With the dawn of a new year, many people are ready for a “new you”…. or them. or me. or whatever they are saying about changing themselves into something new! Even though it is only the 9th day of the new year, I already have my new body. It is perfect and it arrived on … More New Year New Body
Michigan winters are long. Even without snow, the gray skies and the chilly air make it feel ridiculously long. There have been a few days lately where I’ve been in a weird mood and it has been hard to pull out of it. One of the first things I read yesterday morning was an article … More Bye Bye Bad Mood
Have you ever felt scattered and unable to focus? I currently have five projects open on my desk (not ideal or most productive way to do things, but like I said I can’t focus… so I keep hopping from one to the next). In between my pile jumping, I get distracted by thoughts of other projects I … More 22 goals for my 23rd year
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