Recently it has come to our attention that we haven't shared much about ourselves with you. So Matthew and I have each taken some time to write about each other. We hope you enjoy what we are bringing to the table. This is a long time coming and a special piece for both of us!
Matthew - There is so much I could say about this man, my husband. From the day we met, about eleven years ago, I knew he was special. I can remember being completely amazed by his energy, excitement, and goofiness. He could make anyone laugh, was kindhearted to the bone, and knew how to make you feel important. Qualities he still possesses today.
One thing that always sticks out to me the most though: Matthew is content. We have walked through some tough circumstances since being together and never once have I heard Matthew complain beyond a sigh or request for prayer. Without fail, he finds the good in a situation and focuses on it when things are hard. He has suffered trials a young man should never face, but he has done it with a content heart.
My husband is nothing like me, the pessimist, and I am so thankful. His optimism, joy for life, and unfailing ability to make me smile is everything to me! Though my negative mindset sometimes rains on his parade, he never stops loving me or pursuing me. The light he had in his eyes on our first date, well, he still has it when he comes home from a long day at work.
It's his optimism that allowed me to convert him into a coffee addict, so I wouldn't be all alone with my coffee obsession. When we were dating, he hated coffee, but after persistence on my part and his optimistic attitude that "maybe it'll taste better next time", I finally converted him! Ha! He is now a faithful coffee drinker who can appreciate the brew at it's purest: black and bold! Oh yes, he is perfect!
But silliness aside, his optimism carries me through the dark days because it's not fake, it's real.
Like I said before, Matt knows how to make you feel special. He can find value in the simplest of things. Which I think is why he loves and excels in photography. He can look at an object or chaotic moment and find the beauty of it all. Silver linings are nothing new in his book. Even rainy days are acceptable, though he would prefer sunshine so he could go outside for a hike.
One of his favorite activities is to pack up the puppies, head out the door, and spend hours (or days) in the wilderness. He is a man's man for sure. Albeit it hiking, kayaking, camping, or running, he's all for it! Oh the joy he has when he is in creation! The Lord's creation! I know this is why he is so kindhearted, he seeks after Jesus Christ with all himself.
If there is one thing you should know about my husband, it's that he loves the Lord and he loves people. Put him in a room full of strangers and he will be best friends with them by the end of the night, making them laugh and bringing joy to their day! He loves Jesus so much and it's evident in how he loves others. Matt is content because his hope is in the Lord. He is kindhearted because he sees good when others see evil. He is patient because he cares more for your well-being than for his satisfaction. Matthew is my love and my best adventure. I hope you get the chance to meet him. He is pretty special. - L
This is Leah. It’s hard to sum up all that she is with just a few words and some pictures, but it’s worth a shot!
This woman amazes me every day. From her creative eye for photography, to the hard work she puts into the gym, to how fiercely she loves those around her; I’m always at a loss for words for how incredible she is. She is far more talented than she’ll ever admit, but her work on this site and in everything else she does says more than enough.
She's the opposite of me in all the best ways. I may be an extrovert, but her introverted tendencies make her good at having deeper relationships. I may be energetic, but she slows down and focuses on what's important. My boisterous personality might liven up a room, but she brightens up the room with her mere presence.
This woman is happiest outside on a hike through the woods, or at a table with friends and a hot cup of coffee. She loves to just slow things down and stay in touch with the people around her. There’s no better person to talk to than her! She will give you a genuine concern that is difficult to find and will offer you insights that you would never see otherwise. She really wants to get to know you on a deeper level, connecting with you in ways you haven’t connected with anyone before.
She also is a big animal lover! No one has a bigger heart for dogs, cats, horses, and any other four-legged family member. She begins every morning with a cup of coffee and snuggle time with our puppies. And if you haven't guessed by now, she is obsessed with coffee. Opening a new bag of grounds and tasting the first sip is like a religious experience for her.
Whether it be in personal conversation, coaching at the gym, or taking photos of people, Leah loves to empower people and show them who they really are. Once she gets to know you, she can look right into you and show you your full potential. I am so proud of her and how hard she works to push and stretch herself. She has grown and learned so much in just the past few years, it’s incredible. She loves to accomplish new and difficult things, just to prove to herself that she can. It’s a lot of fun to watch!
Leah never takes life for granted. There is a vibrancy in her that keeps me going. She’s full of passion and a longing to love God and love others. She will bend over backwards just to make sure you are okay and make sure that you see what God’s love is like through her. She is a blessing to anyone who counts her as a friend. You’re lucky if she walks into your life, because your day is guaranteed to get better!
I am so excited to be on this photography adventure with her! Every adventure with her is great, but this one is special. We’ll see where it takes us! - M