I feel like I have been to a good amount of cities in America, but I must say that Portland is my second favorite (Boston being my first). Nathan and I arrived here on Monday with our 73 bags along with us. Film equipment and music gear, then you put 2 weeks of clothes in the mix and its not a pretty picture for flying across the country. Anyways, we were greeted by the lovely Amy Young who, some how, figured out our favorite Starbucks drinks and had them ready for us when she came to pick us up :) THANK YOU FRIEND. The weather has been spectacular, about 72 and sunny, what more can you ask for... really. We spent Monday helping out at a photo shoot Amy and Lexi were apart of. They were modeling for a friends jewelery line (Glass Cocoon Jewelry) you all should check it out. Super cute stuff.
Then on Tuesday we spent some time in Hawthorne doing some interviews on the street for our "Love Is" project. We got some good stuff. A very mixed crowd, which is amazing for what we are doing. I think one of my favorite interviews that day was with a group of 15 and 16 years old girls. They were absolutely adorable. When I asked them if they wanted to be apart of our documentary on LOVE they all lit up and got super gitty! It was the most adorable thing. My first question for them was if any of them thought me and Nathan's marriage could last forever. To my surprise they all said YES. Not even one of them had even a hint of cynicism in their answer, which has been VERY rare in these past months of Nathan and I working on this project. My next question was "how many of you have parents that are still together?". And again to my ASTONISHMENT every one of the six young ladies had married parents who had not fallen into the sadly high percentage of divorces in this country. I could tell these girls had such pure hearts. None of them had been hurt, their view on this mysterious thing we call love has not been tainted. This was such a beautiful moment for me. I almost couldn't believe that this conversation had just gone on. That I had just met humans who still have hope for true love. I know that this probably sounds silly because they are so young... naive... innocent, but that's what was so beautiful to me in that moment. They are still out there. This next generation DOES have hope.
I couldn't hold it in any longer.... I had to ask them. "DO YOU LOVE JESUS???" I finally blurted out. They all in unison said "JESUS?". hahaha. Needless to say, I blushed instantly. But then told them how Jesus is the only way me and Nathan will be able to Love eachother for the rest of our lives. I told those sweet girls that if they ever decide to go the path of Jesus, that it would be a GREAT decision, and that He loves them all VERY much. It was fun. They were a bit weirded out, but i know that they heard what i said, and that i went somewhere deep in their hearts.
The moral of this story is... I was given more hope for love in my country through that conversation with those silly girls. Through all the sadness, brokenness, and heartache we have come in contact with on this journey, it was very good for me to find some light in all of this.
THANKS GIRLS FOR YOUR INNOCENCE. I HOPE YOU KEEP FIGHTING FOR IT .
p.s. here are some photos of Multnomah Falls and Crown Point here in Portland :) SO MUCH FUN