Hello friends,

 

We’re coming up on the halfway mark for 2020…and what a year it’s been so far.  Who could have imagined in January that this is what life would look like in June?  We’ve been tested.  Months of quarantine have included navigating new work schedules, distance learning for the children, canceled vacations, separation from grandparents and other loved ones, and the ultimate disappointment for the Class of 2020.

 

And, let me just take a moment here to address the graduates and reiterate Apple CEO Tim Cook’s sentiments in his recent Ohio State Commencement speech: “It can be difficult to see the whole picture when you’re still inside the frame, but I hope you wear these uncommon circumstances as a badge of honor.”  A badge of honor, indeed.  You will be indelibly shaped by these circumstances and we can’t wait to see the greatness you will achieve as a result.

 

Just as the country started to reopen and we saw what seemed to be the faintest light at the end of the tunnel, we were confronted head on with the tragedies of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and the aftermath that continues to play out.  We ask ourselves what’s the greater tragedy: that these lives were lost so unjustly, or that this has been happening all along and we weren’t paying attention?

 

Indeed, our country is divided and our communities are struggling to make sense of it all as so many of us try to educate ourselves and be a part of the change we need to see in the world.  As Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, do better.”But, the recent months have also yielded some beautiful, unexpected gifts.  We keep hearing from people that they’ve loved the time they’ve had together as a family (aside from the part where they drove each other crazy!).  Michael and I have found this to be true ourselves.  We slowed down, paid more attention to each other, and were more intentional with how we spent our days.

 

It’s funny.  Some of the sweetest time Michael and I have ever had …

“I See You”

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You know what we love?
1. Meeting new families
2. Photographing on location
3. Dogs
4. Places we’ve never shot before
5. Adorable brothers
6. Cool-a** moms
Not necessarily in that order 😂

Seriously, we just loved getting to know this sweet gang and we’re so happy they’re a part of the Sigmon Taylor family now!
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Side note - Mama is an ER doc who’s been working crazy hours the last three months juggling her boys’ distance learning, etc. Thank you, Lauren, for all you are doing for our community!
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I find myself thinking often about how today’s children will look back on this time. My heart is full of hope and I believe that, strangely enough, some of their fondest memories will be found in this chapter of their lives. They wouldn’t have had this kind of time with their family had it not been for quarantine. And yes, I know there were moments where everyone drove everyone crazy...but I keep hearing story after beautiful story about how relationships grew stronger. ❤️
What’s been your favorite unexpected gift from this time?
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One of my favorites is that, after 15 years, I finally got Michael to agree to learn my very favorite card game!!
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The world feels upside down... I've always loved this portrait that Michael Taylor created...it's one of my favorites of his. This artist is a ceramic sculptor and he had this piece stored underneath a freeway overpass. When he sat on it he said, “I am actually sitting on the bottom of the globe.” From that moment on Michael has always displayed it this way.

But this portrait seems especially fitting today. We're all just trying to figure out which way is up in the middle of all this craziness.
But, I've been thinking. It's not just that I have this unexpected gift of time (yes, that's how I'm choosing to view this because if I don’t, the anxiety and fear will be my undoing), it's that the ENTIRE WORLD is being put in some kind of Divine Timeout together. Which then makes me feel like when trying to make sense of the situation we find ourselves in, I need to be thinking beyond just my 'to-do' lists.

So what does that mean? To be honest, I'm not sure. I just feel like I'm trying desperately to listen for what this is supposed to be teaching us. Trying to discern the purpose for such a drastic upheaval to life as we know it...all around the world.

I took a break from the news and social media this weekend and you know what? The world was quiet.
We took a walk in the neighborhood and saw more neighbors in that 30 minutes than we have in the last year-and-a-half. Gentle 'hellos' were exchanged as we passed each other, but it was a strange feeling. This isolation together is possibly one of the universe's greatest paradoxes.
I saw a meme on social media last week that said, " Kinda feeling like the Earth just sent us all to our rooms to think about that we've done." Yes.
I keep asking myself: What are we supposed to be doing, learning, changing? What have we done?

I don’t have the answers, but I do know it's much bigger than our to-do lists, our home improvement projects, our reading lists, our simple survival of the day-to-day New Normal.
Lord willing, we will never have this opportunity again. Let's be gentle with ourselves, each other, and try to make the very most of it that we can.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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