddened way but as I see from the outside looking into these lives- these men and who they have become, I think of it as such a privilege to observe such maturity and Christian growth through the years. I am sure their adventures are just beginning and I await to see what other mission trips or service projects they will get involved in and how they will continue to extend the grace that was planted in them onto others….. Gabe and Logan, you make your parents so proud, and even this stranger who watched you that many years ago….. you both are just downright too cool, that’s all there is to it. And I am so thankful I got to photograph and capture that for your families. Thank you, thank you, thank you!