Thursday, December 30, 2010

Year in a Color Film: 28 Exposures

The Journey of 2010
I can't believe another year of life has come and gone. In light of new births and sickness it is clear that each moment should be treasured.
This is a photo journey of my year.
Cheers to twenty-ten!

January started the year off right. I went back to CBU for the Spring semester of my Junior year. I had the privilege of continuing to eat dinner with some awesome homeless friends every week (including my dear friend Cosmo, photo below).

In February, I got a new camera from Michael Ring and went a little photo crazy (I have many pictures of many things).
I celebrated the birthdays of two of my most beloved people:
my mom and my uncle.

March brought my 21st birthday (where I partied like a rockstar in the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel with my family and dear friends). This month also marks the beginning of Los Angeles Adventures- aka L.A.dventure- with Kevin and Sara!!!

In April, we gave CBU the fiesta they were hoping for at the student leadership banquet... and L.A.dventure continued (with Luis joining) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the La Brea Tar Pits :)
Oh yea, and I went a little loco during Finals week
(and started dancing around like happy feet in my apartment)

I watched my roommates (and many other friends) graduate in May
and then had the journey of my life in Uganda for three weeks!

All I really remember from June is being very sick...
but I spent my days with Kiley :)

Kevin turns 22!
Family reunion with dad's side of the fam.
Lauren and Isaac get engaged at the Baby Shower for Elias!

In August, Jenna Fawcett becomes Jenna Rainey
and also the first friend of our group to get hitched.
I have my first "paid gig" for taking pictures at
Brittany Johnson's Baby Shower!

Elias is the star of September, being born on the 12th
(and changing our lives forever).
I also start my SENIOR year of college with some new lovely roommates!

October was full of school and work (two part time jobs at school)
but in the meantime I work diligently on my Postage Stamp collection :)

In November it became very clear to me that I have a very dear new friend in Lauren Spencer.
I become a Bridesmaid (for the first time!)
and a Godmother to Elias in one day.

December has been a busy month with finals and family circumstances.
I am learning just how sufficient and amazing my Lord is.
I also started a business with my roommate J Tracy called
Trademark Pages.
I felt old as I watched my best friend graduate from college.

I am overwhelmed thinking about all that has happened this year... but mostly I just can't believe how fast it went by! Everyone tells me that the years only go faster as you get older and I really felt that this year.
I am thankful to every friend and family member that influenced me and encouraged me this year. Life would not be the same without you.
Can't wait to see what next year holds!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Trademark Pages

Jessica Tracy and I are proud to present the "Grand Opening" of our new business.....
"Trademark Pages"
is our craft company that
produces original one of a kind books on canvas!
Below are some examples of the types of work we do.

If you would like to place an order please email:

Prices are generally set at:
-8x10 Canvas $15.00
-11x14 Canvas $20.00
-Picture Frame $5.00
-Journal $5.00
-add up to $10.00 for personalization to any project

Trademark Pages make the PERFECT Christmas gift... with a personal touch!

Customize with your favorite colors.

Jane Austin Books (including Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park,
Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, and more)

Canvases in various shapes and sizes.

Sherlock Holmes for the fellas.

More Jane Austin

More Sherlock Holmes

We also create the perfect touch to any kids room with our
Children's Collection
(Snow White, Peter Pan, Tom Sawyer, Mr. Popper's Penguins,
A Kiss for Little Bear, and more).

Button colors, quotes, and the color painted on the side
can all be personalized!

The perfect gift this Holiday Season is a personalized
canvas from
Trademark Pages

Spread the word!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

A little Pieceo Christmas!

In the midst of studying for Finals, loads of papers to write and other random school craziness, UP312 still knows how to get its fun on every now and then.
Tonight the roomies and I decorated the apartment for Christmas while watching Elf.

The stockings are all hung...

Yea... Pieceo is our tree-topper. Can't top that.

Our precious little Ginger-Bread Village :)

Meg's lovely Santa House

Jessica's "sweet" Bakery

Brady's little Sweet Shop :)

My tiny toy shop.

Fun times.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Limp

Today I am reflecting on Genesis 32:22-31... Jacob's wrestle with God.
Jacob walked away from the scene with a limp and a new name.
Those who walk deeply with God know the depth of struggle.
There is only so far in a relationship that you can go without a struggle (in both earthly relationships and our relationship to God). Without a struggle, relationships can only go surface deep. Wrestling with God is an intimate and close moment. In the midst of the battle, you see the depth of how God ticks. God won't let you cut and run. You have to engage and ask yourself "Do I believe?" This question is at the core of our 'wrestle' with God.
The beauty is, he will fight for my trust.
Jacob walked away from the fight with a limp and a new name.
God will take our name and contend it with who He is (Jacob became Israel meaning "He strives with God")
Jacob walk changes. He is now marked by a limp. He is marked by crisis. The limp is a reminder of our ability and God's power.
The night before Christ was crucified, he wrestled with God.
Our limp and the hands of Christ are a reminder that God is 100% able in all circumstances.

Today I am reminded that I am powerless, that I walk with a limp, but I am covered by a God who will fight for my trust and my belief.
Learning not to hide "the limp".