Wednesday, November 30, 2011

{ "That" good of friends | Creative Writing - Personal}

The girl waited impatiently to leave the plane. She stood in the isle with her backpack slung across one shoulder and her suitcase at her feet. She pulled at the neck of her Twins sweatshirt and shifted. Thoughts flashed through her brain, ‘was this really a good idea?’ she second guessed herself.

Eventually the line started moving and everything went from the quiet calm on the plane to busy people rushing here and there, the sound of roller bags on the linoleum, here and there a different language. The girl briefly wished she wasn't wearing a sweatshirt and tennis shoes in the California airport, but the thought was interrupted by the sound of her name.

“You’re here!” Hugs, parking lots and cars followed, then two years’ worth of catching up. It didn’t take long to skip the small stuff and jump right into what God had been doing in their lives, but still the quiet doubts lingered.

The next day the two found themselves in San Diego, looking for a gelato shop in the midst of all the crazy ComicCon goers. After enjoying cappuccino flavored gelato they ventured up the outside staircase to find the bathrooms. Laughing and talking as the followed the sign the pushed open the door and stopped when they realized it was a single bathroom.

“Ummm, go for it,” one of them said, and the other walked back to the main room to awkwardly read the bulletin board. Before she could get to the board however, one of the men sitting at a table looked up from his computer with a laugh and remarked, “Not that good of friends, huh?”

“Ha… yeahhh not that good,” she managed, and the man went back to his work.

The girls had a good laugh about it on the two hour drive back, “What an awkward comment!

Nine days, a wedding, four days of camping in a small tent, tramping all over Yosemite with their bibles, a day of rock climbing, being mistaken for sisters (and mother/daughter), meeting crazy people, brushing their teeth in the street, 24 hours in the car and hoards of adventures later, they were sitting at a picnic table in the dark, somewhere in the mountains, talking.

One of them remarked on how they both had such similar taste, “I mean we never have to argue about what kind of music to listen to, we get the same kind of coffee where ever we go, we like the same kinds of food, and the same kinds of activities. It’s kind of a good thing...”

“I know! It’s a really good thing… Otherwise I don’t know how the ten days would have gone. To be completely honest I was kind of wondering how good idea this was,” said the CA girl. “I was thinking, ‘I liked her at Photoj and all, but that was two years ago..”

“Since we’re being honest… I had the same thoughts!” admitted the one who came to visit, “What if we didn’t have any of the same tastes!? What if we didn’t get along very well and had to spend all that time together?!?”  The two laughed about how unfounded their fears had turned out to be, and tried to ignore the fact that they wouldn’t be together in another day.

The next night was her last night in Cali. She cuddled up on the floor while her friend crawled into bed. “What are you doing down there?!? Get up here and bring your pillow!”

She laughed, “I guess maybe, by now, we are ‘that good of friends’.” 

Friday, November 25, 2011

{Call2All | Personal}

Ahh, I'm in LA! Crazy story, but basically God provided a way, and pushed me along to this. :D It's so exciting. I just decided on Tuesday afternoon that I was coming, and we arrived yesterday morning. Today we start training for Call2All.

Basically we're volunteering for a global congress, where Christian ministries and leaders from over 100 nations are coming together to strategize and collaborate to fulfill the Great Commission, to reach the rest of the world with the gospel of Christ.

Me, my sister Amy, and two of my aunts are here for ten days. I'm not exactly sure what we'll all be doing, but it looks like I'll be taking pictures, since the coordinater told me that the photographer had to cancel due to a surgery.

So, anyone who would like to pray, would be awesome! If you could pray for the Congress it'self, that God would be there, that He would direct the plans and actions of everyone. That the volunteers would be organized, that everything gets worked out. For us, that we would stay healthy, and focused on God and serving Him rather than ourselves. Thank you!

Here's the website if you'd like to find out a little more about it!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

{God the Artist | Personal}

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” {Genesis 1:1}

We’ve ignored a huge side of God in today’s Christianity, the creative. In the beginning, the very first thing He did was create.

God is the Ultimate Creative; He designed not only this world, but the universe, but we tend to forget that fact. In the church today we recognize the need for Christians in math and science, and even business, but the arts? Nah. The arts are evil, but there’s no need to take them back; they’re just for entertainment after all.

But God created the arts. Losing a Christian influence in the art industry has limited our view of God to the left-brained scientist. We’ve put Him in a box, ignoring His freedom to create, and reducing Him to a mathematical formula. If you get one small part of that formula wrong, the project (i.e. your life) won’t turn out.

This is where we begin to believe that being a good Christian looks a certain way, and that it takes a specific equation, because that’s our view of how God works.

This is why I feel we desperately need to take back the arts, because without being an active part of them, from movies and music to photography and painting or potter, we fail to grasp the importance of the "other side" of God.

God’s path for your life (and others) is beautiful, and a lot of it is due to the fact that it’s different than anyone else’s. He takes pleasure in creating unique places and roads just for you. Don’t forget that He’s not limited to one formula, even though we tend to think He is.

Monday, November 21, 2011

{Abbey | Just for Fun Portrait Shoot}

A couple months ago I was visiting Abbey and she mentioned the fact that she had this dress she had always wanted to do a photoshoot with. So of course I made her put it on ;) And of course we had a blast taking pictures. Abz, you're so insanely gorgeous it's not even funny. I love you! 


 {hahah, such good times!}

Friday, November 18, 2011

{Kyle and Jill - Married | Nowthen, MN Wedding Photography}

I'm finally getting around to sharing these pictures with everyone! Thank you both, for choosing me to be a part of your day!

 {picture from my second shooter, Amy!}

 {picture from my second shooter, Amy!}

 {picture from my second shooter, Amy!}

 {this and the next two pictures from my second shooter, Amy}

 {picture from my second shooter, Amy!}