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He said YES!!

Ok, so technically he said, “Of course I will!” I had ordered my fiancé this handmade engagement ring a week before he proposed in October. Well, the ring finally arrived a few days ago. So this morning I asked the question along the Hudson River at this beautiful monastery in New York. The ring is now on his finger! I love that we both got to ask each other (even if he beat me to the punch!) 

In any case— I’m an incredible lucky guy. :)

He said YES!!

Ok, so technically he said, “Of course I will!” I had ordered my fiancé this handmade engagement ring a week before he proposed in October. Well, the ring finally arrived a few days ago. So this morning I asked the question along the Hudson River at this beautiful monastery in New York. The ring is now on his finger! I love that we both got to ask each other (even if he beat me to the punch!)

In any case— I’m an incredible lucky guy. :)

I said yes!! #engaged

I said yes!! #engaged

Sunset at the lighthouse last night in #capecod with my favorite person in the whole world @soren2525 #bf #vacation #lighthouse #beach #sunset

Sunset at the lighthouse last night in #capecod with my favorite person in the whole world @soren2525 #bf #vacation #lighthouse #beach #sunset

My dad’s ring. #turquoise #pearl #silver #ring #heirloom

My dad’s ring. #turquoise #pearl #silver #ring #heirloom

"But many in the Arab world, including within those nations strongly opposed to the Syrian regime, are also deeply skeptical of the Obama administration. Arab and Muslim nations have heard numerous justifications for U.S. intervention in their lands over the past several decades, but the result has been the same: increasing, not decreasing, instability and violence.

You can be sure in this case, if — or when — Washington’s war goes wrong, it will be Arabs and Muslims who will perish in even greater numbers.”

-Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera

But when you say that the loudest homophobes are closeted LGBT folks, you erase the fact that the vast, vast majority of homophobia doesn’t come from closeted people. It comes from straight people. Casual, everyday homophobia overwhelmingly comes from straight people (and yes, by the way, I know that all of you aren’t like that). The vast majority of people who vote against marriage equality are straight. The vast majority of the people who draft gender recognition legislation that enshrines gatekeeping, divorce, diagnoses and compulsory surgery are cis. The people who think that knowing we even exist should be kept from kids, because we’re too ‘confusing’? Mostly straight and cis. The people who treat us ever-so-slightly differently, who tokenise us, who judge us by how closely we conform to stereotypes? Mostly straight and cis. And, yeah, most of the people who brainwash, reject and demonise us are straight and cis too.

But if we joke that homophobes are all homos, we let straight people rest easy. Homophobia becomes something that isn’t just targeted at LGBTQ people. It’s something perpetuated by us too. Homophobia stops being straight people’s problem.

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.

—Andrew Carnegie (via potent)

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Completely necessary photo theft from my sister. The Portenier kids all gather for a very special surprise party! #dadissixty #surprise #kansas #kansasstate #ksu #reblog @shann_007

Completely necessary photo theft from my sister. The Portenier kids all gather for a very special surprise party! #dadissixty #surprise #kansas #kansasstate #ksu #reblog @shann_007

thinknorth:

"Symmetry is what we see at a glance" -Blaise Pascal

thinknorth:

"Symmetry is what we see at a glance" -Blaise Pascal

Today one of our clients asked if she would still have autism when she gets to heaven. We asked her what she thought. She said that she hoped she would because her autism makes her who she is and she likes being her. :’)

The truth is, that dude whose blog posts totally rub you the wrong way may be the best person in the world with which to watch a football game or talk theology over beer. That acquaintance on Facebook whose pictures make her life seem perfect may struggle with self-doubt, depression, and fear. That stuffy Calvinist you love to hate may melt into a goofy, delightful playmate when he’s tickling his kids on the living room floor. The feminist you always imagine shouting other people down may have an unbelievably tender heart. The pastor you think is always wrong probably gets a few things right. And the pastor you think is always right definitely gets some stuff wrong.

—Rachel Held Evans; You Don’t Hate Me. You Hate My Brand. (via fashion-sass-and-theology)

I’m learning this. Its actually been one of my favorite lessons thus far.

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