Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day - Joyfully


Merriest Christmas to you!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

A Christmasy Feel



These past two weeks have been quite busy, as you can tell by the lack of posts. Finals are almost finished and Christmas break is just around the corner! I simply cannot wait. It has been so hard to stay focused when there is Christmas shopping to do, presents to tie up in paper and string, halls to deck, carols to sing, and people to love. I have had just the hardest time staying focused, and at this moment am procrastinating on writing my final essays for my Lit class. 

Christmas break, just two days away. Oh the joys of having nothing to do but read books (of the multiple-read variety), create away (as I have many lovely things to create at this time of year, some of which will be up on the blog), sleep in, make yummy foods (as I rarely have time during the school year), and do all the sorts of things that you do when procrastinating except now you won't feel bad about it. Yes, Christmas break certainly cannot come soon enough!

What are you looking forward to doing this Christmas break (including celebrating Christmas!)?

Christmasy Blessings,
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Highland Fling - Victoria Magazine


   Ahh, Highland Fling is the perfect phrase to describe what I feel in this wandering heart of mine. My word, I can't tell you just how much I want to travel to far off places. Namely, Scotland. I want to roam the grassy hills, take great gulps of the fresh Scottish air, and just live in that rich culture and place. 

This is Sir Walter, my newest edition.
   What?, you may ask, sparked this Scotland desire. Well it all started when I was just a wee little thing. For some reason, I found inspire and joy (dare I say) in the idea of Scotland. Of course, at the time I really didn't know what Scotland was but I did have an inkling of what I thought it was. My real wanderlust really started with Ireland, but slowly moved to Scotland. And there it resides. So, back to my tale. As I got older (or approached the age I am at now ), my desire to travel to Scotland became more than just a wanderlust for the land itself. I started to develop a passion for learning the language (Scottish-Gaelic), and soon that turned into a yearning to know the people of Scotland, to delve into the rich culture it offered, and to appreciate that very different land from my own. My dream is still to travel to Scotland one day. And if I achieve a level of fluency in Gaelic, I would love to converse with the people of Scotland that still speak Scottish-Gaelic.  And presently, I actually have a wonderful opportunity to travel to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England with People to People Ambassador Programs in the summer of 2013. However I will need to raise a lot of funds before I can embark on that adventure (but that is another blog post). 

   The main point of this post is to share with you a few photos I took of some of the glorious pictures taken for Victoria Magazine's special on Scotland.  Have a look, and sigh.




Imbued for centuries with legend and lore, the magical land of Scotland offers a captivating doorway to both the past and the present. Visitors can explore historic landmarks and battlefields, elegant country estates, and ancient lochs and glens or enjoy Edinburgh’s myriad urban delights, such as world-class restaurants, prestigious galleries and theatres, and the famed Grassmarket shopping district.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Do You Have a Question? - Updating my FAQ


Hello dear bloggers,


   I am updating my FAQ page this week, and I would like to know if you have any questions for me.  I have been so blessed in my life, and I thought why not pour a little into yours. From interning with photographer Jewel and shooting wedding guestbooks, to writing for the HSLDA blog and starting my own business, there have been many who have guided me and walked alongside me through it all.

   So what would you like to know? About photography, blogging, designing, singing, reading, writing,  you name it? I do not profess to know much, for I don't. But I do hope to help you out in any way possible with any question you might have.

You can either comment down below or shoot me an email.

Blessings,
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

On Wilder Seas - tumblr blog


I started a tumblr blog, called On Wilder Seas, September 2011 I believe. On Wilder Seas is a compilation of photographs and quotes that inspire me to live an audacious life. . Oh, “to dare more boldly, To venture on wilder seas, Where storms will show [His] mastery; Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars” (Sir Francis Drake). Tumblr, along with Pinterest, is a sort of community where I can be inspired in my walk with Christ, and inspired in my aesthetic musings. A place to grow in the beauty of the Lord. 




Do you have a Tumblr or Pinterest, or both? Tell me about them! What was your reason for starting one.


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Friday, November 30, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 30


   Today I am thankful for my room. No, it is not normally this messy. Honestly. My room is my little haven away from the chaos of life. There I create, read, read and read (hence the gazillion books in the picture, and that isn't even half of them), sing at the top of my lungs, rock out to Christmas tunes, sleep, spend time with my Father God in devotion, pray for those I love, and build the dreams of tomorrow. Yes, I am thankful God has blessed me with a room, and my very own at that.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 29


   Today I am thankful for Gluten-Free Goodness. The past two years I have not been able to have gluten or diary, and today I am celebrating my thankfulness for food without gluten. It really is a blessing. All the recipes on my blog are gluten-free, and I give a shout out to all you folks who have provided me with amazing recipes.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 28


   Today I am thankful for Sue. My sister Susanna, who is one year older than me, has been my best friend since we were in diapers (yeah, pretty much). We've been through a lot. Her and I, playing dress-up, making sand food (like mud-pies, except with sand instead of mud ;), making experimental concoctions in the kitchen, playing spies (and literally being 'partners in crime' ;), painting our nails, putting on makeup and doing girly things, and staying up late watching our favorite TV shows together. And that isn't all, there is a whole lot more, but then I would have to write a book and I don't have time for that currently. :)

   Now she has moved away, is going to college, and is marrying this awesome guy next year. Yes, it is a shift in our close relationship, but that's what real friendship is: Being able to stick close despite distances, or obstacles. So today, and every day, I am thankful for Sue, my bestest friend. 

Who is your best friend? What do they mean to you?

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Thankfulness - Day 27


   Today I am thankful for Joy. That blessed gift that God bestowed on His children. Without Him, I wouldn't know joy, real joy. The joy that comes in the morning, after that dark night. The Joy of sharing the Gospel with those around you, of knowing that God can use you to touch someones life. That kind of Joy. Not temporary happiness, Joy

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 26



   Today I am thankful for Courage. Courage to stand up for what is right, to be a voice for the voiceless, to face adversity with joy. Courage is essentially behind everything. You have courage to take that exam, even if you know you may not get 100%. You have courage to face that popular kid in school with love, to show them that you care for them as a person and not yet because they are popular. 

What does courage mean to you?


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 25


   Today I am thankful for Flowers. Blooms of all textures, sizes, shapes and colors. Fields of wildflowers, bouquets of red roses, a single stem tucked in a jackets button hole, a handful of daisies in a little girls chubby hand, blooms. 

What are your favorite blooms?

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 24


Today I am thankful for international food. Bangers and Mash at an Irish Pub, Noodles and shrimp at a Thai restaurant, tacos, beans and rice in a little Mexican cafe, or a Margarita pizza in Italy. 

What is some of your favorite International food[s]?

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 23



Today I am thankful for Scotland.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 22, Happy Thanksgiving!



   Today I am thankful for my family. All (currently)10 soon to be 11 of them. I really don't know where to start. I love them all, and they all mean the world (literally) to me. We've been through the trials and the triumphs, the good times and the bad. They've been there when I needed encouragement, or a laugh, or just a friend. Apart from Jesus, they are my everything.

"Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops." Literally, he is describing my family ;)


-Cary Grant


What does your family mean to you?

xoxo,
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 21


   I am thankful for Sistership. Yes, I made up that word. But in all honesty, they mean the world to me. Bethany (not pictured above, but just as important), Megan, Susanna, and Amy. Sisters to the end. Even when we are all married and have started our own families, our friendship will stay like this, *crosses index and middle finger*. I truly love my sisters, in the good and bad times. Yes, even when they get all boogerish and complain they aren't pretty (although I do that too). 

Do you have any sisters?

Sister to four,
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