i’m going to guatemala. thursday. flying out of vancouver international airport at a ridiculous morning hour. i’m traveling with twenty other teenagers/young adults from my church: christian life assembly. i have way too many thoughts about this trip. i feel like only since this past weekend have i arrived at a healthy, excited place. i’ve never been on a missions trip, i’ve never seen anything close to the third world. sure, take a walk downtown eastside vancouver and i’ve seen poverty and drugs and filth. i’m not ignorant. i’ve never seen a country of poverty though… know what i mean? missions trips were emphasized in the high school i went to; i never felt called to go. i didn’t want to be [excuse my awful, rude, generalization] another private school rich christian kid who wanted a trip to somewhere exciting like africa. [not that that is a fair representation of everyone’s heart.] i just knew that when i was supposed to serve in this way, God would prompt me. i love the local church–i’ve never had this “missionary” dream.
life | November 16, 2010
engagements, photography | November 15, 2010
oh blind dates… the anticipation and nervousness of who you’ll see when you enter that coffeeshop, turn that corner after the entrance into the bar, glance over to the window booth at the restaurant. jessica and scott were pleasantly surprised on their blind date seven years ago. jessica met scott, scott met jessica. they decided this was the start of somethin’ good. a friend of jessica’s mom [tammy] met scott at a mutual friend’s house. she asked if scott was single. he was. tammy called jessica once she left the house, “oh by the way, i met the man you’re going to marry. here’s his email.” jessica [only nineteen-years-old at the time] emailed scott and they met up a couple of weeks later, during game one of the hockey play-offs. ;) they have been dating for eight years now!
engagements, photography | November 10, 2010
“she was in grade nine, i was in grade ten. a nerdy computer science class. that’s how we met.” keith shared his & helen’s story with me, during our engagement session this past saturday at vancouver’s iona beach park. “we were friends—acquaintances–and nothing really developed until the last year of high school.” helen and keith started dating as seventeen & eighteen year olds and helen said she quickly knew this guy was it for her… and marriage was in their future. ;) i absolutely love the hearts of this young couple–keith and helen have such a strong faith in their Lord and an amazing love for each other.