Nathan and Elisabeth

I had a great time on my little Wisconsin trip this past weekend.  I taught my Grandad how to text a smiley face, experienced what college dorm life is like when I visited my friend Amanda at Concordia University Wisconsin, and took some cute photos with my friend Elisabeth and her husband Nathan.  I didn’t take as many photos during the weekend like I thought I would.  Actually, the ones below are the only photos I took the entire weekend.  We were too busy having fun to really take any others.  :)

Nathan and Elisabeth have been married for nearly a year.  Elisabeth had asked me if I could photograph their wedding but at the time I wasn’t sure if I would be up to the challenge.  We’ve been wanting to do photos together for the longest time and on Sunday afternoon we finally made it happen while we walked all over the college campus.

Nathan and Elisabeth know the campus pretty well because they are both Concordia University Wisconsin alumni but they were interested to see the remodeling changes that have happened since they graduated.  I had never been on the campus before so it was all very new to me.  Elisabeth told me about the adventures she and Nathan had on campus and Nathan and I perused the library books while Elisabeth chatted with the library director.  We took photos down by Lake Michigan (because of where the sun was we couldn’t really get a good shot with the lake in the background) and in one of the courtyards on campus.  We all had a great time and I’m looking forward to seeing them again the next time I visit Wisconsin.

Amanda’s Blog: Renewing My Strength: Thoughts on God’s Word in my life.

Elisabeth’s Blog: Wedded Bliss and Cupcakes: Chronicles of a young homemaker.

Concordia University Wisconsin


Summer Holds On

The weather outside is still not sure what it wants to do.  It bounces between being very warm to almost being cold enough I have to wear a coat outside.  All summer the tomato plants Grandad planted have been producing so much fruit!  We’ve also enjoyed the eggplant he planted and a lot of pumpkin we mistakenly planted because we thought they were squash seeds.  The pumpkins are long gone now but the tomatoes and eggplants are still holding out.  They don’t seem to realize the weather is supposed to get very cold very soon.

To Fort Wayne and Back

I had a really great time visiting my sister and her husband this month.  :)  Spending the majority of your time taking care of a 2-month old and an 18-month old (my nephew and a little boy my sister is babysitting) might not sound like fun for some people, but I enjoyed it very much.  I also helped Sarah and Adam with dinner, housework, finished crocheting Isaac’s blanket, and crocheted a teapot cozy.

My brother-in-law is in his fourth year of study at Concordia Theological Seminary after which he will hopefully receive his first pastoral call.  We went to a couple social functions at the seminary while I was there (a picnic, a play date, etc.) and had a little picnic of our own by the lake on campus.

Of course I took pictures of my little nephew while I was visiting.  He’s such a cute guy.  :)

In a previous post I said that I’m currently in the process of reworking my photography game plan.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to develop an additional source of income. Right now I’m pulling together my resume so I can find a nanny position.  I’ve always enjoyed working with kids and I think being a nanny will be a good fit for me.  I will still be pursuing photography, but it will become more of a side thing, a secondary source of income.  If you hear of any nanny opportunities around Edwardsville, IL or St. Louis, MO, it would be great if you could let me know.  :)

Little Creations

What would the world look like if you were very, very small?  Here is a look at some of God’s creations from that perspective.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. ” And it was so.  The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.   And there was evening, and there was morning —the third day.  Genesis1:11-13

All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.
When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.  Psalm 104:27-30

 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”  Matthew 6:28-29

For this is what the Lord says—
he who created the heavens,
he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited —
he says:
“I am the Lord,
and there is no other.  Isaiah 45:18

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.  Psalm 145:3