For new years, a couple friends and I surprised @moore_rachel and @bylandandsea in Nicaragua!! @iamjeffkaylor and I hid in a hostel while @christiannetaylor setup the surprise - they couldn't believe we were there. We spent the next 5 days adventuring with them and it was nothing short of incredible! They are sailing the world for four years (or more 😉) on their boat @voyagesofagape and are living out their dreams. It was really inspiring to be around a couple living in the moment so well and doing something they are so passionate about. They have a really fun relationship and I loved getting to know them better in their element 😊 I felt so at home with them even tho it's a relatively small space. I already can't wait to go back! Here's a fun little highlight clip 😁 also, I just started editing video and it is SO much harder than I thought! Mad props to all of my videographer friends 👊🏼
Words cannot express how thankful I am for everyone who has contributed. In TWO days $8,160 has been raised for @bobbyearle and @lindsayearle. When Bobby told me $50,000 is what he needed for medical insurance, doctor visits, food, and medicine... I told myself that no matter how daunting that number might seem, I had to try. The stories I have gotten from you all about how their story affected your heart and why you were led to give has been nothing short of amazing. It's true that a rising tide raises all boats 😊 I got the most beautiful text from Lindsay yesterday. I won't post the whole thing but she said Going to these lengths just so we may start to see that we aren't completely alone, it just wrecks me. If I could put it all into words what my heart is feeling, it would be a novel. Even if there wasn't a dollar given or not one of our practical needs could be met, simply the acceptance you give us is enough to keep us fighting. What's cool is that 100's of us are now on this journey together. None of this wouldn't be close to possible if it wasn't for all of your grateful and generous hearts. You are all living out love - and you're giving three of the most incredible humans hope. I've been in tears many times the past week, but mostly because the thought of them feeling as lonely as they do through such an overwhelming set of horrific circumstances just pushed me over the edge. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reminding them that there is love and hope and joy in this world. If I could fly to each of your houses and give you an enormous hug I would. My goal was to spend this year raising the 50k... But to have almost 20% of it raised in 2 days is insane. I'm currently looking into a lot of long term sustainable plans for them as well - the best hope being a care advocate somewhere in the San Diego area. If anyone has any info on this I'd love to talk with you!!
I am totally overwhelmed at all of your guys' support... In one night over $3,800 was raised for @bobbyearle And @lindsayearle. You have no idea how much this means to the Earles - just knowing that there are that many people out there that love them is incredibly encouraging. The donation link is in my bio now :) . This photo was taken yesterday - one of my favorites of the two of them. The hardest part for them has been that people just don't understand or get her disease. This is the one or two hour break that she gets a day to live any kind of normal life - and the only reason she does it is for Clive. Taking the amount of painkillers that she has to to be able to go out like this is heartbreaking for me... But it also makes me cherish every second I get with this incredible woman. . Her disease is a hard one to understand... But if I can help raise more awareness of status migrainosus, then so much of the battle is won. People that get disabling diseases like hers are told so many incredibly hurtful things - like that they aren’t praying the right way or hard enough... that they aren’t trying every way that they could to help it, that they’re exaggerating, that they’re just struggling like everyone else. It’s these attitudes (that have been told directly to their faces) that make them feel more lonely and heartbroken than they already are. Send them a note today letting you know how much you love them :) I am beyond blessed that I got this time with them!!
This post is meant for those closest to me. I'm sorry for the heaviness and bluntness of this post, but it's reality. This year for Christmas is different - my family is having our get together in January, so I decided I wanted to spend the last three days with @bobbyearle, @lindsayearle, and @makingofabraveman. The tree above is the one that 7 year old Clive setup. They didn't have any money for presents this year so he set up the small Christmas tree, wrapped his dad's favorite book, wrapped his mom's favorite game, and a basketball for himself - and he was as happy as any kid I've seen Christmas morning. For those of you who don't know, Bobby got an extreme case of Crohn's disease about 5 years ago and four years ago Lindsay got status migrainosus - and the pain from her migraines has left her disabled for four straight years. With Bobby not being able to keep any weight (he's down to 130 lbs), he's had to be the sole caretaker for Lindsay and Clive the entire time. Carrying her to the restroom, helping her regulate meds, somehow making food for them... All while trying to cope with the grief and loss their whole family is feeling. Lindsay's pain affects Clive in a very visceral and difficult way... He is always worried about her and never stops thinking about her. If you ever see her smiling or conscious, it's because she's had to heavily medicate for that. It's taken a big toll on her and it only lasts a few hours a day. About a month ago they completely ran out of money. Almost all of their friends either don't believe them or just have forgotten about them. They are so overwhelmed with their pain and grief that reaching out has become next to impossible... And they are both depressed and lonely. You guys, I'm not sure what to do but I have to do something. As a Christian, as a man, as a friend. I've cried more in the last three days than I have all year - I'm completely heartbroken for them. I have to be honest, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else than here with them this Christmas season. What they have taught me about life, love, sacrifice, grief, loss, and bravery are gifts I will take with me the rest of my life. Life is truly beautiful with the
@jjwalburg and @stephaniewalburg - you two are such incredible parents!! Love being your friend through so many fun phases of life :)