Today, I would consider myself somewhat of the adventurous type. Ã‚Â But as a freshly graduated high school student, I was pretty shy and wet behind the ears as my grandparents would say. Ã‚Â I was also SUPER attached to my family and so to head right off to photography school which was a WHOLE four hours away, I wasn’t sure I was ready. Ã‚Â
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to watch “behind the scenes” shows. Ã‚Â To see how a tootsie pop becomes a tootsie pop can fascinate me. Ã‚Â
Ok so you know how there are verses in the Bible that when you read them, they just roll off your tongue so nice and sound so beautiful. Ã‚Â But in all reality to live out what they mean is just plain hard. Ã‚Â
Moments. Ã‚Â It’s what my profession is all about. Ã‚Â Capturing that single solitary moment so that time and memory can never steal it away. Ã‚Â
1,966 miles later and I did it, I experienced the IF:Gathering. Ã‚Â Together withÃ‚Â 2,500 women “live” in Austin and thousands of others across the globe via simulcast, we wrestled with the question: “If God is REAL, then what?” Ã‚Â
IF. Ã‚Â It’s such a small word, just two letters long, but yet those two letters can be so powerful when put together.
It was about five years ago now and I was dating my beloved Kyle at the time. Ã‚Â We had decided to spend our evening together just kicking back, relaxing and watching a movie. Ã‚Â My mother has a great selection of movies andÃ‚Â as we were paging through them earlier in the day, The Bucket List, jumped out at us. Ã‚Â If you haven’t seen the movie its a story about two gentlemen from very different paths of life that find themselves in the same hospital room. Ã‚Â After a few days they discovered they both had the same gloom future with only a few months to live. Ã‚Â So they make these bucket lists. Ã‚Â
I know…I know! Ã‚Â I have been skipping out the past few weeks from this new blogging life. Ã‚Â Now I promise I have a great excuse, but you’ll have to wait until next week to find out!
Until then, I have the very best news! Ã‚Â Since the last time I blogged, I became an aunt for the fifth time. Ã‚Â And since it’s in every aunt’s job description to brag, I am just gonna go ahead and do so. Ã‚Â But before I do, can I just tell you the coolest thing? Ã‚Â In my family, I am the youngest of three siblings, and the only girl. Ã‚Â So that means that I have two big brothers, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything!
Well friends, it’s almost Christmas! Ã‚Â I suppose it’s no secret anymore just how much I adore this holiday. Ã‚Â But I love it for more than just getting a Christmas tree, more than just buying gifts, and more than just baking cookies. Ã‚Â But five years ago my Christmas was turned upside down. Ã‚Â I would love to share my story with you…I hope that’s okay. Ã‚Â Although, I must warn you, that I may go over my typical paragraph in length.