Rio Vida in Alicante, Spain. This was the Conference hall where we had our lectures.
The mediterranean sea was only 2 blocks away! can't beat that!
- My school class of 2004. Im in the front right.
The castle from the air in England.
The courtyard of the Castle
The sheep. When i got home i couldn't sleep for weeks because there were no sheep bleating me to sleep at night!
The Castle after the rain.
This is an ode to a wonderful time in my life. When i was a junior i spent a sememster in Europe at two great bible schools. Rio Vida (the first 3 pics) was a bible school in Alicante, Spain. Then i spend a few months at another bible school in Carnforth, England. We lived in a castle!
Both places are so great and beautiful, but what was so impactful was the way i learned who i was and who i was in christ. the friends and relationships i made will last for a lifetime. (a little blog shout out to mini and jumbo 🙂 i love and miss you girls!) Basically, we lived together, played together, traveled together and learned about jesus together. so wonderful to have that kind of community. It is hard to believe that it was 5 years ago! in some ways it seams like yesterday! but so much has happened since then too. i graduated college and grad school, got involved with a life-changing ministry, fell in love and got married to a wonderful godly man (my bluejay). i guess i am just feeling reminiscent. it’s been nearly a year since i was last in europe. that may be the longest time i’ve been away from that wonderful place in the past 6 years! i think i need to plan another trip. anyone want to come backpacking across europe with me????
lately i have been thinking about weddings. i think it is because i have gone to at least 2 wedding a month for the last 6 months (mine included!) i love weddings. i love the stress and the craziness that goes into planning them. i love the happiness of pledging to love someone for good times and hard times in front of family and dear friends. i love the way that everything seems new and fresh at a wedding: the sun, the flowers, the colors… everything is more vibrant at a wedding. i love the smiles. everyone smiles at weddings. i love the tears from the women who love the bride so dearly and are so joyful at the union that they actually cry. i do this. i wouldn’t be surprised if kelsey did this 🙂
i love the pictures. i love photography. i honestly think that my dream job(s) would be to be a wedding photographer or a wedding planner. anytime i hear of a friend who got engaged, i ask when the wedding will be and i instantly begin planning their wedding in my head. i’m a freakshow, i know. i started stalking wedding blogs when i got engaged. and i still frequent those pages. i love my wedding. but i wish i could plan like 17 more! so if anyone ever wants help, you know where to find me 🙂
some favorites 🙂
For a fun colored fall wedding:
For the gorgeous summer evening formal wedding. i love the lights!
Is it weird that i wish i were indian? this is so fabulous!
A winter wedding. Somewhat reminiscent of Brie and Jim’s wedding last weekend. Perfect for Mn since 3/4 of the year it is winter!
I enjoy red. Sometimes the more the merrier.
Spring. Very very spring. My fav part is the invitation in the lower right corner.
I am a sucker for outdoor weddings with lots of candles!
Is this the cutest cake topper, or what?
well, NWC is no longer an option. They are going with more experienced applicants. but that is okay. better to know than to keep waiting. so we are still job hunting and prayerfully considering ministry options. can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us!!!!
i am a feeler. i cry in movies. i laugh in books. i i even giggle at memories when i am all alone. i feel things. i experience the world through emotions. and now the hunt i on for a job. brian no longer works at LA Fitness. normally i would cry. i would be sad. i would stress about the uncertainties to come. but instead i feel peace and freedom. he no longer works in that situation. and that is a blessing in disguise. it causes me to wonder why it is so much easier for me to trust the Lord for the big things… the painful and hard things. why can’t i trust Him for the everyday things. why would it be easier for me to wake up today and say, “you alone are sovereign over all that occurs today. the good, the bad and the ugly.” but two weeks ago when i work up i thought, “i need to do laundry and clean the house. then i should do some grocery shopping and work on my portfolio and find a sub job for tomorrow.” i didn’t turn to the Lord first. i didn’t turn to the Lord for my every want and need. i was living… for myself and my to-do list. That is another reason that i feel so blessed that my bluejay is unemployed. we are turning to Jesus in ways that we weren’t before. Every conversation is a gospel conversation. The way we interact with each other and with others is because we have seen jesus in a new and real way. so we say thank you lord for the hard time.
The fighter verse this week for Bethlehem is awesome. i put it up in a frame on our wall.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1b-3a
We would welcome prayers in the whole job search process. right now we are at caribou searching. might be my fave part of the job search process- THE COFFEE!!! but seriously, prayers for the job and specifically for the job B applied for at NWC as the coordinator for web-based recruitment.
Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson’s winter song. i adore this video & song. i will admit that i got teary when the light broke through and that single heart flower grew. i love hope. i found this video thanks to my love dani from Oh, Hello Friend.