Married to Elaina. Post-Graduate Student at The University of Manchester. On Team at New Life Church. Coffee Drinker and Thought Thinker.
Two years married today. Upon reflection it has been two years that have been full - full in every way. There are point where our individual and combined capacities have been stretched. There have been times where our calendars have felt cluttered and overcrowded. But more than that they have been FULL of friendship, FULL of joy, FULL of laughter. FULL of love.
@mrselainagrace is loving, kind, compassionate, patient, faithful and considerate in spades. Not only that - as if that wasn't enough - I am a better man in every way because of her.
While we couldn't haven guessed at all that has taken place over the past two years, we have lived fully and loved as fully as we could have.
People say the first two years of married life are the hardest. I don't know if that will prove to be true, but I do know that as long as we keep perspective and don't allow the external to pervade the internal, then I am convinced that the next 22 years will be as FULL of all the best things.
One More Light by Linkin Park is the first album of what may well be a day of listening straight through their work.
As with many people, the death of a celebrity has little personal effect, but in the case of Chester Bennington it feels a little different.
Linkin Park are the one stand out band whose music has been a part of my life as I have grown up. Many of their songs and lyrics in particular written by Chester have had a massive impact upon me as an individual over the years.
Depression manifests itself in a great variety of many ways, often in forms of creative genius, there is no appropriate stereotype. No one persons journey with mental health is the same as anothers. It is crucial that we all journey these things together, in support of one another.
Graduation day at the University of Manchester. I can safely say, today of all days, that I would not have made it through this without the love and support of the incredible @mrselainagrace. She was an incrediblr support throughout my MA, she's put up with brainlessness and absent days in the midst of writing, she carried the cost of train fares even whilst I was unemployed, she's encouraged me and supported me and by and large has been entirely awesome. Much love 'Laina Grace.
Today I had the privilege of attending the funeral of my Great Auntie Joyce. This photo was taken at our wedding, and shows Joyce smiling as she always was. Ever a grin on her face.
I am exceedingly thankful for her encouragement over the years, but particularly since starting bible college in 2010 and throughout my studies since then. Her and her husband, George, are the kindest of people, with the largest capacity for love and service of others I think I have ever witnessed. Both are beautiful people and today we gathered to remember a beautiful woman.
Today the student became the master. I remember standing near what was Space Mountain roughly 20 years ago waiting for my Dad to come off it. He'd had a bit of a phobia of rollercoasters prior to that holiday, but I remember him starting small at Disneyland and building up all the way to Space Mountain at the end of the trip. I may not have had the same phobia, and he may not be with me here today, but he's always demonstrated that we can go on to do a lot of great things if we are simply willing to start small and keep trying things that feel slightly beyond us. It's not Fathers Day, but I love my Dad dearly. Much love.