Collaborations #5 - Life

Two people caught in the vividry of new love don’t need to be posed.

This is something I learned as my momma and I snapped away, capturing memories in photos for the freshly wedded lovebirds on Thursday. What could be greater than the glimmer of splendiferous affection & joy that beamed unabashed from their naturally coordinated glances & silent moments in each other's arms? In their sight, the world had disappeared...breaching the gap between them, and creating one heart--one soul, joined by this invisible chemistry, called Love.

Collaborations #5 "Life" - Abigail Grace

I like to say that dreams are God’s promptings to set us on the path of life that He has mapped out for us. Dreams take us down roads of success, and roads of trial; both of which mold us into the people that we are destined to become. They are the visions and aspirations that make love so irresistible. Dreams are the best attempts of the human mind to envision Hope.

A recipient of the oath that Jesus Christ made--an oath of resolute Hope--I know that the meaning of life lies within that promise. My heart is full of plans...visions of happiness, and even of trials. Though my earth-ridden eyes are constantly fogging up with the smog of humanity, I fully believe these visions that break through the fog are from my Divine Intervention. He has written my life’s story, and I think He enjoys surprising me. Still, what is a surprise without the anticipation of desiring what you hope to receive? God gives us desires, so that He may fulfill them; in this life, or the next, He promises to fulfill them.

A love...a heart to share...a soul that bonds effortlessly with my own...yes, I desire this. Possibly, more than anything in my life. However, I know that whether this, or any of my desires are fulfilled in the way I have them pictured, I will always have my Redeemer. He will fulfill all of my desires, in the perfect ways that He has planned. I trust Him with everything, and He has sworn an unbreakable vow never to let me down.

Looking into the pure streams of life that pour from the eyes of those in love, I realize that I am only able to recognize it because I’ve felt it before. I feel that same vibrant Life every time I look to Jesus, and realize that He’s looking right back at me, with the affection of a million lifetimes directed towards me.

That is Life!

Collaborations #5 "Life" - Hannah Nicole

Head over to Hannah's blog to read her post on "Life", and comment on her precious photo!


Yes. You do.

Do you ever have those times when you have SO much to do, and you're COMPLETELY overwhelmed, and you're TRYING to take time for things, but you're just AMAZINGLY busy, and so you DON'T?

Yes. You do.

At least, I hope you do...because I do.

I've been trying so incredibly hard lately to keep everything organized and "together". Writing out to-do lists for myself every day; attempting to eat a well-balanced diet; starting my morning with bible reading, stretching, and exercise; keeping up on the oodles of never-ending laundry that keep piling up; keeping my room clean; remembering dates and times that I need to be places, doing things; practicing violin...and the list goes on and on...and on.

The problem lies in the fact that I'm getting so stuck on the stress of it all...that I end up staring into space, simply being stressed, all the time.

Now, my room is still a mess (though, it's been on my to-do list to clean it for 5 days in a row), I've been eating waaay too much sugar, the laundry isn't going away...and I'm pretty sure my schedule's been almost completely clear for the past week.

What gives?

Momma and I are photographing a wedding tomorrow. Truthfully, I'm completely excited to be able to capture a wedding in photos--it's something I've been wanting to do for a long time--but this same thing has been keeping my mind completely occupied for the past week, rendering me somewhat useless, even to myself.

On Sunday, my daddy said something in church that I really loved...but it didn't come back to me until just now.
"The peace that God gives is greater than the absence of conflicts."

It makes me feel like slapping myself on the forehead. Seriously? All this time, I could have just been resting. Maybe I still wouldn't have gotten everything done that I wanted to...but this constant clench I've been in could have been avoided.

...and so, this experience has become more than simply photographing a wedding. Now, it's spiritual.

Praise God--even though it may sometimes take a little bit of falling behind and a headache--it all goes right back to Him, and regardless of my freaked out mind, He always manages to speak His wisdom right into my soul.

Peace...cleanse my overactive thoughts.

...this picture is just random and whimsical...because that's how I feel after writing through this. So, there ya go. :)


Collaborations #4 - Wonder

Hello, lovelies! I am aware that my posting hasn't been very consistent lately...for that, I am sorry. I am so grateful for Collaborations right about now, as it keeps me coming back! Gotta keep this little blog trotting along, right? :) I promise I will be posting more. For now...here are mine and Hannah's photos for this week's Collaborations word:


top: Abigail Grace
bottom: Hannah Nicole

O, the wonder of a child...

I'm struck on a daily basis by all of the wonder that the world holds for fresh eyes. It's a gift that can only be experienced completely by the fleeting gaze of a child. I remember my days of childhood--I remember the fluttery feelings I would get in my heart whenever I beheld a newly blossomed flower in the spring, or the first tender snowflakes of the winter. I remember leaning my head against my momma's chest in the morning, and hearing her heart beat as my nose took in the rich scent of her daily hazelnut coffee. All of it held such wonder for me. I hope to be able to impart that same feeling of wonder and awe in the lives of my future children. To give a child the freedom to explore, imagine, and create is to encourage the organic form of a child's soul.

Make sure to head over to Hannah's blog and read her beautiful post on wonder.

Love you all! Thanks for--through all of my inconsistency--being consistently lovely. :)


Because I Stinking Adore My Momma, That's Why!

I couldn't possibly let Mother's Day pass without creating a little tribute to my wonderful Mother, here on my blog.

She's...well...humorous, helpful, & odd.

She's quirky.

She's always got her camera close by.

She's a spaz(!).

She's a total weirdo.
(this is what happens when you tell her to look serious.)

...but most of all, she loves with a deeper love, and lives with a greater exuberance than anyone I've ever known.

Love you more than I could ever say, Mother dearest! You are truly my kindred spirit. :)

Happy Mother's Day!


Wisdom {Collaborations #3}

It is age old.
It is brand new.
It is rare, and precious...
...yet attainable by anyone who truly desires it.
It is wisdom.

God wants us to ask for wisdom. All that is required of us is an earnest request for it, and He will pour it into our hearts and minds with the greatest liberality. Still, in all our asking, do we even acknowledge what wisdom truly is? It appears in my sight, the solvent for solutions of the righteous, and the lethal poison leeching into the veins of failure. What ease I would feel with such power in my grasp. But, wisdom is so much greater than me--so much more than I can hold. It occurs to me, if I truly desire wisdom, I should know what is required to attain it. Every desire comes at a price.

God gives us wisdom, a little at a time, in many forms. Each time we feel the sting of loss, we grow a heart of compassion. Each time we are victimized, we are given the opportunity to practice love and forgiveness. Every experience, good or bad, gives us a little more wisdom. We grow. We learn. We are transformed.

Wisdom is not of us. It is not ours to claim. It is the Lord's, and only when we surrender our plans...our hearts...our minds...will we attain the wisdom we so desire.

I live in a world of dreams, silhouetted by sunlight. I long to see the objects of those silhouettes, and inspect them in their brilliant depths and colors with the wonder that I feel constricted in my pulsing veins. I don't want a pulse...I want uninhibited Life from all directions. I want a sun that lights up the universe, not just bits and pieces of this sphere we call home. This is not home. This is our training ground. Here is where we discover the truth of something bigger and brighter. Here is where we experience the shadows. Here is where we simply perceive. Like the orb of light and warmth that hovers untouchable in the sky, so is wisdom; we cannot touch it, but we can feel it all around.

Collaborations #3 "Wisdom" - Abigail Grace

One day...in the glorious clutches of our Creator, and true Father...we will know wisdom. We will bask in the undying and limitless light of Life. I am prepared to suffer all throughout this vapor of a life, if only to get a brief glimpse of the intimate and up-close wisdom that will thrive inside of my soul when I'm finally in the grasp of Eternity.

This is my training ground. What I desire is to feel the anguish of every ounce of faith a human can possibly possess. Someday, the gaze my Father and I share will be unimaginably profound...because I didn't just survive. I lived.

Collaborations #3 "Wisdom" - Hannah Nicole

Now, please visit Hannah's blog to read about her photo, and why she chose it to represent "wisdom".

P.S. Some of you already know this...and some of you don't. My momma's pregnancy ended in a miscarriage; it was confirmed this past week. Read more about it here. Thank you all so much for being such wonderful friends. We all have a great peace, knowing that this started in God's hands, and is still there. Praising Him for a flawless will, that we can always depend on!