A journey of faith

The lil Zee Family has come a long way, lived a thousand lives, journeyed a hundred journeys. One of these journeys has been a journey of faith. In the near decade (!) that I have known Scott, we have had our ups and downs in terms of belief. Usually one of us was doing “well” — that is, learning more, reading more, attending more. The other wasn’t quite on the same page.

When Scott and I experienced our marital problems in 2013, I found myself again questioning faith. I’ve always believed in fate and in destiny but I have found myself constantly questioning the plausibility of a God and a religion and a world in which so much bad happens and so many questions are left unanswered. I mean, I studied journalism — for me, my world is all about getting answers.

It was actually seeing the positive change in attitudes, personalities and just pure joy in some of my younger coworkers that got me trying this Faith Thing again. I listened to their stories and their discussions. I joined in, slowly, with questions. Then I attended an informal study group of theirs. And soon, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, about all these stories and names and how they suddenly made sense even to me.

When we moved recently, one of the first things Scott wanted to find was a home church. We literally picked a random church to start (as in it was very close to our new home, looked beautiful and seemed a good place to begin) and an even more random denomination (Methodist, or, as we advertise it, the perfect balance between our two backgrounds. Scott grew up in the Brethren churches (think of it as a pacifist cross between Mennonites and Baptist, with footwashing, lots of music and an emphasis on community service and brotherhood.) I grew up with tradition and ritualistic Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic experiences.

We were so impressed with our first Sunday there, and then with how people remembered our names (all four of us!) and where we last sat when we returned a week later. We were so glad when the pastor visited us at our home that week just to get to know us. Services make you think and answer questions instead of raising more of them.

And so, months later, it seemed only natural when this first shot-in-the-dark church and its pastor asked us if we wanted to join officially.

So, this weekend, our family stood up at the front of the church. Scott and I made promises. Zack and Addie received water from our beloved pastor and were introduced to our congregation as family members watched from the pews.

I still believe to an extent in fate and destiny. But now, I feel comforted knowing that there is faith. Our faith, to share together and learn together, like the late night Bible readings and discussions we share.

I am far from perfect and still wish to be a better Christian, especially to lead a better example for my children. But I am trying. And I am on this journey. And one day, Zack and Addie can choose their journey, too, whether it’s here or somewhere else or nowhere at all. They have the foundation for it.

A banner hangs in each of their rooms reminding them of this day and reminding me, every time I walk past their doorways, of a very unlikely and special journey.

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A new adventure – Spread the word!

This might surprise you, but I’m actually quite an adrenaline junkie. No skydiving or speed racing, thank you very much; I get quite a high in a much simpler way.

The way that the light from a nearby streetlamp bounces off of a white wedding dress.

A little pink tutu contrasting with green and white polkadots.

A candid smile, a favorite hobby. Those agonizing three seconds before an image appears.

The way that black-and-white changes everything.

I don’t hide my love for photography very well-just ask anyone who’s been to my house. My favorite memories are captured in eclectic frames in every room. My second date with Scott, the day we brought Baby Girl home from the hospital, the day we found out Zack had Down Syndrome. Large round bellies and Autumn leaves. It’s all here, just a few footsteps away…the good, the funny, the precious.

I don’t have to go far to remember the rain on my wedding day that mingled with the bubbles, the way Zack looked when he was more baby and less Big Boy, taking photos in a thunderstorm with my uncle, the simplest and best memories I’ve had with my family and friends. My camera has made all of those memories tangible and unforgettable.

Effective immediately, I’m now offering you and your loved ones a way to have all of that at your fingertips, too.

Visit the Photography page on the blog website for more information and to view some great specials for November and December.

Engagements, anniversaries, reunions, babies, maternity… It can all be captured. And treasured forever. Holiday cards, photo albums, an 8×10 above your mantel… What would make your house a home? What one moment will you show to grandparents and friends in five months or five years?

Give it a thought, send me an e-mail…

And please, pretty please, spread the word.

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