Wednesday, October 16, 2013

the g family

I got to photograph the sweetest family last week. I was a bit nervous, because I hadn't done a real, honest-to-goodness shoot in a while. I think it was a great step back in to photography. Families with small kids are the best to shoot, because there's no pressure for things to be perfect. Kiddos don't care if the angle isn't quite right, or if the sun isn't quite low enough yet. This just want to get everything over with so they can go back to playing.  And I absolutely love the playfulness that comes through in their portraits. And aren't these kids SERIOUSLY the cutest? I can't get over it!


Friday, October 11, 2013

nobody told me

Nobody told me it would be this hard.

That forsaking everything in the name of obedience would mean forsaking some truly good things.

That some decisions would be harder than others.

That it would require a lot of hard work. A lot of hard work. Giving up trips with friends to stay on top of class work. Spending less money because fundraising will have to start soon. Trying to get more rest so my body can heal and recuperate.

It's starting to sink in that in nine months, if all goes well, I will be on a plane to another continent, half-way around the world. I'll be gone from my friends, my family, my comforts and necessities for an entire year. I'll be in a culture that is completely and totally different from my own. One that holds different ideals, traditions, and standards. I'll be teaching (something I never thought I would do!), and reaching out to students.

I don't think it will be easy. I'm not sure I can do it.

But this is what my heart desires. And I believe it is what God desires for my life. Though I haven't met these people yet, they have my heart. God has seen it fit that this cause would be deemed worthy in my eyes to forsake everything I have and own here.

I am not the worthy one, though. My endeavors are not worthy. They are pitiful, whimpy groanings of a depraved and evil soul. But the Lord sees beyond that. He sees those small desires of my heart, those small sacrifices of my body, and He uses them. He draws them to Himself, and He amplifies them. Without Him, any sacrifice or desire I might have is totally worthless. All would be vain.

It won't be easy. I can't do it without Him.

But I have His promise to never forsake me. And those who He calls, He equips. It's cliche, but I fully believe it. All of my life--every choice, every circumstance, has been preparing me for this.

I don't feel ready. The timing doesn't seem right. But will it ever?

It's funny how faith is simultaneously the easiest and hardest choice.


Saturday, October 5, 2013


How to roast a perfect marshmallow: set it on fire. photo 1157534_10151868168307086_1164837245_n.jpg Shadow, the gentleman cat. photo 1237064_10151840009587086_1088303720_n.jpg 

It would seem that fall is finally here. I've been looking forward to the month of October for a while now. Here's a short list summarazing why, in chronological order:

  • Missions Conference at my school  
  • One of my good friends coming in from Texas
  • Potted Potter! (Two guys perform all 7 HP books in 70 minutes)
  • The Avett Brother's new album!
  • Fall break
  • Hayrides & pumpkin patches
  • Allegiant (can we talk about how good the Divergent movie is going to be?)
  •  Project Pumpkin
I'm ready for the temperature to cool down (it's been nearly ninety the past few days). There's nothing quite like bonfires, falling asleep with the faint scent of woodsmoke still in your hair, happy from your last adventure.

Fall is for new beginnings.

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