Life update: preparing for Malawi

Hey Friends!
On a previous blog post I touched on an adventure that was always coming up/in the future and this weekend its actually happening! Currently trying to find calm amidst all the nerves and excitement as I prepare to get on that big jet plane and head out for a two week mission trip to Malawi, Africa. This post is definitely more personal in the fact that I don’t share a lot about my life, but I am so excited to today as I prepare and process all that is to come.

For some perspective my husband and I live in a sweet farm house surrounded by fields, lots of outdoor kitties, and a beautiful big lawn that my husband so kindly mows.. thanks bud! Anyway this is my bubble/home/safe place and the thought of leaving that comfort and most importantly the husband that made this place home has been super hard. So here I am preparing to go beyond all my comforts and learning to think beyond my personal needs and the bubble.

Truth is it is so hard to not think about yourself, which is so selfish, but I quickly realized this problem when all my discomforts were falling into the same category of all that I would be missing from home. It didn’t account for all the ways I could serve, grow, and be strengthened, that was all overshadowed by what I thought was my needs, but was actually just the wants and desires of my comfortable life.

Around the same time I was first looking into different opportunities to serve, we had a visiting pastor at my church who was from Syria and talked about comfort zones. How it’s good to be uncomfortable because so often those uncomfortable situations lead to so many incredible opportunities for growth that we wouldn’t even know could happen. My advice for myself is to focus on those words, focus on the why and everything learned already, and finally look for the good when fear and doubt comes creeping in. The realization is that I will truly never know unless I try it, and knowing myself I will never learn unless I pursue an opportunity that forces me to prepare.

So thank you to all those who have supported me, encouraged me, prayed for me, believed in me, and especially to my husband who is just incredible in so many ways and is always there for the good, the bad, and the ugly versions of myself as I process through all these things. And finally thank you for all your support and for showing up by being here. If you have anything that you are wrestling with, any questions about this experience/ process, or even some advice comment down below! I would love to hear from you. Also it means so much to me that you took the time to read this, so as a reward you get to see the newest additions to our cat colony!!

Meet Marco and Karla

Can’t just say I’m going for a walk gotta combine going for a walk and exploring with a parade of kitties – I call it catventures. 🙂Have a blessed day!

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Christian’s Senior Session

New discovery, I love photographing people with their pets. Whether it’s the fleet of cute kitties following us around, a ride on horseback, or snuggle time with your pup I love it all, and am so excited to share all this and more in Christian’s senior session.

Enjoy!


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Malawi just the beginning

The idea of a mission trip has always been on the back burner of my mind for years. Always “that thing that I should totally do someday” and this summer I just decided life waits for no one lets go for it! Okay it definetely wasn’t that easy a lot of research and prayer leading up to that realization, but here I am gearing up for a two week trip starting the end of September of this year to Malawi, Africa.


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Jessica’s Senior Session

A northern Minnesota adventure with Jessica, hiking through the woods, walking through fields of flowers, and even climbing around on a bridge. If I was to describe her I would say casual and fearless.

Casual in the way she goes with the flow with “whatever” being her favorite catch phrase. She is also quite the fearless one, crossing on top of logs and climbing around like a gymnast all in crocs none the less. One of her goals is to own a pair of crocs in every color, and I think she is well on her way with the start of her 14 pair collection.

I had so much fun photographing and hope you enjoy a look into Jessica’s senior session.


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Working with the storms – A summer senior session –

It’s a June that feels like April. Lots of storms rolling in and to find a good session time can be hit or miss. Luckily we stuck with our original session date and found one free of rain. It was an afternoon being handed the most beautiful color palette nature could give. It was so fun photographing Peter’s portraits while working with the deep greens and blues that filled our background from ground to sky.


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