heartforhugs Into the Wild.

Off on another adventure. This time a vacation. My first vacation and my first time in Cali with my bro as a companion. Looking forward to reconnecting with friends and meeting new friends as well. Goodbye for now, PNW! #elementalpeople
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heartforhugs Bromance.

In the making. These two are quite the pair! And who can blame them for taking in the view together? "It is those who desire the good of their friends for the friends’ sake that are most truly friends, because each loves the other for what he is, and not for any incidental quality" -Aristotle #weekendonwhidbey
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heartforhugs Momma

I don't have a lot of pictures of my Mom, but here she is a few years ago when I convinced her to model this mug.
It's my momma's birthday today and I want to take a post to pay homage to this incredible lady. I've changed, I've grown up (some), and I've moved across the country. And she's been my supportive cheerleader all along. She has dressed me, fed me injera and watt, shouted at me, fed my pets for me, cried with me, and sacrificed so much for the life I have. She has given so very much to so many. While reading this, she's likely rolling her eyes and shaking her head. But I love that about her too.

It doesn't matter how old I am, your company is still the warmest and safest place on earth for me. #happybirthday
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heartforhugs Relax.

Be you. I'll be me. And together we will create authentic community.
One of my favorite things about #weekendonwhidbey is how very different we all are, and yet we choose to walk with one another. We shoot differently, we dress differently, we view God differently, and yet in our diversity there is a unity. There is a comfort knowing that we've chosen each other as friends and we will continue to work at that friendship. But we don't expect one another to view things the same as ourselves. We are free to be truly ourselves. Weather we are sleeping on the floor, exploring, or eating pizza, we've been brought together into a beautiful community. (Also, Ben if you keep this up, a modeling career may be in order ) #liveauthentic
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heartforhugs Tonight.

The sunset's glow never stays. Seasons in life, mornings and evenings in ministry, saying goodbye to some students and hello to others... The sunset cannot be captured, it can only be savored. Memories are hazy and the feelings of joy for that moment fade. But for tonight's low-key time together and the summer sunshine, we give thanks to our gracious Creator. #silhouette
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heartforhugs United. “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire #weekendonwhidbey 5d

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heartforhugs The Bro-ha.

My brother arrived in coordination with #weekendonwhidbey this weekend and it has been fun having him here. It always makes me smile when I consider just how easy it is to fall back into the family relationship rhythms. The love and affection for one another wraps around the challenging parts and encircles you.
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heartforhugs Redbull.

Gives you wings. #levitation
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heartforhugs #WeekendOnWhidbey ...is in the books. My heart is full. 1w

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heartforhugs Spread.

The dandelion spreads elegantly. A gentle breeze is all that is needed for the seeds of the dandelion to take flight before settling in nearby soil and beginning a new phase of growth. A childhood simplicity of elation for the elegant simple beauty of the resilient dandelion. Do we resist the breath that seeks to spread our wings for flight? #elementalpeople
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heartforhugs Weekend.

My bro got to meet some of my IG family today. It was a spectacular day. #weekendonwhidbey
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heartforhugs Mini Cooper.

Can't wait for a day of exploring Whidbey with some Seattle friends who are coming down. Ben and Lisa came yesterday for our 4th of July celebrations and we had a great time. And we got to meet this gorgeous Mini Cooper. After pushing his chin closed and wiping up the drool, Ben pulled off a Leonardo DiCaprio look quite well. (Thanks for letting us appreciate your car, Bill!) Here's to another day of adventures and friendship! #carportraiture
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heartforhugs ROTC.

The ROTC program here is one of the best. It is a demanding leadership program that teaches problem solving, strategic skills development, and management skills. But more than that, I have seen my students take pride in their accomplishments. They've grown in confidence and have been pushed to try things they didn't think they could. For this gift the military has given our students I am grateful. #makeportraits
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heartforhugs Vacation. All I ever wanted. Vacation try in' to get away! In 11 days I fly to San Fran for a much needed vacation with my bro @sirpenguin99. It's my first real vacation where there is loads of sunshine! And we don't have a strict schedule or even much planned yet, so hit us up! (July 14-25)

I'm honestly giddy for the bro to become part of the @instagram community and see a glimpse into why I am excited about Instagram. Let's show him instagram is more than just photography, that this is a tool where beautiful and meaningful friendships have formed. This little app is a place where we do life, together, even from far away. I would LOVE to meet you in SF if you're available. Let's hang, San Francisco!
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heartforhugs Al.

This post is in honor of a dear instagrammer who has been battling cancer. @algarman1 a great eye for capturing perspectives so this post is to show appreciation for his inspiring feed. You can always count on Al to be shooting, even from the hospital. He has even created a unique hashtag documenting his treatment and is sharing his journey. Be sure to check out his feed and give him some love and prayers. Love to you, Al! #snapsforalg
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heartforhugs Tuscany.

Arrowhead's of gold bend and sway, the motions of the wind turning their sheathes to cashmere. Frolicking we danced about the music of the field until we fell, breathless, into our golden blanket. And here we nestled and watched the world through amber air. May our summer last forever, our little Tuscan scene. #chasinglight
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heartforhugs Swoon. (20)

This is Seth. This is the face he makes when he swoons. The modern understanding of swooning would be something like "fangirling," but softer, the initial moment. Essentially it's that moment someone who intrigues and attracts you makes eye contact for the first time intellectually as well as physically. Stay tuned for more #swoonfaceseries

Seth, what a gregarious and fun-loving fella you are! Enjoyed every moment of our little chat and you're a terrific hugger. I look forward to learning more about you and the sensitive side of you that I saw briefly at the #meatpiemeet. You're goofy. You're a character and a half. And you're an adorable flirt. Keep doing you!
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heartforhugs Expanse.

The beauty of a forest is great and innumerable words have been written about it's beauty. However, these words cannot capture it's subtle nuances, the air that the trees twisted and weathered seem to emit. It is this expansive breath of air that seeps into your being as you walk amongst these old souls that gives life to a weary heart. It is when we wander into these deep, quiet, lonely parts of the forest where we understand our relationship to all of creation. But even more profound, it is a location where we re-member our creatureliness and a place where we can no longer run from God. For all of creation is praising it's Creator and we realize we are the ones who had stopped. We are the ones who had forgotten we are created beings and lost sight of our Maker. #beholdingcreation
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  •   heartforhugs @brosiphicus I love it! And I miss the Midwest sometimes, so explore for me keep loving on those kids and I pray those rich blessings in your ministry as well! It's exhausting but rewarding as well. Take heart. You will see the goodness of The Lord in the land of the living. (Ps. 27) 2w
  •   brosiphicus @heartforhugs Thank you so much! I will! They're fantastic. Every kid I meet has so much potential. I just want to let them know that cause so many don't believe in them. And I will do some exploring for you. I'll definitely post what I find. Haha 2w
  •   iphlogger Couldn't not have said that even remotely more eloquent. The further one walks into a forest the "smaller" you will start to feel. But it's when you can most "see"... #HeJustGotDeep 2w
  •   sven_69 Excellent 2w
  •   spmartin_ Ah this is gorgeous 2w
  •   heartforhugs @iphlogger so deep, but so true! Well done (except I got confused by the double negative at first. ) so I'm glad you expounded and went deeper. 2w
  •   heartforhugs @sven_69 thank you! 2w
  •   heartforhugs @spmartin_ glad you like it, friend! 2w

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