Seeing this fun backyard wedding from last year got me excited for all my upcoming summer weddings. Plus, her cake was so cool, right?
Emrey & Alex – Utah Backyard Wedding04/21/2014
As part of the humanitarian efforts of Save A-Thon For Africa, we visited a particularly impoverished village. There we were introduced to the elders and shown around. This was another one of the instances where we felt like celebrities. After we presented them with food and other essentials, we were shown how they harvest coconuts. Its obviously very dangerous and impressive. Adam (the founder of the organization) noticed the lack of toys for the kids there. He mentioned that might be the next thing they bring when visiting this or other similar villages.
This stop on our trip was particularly difficult for me. I think the fact that I had a 2 week old baby at home and three other very loved kids, made it hard to visit with these children that had been abandoned or otherwise left without loving parents. One of the little girls in the orphanage was also two weeks old and found abandoned in a local market. Its experiences like this that will affect me for the rest of my life.
I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to visit Nigeria a few weeks ago. It came at a difficult time, (leaving a 2 week old baby at home) but it was something I couldn’t pass up on. My friend Adam Miles with Saveathonforafrica invited me to follow him and his daughter and two professional women soccer players,(Natalie Norris, and Lindsi Cutshall) on their launch trip of this amazing charity. Adam’s story about how he began this project is inspiring and very respectable. I’ll leave it to him to explain that though. VIDEO
I had no idea, really, what to expect on this trip. I knew the basics of what we were going to be doing, but day to day it was a surprise. In summary though, we were there to help promote the building of a soccer academy and competitive league, through soccer clinics and public appearances. I had read many things about the country in general and was both excited and a little nervous. In hind site I had nothing to worry about. The cities we stayed in were very peaceful and excited to welcome us. Many times I felt like a celebrity just for being white. Everywhere we went, people would stop and stare. Usually they would smile and want to shake our hands. Being the one with the camera was a little different though. Everyone would smile until I pointed a camera at them and then their tough face would come out. I’d put the camera down thinking they were upset but they would then run over with a big smile and want to see their picture. It took a little bit to get over that fear of offending people but they seemed to love it. I’ll try and recap our fast paced trip, but at the same time let the pictures tell the story. Everywhere we traveled, we did so in a tiny blue van driving about 60MPH on tiny roads. Because our hosts wanted to ensure our safety we didn’t stop much other than our destinations. That means most of my landscape shots or street life shots were taken through the window, while darting through traffic. Well, here we go…
Stay tuned for two more posts highlighting two of the more eye opening experiences we had there.
Emily’s Salt Lake City Bridals03/07/2014
I’m excited to introduce you to my Valentine baby, Kate. Although I am not featured in many of these photos, other than a reflection or two, it was a very exciting day for me as well. From my perspective, pregnancies are an interesting thing. I watched my wife bond with this child growing inside of her, day after day. The closer we came to the due date the more in love with this little girl she became. Every little kick was an event, and reading about the stages of her development would consumer her mind. I, on the other hand, was aware of a child growing inside of her, but my connection to the baby was little to none. I would feel the kicks and give a small smile, however the first kick felt a lot like the 900th kick. Don’t get me wrong, I was, and am, a very supportive husband, just emotionally I was in it for my wife.
However, the moment the baby is pulled out and starts crying, something changes. Things begin to get very real. While Baby Kate was being weighed and vital signs were monitored, my eyes got tight and it became harder and harder to keep my emotions in check. I now have this instant bond to this little girl that I have been entrusted with and am expected to care for. It is a feeling beyond explanation. So although I might not appear to be a part of this birth story, I want you to know how much I love this little girl and how excited I am to say I am her dad.