Sunday, November 6, 2011


"Our family is a circle of strength and love…
With every birth and every union the circle grows…
Every joy shared adds more love…
Every crisis faced together
makes the circle grow stronger."

"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

But even if I'm left high and dry at the end of this wild journey, just taking it is a great feeling.
Olivia Wilde

I try to maintain the perspective that life is meant to be laughed at.
Nicholas Brendon

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
Helen Keller

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

"Let's find a beautiful place and get lost."

All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 
Robert Frost

A day without laughter is a day wasted.
Charlie Chaplin

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.
Jean Houston

A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
Elbert Hubbard

Thursday, September 29, 2011

wesley woods

A few weeks ago (sorry, school has been crazy these last couple of weeks) my 9th grade class of twelve went to Camp Wesley Woods with two of our teachers and the best chapel leader ever, Sir Brett.  :)
In the car my bestie, Hadley and I had to double buckle {shhhh} and when Isaiah opened the door I almost fell out!  haha!
Goofing off in the car.

Checking it out.
Kaylee and Isaiah are the ones looking at the map and Andrew and Josh are the two looking at the camera!

Kaylee from California!

What the guys do to pass time---spar with really big sticks.

A team challenge we did there.  We had to get everyone in order of their birthdays without talking.  It was SO funny.
From right to left Courtlyn, Kaylee, Hannah, Hadley, Anna, Hope, Josh, Andrew, Me, Karlie, Isaiah.

Catch me!

Standing on Isaiah to get Andrew over "the wall."

Practicing our skills on this baby.  This one was so much fun!  We had to get so many people on each side to balance it out and it could only touch the ground three times.  Really interesting!

Trying to somehow get Isaiah under and over the Giants Table.  It didn't work....he fell...just saying.  haha!


Walking back after hours of team building!


Campfires and S'mores!

Before the GIANT'S LADDER!

My partner, Hadley.

This picture doesn't even begin to show you how HIGH the Giant's Ladder was.  Isaiah ended up doing it all by himself and I couldn't let a guy make it to the top and not me so...

Hadley and I made it to the second last, and with um---a little help----uh---from Hadley, I made it all the way.  The only thing I've ever done more challenging than this was the Via Della Rosa.  It was so much fun and I felt like a superhero after being climbed on, using muscles I never knew I had, hanging upside down, and all other manners of things to get ourselves up.  I love a good physical challenge.  How about you?

I'm on top of the world
Top of the world
Feeling fine
I can't promise I'll be posting anytime soon since my weekends are booked for the rest of the month but I'll try!  Cheerio!
Oh, and I got a hair feather!  Finally!  I wanted one before everyone else even knew what they were and I got them after everyone...but that's okay.  Love it!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

i'm a freshmen :)

yes, you heard me right.

And this is what this freshmen wore on the first day of school.

minus the guitar of course.  i love playing the guitar.  love it.  i just learned how to play the song, Hallelujah and i love it!  i'll have to post a video of me singing it for you all sometime.  :)
oh, and don't you just adore polaroids?

i spent a lot of time with my new best friend Hadley this summer!  i've only known her for around six months but i feel like i have known her for years!  love her!
this picture was taken with my sister's new Ipad {yay} when Hadley was over some time this summer.  we were trying to do our cheap imitation of freerunning and look like gangstahs at the same time.  we are so cool.

 i also got to go back to Doe River Gorge for a day with a bunch of my friends!  we did a bunch of ziplining and yes, i even got should have seen my face...that's all i'm saying.  
when i got out i started taking pictures with my new ipod {i'm in love} and this is what came out.  isn't it interesting?  i love it!

 and then my friend, Morgan joined in on the action and we took some really cool sunglasses photography.  and yes, i was in a way copying D.J.  sorry...i couldn't resist, his phone photography is so amazing!

that's it folks!  i'm going into the third week of school tomorrow.  I adore my class---all eleven of them {i go to a tiny school but it's a jump from eight} and i think i'm really going to like all my new subjects and my teachers.  
one more thing.  i probably won't post for a week or two.  my class is going on a retreat to Wesley Woods on Thursday and Friday and then i leave to go camping.  Oh, how i love camping.  i promise to bring back lovely pictures to show you all when i get back!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I have a ghostly hand!  haha!

Have you met my siblings?

"boom, boom, boom"

I love "Crackle" so much I just had to express myself!

I'm telling you---Theodor is scary!  haha.  It's a joke, don't worry---Hadley will get it.

I like paintbrushes.  My new best friend.

Sunday, July 31, 2011


I am extremely blessed.  I have a wonderful family, who love and encourage me.  I live in a big, crazy, old house and have plenty of friends to keep me laughing.  God has given me so many blessings this summer.

a new perspective

reminders of Himself

 time away from the chaos


new beginnings

crazy friends

my photography "eye"




more than 441,794,304 ticks of a clock on this earth


happy notes

great parents

a past and a future

big smiles and loud laughter

new friends and beautiful experiences

a direction

simple beauty