We’ve Held Onto Each Other’s Hands...
...Watched miracles unfold together.
Life is relationships. In my twenty years as a teacher (wow, it's really been that long?!?) I've developed some very meaningful ones. Makayla Daugherty is one of those relationships that has meant a great deal to me.
She was one of my track runners for all four years she was in high school. She began by talking a big talk, but then not walking the walk. She would disappear from practice, need to see the trainer, or just not show up at all. I was rather hard on her in those times. I knew that she could be very good, but wouldn't get there unless she started choosing to act differently.
I try to teach and coach three important life skills, work hard, take responsibility, and do what your told. After a few (okay, maybe several) "talks" with her about how to be better, she sort of bought into what I was teaching. She became one of my biggest supporters, and by her senior year, one of the leaders of the program. She even went on to run in college!
I was so happy for her, but I knew that like many of the relationships I formed with my students and athletes, it was now coming to an end. They all tend to go on to bigger and better things, and I'm so proud of them. Grumpy old track/soccer Coach Hinckley gets forgotten, unless we happen to see each other in a store. (Sort of makes me realize how much I should probably contact some of my favorite high school teachers and let them know that I still remember them and how much of an impact they made in my life.)
I was shocked to randomly receive a text message about a year after graduation from Makayla. She was getting married, and wanted me to be the photographer!!! Wow, what an honor... but I was NOT comfortable having that much responsibility. I do have a cousin (www.msmithportraits.com) that is a professional wedding photographer and we've worked together before. I put her and Makayla into contact and we decided that we would both work the wedding.
It was an amazing time. I'm so glad that I got to help make Makayla and Austin's day special. The photos below are some of the images I captured for them. Enjoy, and thanks, Makayla, for not forgetting about Coach Hinckleberry!!!
1 Corinthians 13: 4 - 8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails...
Ecclesiastes 4: 9 - 12
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.
Colossians 3: 14 - 19
Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and don’t be bitter toward them.
Song: Together by Steven Curtis Chapman