No, I don’t have a tattoo. The season of my life where I had the itch went by with no permanent markings, my brother, however did not resist the itch and ended up with some pretty cool permanent markings. One of which became the inspiration for the logo of this site. I’ll let him share why he drew it and then I’ll share a little of why I chose it as the logo for my site.
When I sat down to draw this clock it was a few weeks before I was about to head to Orlando to be with Lindsey and Kevin to welcome my first niece, Sophia to the family. There were a lot of phone calls, texts and emails exchanged by the family leading up to that day. The plan was to be very flexible and to just be together as a family and wait for Sophie to arrive whenever she pleased. In preparation for going to Orlando I wanted to create something to give to Sophie. One song that I love is ‘So, In This Hour’ by The Rocket Summer. It’s lyrics say “So, in this hour, everything I do. Will be all for this moment, Everything’s for you. My heart is open and willing, so take it!” I wanted my heart to be prepared in that way as I went down to Orlando. So in my head I started seeing this clock and one night I started drawing it for Sophia. When I got to drawing the hands on the clock I looked at it for quite some time. We didn’t know timing of Sophie’s arrival. We didn’t know how long we’d be in Orlando waiting for her to come naturally or if Lindsey would need to be induced. The longer I looked at it, the more complete it started to look having no hands on the clock. I thought more about how we don’t know the timing of the Lord’s return to take us to our heavenly home and it felt complete to me. I’ve had the drawing hanging on my wall since that night I drew it. Then several months later I made a version of this drawing permanent on my arm. I see it and am reminded first of my nieces Sophie and Dasah and then of preparing my heart for the unknown. I love when people ask why I got the tattoo because I get to share about my nieces. I also love that it’s now part of Lindsey’s Vapor & Mist blog. -Dan
Every time I would see Dan’s tattoo with no hands on it, it reminded me that we do not know the length of our days, we do not know what the next hour will bring but we know that there is One who knows not only when we will take our first breath, but when we will take our last and what all the breaths in-between entail. I love that this drawing was inspired by his experience of waiting for and welcoming Sophie into the world and that there is so much significance tied up to it with the the girls. And I love that is designed by my brother!
I think each of us could put our initials in the center of a clock with no hands, entrusting the hours of our days, the mist of our lives, into the Hands of the One who is good and faithful in all He does. Remembering that “from life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.”
So there you have it, a bit of the story behind the logo for this site and a huge thank you to my brother Dan for letting me use it and re-designing it for this site!