Near the end of last year, I was approached by Kymberly Janelle, the founder of Be-Loved Blog, on writing 2 guests posts centred around the issue of “Identity.” Kymberly asked me to share my journey. How did I learn to see myself through God’s eyes – and how did my confidence and my life change? I loved the challenge of writing with a specific audience, blog, topic in mind… and on a deadline, too.
life | January 31, 2013
photography, portraits | January 29, 2013
Brielle has been following my blog since her Aunt Shandelle’s wedding in March 2011. She’s always a faithful encourager and I love reading her comments on almost all my blog posts. It was exciting to receive an email from her mom, Christy, last month. I saw the last name, and asked, “Is your daughter Brielle?!” Indeed, she was. Christy was planning the ultimate 16th Birthday-Day for Brielle. Hair and nails and makeup in the morning, photo session with her best friend, afternoon high tea with “the women of the family” and dinner to finish the day!
life | January 28, 2013
Oh, for grace, to trust Him more.
Looking back, my teen years were defined by sickness. An overexercising disorder, warped body-image, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, a long list of restrictive food allergies, a wonky digestive system. They were not fun. I “made it through” the loneliest, longest season of my life. Few people understand food intolerances or diagnoses like “chronic fatigue.” I tried to smile through questions, “what happens to you when you eat such and such?” and “I wish I had allergies so I was forced to eat healthier” (really?! that one used to make my blood boil.) When other girls were having sleepovers, eating junk food, shopping at the mall, I was at home, sick, fighting anxiety (it’s crazy how connected the body is; when my digestion wasn’t doing well, at least 3 other parts of my body were affected) and desperate to live a normal, carefree teenage life. (You can read in this post about my gradual healing.)
photography, portraits | January 23, 2013
When you have good-looking friends like Emily and Lane, and you live in a good-looking place like Langley, BC and you’re having a bout of good-looking fog, sometimes you have no other option but to take advantage of such a perfect trifecta.