Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Adventures + stillness

Airport adventures. Independence. Needing help while trying to be independent. First hugs. Campfire mochas. Antique stores. Out to lunch. Spontaneously turning on London street. Photo shooting by Lake Superior. Movies. Junk Food. Giggling. Giggling more. Mini session family shoots. Hikes + picnics. More photo shoots. More coffee. More giggling. Car time. Shooting a wedding for 8+ hours. Learning life lessons. Staying in our own hotel room. Spontaneous Wal-Mart runs. Ice cream+sweets+chips+a movie. Quiet (or not so quiet) time in Caribou.  Olive Garden. Barnes and Noble. Love letter dropping in Barnes and Noble. Farewells.

That, in one conglomerated paragraph, was my weekend. Best weekend of the summer. This girl. She's gold, I tell you. Within twenty seconds of meeting her, I felt like I'd known her my whole life. Among other things, this trip consisted primarily of adventure. We drove without directions or a GPS and turned wherever we felt up to it. Sometimes it brought us where we wanted, and other times not, but either way it was an adventure.

As you can tell, right now I'm not feeling super wordy. I feel burnt out on blogging, and I don't want that to be the case. But the truth is, I need some time just to live life. Away from the internet. Away from distractions and obligations. I want to live fully and freely and just soak in life for a while. There are letters I want to write and drawings I want to draw. I'd love to talk to my brother at college and sit down and read a book for once. Which is why I'm going to take a little blogging break. I may take a total internet break, too. Just a little time off to refresh myself and enjoy life without trying to preserve it for the rest of the world. I don't know when I'll be back-- maybe two weeks or so (in time for my blogging re-start one-year anniversary).

In the mean time, can I make a suggestion? How about you join me for a day. Just for one day, turn off your computer-- no Facebook, no email, no blog or pinterest. I promise that the world will keep spinning. Just get away for a little bit and go sit under a tree, spill out your thoughts on paper, pray about them. Pray for your school year. For that person you know who's hurting. Color a princess coloring sheet, slap some watercolor on a piece of paper. Just be still. Then come back in a while and tell me how it felt. :)

Over and out,

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

this is it.

Tomorrow. Tomorrow I get to fly to MINNESOTA! I get to travel alone. Second-shoot my first wedding. Have mini-session parties. Go thrifting. Watch the Hunger Games. Learn a bunch. Start instagramming (just got an iPhone... never thought I'd be able to say that.). Visit some great landmarks. And most importantly... I finally get to meet Olivia! I'd really appreciate your prayers, since I'm flying alone!

Be back in a few days with lots of news to share, I'm sure. :)


Thursday, August 16, 2012


c o l o r 

[ n e w ]  t a p  s h o e s

f u n  w i t h  g r a n d m a

i m p r o m p t u   p h o t o s h o o t s

l i t t l e  n e r d 

l o v e l y
n e w  s o c k s

n a p  t i m e

t o m a t o  b o k e h

z u c c h i n i  b r e a d 

s p l a s h !

k i t c h e n  t i m e
f r e s h

s t r i p e s

i n  t h e  k i t c h e n

p i n k . enough said.

p e a c o c k .
f u n  w i t h  R o s i e  d o w n t o w n .

m y  e v e r - p a t i e n t  m o d e l .

The more life moves along, the more thankful I am for every day I have. There are so many little things to relish and capture before they turn to dust in what seems like an instant. Just last night we had a family pow-wow in Cameron's room, as we soak up our last moments together before he leaves for college on Saturday. We talked about how quickly the days fly by and how it was only yesterday that we were young, without worry or care, making crazy, childish memories.

The past weeks have been wonderful. I got to learn real life lessons about patience, humility, and God's relentless love at Camp Barnabas. I got to see Cameron's and Simon's musical... phenomenal, I tell you! They worked hard, trusted God, and did it all for His glory, and it was pretty darn good. I've been blessed with tap lessons-- they get me giddy every time. In one week from today I hop on a plane to Minnesota-- squealing with excitement! I got to start some school on Monday and I'm relishing my time in the books. So far I'm doing Church History and Middle Ages History. Church History is the best, I tell you.

If there is one blessing that outweighs all of these, it is that I am learning to see things in view of God's plan. To say Yes, Lord. and Let Your will be done, in stead of I want this or that because I know what's best. He is giving me the grace to see beyond what is just in front of me, and even as some really big things may be coming, I can't wait to see how He will show me His power and wisdom. I really can't wait to see what He will do!