If it’s not too late for coffee
I’ll be at your place in ten
We’ll hit that all night diner
And then we’ll see
If you know me at all, you know that I love change. This weekend has brought a lot of it. Last Saturday marked one year in our cozy little home. Since we moved in, I have dedicated a ginormous portion of time to making our beige walled, industrially carpeted rental look and feel like a real home. We have art on the walls, a decorated fireplace mantle, and candles candles candles. But Stephen and I both agreed that it wasn’t until this weekend that we succeeded.
1. We can watch TV! Now this may seem super insignificant to some. But it’s a bit of a big deal for us. I haven’t had cable since I was in high school. And I like TV. a lot. I’m not into movies. and I spend all day at work on a computer. So when I get home, I like to relax with a little Teen Mom. But for the past few years, we’ve both had to watch what we can find on our computers. As a photographer, my computer is crucial. and I think with the combination of all the work I need to do, and the tv shows i watch, i’m overusing it. So it’s nice to be able to have a TV on which I can record shows to watch whenever I want them, and to still enjoy the unplugged life I’ve come to enjoy the rest of the time.
2. We bought a rug. The carpet in our place is not ideal. It’s not soft, it’s not a nice color, and it has some spots that we can’t seem to remove. So since we moved in, we’ve been on the hunt for an area rug that we both loved. a few weeks ago, i was browsing Society6 for a throw pillow or two, when i noticed they added rugs! perfect. Now all we had to do was agree on one. (that’s a little tougher.) To my surprise, we both picked THE SAME RUG. we ordered it, we got it, and we love it. but the one thing that really makes this place feel like home is…
3. Lola the kitty.
She’s our first furry friend and we love her so much already. Stay tuned for a few too many Catgrams.
Lots of love from our little home to yours.Share
I haven’t written lately for fear of becoming redundant. The passion I’ve talked about so often is all that I can think about lately. I’m learning, and getting better and enjoying every second of taking pictures. I know this is where I’m supposed to be. I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to. and it fills every part of my head. and I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about that. So I guess I’ll just talk to you later.Share
Recently, I had a conversation with an old friend on Facebook. We went to high school together, and haven’t really kept in touch since. We’ve “followed” each other on Social Media since then, but haven’t had much reason to interact.
After the usual pleasantries, he made a statement that really made me think.
He said that I seemed happy.
We haven’t spoken. All he knows of the life that I live right now is what I choose to share with the world through 140 characters, or an informal Facebook update. And from what he sees, I seem happy. That told me that I’m doing something right.
Because I am happy.
The internet is full of complaints and criticism. And I want to be the happy that people see. Because I can’t think of one reason not to be.Share
This weekend Stephen and I went camping with eleven of our favorite people. We all met in college, and despite hundreds of miles between us, we’ve stayed close through break ups, moves, marriages, and soon to be babies. We’re a family.
It was so good seeing all of them, and so sad leaving. And I’m sure that in a week, when I’m still thinking about how much fun we had, I’ll think of more to say. But for now, I’m sad so let’s look at some pictures.
This is Jesse. He’s in a band.
yes, that is bacon you see.
it’s summer already! and 2014 is officially 49 % complete. I think the theme of the first few months of this year has been “settling.” Stephen and I have been settling in our fairly new home, and our somewhat new jobs and figuring out the balancing act of our changing schedules. and It’s been great. But with the [welcome] change in temperature comes a whole lot of busy. Wedding season is kicking in, which means a lot of travel for me personally and professionally.
Last month, I celebrated my 23rd birthday with my family in the rolling hills of Amish Country.
I also had the honor and privilege of traveling to Connecticut to be a part of my dear friend Katie's wedding. It was wonderful to spend time with some of my favorite girls for a weekend, staying up late and talking about where life has taken us all.
I shot my favorite engagement session to date. And I’ve crossed state lines for the majority of weddings this season. I spent the entirety of last week counseling High Schoolers at a church camp I grew up going to. I lost my voice, laughed way too hard, and lost hours ridding myself of mud and paint. But saw God move through the youth around me in a way that I could never forget.
In the few weekends we’ve spent in Cleveland, we’ve done a whole lot of exploring. We visited the Cleveland Flea, and found a few new cheap date spots.
We’ve spent a ton of time outdoors, enjoying the beautiful rivers and lakes God has given us. Stephen’s been doing a lot of fishing and I bring a good book to enjoy my time by the water.
And this week, Stephen and I leave for a camping trip with our very best friends. A week under the stars & in the woods is the perfect way to end these last few months of travel.
I love the changes this warm weather has brought so far. I love the travel, and breaks from our routine. I love spending time with the people that I miss so very much, and meeting new friends, too! Most of all, I love doing it all with Stephen.
But I also love coming home. I love our life and where we live. I love learning about new people and places right here, in Cleveland. I’m so grateful for the life that we have, and the things we are able to do together.
I hope the next 6 months bring as much joy and excitement as the past 6 months have.
I leave you with a little note from Stephen that I found when I got home from camp last night. It’s good to be back.