You cannot start a fire in the rain with a wet notebook and a lighter. We went camping this weekend on the beautiful western coast of Michigan. Sadly, it rained 89% of the time we were there. Because of school and work, we didn’t arrive to the very deserted campsite until after 8pm. It was … More 7 Things I Learned this Week
Dear Xav, Happy 23rd Birthday! I didn’t get a chance to walk through the card section at Meijer the other day because your Superman ice cream was melting. Plus a lot of those cards don’t say what I want them to say and in the end I often spend $4 for a crease in a … More A Letter to Xavier on his 23rd Birthday
What do you think of when you hear the word “healthy”? Some people define health using a scale, some people define it as a body type, others define it by different standards including mental alertness, physical strength or being in a solid community. I’ve seen a lot of friends and family starting to take consideration of their physical health lately and … More Are You Healthy?
Maggie and Richard grew up in the same area but didn’t meet each other until they were working at Camp Barakel (holla for Camp Barakel!). Xavier and I were friends with them separately before we were even friends with each other and of course, since we all hung out at camp for long enough, we eventually met, fell in … More Richard and Maggie //Morning Wedding
It was mid-June when Natalie texted me to ask about wedding photography. I was standing in the Meijer parking lot while I read her message and I squealed so loud that I scared myself and almost dropped my own phone. I knew it was going to be a special day when she said it would … More JP and Natalie // Backyard Wedding
After almost a year of marriage, I’ve spent some time lately thinking about our relationship and thanking God for sustaining us. So many deep hurts, harsh words, jealous thoughts and lengthy arguments were avoided this year because of God’s grace in both of our lives, but especially in Xavier’s tender heart. I was going to … More Do Opposites Attract?
Emily Steffen and I met at camp so many summers ago that I can’t even remember what year it was. It has been so sweet to see her and catch up here and there when we have the chance. When we saw each other this spring at family camp, we talked about how fun it … More Her Grandma’s House of Dreams
Sometimes I get caught up in wondering what type of stuff I should blog about. Should I keep it more dedicated to highlighting the fun photo shoots? Should I post more personal documentary/flashback stuff about Xav and I and life? Should I post deep thoughts or opinions? So many questions often make me hesitate before pressing publish, … More Big News for Brumwell Town
The dust cleared and the brakes on the bus hissed as they ground to a stop. Everyone was cheering and waving but my mouth was dry despite the lingering taste of Mentos. My brain was racing through all the steps I needed to take to get through the next 8 hours (first was the dinning hall … More What I Learned as a Camp Counselor
We’ve all heard couples tell the “how we met” and the “how he asked” stories, but have you ever wondered about all the stories in between? When I was growing up, my parents would invite other families over to dinner to get to know them better (back in the days when everyone had 2-3 kids and they … More Throwing it Back