Summertime in Michigan means one thing: construction. Road construction, house remodels, landscaping ventures, and my favorite: building demolition. I was driving along a familiar route today and noticed that a hotel which has been around since I was very young is now completely demolished. Not even a rogue brick was laying in the lot it once occupied. The emptiness surprised me and I thought how unusual it is to have such an empty space in a public area.
One of the most difficult facts of being a Christian is that you are not immune to life’s trails and tribulations. Surely a good and loving God would not allow for His people to go through death of loved ones, financial hardships, heartbreaks, worries, or fears, right? I mean, doesn’t Him loving us mean He wants our lives to be easy and comfortable? I’m sorry, but no, it doesn’t. However, God does love His children enough to continually “work all things together for good.” (Romans 8:28) This means that the trials and tribulations God allows into our lives are part of a divine purpose.
I was asked to feature my second Real Wedding on the Shadowland blog, and I would like to share it with you! Kerri and Michael held a small, vintage wedding with a prohibition theme at my venue last summer. Even though I was not yet on staff, I am blown away by how adorable this wedding was! Let it be inspiration for any of you budding lovebirds!!
When someone does you wrong and you’re asking friends or family for advice, it’s typical for at least one person to say, “Forgive and forget.” From my personal experience, neither of these two things are easy, and sometimes I wonder if they’re even possible.
In honor of Camp Lor-Ray beginning its 2014 season… This piece was written for an advanced creative nonfiction course. I wrote it during the first semester of my sophomore year at Western Michigan University (2011). After spending more than ten summer at Camp Lor-Ray I decided to construct a manuscript explaining the importance of summer camp in a child’s life. Interviews with past campers and current staff members were conducted through face-to-face meetings, telephone, and email.
I recently found this list of 25 Things Every Woman Should Have By The Time She Turns 25 and found it pretty insightful. I still have two years to go before I turn 25, but I was curious how I’m faring in life, so I did some comparisons… Continue reading “25 Things To Work On Before I’m 25”