October 28, 2015

Jo {Portrait of a young woman}

Yesterday I had the honor of photographing my drop-dead gorgeous youngest sister - Jo.

She is really photogenic, and her outfits are always fun to capture.  Even though we were both disappointed in the lack of Autumn colors, we were still able to take a lot of nice pictures.  Here are a few of my favorites.
The many faces of Jo - I love capturing candids and was happy to catch her other than posing

This girl has great fashion taste - I mean look at those Argyle socks; and her gorgeous locks completed her outfit 

I love how this picture captures her youthfulness.
To me it's a picture into the girl inside, while she is blooming into a woman on the outside. 

Since Jo is an ardent + talented photographer we incorporated some of her antique cameras in our photoshoot

Pure beauty 
Fun-loving girl 
Johanna is such a lovely, open girl who I am blessed to have a sister and best friend.  I also think she looks stunning in blue.

Photographing Jo was an enjoyable learning experience, since my role when it comes to photo-shoots or videography opportunities is usually "gopher" so I am pretty pleased with the results from this portrait session.

October 9, 2015

25 Things

In less than 6 months, I will be 26 (which feels wayyyy closer to 30 than 25, but I digress), and as I have looked back at this year, I thought I would share 25 things I have learned in the last 10 months.

So, 25 things:

  1. Gratitude is super important, key to real Joy, and the oil of life
  2. Traveling is fun and there are lots of free adventures to be had, just be curious
  3. Staying in shape now is kinda essential to a good quality of life later on
  4. There is more to life than entertainment
  5. Family relationships are a priority
  6. God cares about even the smallest things in my life
  7. Faithful, godly friends are few and far between, so value them and invest time in those friendships
  8. Worship is not just a Sunday morning activity but a daily calling
  9. Study the bible to know it, but more than that, to believe it
  10. Books are still a good way to learn new things
  11. Challenges are not always a bad thing
  12. Hard work is good
  13. Baseball is still fun to watch and play
  14. Babies are a huge responsibility and blessing
  15. Adulthood isn't as bad as some people want me to believe
  16. Weddings are a great place to meet new people, and have a good time
  17. Sunrises and sunsets are not appreciated enough
  18. Trusting God doesn't come easy, but it's a must
  19. Honoring  parents DOES get easier the older I get
  20. Home cooked meals are so much more delicious than restaurant food
  21. Volleyball is my favorite sport besides baseball
  22. Working with teenagers is exhausting, but rewarding and fun
  23. Being an aunt rocks
  24. Learning to take joy in keeping a tidy house makes the job easier
  25. Making friends with older people adds a wealth of wisdom and perspective to my life.  They are a real joy to be around as well.  

October 7, 2015

October 5, 2015

Picture Post

I haven't posted anything really personal on here in a while, and so that's kinda bad, and boring and I'm gonna fix that asap.  Pictures, I find, are one way for me to connect with other people's lives.  I don't know about you, but I enjoy looking through old pictures, new pictures, never-before-seen pictures, because I can catch a hint of what that person's life is made up of.

So, some pictures from my life lately.

Sunsets and Sunrises here are beautiful + breath-taking 

I've been doing lots of studying as I prepare for my first counseling class 

A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad example of some ink lettering I've been experimenting with, using my new calligraphy pens and ink. 

I framed this cute owl for my niece 

A thought I've been pondering of late 

My new Teva sandals - LOVE them. 

Was supposed to finish this book in September as part of my 12 books in 12 months project.  Failed miserably.  I have read maybe 2 chapters?  

My motto for the last 2 weeks 

This little foot belongs to Baby Bear who I nanny 5 days a week.  I love him!

Phoebe, Jo and I went to see War Room opening night - great film!  Go see it and take a friend. 

I completed this course in just under 6 months.  Learned so much practical wisdom from it.  

One of my outfits - the vest is new 

THE message to share with the whole world 

Foggy morning
A lovely card with an equally lovely and uplifting note from a dear friend 
My pretty little cactus has grown wildly over the summer.  

October 1, 2015

Let's be raw

Being in the ministry is sometimes a thankless, grueling job, with lots of hours, and little appreciation for all of the effort put forth into whatever project you are currently working on.  It is easy to get burned out, and burned by this vocation, to be bitter or distant, to grow cold in your faith because it doesn't seem like God cares. 

But really, ministry is life and life ministry, and so if we treat the ministry we have been called to in the above manner, we will soon grow tired of our life, and maybe even God, and perhaps turn our backs on both.  This is a dangerous choice.  

"Life is tough and then you die" someone once said, but I disagree.  Life is tough, and eventually we will die, but even on a bad day life is still good... especially if God is the foundation for your life.  I have had a lot of bad days in my life, but my overall life has been great.  Full of blessings and amazing God-opportunities which I couldn't have orchestrated.  

That is one reason why I am still in "the ministry" - because I know that God is using my life to somehow effect others, and even when I feel burned out or lonely, I can still be used by Him, as long as my heart is leaning towards Him.  

I don't want to sound cliche (I pretty much hate cliches, especially "Christian" cliches), but the best is yet to come in all our lives.  Even when things are dark, and we are undergoing trials and hard times, God is working.  He is always working, in fact.  We just can't see the mysterious way He works.  

I love what Jesus had to say in the Sermon on the Mount about the different kinds of people and the rewards they would get, it really makes me know what to aim for in my life, and ministry.  I hope that it will give you hope and encouragement as you think about how God can use your life for His kingdom. 


"He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
 Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
 Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,

    for they will see God.
 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

Matthew 5:3-12