Sweet Summertime


I am officially on my last summer break ever. At this time next year, I will be graduated from college and working at my first big girl job! So weird to think about. Although it’s all too easy to get caught up in planning things that are out of my control, I’m purposefully trying to remain in the moment and enjoy every last minute of summer. Here’s what I’ll be up to!

  • Internship #3:   Who knew I would love interning so much, I’d want to do it three times? This summer I’ll be working for Jasper + Black in Minneapolis as a “Strategic Communications Intern.” I’ll be assisting with social media, photo shoots, marketing, and lots of other fun stuff! 
  • Launching my Business:  Over the past year, I’ve been planning and dreaming up my photography and design business. I’ve officially booked my first Senior portrait session for this summer and will be doing some freelance design work as well. Stay tuned for the official launch! Contact me for more information. 
  • The Big Move:  Come August, my family will be packing up the only house I’ve ever known and moving 8 miles down the road to our new home. We’re so excited, but I have a feeling I’ll be a hot mess come moving day! 
  • MN Lake Life:  Those glorious Minnesota lakes are calling my name! My favorite part of summer is spending time at the cabin with friends and family. There’s nothing better than a day on the water with my crazy family. 

Make the most of the sunshine!



Pinning Lately: Hints of Summer

Having to come up with fresh content for 2 blogs is definitely proving to be a challenge, but my creative spark is always fueled by those I follow on Pinterest and Dribbble. This moodboard is a reflection of my yearning for summer days– filled with sunshine and all the colors that come with warmer weather. We’re in the midst of an endless winter here in Minny, and are still getting snowed on… in the middle of April. I’m praying that It will all be over soon and very soon!

Hope you had a great weekend!



Life lately: in Black + White

Hi y’all!
I’m so thankful to be spending some much needed time with my family in Vail this weekend. My brother is recovering from knee surgery, and my mom has not left his side since he got hurt a few weeks ago in Sweden. I’m looking forward to exploring this beautiful ski town and getting mama Deb out of the hotel room a bit. My brother is the strongest person I know, and with a little hard work he’ll be back at it in no time.
Earlier this week I got to see the progress on my parent’s home, which has me all kinds of excited for this summer. I can’t wait to have the beautiful river at our disposal, and I think my yellow dog is pretty dang excited as well. As long as there’s swampy water and room to roam, he’s all in. 
Thank you to those who have been praying for my family– God is good, even through hard times.
Have a wonderful weekend!

This Good Friday

Earlier this week I dropped my family off at the airport and tried my best to hold it together while they walked through the doors. You would have thought they were leaving for a three-month safari in the wilderness with no future communication, not a week-long trip to Sweden that will be over before I know it.
This Easter is going to look a little different. My family is thousands of miles away, and although I’ll be with loved ones here in Minnesota, it’s not the ideal situation. To make matters worse, my brother is in a hospital bed in Sweden with a bum knee, and my parents are sick to their stomachs because they’ve gone through this twice before.

Everything in me wants to be selfish today and feel sorry for myself.  I’m sad that I’m not with my family spending a happy Easter together. I’m angry that injuries have to happen to the most devoted and kind-hearted athletes that give all they have for Christ. But there are far more important things that my heart has been pondering. Today, 2000 years ago, my savior and King died for me. He paid the ultimate price for my sins. I am imperfect and unworthy of the gift he gave– but He, the spotless lamb, gave everything so that I could live in Eternity with Him.

My heart is somber and full of gratitude to my Jesus. The one who loves me and comforts me when I’m alone. The one who has a plan and a purpose for my life, even when things happen that hurt and don’t make sense.

I pray you feel love this weekend, and that you’ll give praise and thanks to the King who died for us. He is worthy of all we are. I want my life to be a sweet devotion to Him.