you made this place a home
by christina britt lewis and timothy dean lewis
photography and video by erin brennan hall
whenever you find tears in your eyes,
especially unexpected tears,
it is well to pay the closest attention.
they are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are,
but more often than not God is speaking to you through them
of the mystery of where you have come from
and is summoning you to where,
if your soul is to be saved,
you should go to next.
- frederick buechner
unexpected tears fell as we toured the new shelter for victims of domestic violence in charlotte. we held on tightly to our boys as we heard stories of hell on earth and we got very quiet when we realized we were standing on holy ground. these people and this place offer hope and healing, peace on earth, to an oh so weary world.
unexpected tears fell when we called our people as we left the shelter to ask if they would help us make this two bedroom apartment a home in two days and they all wholeheartedly agreed that this was what we were made to do, this was our mountain to move, before we even told them about the $7000+ price tag. we could not have done this without their help.
unexpected tears fell when we asked you to help us be christmas and you gave money and gift cards and furniture and art and books and bathrobes…so many gave so much, but it was the $5 donations that moved us the most. every dollar mattered. you made this place a home. you stood hand in hand with the broken-hearted and whispered, you are not alone, with every dollar you gave.
unexpected tears fell when you told us your stories. tim texted us your words as we shopped for meaningful things that would inspire others to overcome darkness as so many of you have. your words made us realize that most of us know what it feels like to be the frightened child hiding under the covers praying to a God we are not so sure can hear us.
unexpected tears fell when we realized we were doing this for that child inside all of us...
ready. set. go.
“boundlessness in bloom” by duy huynh
a print of this painting also hangs in our home and the home of erin brennan hall, our photographer
one thousand gifts by ann voskamp
grace for the good girl by emily freeman
both gifts from the nester that i know she will be thrilled to see regifted
bookshelf lovingly donated by the beautiful people at nadeau in charlotte
your life is defined by a single moment
let it be today
writing desk by nadeau
you were born to fly
by duy huynh
lovingly donated by duy huynh and sandy snead
lark and key gallery in charlotte
so many of us are held captive.
the opinions of others…
when i see this painting i hear the words of Jesus…
come to me. keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
we pray that every woman who sits at this desk
feels peace that passes understanding and discovers how to live freely and lightly
happily ever after…
look at the birds, free and unfettered…
careless in the care of God and you count far more to him than birds.
anything can happen
know you are loved and appreciated more than we know how to say.
sing with us…
you made this place a home…
peace be with you,
and everyone at the redesign company
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