Monday, December 1, 2014

—26—


Today I join the ranks of the un-insured folk in America.

I also lose my Standby privileges with my Dad's airline passes. I've flown with these free passes all my life, and now I will pay for my airline tickets like the rest of the population. 


I walk onward & forward, leaving behind all the past and the things that belong back there… and look forward to all the blessing that God has in store for the future.

I thank Him for the 26 years of life that He has granted me, and for all that He has allowed me to experience in them. I am praying as Jabez prayed in 1 Chronicles 4:10, "Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil..!" (And God granted him that which he requested)

I choose to believe "to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living." (Psalms 27:13)



"...thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand"

—Psalms 139:13-18


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Every drop of suffering is to enlarge our soul's capacity for Jesus."


"Every drop of suffering is to enlarge our soul's capacity for Jesus." 
—Joni Eareckson Tada 


This was such an encouraging message on trials and suffering by Joni Eareckson Tada, recently given at the TrueWoman conference. Ladies, if you have an extra 45 minutes to spare, or can project the audio over your sound system at home while you're working, I think you'd find it to be a real encouragement! 


Friday, October 17, 2014

Autumn, the Year's Last Lovely Smile

I suppose I would give you all an update on life these days, as it's been a few months since my last pictorial post.

My summer was infinitely brightened when my friend, Kelsey showed up in town. We met up at one of my favorite local coffee shops, and talked about Jesus for 3 hours (and a few other things, briefly). My heart was so lifted & encouraged! Kelsey and I spent some time together back in the fall of 2010, and our hearts bonded quickly with similar circumstances we were going through, and she taught me how to photograph star trails in the valley of Yosemite! Anyway, after little communication the last few years (because of the miles that separate), we caught up right away and jumped into heart to heart conversation immediately. It was so refreshing! God knew I needed Kelsey's encouragement that afternoon.


Sigh. I just love summer thunderstorms in Colorado. This was some drive-by scenery I captured on my drive home from work one afternoon.


Okay, Becoming Jane has become a new favorite movie of mine. I watched it 3 times in one week back in August. I just love Jane's passion… and Lefroy… AH. You must see it. There's one scene and a few references to um, "adult things" that might need to be monitored for children, in case you do watch it… which I hope you do. Tell me how you love it! ;) Oh, and I also listen to the soundtrack constantly on Spotify. It's just that beautiful.


2 friends of mine went throughout breakups and heartache the very same week, so I took them both bouquets of flowers & big bakery cookies… because they are loved, and they need to be reminded of that. Don't we all, though?


Talk about a wowzer of a Labor Day sunset! Isn't God just an amazing Artist.


Apple Creme Brûlée anyone?


I will buy my future children's wardrobe at Janie & Jack. That is if our pocketbook will allow. ;p 




I just like my slippers and deemed them photo worthy. ;)


Alittle adventure sometimes helps me cope with life when it gets to be too much, so recently I made a day trip to Boulder. I went shopping and drank coffee.


Madewell. Ah. I like that store. (My wallet doesn't though.)


Sipping an Apple Pie Latte on a Sunday after church…


This here is my friend's son. Isn't he just adorable in front of those punkins?


These are beautiful things called "Chinese Lanterns." I almost bought some, but couldn't justify the price.



A scarlet sky on the drive to work one morning…



The sight of a Red Mini Cooper (my favorite car) on a rainy day makes me smile. 
I like rainy days too.



I love my Hunter Boots (otherwise known as Wellies by the British)


I splurged and bought this dotted pillow at Anthropologie



Little bag from Madewell. :-)


I love dressing in classy, Retro style. It makes me feel feminine. :) 
(If you can't tell, I cut my hair. Really short.)


I was having another overwhelming day last weekend, so my Mom recommended I go up to Rocky Mountain National Park for the day. She thought it'd do me some good, and so I went. This was some drive-by color!

I purchased a black + white DayDesigner by Whitney English. I can't wait to use it in the new year!


Lastly, I will close with this lovely screenshot of Gil & Anne. I watched Anne of Avonlea yesterday morning, and fell in love with it all over again. I laughed at the shenanigans of Anne & Diana and Dolly the Jersey Cow, smiled at Gilbert's advice to stop writing all that "high falutin' mumbo jumbo" and of course, one can't help but love how Anne met her ideal (tall, irresistibly handsome, proud and melancholy) Morgan Harris in Kingsport, but he ended up making her realize who she truly loved most -- Gil and her beloved Prince Edward Island.



As Marilla so wisely said, 

"Don't toss it away, Anne.. for some ridiculous ideal that doesn't exist." 


Until the next time, 

Happy Autumn, everyone! 

Better days are yet to come...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Noah // Senior Portrait Session

Sneak peek of Noah's senior portrait session on Saturday! Can't wait to show you more!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

These Summer Days

This summer I went to Chicago.

First I photographed a lovely wedding at a golf course & club house…


























I also took a day and went downtown Chicago (which was my absolute favorite)



























While I was downtown, I stumbled across a NUTELLA Eatery. Say what?!? I love Chicago even more now.

From Chicago, I visited Minneapolis for less than 24 hours. I saw a friend and visited the Mall of America for the first time. Before leaving Minneapolis, I was also able to stop by Bethlehem Baptist Church (home church of Pastor John Piper). That was a treat, after being so blessed by many of his messages the last few years.

From Minnesota, I met up with my family and we went camping in Michigan for a couple weeks.






























It had been so long since I had traveled;  it was good to be gone for several weeks! However, as always, I was glad to see my mountains again, be home in Colorado and get back into my routine.


I made a batch of Cappuccino Chocolate Muffins. And my Dad even liked them.




I sipped Earl Grey Tea and watched Mr. Rochester  uh, I mean, Jane Eyre (2006). Sometimes it's scary how much I can relate to this story. Maybe that's why I love it so!




I've also been visiting local coffee shops for their coffee & scones.




And despite an emotionally difficult summer, I AM grateful for the good times I've had. I'm looking forward to this next Autumn season and what it holds.





God is good. ALL the time!

xoxo

Leah

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

So. I Got Bangs.


After 3 years of growing out my bangs, I decided I was in the mood for a change. So I chopped them.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jesus, My One & Only

Last weekend, I had the wonderful privilege of hearing women's author & speaker, Beth Moore speak LIVE at the Denver Coliseum.

After what should have been a 45 minute drive - that turned into two hours - on a Friday night, I found my way into the enormous arena just as the last worship song was being sung.

The audience got quiet as the following short video was played:





Beth opened the Word to John 1:14, "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" and from there, began speaking on her topic of the evening, "Jesus, My One & Only."



I copied down so many quotes that evening, but a key one that struck a cord with me was this,

"You don't know to the marrow of your bones that Jesus is the ONE, until He's the ONLY."

I found that quote to be a play on another familiar quote -- when we find ourselves with nothing left but God, we find that He is all we need.

Beth closed with these words, "There is no one like Jesus."

Then, along with 5600 sisters in Christ, we lifted our voices in song, singing "In Christ Alone" and the old hymn, "The Solid Rock." As we sang the following words, what the Lord had been speaking to me throughout the message hit me all at once, and what seemed like months of built up tears just poured down my face, and down my neck.


There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.


Tears just flowed down my face, as I was reminded again that Jesus can and does raise the dead to life. When the sorrows of life have overwhelmed my soul and I feel dead inside, JESUS has COMPASSION (even if no others do) and He will raise the deadness of my soul to HIS life. I am bought with precious blood of Christ.



"Jesus wants you to know that His scars are enough for the both of you." 
—Beth Moore LIVE Denver

Monday, March 31, 2014

Joy & Peace


"Understand, that you must not look upon the possession of joy and peace as being the absolutely necessary consequence of your being saved. A man may be in the life-boat, but that life-boat may be so tossed about that he may still feel himself exceedingly ill, and think himself to be still in peril. It is not his sense of safety that makes him safe; he is safe because he is in the lifeboat, whether he is sensible of this or not. Understand then that joy and peace are not infallible or indispensable evidences of safety, and that they certainly are not unchanging evidences. The brightest Christians lose their joy, and some of those that stand well in the things of God, and concerning whom you would entertain no doubt, entertain a great many suspicions, however, about themselves. Joy and peace are the element of a Christian, but he is sometimes out of his element: joy and peace are his usual states, but there are times when, with fightings within and wars without, his joy departs, and his peace is broken. The leaves on the tree prove that the tree is alive, but the absence of leaves will not prove that the tree is dead. True joy and peace may be very satisfactory evidences, but the absence of joy and peace, during certain seasons, can often be accounted for on some other hypothesis than that of there being no faith within. To trust Christ because you just feel happy is in the first place irrational." ―Charles Spurgeon

Monday, February 24, 2014

God's Love is Deeper Still

I'll be perfectly honest. I'm pretty good at letting myself slip into pits... pits of discouragement, loneliness and hopelessness. But there is good news... God's love is deeper still.

“There is no pit so deep, that God's love is not deeper still.” ― Corrie Ten Boom