photos: ryan & jessie.

I’ve been back in Haiti for 3 weeks now after a whirlwind of a few weeks in the States. My time home was filled with great quality time with my brother & sister-in-law, Ryan & Jessie before they moved to Greece!

Yep. You read that right! They’re in Greece with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) specifically with a focus on college ministry. It’s been deeply encouraging to see the Lord put this on their hearts & to watch their obedience & faithfulness of following Him.


We had #durbansiblingweekend in Austin & adventured through the city & made some time for photos.

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Brandi & Nick: Destination Wedding: Central Park

In December, I received the best email from my friend, Maisie, that read, We wanted to see if you would be interested in flying to NYC [in January] to be the wedding photographer & surprise Brandi.” My friends, Nick & Brandi were having a destination wedding in Central Park, & Brandi assumed the photographer her mom booked was a local NYC photographer. Spoiler alert, it wasn’t.

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It was such an honor to fly to NYC & surprise this dear friend (& former roommate) of mine! I left Port-Au-Prince in the morning & 6 hours later I was standing in the hotel lobby in Times Square surprising Brandi. It was an amazing [COLD] weekend filled with dear friends, sweet memories, & lots & lots of laughing. Here are some my favorite photos from the weekend celebrating Nick & Brandi’s love.

Nick & Brandi, this entire weekend was beautiful & I hope looking back on these pictures reminds you of the beauty of the covenant you’ve made! May your marriage be filled with wonderful moments that create a lifetime of memories to cherish.

sunrise adventuring.

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C. S. Lewis

Disclaimer: photo overload.

6:00 am sunrise photo adventures might be one of my favorite things.

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Strong coffee, wild hair, & the steady rising sun coming over the hills?
All the good things.

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A couple weeks ago on a Saturday night, my sweet friend Amanda & I had the wild idea to get up early the next morning, make a french press, meet each other out on a hill, & create an adventure. This may seem silly to some of you – but for me? It was exactly what my heart needed. To stare at the mountains with strong coffee in one hand & my camera in the other with one of my dear friends beside me – watching the light make itself known – so peaceful.


It’s beautiful to recognize how God has graciously provided many friends as a staff family – and see how each of them have different passions & skill-sets. I love how different we all are, & that we truly create a family. I love how some are incredibly musically talented, some are business savvy, some are amazing with children, others are jewelry makers, a few are google doc pros, some love the medical field & actually don’t pass out at the sight of blood (who knew?!), some are gifted communicators, others are artists, some are teachers & pastors, others are fixers – it’s a beautiful melting pot of people here for the sake of the Gospel & the glory of God.

It’s family, & I adore all of these people.

Amanda is no stranger to this blog. She is a dear friend-basically-sister that shares passions of photography, doodling, neutral colors, Gilmore Girls, coffee, sun-flare, theology talks, & the list goes on. Her & her husband Matt are one of the power couples on staff here, & I am very thankful for their friendship.

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All of the below photos are from Amanda. Thanks for adventuring with me early in the morning & sharing wild ideas like waking up extra early for fun pictures!

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“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C. S. Lewis

Grinnin’ & Gigglin’

I don’t always take my “good camera” out into villages with me…but when I do, fun times are had by all. I sure do love these little friends & time spent with them.

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Debuston (above)

JeColleen (below)

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Jenlyee (above)

Ericson (below)

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Debuston’s “fish face” looks more like he is blowing a kiss. Precious boy!

Hopefully these smiles brightened your day like they do mine!

Thankful.

Fort Jacques || Staff Outing

I love getting to see more & more of this beautiful country. Last week, we took a staff trip to Fort Jacques (which is south of us) and took a tour of the fort. History has never been my favorite subject, but getting to walk through the fort and learn a lot more about the history of Haiti was great and something I am so glad we got to experience as a staff together. Also, there were some great photo opportunities, so you know I loved that. Here’s a peek of the adventure at Fort Jacques:

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Haiti is beautiful.

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Raquel & I – thankful for this roommate & friend of mine!

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Elizabeth & I in front of the Fort

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Gorgeous details.

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Amanda!

It was a great day to learn more about Haiti & bond with the staff.