Getting married in our 40s, we quickly discovered just what a logistical puzzle it presents. The daily, sweet companionship, dreaming together about our future, and so many of the other gifts that come with marriage have been wonderful in our relatively short time as man and wife. On the other hand, selling one of our homes in a not-so-great market, trying to fit two full homes into one, forced into stocking an expensive “temporary” storage unit, and running into several considerable home repairs – these all made for some challenges in our first year together. But they’re also where most of the “stories” come from. And where we, as individuals and as a couple are being refined and transformed most. We learned much in the first year.
We write about daily stuff and stuff we’re passionate about and stuff we enjoy. And then whatever else seems worth writing about. A few of the things we do enjoy include art, music, good movies, books and conversation, exploring new places, and good food (cooking and restaurants). Brent loves sports. Lisa is learning to enjoy sports more. Brent wishes he had more time to paint, draw and fish. Lisa wishes she had more time for writing, photography and gardening. This blog is one of our answers to “How can we put more creativity back into our lives?” We’re hoping that as we share our lives we’ll encourage and learn from others.
The inspiration for our made-up phrase, “blada,” (in our URL) comes out of the Hebrew term, “yada” (to know deeply or intimately). We have had many conversations about how the meaning of life (the struggles and joys that come with it) seems centered on our profound desire to know and be known ultimately by God, and then others and ourselves. That’s the quick version. We personalized the Hebrew with our initials, “b” and “l” – blada!
The name “Broken Vessels” refers to the recognition we have of our brokenness before God. As we walk through life together, we see all the more our need for him and his grace to make us whole. Thankfully he redeems our broken places and our hope is that he brings healing, using even our foibles for his good purposes. Most likely you’ll hear a few of these stories on the blog.
Black and Pink
You can tell who is writing by the color of the font. Of course, Brent is black and Lisa is pink.