9.18.2014

H A B A K K U K 2 : 1 4 

9.13.2014

to sit with God.


"I am not trapped in the grip of blind forces, nor am I tossed about on an ocean of chance...but I am being trained in the school of God's providence. " - Alistair Begg

*thanks sissy for sharing such a good word*

I'm considering naming my first child Alistair. Jk. I'm sure the name was created to be said in a British accent. But anyway...how dope is that word from Alistair Begg! For young post-grad's like myself it's so easy to feel like we're just being tossed about on an ocean of change...one job posting to the next...one friend group to the next...la la la...or to feel like we're being trapped by these blind forces that come out of nowhere and knock the wind out from us...

but...

we are actually being trained in the school of GOD'S PROVIDENCE. hallelujah amen! Thats a beautiful picture. God has a great big plan for all of us- and that plan is....drumroll....to make us more like His son JESUS. I feel that. I receive that truth and I pray that it covers all of us in the moments when we feel tossed at sea and in an endless chaos of uncertainty. The very glamorous Gwen Stefani had it right when naming her band...for there is No Doubt that God is equipping us in the academy of His providence and glory! 

I'm very thankful that my times are in His hands. 

9.07.2014

Deanna and Michael!


Deanna and I go back to summer 2010 when I was fresh out of my first year at APU and I somehow stumbled upon working at Forest Home. Deanna was my roommate that first year at camp, and I remember immediately liking her laid pack personality and gentle spirit. There was one night when we all decided to watch some scary dramatic movie (Momento, I believe) and I remember feeling really heavy after... and I couldn't fall asleep. Deanna was up in her bunk bead and turned around...looked at me and said, "well let's read our Bibles then!" She knew that we needed to ask the Lord to lift the evil spirit off of us, and we did just that.

Thats how i'll always know Deanna to be, someone gentle and peaceful - yet so fierce in the spirit of God. I love that about her...and I love that the Lord has blessed her with a man to compliment and enhance that in her! These two are radical people, and after their honeymoon they are heading up to Redding CA to be filled and equipped in ministry to bring all that glory back down to Southern Cali.

I was thankful for spend the day documenting their love (via videography) and i'll be posting that work once I'm done with it! For now though, I wanted to share one of the few stills I took yesterday.

Congrats to Mr & Mrs SKOLOS!

9.05.2014

"home"

: a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment; also : the focus of one's domestic attention. 
:the place or region where something is native or most common. 

Isn't it crazy to think about the fact that your home, your house, is different than everyone else's in the entire world? No one has the same exact home as you. And even if you express the word home in reference to your home country, no one sees it exactly as you do, no describes it the exact same way you can.

And on top of that, every country you visit, every town you stop off in, every country you fly over - is someone's home. That fact alone has given me a deep sense of appreciation and respect for every place i've been able to see. All of these cities are the place where someone's fondest memories are held, where someone learned to walk, where someone attended elementary school, learned to ride a bike, found their friends, got married, had children...and these places may be foreign to me - but they're home to someone. 

I think thats a huge reason why I love being exposed to these far away lands. I feel so honored to step into people's homes, their neighborhoods, their restaurants, their airports, their taxi cabs and market places. So in respect to the idea of "home" here are some of the best homes i've ever been to...

Gulu, Uganda.
Samut Prakarn Provence, Thailand 
Bruges, Belgium 
La Push beach, Washington 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Gulu, Uganda 
London, England
Pisa, Italy 
Mekong delta, Vietnam 
Paris, France