wandering | wondering

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I'm Alex. Soli Deo Gloria.
photo taker, life explorer
washed with costly grace

In love with Love Himself.
I like meeting new people & discovering new places.

gospelofthekingdom:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

One of our first photos together. I love him.
[down to the river] / This weekend’s camping experience was both horrendous and liberating. On the third day of being outdoors, sweaty, muddy, and with no service, I fell in love with the trees, the smells of nature, and breathing in the beauty of our Creator; and I began to embrace and look forward to staying the night in the tent. However, another thunderstorm rolled through the mountains of Hot Springs, North Carolina and what was meant to be an act of kindness from a stranger, someone placed our guitar in its hard covered case within our tent and left the zipper opened. So, we came back to a flooded tent with our clothes, blankets, books, bags of organic blue chips, and journals soaked. Along with a new friend, we had to pack all of our dripping gear up a day early and trudge through the mud and rain to the car parked a mile away. That night we had to sleep in the car, cramped up, with the smell of must and mold from our wet clothes in bags in the backseat, but it didn’t break my spirit. The stars were glorious that night, and they twinkled and dazzled down at me, reminding me of life’s bittersweet seasons and glorious moments that sparkled and ignited amidst the drenching rain. Camping and attending at the Wild Goose Festival was changing, wrecking, glorious, liberating, and it knocked me out of my comfort zone on so many levels. Thankful for the sweet reminders and of all the sweet friends I’ve made on this small journey + roadtrip so far.

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet, it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability — ​and that it may take a very long time. Above all, trust in the slow work of God, our loving vine-dresser.” {Pierre Teilhard de Chardin}

delayed flight | waiting (at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD))
bittersweet Monday. heading back to the States after having the sweetest time with my love in the UK and Ireland. But I’m ready for a good ol’ classic American cheeseburger. 
Have a beautiful day, y’all! 💛
cloudy skies | perfect day for city exploring. (at St. Audeon’s Terrace)
Here’s the guy who has always made me laugh and has always had my back. A few years ago, a boy had broken my heart and every night after work I would eat a small Ben & Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough icecream because of emotions. One night I had gotten off so late and was so tired I didn’t buy icecream. When I got to my dad’s house, there was one in the freezer with my name on it. I stopped eating my sorrows away after that night. Happy Father’s Day, Daddy.
We have all the time in the world to get it right, to get it right // We have all the love in the world to set a light, to set a light // People Get Ready by The Frames

I was so deeply encouraged to not rush so quickly for the next season to come, but to be present right where I am and to press into the love of God which always sustains and always comforts. If you get a chance, listen to Jonathan Martin’s Life After Life sermon series. Such encouragement + inspiration. (at Dublin)
latte + espresso. 
Colin Harmon, founder of Vice, Inc. coffee is a three time winner of the Irish Barista Championships and placed 3rd in the World Barista Championships. Seriously good coffee, y’all. (at Vice Coffee Inc.)