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1.31.2011

.tender hearts.

This is my core group.


I love them a lot.
I have been given the privilege to walk alongside these beautiful young women this year and learn more about Jesus with them!
I love their tender hearts and their joy for life.
::alison:: future missionary. 
::emma:: she wants to be a pediatrician.
::abbey:: elementary teacher. she's gonna school them chillins.
::alex:: she's going to be an event planner/martha stewart.

They love life.
They love to laugh.
Oh boy do we laugh.
Laugh until we cry.



I'm looking forward to the rest of this semester with these girls!
Learning more about their lives and their stories.
Learning more about Jesus and our walks with Him.

It's gonna be good, y'all.

.world traveler.

Wanna hear a secret?

Sometimes I like to listen to the P.S. I Love You soundtrack and pretend I'm traveling the world ::or scotland and ireland...or the entire british isles::


My parents are going to Scotland for the month of May & I am insanely jealous.
I might hide in a suitcase.
I'm really thinking about it.

I want to see more of this world.
More of God's creation.
There is so much to see!

Someday.  Maybe someday I will travel the world.
Until then, I'll just continue listening to music.
Because music can take you anywhere.


"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." 
 -St. Augustine-

1.30.2011

.sunny sundays.

I woke up this morning to a beautiful day in the 65 degree range.
I spent time after lunch on the back porch with my favorite puppy 
& my favorite red shoes.

But the park was calling my name.
So I met up with Nat for an afternoon stroll across the bridge.




I love downtown.
I love coolidge park.

I love Chattanooga.

1.29.2011

.red letter words.

I found this etsy account forever ago and occasionally go back to look at this woman's wonderful creations.

Please.  
Whatever you are doing.  
Stop. and click here.

I would LOVE to have one of these pieces of art in my home.
Why do they have to be so expensive??
Oh. 
Because they are handmade and someone's gotta bring home the bacon.

So, I am determined to come up with my own version of this...soon-ish.
I mean, as soon as I have time to sit down and paint.
But first I need a canvas.
And more paint brushes.
And more paint.
And money.
Oh dear.

Until then I'll just continue looking at these...






I love love LOVE this last set.
Maybe that's because I love Christmas so much.

Anyways.
I just wanted to share the wonderfulness with y'all.

Have a supah dupah saturday!

1.28.2011

.beauty in the silence.

I love pictures.
I love taking them & I love looking at them.
One of the things that I love about photography is that each picture means something different to each viewer.
We each see something different or we each feel something different.
A photograph is full of emotions and silent thoughts.
I love that.

So I have a goal.
Which means that I have to write it out, so that I will actually accomplish that goal.

My goal is:

1. to take a new picture everyday.

and

2. learn at least one new thing about my camera every week.

Otherwise I'll just get stuck in this rut of only ever using the manual setting, and never learning the other 5084 things there are to know about this piece of technology.

I solemnly promise to try to post a new picture everyday
...even if I don't like it.

Practice makes perfect right?
We will see.

Here's a couple from today...





































"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."
::Ansel Adams::


Love your wanna be photographer (who has a LONG way to go) friend,

meg

.security & starbucks.

It is 52 degrees outside.
A very welcome change from the frigid weather we had been having.  
Blue skies. 
Warmer weather.
Big, fluffy clouds.

I spent the morning sitting in my green ikea chair ::which i love:: reading Beth Moore's book :: So Long Insecurity.  

Whoa.

This book is hitting me hard.
There are a lot of areas where I'm insecure but just didn't want to admit it.
...which is obviously me being insecure. ha!
Here are some powerful words from this morning's reading:

"Let Him tell you you're worth wanting, loving, even liking, pursuing, fighting for, 
and yes, beloved, keeping.  Whatever you do, don't reject the 
only One wholly incapable of rejecting you."
-Beth Moore-
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It is 52 degrees outside.
Did I mention that already?

When it is exactly 52 degrees outside, I crave my favorite caramel frappuccino from starbucks.  Who am I kidding?  I always crave caramel frappuccinos.


So I made a starbucks run and it was dee-licious.  

And now I am going to spend a quiet friday night at home reading books.
Now that I'm out of college, I have to read books to continue feeling educated.
That's a fact.

Happy Friday!

1.27.2011

.the old ark's a movin'.

For Christmas, Aimie gave me silly bands.  These weren't just any silly bands.
In fact, they weren't silly at all.
They were Bible bands.
Which is obviously WAY cooler.


Adam.  Earth.  Tree.  Bird.  Elephant.

And to answer your question.
No.  I do not wear them all at the same time.
Actually I usually only wear one of them...
It happens to be my favorite.

yes that is pike's peak in that poster...which i get to see this summer
::breaks into excited laughter::
The elephant!

Speaking of elephants.  Check out this amazing song.
I say "amazing" in a "this song is hilarious and awesome at the same time" way.
Nat. This is for you.


You're welcome.

1.26.2011

.the elc.

Once upon a time ::or back in high school:: I worked at this wonderful camp called Eagle Lake.  It's in the beautiful state of Colorado, set back deep in Pike National Forest.  Working on Crew there was one of the best experiences of my life.  I met amazing people and grew in my walk with the Lord.


Well I was catching up with an old friend from Eagle Lake a couple weeks ago.
She was one of the girls in my Bible study my second summer out there.
Her name is Beth.  
You can ::and by that I mean you should:: check out her blog here.

In the process of catching up, Beth said she was going back to ELC for another summer as a Crew counselor.  Let me just say that I have always wanted to go back as a counselor, but it never worked out during my college years.  She asked what I was doing, and encouraged me to apply to be a counselor out there this summer.

I thought, "why not?"
It couldn't hurt to apply and just see if the Lord opens that door.
So I applied and waited.

This morning I had my interview.
And this afternoon I got offered the job as a counselor this summer!

I am overjoyed and feel completely blessed to have this opportunity.

I cannot wait!  All summer long I get to hang out with high school kids, teach them about the love of Christ, and invest in their lives!
What a privilege.

Not only that, but I get to serve alongside my beautiful friend Beth again!
AND my seester, Laney, has applied for Crew.  bonus!!

I'm really excited to see how the Lord works in my life, the other counselor's lives, and kid's lives.  Please be praying that the Lord would be preparing all of our hearts for what He is going to show us this summer.


Love, 
Meg

1.25.2011

.matthew's begats.

Last night I started my study of Matthew.

Technically I'm supposed to sit and read the whole book before I start the actual study, but I only read a couple chapters before I fell asleep.  Oops.

Don't judge me.
It was late.

Chapter 1 ::  the genealogy of Christ.

I couldn't read it without singing it.  I kept putting in words from this song.


This song is part of Andrew Peterson's Behold the Lamb album.
You can listen to it here.

Thank you, Andrew Peterson.
You are a genius.

Y'all have a wonderful Tuesday now, ya hear?

.by our love.

Today I was missing Nicaragua.


A LOT.


I fell in love with this song before I went to Nica, and it constantly reminds me of that trip, the people, and the experiences I had.  Plus, I love Christy Nockels.  
She has the most beautiful voice.




We worked in a small village outside of Managua and did a couple projects, but the point of our trip was not how much we could give the people materially.  
It was about building relationships.  
Something that lasts much longer than any earthly possessions. 


::Sochil::  Little princess.
I spent my time there hanging out with and loving on children.  I could hang out with kids for the rest of my life and be a completely content person.  What I was struck by then and still continue to think about, is how happy those children were.  
According to the world, they had NOTHING.
Yet there was joy.


Their smiles say more than words ever could.


::Wilder:: so precious.
We met these kids on the streets of Grenada.

::Isaac::  My little buddy.
::Shell-bay::  Perfect picture of us.

Someday.  Someday I want to go back.
Until then, I will continue to show love to those here.

:::::::::::::
The time is now
Come Church arise...
Love with His hands
See with His eyes...
Bind it around you,
Let it never leave you,
And they will know us by our love...

1.23.2011

.ansel adams.

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.  

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There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

::Ansel Adams:: 


This morning I woke up after having gotten very little sleep ::completely my fault:: jumped in the car with my pillow and big bird ::my fluffy yellow blanket:: and headed towards Atlanta with the parents.

I know what you're thinking.

You skipped church???

Yes. Yes we did.

But I had a wonderful two hours in the car working on my Hebrews study...


While my parents shopped around here...


I think they would live here if they could.

Then it was off to see the Ansel Adams exhibit.  I love Ansel Adams.  He is one of the greatest photographers of all time ::in my opinion::  I thoroughly enjoyed walking around and looking at numerous photographs he had taken.
Here's one of my favorites...


Aspen trees.  I LOVE aspen trees.  They make me think of Colorado.
You can see the original here.

While I was walking around, there was piano music floating through the air.  Come to find out, there was a grand piano playing...all by itself.
DUN DUN DUNNNNN.
No worries.  Nothing shady there.  It was just programed.

I snapped this on my phone real quick because I thought this little boy was precious just sitting there watching the piano play.



I was exhausted after walking around the museum...mostly because I hadn't gotten much sleep.  Again ::completely my fault::  
So that's why I look like I'm on drugs here...


And then my mom told me that if I had grown up back in the day as a cowgirl, this is what I'd look like....


If I'm going to be a cowgirl, I definitely don't want to look that sad.  She must have been having a rough day.  Disobedient cows, I bet.  Mooo.

Okay.  I think the tiredness is really starting to set it.  I'm mooing on my blog.
That Starbucks was good today, but I don't think it helped any...

Happy Sunday.

.country roads.

Today I went for a drive.

You ever have those days where you just feel like getting in the car and driving?


That day was today for me.  Plus it had been a while since I'd used my camera, and I was feeling a little camera happy.  I didn't really care if I got any good pictures, I just wanted to snap some shots.  I love looking at the world through a camera lens.  I see it in a whole new way.

So I jumped in the car, ran by the post office, made a quick stop at Sonic for happy hour, as you do, and hit the road.
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I love driving out in the country.  Wide open spaces, good music, big sunglasses, and sunshine.  It was perfect.

The shadows.
The sunlight.
The blue sky.

The texture.

I like it all.

Old red shacks.
 Big, fluffy clouds.
Contrast.
 Country roads.
Bright blue skies.

Green roofs.
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This is my favorite time of day.  Late afternoon when the sun has started it's journey to the horizon.  I love all the contrast and shadows the light creates.  

My favorite part is that warm golden glow that casts itself across the ground.  
It makes my heart happy.

p.s. Here's a little something extra for your weekend.  You're welcome.


1.21.2011

.shine.

I know. I know.
  
Another song??  Megan, please talk about something else.
  
I'm sorry.  I can't.  


For those of you that know me, you know I LOVE music.  I love good, creative lyrics and melodies.  When words fail, music is what moves me.  I love this music video.  David Crowder and his people are incredibly gifted.  Not only that, but he writes amazing songs that are full of truth. 

The whole song is wonderful, but I love the last line of the chorus.

Shine Your light so I can see You

Pull me up, I need to be near You
Hold me, I need to feel loved
Can You overcome this heart that's overcome?

Can you overcome this heart that's overcome?  So simple, yet so profound.  It is often that I feel overcome, but it is amazing to know the Lord is strong enough to overcome THAT.  He shines His light and shows His love to me.  This song reminds me that I'm not the only one who has ever felt overcome.  Christ should shine through us as well as we love those around us, comfort the hurting, and hold out Christ's love to them.


So listen, go forth, and shine like stars in the universe.


.that's where you'll find me.

So I love rainbows.  I always have.  It's another one of those things in life that I am completely in awe of.

(excuse the use of a preposition at the end of that sentence. thanks.)

I mean don't you ever see a rainbow and become entirely distracted by it's mysteriousness?  Doesn't it bring all sorts of questions to your mind?  Like:

"Where's the pot of gold, people?"

"Are leprechauns actually real?"

"Why do all leprechauns have red hair, and long beards, and why are they always irish?  How did the irish get that lucky?"

.Lightbulb.

"Ohhhhh lucky leprechauns. I get it."

Oh dear.  You just read some of my random thoughts didn't you?

...That's embarrassing.


Back to the rainbows then.  They are beautiful, colorful, captivating, and they are a promise.  A covenant.
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"And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
                                                    Genesis 9:12-16
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While we're talking about rainbows, let me tell you about one of my favorite songs.  You guessed it.  

Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

I love this song, and I have a confession to make.  I'm jealous of the blue birds.


I've heard many people sing this in many different ways, but my absolute favorite version to hear is Shawn McDonald's.  Enjoy.




Oh and don't ask why the background of this video is a rose.  I don't know.  
That's youtube for ya.


Love,
Meg

1.15.2011

.my little mountain town.

Well as y'all know, Chatty got snow this week.  Our 3rd snow this winter.

We. Don't. Get. Snow. Like. This.

The first was a couple inches, Christmas was more, and Sunday night I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning watching glitter fall from the sky.  I'd flip the back porch light on every 20 minutes just to see how much more had fallen.

Oh there's another inch.

Twenty minutes later...

Annnnd another inch.

I was giddy with excitement.  I literally could not sleep.  I finally managed to fall asleep only to dream that we had gotten a ton of snow, but that it had melted before I woke up.  I was devastated.  It was one of those dreams that woke me up, and I jumped out of bed to peer out the window.  What did I see?  Oh 8 plus inches of snow outside my house!  Let me say it again.

We. Don't. Get. Snow. Like. This.





I practically lived in my snow clothes all week.  We went out sledding during the day on the roads, and went out again at night for some ice sledding, made a snow merman (also known as martin the mermaid), built a very abnormal snowman called Nermal the Ninja Snowman, and made a track for sledding down.  I had to go back to work on Wednesday but you better believe I was back out sledding that night when I got home.  I'm like a kid on Christmas morning when it comes to snow.























When I did finally get to leave my neighborhood on Wednesday and venture out into the world, I was delighted to see Chatt town still completely covered in snow with the mountains off in the distance.  I felt like I lived in a little mountain town where it was perfectly normal to have this much snow blanketing the ground.  I absolutely loved it.  Walking into work was an experience though.  As soon as I stepped one foot out of the car I started slipping on the ice.  The parking lot was completely iced over.  I made it out of my car alive, ice skated my way halfway across the lot, and then awkwardly tip toed/slipped the rest of the way to the door.  I looked like Bambi on ice.  If anyone was watching, I'm sure they were thoroughly entertained.  Oh and all the while I was talking to myself.  Ridiculous.

Here's some more pictures from the snow week.


My little snow dog.



























After some hardcore sledding (I have the bruises to show for it), hot chocolate, lots of movies, and more sledding, I'd say this week has been a complete success.  I definitely took full advantage of every moment I could spend enjoying the snow.  I was reminded today as I looked outside and watched the sun hit the snow in a way that made it sparkle, that each snowflake is different.  Each one has it's own, personal, intricate design.  Just like each of us is designed in a particular way.  God is such a detailed creator.  With a God like that...one that cared to create something like snowflakes to be so beautiful and complex...how can we not believe that He cares infinitely more about us?  Just a thought. 

“They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?”

Never recover.  It's the little things like snow that we marvel at.  It is fascinating.  It is enchanting.  Let it always remind you of what a wonderful Creator we have.


Love your "bambi on ice" friend,

Meg