Thursday, November 24, 2011

Common Grace


I'm thankful for common graces turned extraordinary


Pajama days
Rainy days and warm blankets
Pumpkin spice candles
White Christmas lights
Music that feeds my soul
The way the trees on our street turn red and yellow and orange and purple
Hosea 2:14 and Psalm 145
Game nights that last till one in the morning
Swing dancing
Friends that call just because they miss you
Friends that tell you to come to swing dancing even though you don’t know what you’re doing
Surprise visits from friends that live on the other side of the country
Spur of the moment hikes with my brother
The way my Dad understands me
Long morning talks with Mom
The steadfast love God has for me. I can’t understand it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In Your Presence


The fulness of Your grace is here with me
The richness of Your beauty is all I seek
The brightness of Your glory has arrived
In Your presence, God, I'm completely satisfied

Lift my heart and my hands to show my love
~ Divine Romance, Phil Wickham

Some days (ok, let’s just be real - most days) I can be so very distracted I don’t even realize it. Cares, anxieties, desires surround me before I recognize I’m caught up in them.

I am thankful Jesus steadily whispers His presence in my soul. I’m thankful He’s tuning my ears more and more to His voice. I’m thankful for the way He satisfies me. I’m thankful He makes me rest and restores my soul.

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that I will seek after;
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.
Ps 27:4

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


On the bus somewhere in Suva, Fiji

"Don't look now 'cause I can't escape ~ I get so restless"

Today I want to stuff my backpack with a few necessities and hop a plane to somewhere I’ve never been.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Merry ...

Typically, I insist no mention of Christmas can be made until after Thanksgiving. Ask my family. But this year? This year as soon as November first hit the calendar Christmas music was heard coming from my room, hot chocolates were made, and I’ve been secretly plotting how I can get my hands on some of the Christmas lights stored up in the attic. And guys? This weekend it snowed in the mountains! SNOWED! Go make me a snow angel or build a snowman.

So for Thanksgiving, I’ll be thankful for Christmas.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oh, How He Loves Us

Lake Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park - Because I miss it.

{Remember a couple of weeks ago? My heart was full, but there were no words yet. They are finally starting to come.}

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

That verse has been playing back in my head every day for the last week. It’s as if Jesus sat me down and said, “ Look, I KNOW you know in your head I love you. I KNOW you’re striving to love me. But STOP! Wait on Me. Be still. Let ME love you. My love goes beyond the day I took on your sin. It goes beyond the day I conquered death. It’s living and active today, and you need to let Me love you.”

So He started by talking to me about condemnation. (Because He like to mess with my head like that. I’m telling you, He has a sense of humor.)

There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh (Rom 8:13)

For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. … Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (Heb 10:14, 19-22)

Uh, I have been perfected. For all time?! I have been given every right to drawn near to the Holy of Holies with a true heart. He removed every obstacle in the way of me abiding with Him. Yes!

But there’s more! Not only does He WANT me in His presence completely covered by Him. The Father is glorified by this! Remember John 15?

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart me you can do nothing. … By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (John 15:5,8)

Apart from me you can do nothing. We love because He first loved us. I am completely in God’s hands, and it is a good place to be.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man that takes refuge in him! … The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned. Ps 34:8,22

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Marissa | Redlands, CA

So glad this lady is my friend.














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Friday, October 7, 2011

In Your Light

My heart is so full right now. Photos aren't enough to express it. Words are coming, but they aren't here yet. It's like I can only stare at Jesus and tell Him how good He is. Not a terrible place to be. ;)


Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgements are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
Psalm 36:5-9

Friday, September 30, 2011

Ewelina & Michael | Colorado Springs, CO

Second shot for the fabulous Madi of Madison Kiley Photography. You can find her on facebook right here.


























Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Albums and DVD Cases

{LAST DAY OF THE FALL SALE! Book any portrait collection and receive 20% off. Email me at for more info.}

Do you want to see what comes with the wedding collections? Ok. Actually, I just wanted to share Angela and Moises'. It was so pretty I wanted to keep for myself.



Your custom designed album is image wrappped and printed on pearl photo paper.