August's Close

August's Close

Wow, it’s been a slow blogging summer! Congratulations to all you troopers who are still reading this. šŸ˜‰ I’ve been reading through my posts from last August as I get ready to write this, and I’m being blown away at how much things in my life have changed since then.

Take this gem of a post, for instance, Summer Fun.Ā A change I noticed first thing was the photo editing style. šŸ˜† Leave it to me. In that post, I wrote about running my first-ever 5k. Reading it, I’m experiencing such a gratitude for those beginnings. Even though I am a much stronger runner now, that 5k is a treasure in my heart because it marks where I began. These days, running is a big part of my life, as you may have gathered lol. Cross-country has officially started, and I ran my first meet last Saturday. It went great! I ran the fastest 5k I’ve ever run, and I hopeĀ to get faster. *fistbump* Let’s do this, Lord.

Another lovely flashback-inducing post isĀ Back To School.Ā The geometry book and I have had a love-hate relationship this week. I’d forgotten how hard it is to just jump right in and pass tests when you’ve left the book you should’ve been studying on the shelf all summer.

I remember writing this music review of Nichole Nordeman’s EPĀ The UnmakingĀ not that long ago, just last October. How the time has flown. I mention this because a couple of weeks ago I had MAJOR fangirl attacks becauseĀ I SAW NICHOLE IN CONCERT WHAAAAAT!Ā God is too good to this girl. He made a way for us to getĀ free ticketsĀ and seats in theĀ second rowĀ back from the stage. I probably could’ve heard Nichole singing without any sound system. She walked past me and I got to meet her and aghhhh.

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I’m aware that I’m slightly idolizing her. I know she’s only human and I can’t make her into God. All I can say is thatĀ her music has been beyond meaningful to me. In my Christian walk, her songs have always been playing on repeat in the background. They’ve been with me when I’m on cloud nine. They’ve also been with me when I fall back down to earth, staring in bewilderment at the things life’s thrown at me. I can hear her heart’s cry in her songs, and it reminds me that I truly can seek Jesus wholeheartedly andĀ make it.Ā He is beyond faithful and I’ll take any reminder of that I can get. Especially when the name “Nichole Nordeman” is on it. šŸ˜‰

Last thing I’ll say: it’s not just that Nichole makes great studio music. She isĀ phenomenalĀ live. Even if I were notĀ biased, I would still say she was the best artist I have ever seen live. It was just her and a piano, and yet the whole stadium full of talkative women was completely mesmerized. You could have heard a pin drop. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In other news, I’ve had some great photography opportunities lately! I was the “second shooter” at a senior photo shoot (see this post), and I did portrait sessions with my cousin (here) and Petra (here). In October, I’ll be doing my very first family photo shoot! Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading! Hopefully I’ll be more consistent with posting from now on, so until next time. šŸ™‚

P.S. Here are some recent photos of baby Julia. Prepare for cuteness. šŸ˜€

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