Block Party

God is in the business of restoration. And the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center is boldly and tirelessly working to bring restoration to communities in need. This block party was a celebration of two years of restoring hope to those who are hurting. Restoring trust between the police and the communities they serve. Restoring relations across race lines.  And doing it all for the glory of God.










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At the beach

There’s a longstanding annual tradition in my family of spending a week together at the beach. A whole week away from the routines and obligations of our every day lives where we get to enjoy slow mornings, big meals, and time in the sun. I’m always thankful to get so much time in one of my favorite places with my favorite people.

It’s sometimes hard for me to find a balance between picking up my camera on vacation and putting it down. I can feel torn between capturing the moments and being present for them. I don’t want everyone else’s memories of me to include a camera in front of my face.  So I tried to make an effort this year to play more, to converse more, to enjoy more.

This is a short recap of our vacation. But let’s be honest… this is really just a summary of my nephew’s week at the beach with cameo appearances from the rest of the family.