Even though I woke up far too early, my body still confused by the jet lag and time difference, the sun was already shining. When I went to bed that night, the sun was still shining. In fact, during the entire week that I was in Alaska, I never saw nighttime darkness. I heard it existed for a few brief hours in the middle of the night, but I was never awake at quite the right time to witness it. Although perpetual daytime was one of the most bizarre experiences of our time in Alaska, the entire experience was far more foreign than I was expecting. The mountains more beautiful than I was prepared for, and the expansive wildernesses with no civilization for miles and miles was overwhelming...Read More
When I visited Israel, I found myself gravitating toward taking the same type of photograph over and over again. About midway through the trip, I recognized this link and began intentionally shooting for several different themes, hoping to create a few series in my Spring classes. Each of those ideas took shape in different forms and mediums, but I think this one was my absolute favorite. It combined my love of bookmaking, alternate printing techniques, spending hours doing repetitive processes, and... coffee. Lots of coffee.Read More
Hello, friends! If you've been around the blog for a while, you might have heard me allude to the summer I spent in Tokyo, Japan. If you've been reading my blog for a LONG time, you probably remember when it happened and may have even read the long, rambling posts of a nineteen year old whose entire world was turned upside down in the matter of six weeks.Read More
I remember that it felt very surreal... here we were in Israel, half way across the world, watching the news reporter talk about a tornado devastating a town just an hour from our home in Arkansas. In May of 2011, an F5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, destroying between 10-25% of the town. It was the deadliest tornado in America since 1947.... and it was absolutely tragic. 2,000 buildings destroyed. 7,000 homes gone. 160 killed, and over a thousand injured. Yet, in the midst of all of the destruction and tragic loss, it was amazing to see people give up their time and resources to work together and help those who had lost everything.Read More
When my parents first mentioned that we might take a family vacation to Israel, I didn't believe them. I mean, when I was a child, we DID travel a lot... but always in our little compact car across the country. Never overseas. Although our trip to Israel wasn't the first time that I've been overseas, it was the first time I've been overseas primarily as a tourist. Going for educational purposes without trying to engage with anyone or make friends was a different experience for me, but I'm so, SO blessed that I had the opportunity to go to this incredibly fascinating place and learn so much so early in my life.Read More
When I met Rhyan, my life changed forever. We both always loved to travel, but Rhyan was different. She not only loved it, but she wasn't afraid to do it. Spontaneously. For very little reason. All the time. And she liked to take me with her.Read More
I've always loved Japanese culture. For as long as I can remember. I've always wanted to go... but I thought it'd be sometime in the far, far future.
ot the summer of my freshman year of college.
To this day, the summer that I spent in Tokyo stands out as a major turning point in my life. I learned so much about the Lord, myself, sharing the gospel, and following Christ that summer.Read More
I love to travel.
I'm pretty sure it's my parent's fault. When I was younger, we drove to nearly every landmark and monument in America…and although I don't remember the majority of our travels, the love for adventure and seeing new places was instilled somewhere deep within me.
I never stood a chance.Read More
Sophomore year of college, Lucas and I drove to San Francisco with two other friends from college to participate in a local Cru mission trip. Originally, he wasn't supposed to go with us. In fact, I didn't want him to go with us. You can read more about our story, but basically, I knew he'd go for the wrong reasons.... and I also knew if he went, the Lord would use it in a pretty major way in his life and I would probably end up marrying him. ....And I did.Read More
My friend Ricky and I went for a short night-time walk through Times Square while we were in New York last Spring with the graphic design department. It's kind of amazing everything that you can see in a short time in a very, very small space. In the course of about 20 minutes, we saw an Easter bunny in deep conversation with a child, a parade mourning the death of Hugo Chavez, a thousand tourists, a demonstration to end one-part dictatorship, and very intense men educating us about the 'true' 12 tribes of Israel. It was kind of amazing.Read More