Oh, this week. What an exciting week for my hometown. Indianapolis has been so spoiled with gorgeous weather as of late (today is a high of 61 and a low of 46, in JANUARY!) and I’m so thankful for this extra incentive for visitors to get out and explore our beautiful city. I’m realizing more and more just how big of a deal it is for us to host Superbowl XLVI. We all know how huge the Superbowl is and the amount of press it receives annually but until it comes to your hometown, you can’t fully imagine. Indianapolis has been slowly transforming over the past year to accommodate the tens of thousands of expected visitors. This city has come alive and it is so thrilling to see Indy showcased in such a remarkable way. Whether or not you’re a football fan, there is so much to enjoy in this great city this week.
SuperBowl Village kicked off last week and I was so ecstatic for my brother’s band, Blue Moon Revue, who played in the heart of it all. Their show was sandwiched between acts from DJ Pauly D and Bret Michaels. I mean, truly, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for them and I didn’t expect how full my heart would feel when I saw my big brother, David, playing his guitar on this gigantic screen (taken with my iPhone):
That is MY BROTHER. We SHARE THE SAME BLOOD! And he’s rocking his heart out for thousands of Superbowl Fans?!!? Seriously? Whoah. There’s not much like seeing those you love pursuing their passions and when I saw Dave on that screen, I knew it was a big moment for him and BMR. That night is one I’ll never forget…
…partly because it is also the same day that sweet baby Nell came into the world! Nell is Noah’s little cousin. It has come to my attention that because I love my little nephew to the stars, I will now love everything that is special to him and more. He is only 9 months and can’t fully understand how awesome this time is in his life but when I saw Noah hanging with his cousin for the second time, my heart couldn’t help but melt at his reaction. His face says it all (also taken with iPhone):
Do you realize the amount of awesome that is around you ALL of the time? Or are you numb to it? Sometimes it ebbs and flows but for the past year it feels like my life has been in a constant state of AMAZING. Every week there is excitement, growth, meeting new and exciting people, challenges, new friendships, blessed opportunities, anticipation and movement forward. Sometimes I wish I could could press pause. I am so happy. This is the best time of my life and I feel God working in my life like crazy. He’s everywhere.
I love this:
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” -Booker T. Washington
Oh, hey Booker T.! I see you! And I kinda love you!
But for real, Booker. You would have been so proud of us yesterday. Yesterday I had the BLESSED privilege of photographing Super Baskets of Hope downtown at the Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. In a nutshell, SBOH (thanks to hundreds and hundreds of volunteers) put together 7,000 baskets of hope for cancer patients nationwide. The baskets are being distributed to all 32 NFL cities this week thanks to the incredible volunteers at UPS. Tony Dungy, hugely influential in starting BOH in Indianapolis, stopped by to see the action and visit with the volunteers. It was humbling to be a part of this event: meeting and photographing selfless volunteers, working with Riley Hospital, meeting and photographing Tony Dungy and seeing the greater city of Indianapolis come together for such a noble cause. It makes me so incredibly proud and happy! A full and more in depth post to come but I wanted to share with you my favorite shot from yesterday. Tony Dungy taking in the hundreds of volunteers hard at work for SPOH:
Football (and a sweet maternity session) will come, too, on Sunday! For now I’ll soak up some Vitamin D and good friends tonight at the Superbowl Village downtown. Make your day amazing…