Summer Photos // Jenna

2016 is proving to be an exciting year for Jenna!  She recently graduated from 5th grade, got her first horse, and is preparing to begin middle school.

Naturally such a time in life calls for a photoshoot to capture memories!

Not only is Jenna a dear friend & one of my piano students, she is a little reflection of myself at her age.  From her joy and determination, to her love for music and horses, the more time I spend with  Jenna the more I experience snippets of déjà vu.

At her age, I spent my days either riding horses or behind a piano, & I see the same passion mirrored in her soul that has grown in mine.  I’m honored to have a window into Jenna’s life, the opportunity to capture the love between her and her horse Bob (with a special appearance from her rodeo horse, JD), and to have her as a friend.  She is a joyful soul, a hard worker, and a true cowgirl.

“I don’t show, I rodeo!”


Jenna Heywang
2016

 

6.4.2016

Key Biscayne Photo Journal

Rain or shine, there is nothing as sweet as a family day.  Adventure, fresh air, and no static distraction from electronics, with the exception of camera’s of course.

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On the salty shoreline, in the post-rain breeze, with my five favorite smiles strolling alongside me, I admired the concept of a lighthouse.  Not only is it a permanent structure meant to give peace and guidance to ships in the night, but lighthouses were full-time, exhausting commitments.

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A lighthouse keeper gave up his/her entire life to pour all their energy into keeping this single structure running for the sake of sailors they had never met.  Little social life, long nights, tiring climbs, relentless weather, and still one must keep attention to detail in order to maintain and protect a lighthouse.

If you’ve read my blog for any period of time, you know I’m extremely fond of metaphors and analogies.  So who does the lighthouse keeper represent?

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Well, parents are awake for many long nights, endure tiring days on the heels of their children, social lives often revolve around kids, and despite life’s relentless storms, they must keep careful attention to detail in order to raise and protect a child.

My parents have spent their lives building into me, making me stronger, and protecting me so that I may serve as a light of Christ to people they may never meet.  I am a lighthouse that does not stand alone, but stands because of the lighthouse keepers who fueled and sustained me.

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Every lighthouse has a keeper who deserves a vast amount of thanks.

Thank you to my lighthouse keepers.  I love you beyond words any blog post could possibly contain and am so grateful for your sacrifices in raising, training, sustaining, and protecting me.  You’ve ignited a light in me an kept it burning through many storms.  You have been the greatest and most hardworking lighthouse keepers.  I love you!

5.31.2016

Senior Photos // Ian

Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking senior pictures for a dear friend.  I’ve known Ian since he was 13 years old and have watched him grow from a boy into a young man.  Ian has grown into a leader who genuinely cares for & is always willing to serve other people.

My favorite part about this shoot was Ian’s smile!  Not only when the camera was on, but during all the interaction with his Mom and goofing off between photos.  It’s not just contagious, but it genuinely springs from his heart and testifies of his love for people.

Smiles are inspiring.  A smile shows that you truly care,  finds joy in the mundane, & fills hearts with contentment.

Be inspired & smile.


Ian Scriver
Class of 2016

 

5.4.2016

Estero/Kenansville Photo Journal

There’s nothing like a little off-road adventure to get your heart reflecting on the past year and dreaming about the one ahead all at once.  Long walks in the warm sun, hot tea at hockey games, and ATV rides in the mud were the perfect way to end 2015 and begin 2016.
                  
This year was filled with songs of palm trees and melodies of memories blending together on the Florida breeze.  High-pitch giggles, wide smiles, deep chuckles, and little country towns.
Every moment a memory and every memory marinated in adventure.
// Fishing, basketball, & baby turtle rescue //
// Jr. Panthers tournament at Germain arena //

 

 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”
James 4:7-10

It’s a new year.  The time when people make plans.  Diet plans, fitness plans, travel plans, financial plans, journal plans, reading plans, and just about any kind of plan you can imagine.

Recently I eavesdropped on a conversation about plans and resolutions for the new year and I heard an older wiser woman say her new years plan was to not make plans, but to go wherever God leads.

 

Plans for 2016:  Don’t make plans.  Set goals and work toward them  Follow God wherever He leads me.  Trust Him when life doesn’t unravel blueprint perfect, and treasure every moment as it becomes a memory.

1.4.2016

Tree Tops Park Photo Journal

I long for something to write,
something to say,
something to reveal,
something to convey.

Hands ache for words to flow,
to permeate your screen
with one new idea, one new theme.

I wonder how you would receive it,
Would it bring contentment or conviction?
Would it bring laughter or tears?
or will it simply recoil from the rim of your ears?

Eyes circle the blank page,
search for a new angle,
and watch my imagination age.

Heart soaks in beauty,
but mouth struggles to form words,
to reflect what I glean from falling leaves
and timid inquisitive birds.

Still my hands long to write,
to break this silence,
to fill the page,
to convey a beauty timeless.

 

 

 

 

11.13.2015

Lynchburg Photo Journal

10 days. 4 planes. 1 wedding. More sweet memories than I can count.
So here’s just a little recap of the highlights.

I enjoyed a time of rest and refreshment in the colors of fall, cool October air, and sweet talks with family, all back dropped by a mountain view.
I had the honor of standing as a bridesmaid for my gorgeous cousin and role model Lindsay on her wedding day!  Despite rain, her smile shined bright!

I explored Liberty University’s campus, met some professors, and visited classes.  Louie Giglio’s teaching at convocation was encouraging and speaking with my academic advisor was so refreshing.  Yes, I’m switching majors!    #GoFlames

A fantastic fall trip!

 

 

 

From the rain in Roanoke to the peaceful quiet of Forest and from the hustle & bustle of Lynchburg to the quaint pace of Bedford I heard one consistent message from God: “Rely on me.”
My perspective must always focus back to God,
My trust must remain balanced in God,
My prayer must be constant to God,
My work must be done unto God

 

 
“The plans of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is form the Lord.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirit,
Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.”
Proverbs 16:1-3
I love and give out of my love for God,
I rejoice because my strength is of God,
I’m confident in God,
Everything I do is for the Glory of God.

 

“Let’s sing Frozen songs!” Isabella (2)
I wish I could truly capture Andrew’s deep blue eyes and gentle smile,
Isabella’s gasps for joy,
Eliana’s giggle,
and Josiah’s hugs.
“Ellie can I take your picture?”
“No thanks, maybe tomorrow”
Eliana (4)
“You have to fly home to your family?  Oh.. since you were staying with us, I just thought you were an orphan…” Josiah (5)

 

S’mores
// Melting worries away in the crackling fire with the crunch of graham crackers and the sweetness of chocolate, commemorated by sticky fingerprints of toasted marshmallows. //
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
– Amy Carmichael

“Nothing of eternal significance has ever been accomplished apart from prayer.”
– Dr. Jerry Falwell

In times of trial & times of peace,
Lord abide with me.
In the quiet of my home and & silence of my sleep,
Lord abide with me.
In every spoken word, in everything I see,
Lord abide with me.
When I travel in sky or sea,
Lord abide with me.
When I walk miles aimlessly & when I stand at peace,
Lord abide with me.
Wherever I am,
Lord abide with me.

10.20.2015