We have an 11-year-old boy. Our prayer for him is simply to become a good man. The other night at dinner when Jason was being silly and refusing to hand me a dish of rice (he wanted to hoard it for himself), our boy stretched himself across the table to pass it to me. Jason scoffed in play anger, “Bud, why’d you give the rice to her?” His response was, “Dad, I was being a gentleman.” Yep. It didn’t matter that he was almost laying on the table at P.F Chang’s, reaching for the rice, because what he said was much more important! As happy as we are that he does great in school, is a talented athlete, is conscientious of the planet, that phrase, “Dad, I was being a gentleman,” made my heart swell with pride. Aubrey is a gentleman to the core. Throughout the engagement shoot he was so aware of anything Mara might need. He was gracious and kind to Jason and I and respectful to anyone we happened upon. It makes it even better that he has chosen a woman so deserving of his “gentleman-ness”. Mara is so sweet and it was delightful to spend the afternoon with the two of them.
I’m one of those people that doesn’t wind down, or unplug, easily. I truly love working. Whether it be shooting a wedding, updating the blog, or working in the yard, I keep myself quite busy. One of the things I love about Colorado is that you don’t have to go far to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, enveloped by nature, and free from the daily routines that steel away good, solid down time. Mara and Aubrey’s families BOTH have cabins in Eldora, Colorado. I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll say it again… one of my passions is to have a cabin in the mountains. Preferably with a fly fishing stream nearby, like Aubrey’s cabin. Heaven.