cbrentlane My sweetheart Sara enters her 27th year today. It is difficult to put into words the gratitude, love, and commitment that my heart feels for her, but by golly, I love this young woman a whole lot!

I've never met a more patient, encouraging, generous, slow-to-anger, tender, and virtuous woman in my life. She is such a strong mirror to our daughter of what God-honoring womanhood looks like and I'm so immensely proud of the way she carries our family and keeps us all together.

To the woman who gives and gives and gives and pours herself out daily for the sake of me and Eliza, I want to say thank you and I love you. You're a bigger encouragement to me than you'll ever know.

Happy 26th, my little bird!
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cbrentlane You bet your bottom dollar I do!

I love this brilliant, silly toddler of ours. Nothing tops a fun-filled Daddy night paired with special pajamas thanks to @lanesaraann's thoughtful planning. Oh man - my heart is full with these two.
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cbrentlane It was the best of years, it was the worst of years.

2015 brought so many joys: a growing little girl, a new home, seeing siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins much more, a new community of Christian believers to grow with. But there were tragedies, too: leaving Baltimore and missing so many wonderful friends and family, the painful sting and rejection from losing my job this fall, and seeing a loved one face tremendous health issues.

In the midst of the joy and pain, I still trust that God is good and has a plan for redeeming all of His people. "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
- Romans 8:28 (ESV)
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  •   _shnatalie Fitz in the snow. I can't. 1mon
  •   cbrentlane It was funny. He was mostly just angry at the situation. He's becoming a grumpy old man. 1mon

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cbrentlane Christmas #ProTip: write out gift card amounts in scientific notation to make them look a LOT more impressive.

#ballinonabudget #ynab

Merry Christmas!
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cbrentlane Friends! Please support my small business, @calvaryandco, by sharing this post for a chance to win a free portrait session. I'd love to help you capture the wonderful moments you share with those you love!

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cbrentlane Let me take a moment to lift up and recognize the sweetest, most giving, hardest-working person I know: my wife Sara, the most beautiful thing I think God ever formed.

My wife is many things; a momma to a sweet little girl, a friend to many, a companion to my heart. But tonight, she is also a nurse. And before I married her, I didn't really know what that meant or what it required.

Right now, she's getting into the first few hours of her 12 hour shift at the hospital. She worked the same shift last night and she certainly didn't get the 8 hours of sleep today that most of the rest of us get between our days at work. Tonight, running on a limited supply of energy, she's juggling the needs of several patients and she will be on her feet all night. She likely won't have time to stop and eat her lunch (or whatever you call a middle of the night meal). She'll be facing new challenges head-on, wracking her brain as she tries to monitor and help treat complicated medical issues that she's likely never seen before (the body has a way of malfunctioning in new and different ways all the time). She's working to make sure someone's grandmother or sister or best friend sees tomorrow.

Every part of what she does is a selfless act of service. She and every one of her coworkers choose to do this job that requires complete denial of self in pursuit of their patients' best interests. The job isn't glamorous and it won't make you wealthy. And plenty of the time, nurses have to step beyond their role as healthcare provider and step into the role of social worker, dealing with grief-stricken families and broken situations. It's not in her official duties as a nurse, but Sara will humbly take on the task. Because she cares and she has the power and love of Christ flowing through her and out through her hands. Sara will run herself into the ground tonight making sure the doctors are noticing the right things and the patients are getting the care they need. And after all is said and done, she'll rarely ever hear a thank you or an encouragement that she did the right thing. But she did, and she does - every night that she steps onto her unit. [continued in comments]
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  •   cbrentlane If you know a nurse, I bet he or she is just like my Sara. So tell them you love them and that they are doing a fantastic job serving our mothers and brothers and teachers and sons. Because they need to know that they are setting a tremendous example for the watching world, demonstrating firsthand the selfless servant's heart that Christ longs to create in us. Tell them how strong they are and how encouraging their work is to all of us.

    I love you, Sara, and I am proud of the way you've heeded God's Word to live a life of reckless abandon to seek and serve the lost, both at work and in our home.

    You're the absolute best nurse, mom, and wife that has ever walked the earth. I love you, little bird. Come home, soon! 2mon

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cbrentlane Putting up Christmas lights is one of the biggest things I've looked forward to in this first year of owning our sweet little home. I was like Clark Griswold out there this year with no ladder but a big heart, stacking odds and ends to reach my roof, much to my former-trauma-nurse-wife's dismay.

Anyway, this is a small display for our first year on a tight budget, but I hope it serves to bless our neighbors and others driving by. Merry Christmas, y'all! (And if @lanesaraann would let me, I'd probably leave them up and keep them shining 24/7, 365.)
2mon

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cbrentlane The asymmetrical mop is sweeping the nation. We woke up to Eliza trying out Cressida's signature do. The question is: #whoworeitbetter?
#mockingjaypart2 #cressida
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  •   sarahgracesings I think the answer is obvious! Giraffe-wearing babies always win. ;-) Shiloh has the same pjs! 2mon
  •   _shnatalie Please tell me you've seen the movie! Did you love it as much as I did? 2mon
  •   cbrentlane @sarahgracesings Our girls are jammie twins! They are the absolute cutest pjs we've ever seen. 2mon
  •   cbrentlane @_shnatalie We went to dinner and a movie Saturday and saw it! The grandparents babysat and we LOVED the movie. It was so good to see it in film, especially since the book ended things so swiftly. The visuals gave a nice sense of closure to the series. 2mon
  •   _shnatalie @cbrentlane I agree! It was definitely good closure for the series. Glad to hear you were able to have a lovely date night! 2mon

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cbrentlane How sweet it is to spend an evening alone with my beloved! She's the prettiest, most wonderful woman on this planet and I get to call her mine all mine - for forever. Fantastic evening tonight on that rare date night that so many young parents dream of. Here's to a breath of fresh air, my little bird! Time to dive back into that sea of dirty diapers and food throwing. 2mon

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cbrentlane Christmas trees probably make my top ten list in life. I've always had a fondness for them, even since I was a kid. So nowadays, our family takes Christmas tree hunting pretty seriously.

This year, we chose to spend our Christmas tree dollars in an impactful way. We purchased a tree from TROSA, one of NC's best programs helping individuals overcome substance abuse. We visited their super friendly tree lot near Southpoint and picked out our big, beautiful Fraser fir.

We met a handful of the guys going through the program and we're glad to spend a little more to benefit a group of folks lending so much goodwill to those in need. We encourage you to check them and out and support #TROSA with your Christmas tree purchase this year!!
2mon

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cbrentlane Whether you're celebrating Thanksgiving at home or on the road, with family or with friends, we hope it has been a day that has prompted you to lift your hands and give thanks.

Showing gratitude and encouraging someone who needs it is an excellent way to love.

Happiest of Turkey Days, friends!
🦃
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cbrentlane One more year beneath your belt, @acobbmarks. I for one am so very grateful that you're living and breathing and making so many lives brighter with your optimism, cheer, and never-ending supply of humor and fun.

I'm so blessed and honored to call you my best friend and you'll always be my very best man. When I think about loyalty and how to live it out, you more than anyone are the one I look to. I love you, brother!
3mon

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cbrentlane Hanging with a wild crowd of Raving Fans at the Parkside Town Commons @chickfila Grand Opening!

Only 20 more hours stand between us and a year of free chicken. #bringitonagainandagain
3mon

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  •   _shnatalie Love it! 3mon
  •   cbrentlane @_shnatalie Thanks! My personal brand has been a project in the making. Happy that I've gotten a chance to unveil it! 3mon

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cbrentlane Excited to share with y'all the results of rethinking my brand! I'll share more on what I'm doing with @calvaryandco in a bit, but in the meantime, go and give me a follow! 🤓

Thanks, friends!
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cbrentlane God did a great work in our life and taught us so much during the two and a half years we served with @redeemerbmore in Baltimore.

One of the greatest gifts he gave our family during that time was the friendship and unwavering support of the Fondries. Even from 300+ miles away, we love them as family and were so delighted to get a care package from them yesterday! Fondries - we love you so much! Can't wait for our kids to get married some day.
3mon

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cbrentlane Feels good to vote again! (After a hiatus in Baltimore.) Voter #370 at Durham Precinct 54, right here. #DurhamVotes 3mon

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cbrentlane Happy Halloween from our family to yours! 🕸 (In case you're wondering, Sara and I are dressed as middle-class suburban white people - costumes from Target.) 3mon

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cbrentlane I literally can't even, y'all.

She walked up driveways, climbed steps, lifted candy from the hands of generous neighbors, and dropped her goodies in her pumpkin bucket. I've never been more proud of a little lamb in my life. (And that's coming from a guy who grew up raising sheep.) Our baby is all grown up. Seems like we've got a toddler on our hands!
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