Archive for November, 2013

November 25, 2013

Birthday Celebration Dos

People say you can change yourself, improve imperfections.
My thoughts have only seen negativity, when thinking about my anxiety.
It’s been a grey chunk of my heart, one of my biggest flaws.
My viewpoint is changing, a new direction is emerging.
I believe God made my heart slightly melancholy, so I can appreciate gratitude on a different level.
Turning 29 was hard for me, not because of the number,
but because this is the happiest I’ve been in my entire life.
That scares me … the thought of change or something being taken away from me.
I wouldn’t be so happy, if I wasn’t a little scared.
It’s how He made me, and that’s in His image, so I’m embracing it <3.

bird.jpgThank you Debbie for my birthday lunch <3.

us.jpgMr. joined us <3. 


cars.jpglove love love flowers &  birthday cards <3.



Hopefully, I’ll get through documenting my birthday celebrations,
before my birthday month comes to an end.


November 20, 2013

Birthday Celebration Uno

painting.jpgmy painting …

My birthday celebrations began with my oldest, bestest friend in the world
taking me to my most favorite place ever, Pinot’s Palette <3.
I believe we have a birthday tradition developing!

friend.jpgshe looks gorgeous as always, I had experienced a very long day at work,
5 minutes into our ladies night, all my worries vanished – really great friends have a way of doing that (:

paint.jpg… sweetest human being alive <3.

After painting, Rachel treated me to a late dinner where we stayed up past our bedtimes chatting the night away!
It was like the old days where midnight was our 9 o’clock.
I have so many priceless memories with this girl, memories that go all the way back to 2nd grade <3.

rink.jpgyum <3.

painters.jpgThank you for such a fun evening friend!
You & your family are one of my greatest life blessings from the Man upstairs <3.


November 15, 2013

Parks, Coffee, Leaves & Change


Before taking the photoshoot in my previous post,
I met a friend for  a quick coffee and to scope out the park where the shoot would take place.
The weather was as delicious as the coffee!

friendss.jpgJess & I – the photographers (:

books.jpgthe coffee shop <3.


This time of year does something to your heart <3.
Watching the leaves change, makes you think about personal change.
Tis the season for growth and letting the leaves of doubt, fear and mistakes fall off your heart.
Make room for the new blooms of hope, cheer and forgiveness.


Jess4.jpgshe is awesome (:

beautiful.jpgI see beauty in some strange places <3.
This building stopped me in my tracks – gifted me a big smile (:

parkk… moments like these, I cant thank God enough for my life, for my sight <3.


Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”


Wishing you & yours a splendid weekend!


November 14, 2013

Photo Shoot #7

A couple weekends ago, I got to take pictures of my good friends family.
It’s crazy to see my friends as parents … and really good parents at that!
Not that I doubted they’d be good parents, but to see how natural it comes to them melts my heart <3.

sunshine.jpgthe love <3.

boys.jpgdaddy & baby <3.

famsunshineLove this family <3.

water2.jpglittle waterbug <3.

rockbaby.jpg… and rock climber (:

PARK.JPGbeautiful day at the park <3.

photoshoot11.jpgI love how they are looking at him <3.

waterlook.jpgwater gazing <3.

bwsunny.jpggot them all looking at the camera – yay!

handsuna little walk to soak up the sun <3.


kisses.jpgwater not kisses – lol! I love it (:

photoshoot8.jpghello (:

photoshoot2.jpguntil next time!


A quick coffee afterwards to catch up made the morning perfect <3.



November 13, 2013

29 years old.


Only 365 days left in my twenties … how strange.
I guess I knew this day would sneak up on me, once I started drinking coffee (;
Thinking about my twenties brings a whirlwind of emotions,
a scale doesn’t exist to measure the highs and lows my heart has experienced.
Looking back, I can spot so vividly how God was trying to mold me,
but Ms. Independent was so determined to find her own way.
I still have many questions, much to learn, and demons to let go.
It’s a process, I’m starting from scratch, however strangely, I’ve also seasoned.


I use to believe needing to see God through others kindness, victories and struggles was a Christian shortcoming.
As God works through my prideful heart, I’m realizing those moments are where faith can grow.
Being vulnerable and imperfect keeps me humble, and needing my Savior, which makes me strong.
Overwhelming myself until I shut down has been my way of life for a long time,
and such a tough habit I’m still working to break.
Asking for help makes me feel like such a failure, when it should only make me feel human.


I’ve overcome some insecurities, developed some news ones, and am still battling some vintage ones …
Recently, I read the hardest devotional lesson to date, my heart is forever change about entitlement.
I’m the first to justify my actions, spending and even thought process because I deserve/need something.
I deserve this, I haven’t bought anything new, for me, in a long time.
I need a 3 o’clock coffee, I’ve worked hard all day.
Brett & I really need a nice vacation to relax.
The negative energy I use to camouflage wants for needs makes me feel like such a spoiled little brat.
Those things are BLESSINGS not essential, how dare I abuse God’s grace like that.
“The wages of sin is death”, but thanks to His endless mercy He doesn’t give me what I deserve,
instead he reminds me daily of His love, even when I forget it.
Some goals, before greeting my 30’s is separating my wants from needs,
and recognizing my prideful moments as my greatest downfall.
It’s a daily struggle living in a world revolving around consumerism, selfishness, and sin …
but when you rise up it’s so freeing!


Eager for my chapter of growth, to slow down and listen for His guidance,
to put my anxiety to rest, and let my loved ones know how much I cherish them. <3.


 “The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
6He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
7“Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?
10So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say,
‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'”
Luke 17:5-10


For reading the ramblings of my heart, the sweet comments & e-mails – I thank you!


November 7, 2013

This & That – Phone Snaps

Documenting the adventure,
below are a few phone snaps I took, just to capture the moment <3.

Picture 141Amelia wanted to a be a gypsy for Halloween … like Auntie A (:

Picture 157I got to spend two evenings in a row hanging with my oldest friend in the world, we didn’t take any pictures to prove it,
but her son showed me tons of new things on my IPhone – made me feel so old!
Love my new background(s) Jare (:

Picture 155been drinking green tea, can only handle it with flavor …

Picture 139I thought drinking green tea would keep me healthy – I was wrong ):

Picture 152my sweeties <3.

Picture 151happy hour with co-workers … I couldn’t do it ):

Picture 153they were cuddling so sweet!

Picture 150my baby <3.

Picture 154new cubicle decor by Little A (:

Picture 148the most beautiful day to walk to lunch <3.

Picture 145trying out a new coffee shop – so yummy!

Picture 142he wanted to be a gypsy like sister for about 30 secs (;

Picture 143Brett’s friend Ryan turned the big 3-0!

Picture 130lunch outside – yes please (:

Picture 132this bird hit our office window so hard it left a dust outline …
it knocked the bird out for about 15 minutes, but it ended up flying away!

Picture 134I’m not a cat person, but this was a very sweet kitten <3.

All photos taken with my IPhone (:


November 4, 2013

Visiting in Nature

A couple captures from a fun visit at a pretty lake <3.

lake.jpgpure awesome campsite view <3.

camp.jpgnatures match <3.


pretty.jpgmy favorite girl <3.

natureboy.jpgmy favorite boy <3.



rock.jpgI loved this rock (:


laughter.jpgmelts my heart <3.

“There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family.
Or more happy. Or more exasperated. Or more… secure.”
– Jim Butcher

November 1, 2013

My Hippie Side

I’ve been experimenting with making natural, chemical free lotion at home.
It’s been interesting … sometimes the consistency isn’t right,
or it smells funny (natural ingredients smell different then the man-made preservatives/artificial scented junk we’re use to),
and on certain occasions the batch is just a FAIL.
However, it feels pretty awesome when you get it right <3.

It’s been fun playing, and inventing new recipes.
I especially love it when I can drag Brett into the kitchen to help me make a big mess (:
I urge you to Google the ingredients in your store bought, chemical filled lotions, it will scare you!
Skin is your biggest organ, putting that grime on you is like eating it.
Do some research and become a mad scientist with me <3.

samples.jpgsamples for friends & co-workers <3.