“May this our home be a harbor of
anchorage and refuge,
and a haven from which we journey forth
to do your work in the world.
May it be a garden of nourishment
in which our roots go deep
that we might bear fruit
for the nourishing of others.
“May this our new home be a place of knowing
and of being known,
a place of shared tears and laughter;
a place where forgiveness is easily asked
and wounds are quickly healed;
a place of meaningful conversation, of words not left unsaid;
a place of joining, of becoming,
of creating, and reflecting;
a place where our diverse gifts
are named and appreciated;
where we learn to serve one another
and to serve our neighbors well;
a place where our stories are forever twined
by true affections.”
— excerpt from “A Liturgy for Moving Into a New Home,” from Every Moment Holy by Doug McKelvey
These were their first family photos as Nashville-dwellers, which is why I chose a section of this liturgy to accompany the photos. I absolutely loved my time with them, and I hope that comes through in these photos.
Bless you, sweet Hawkins.