Monthly Archives: January 2012

Snowboarding at Snowshoe! (iPhone pics)

this past weekend, john and i and some of our best friends went up to west virginia to spend the weekend boarding! it was radical!

it just so happened that the winter x games were going on over the weekend. so very inspiring.! kamikazes.

pizza party!

we got some great night boarding in, too. but it was so freezing!

me and my boarding BFF! (and sam desperately trying to get into our photo)

john will post the action shots of us riding asap. stay tuned! =}

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“All our discontents about what we want appeared to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.”
Daniel Defoe

thankfulness. gratitude. how often am i thankful for what is in my life. for the moment. for all the little joys, and all the big ones? how many days go past without me expressing my gratitude to God for everything he gives me? yes, i thank him before i eat my food, but some days i think that’s about as far as i get. if i enjoy something, to not be thankful for it, doesn’t it rob it of half of its joy? if God gives me a gift and i don’t thank him for it, what was it to me?
or those moments, those parts of the day that aren’t particularly wonderful, the little irritations or the mundane, what if i thanked God for them before complaining for them?
so i have started on a journey of thankfulness. every day i keep a journal next to me. and whenever something makes me smile, makes my heart warm, i write it down. whenever something makes me laugh.. be it a joke from a friend or something as simple as the blue sky on a cloudless day, i jot it down. and the mundane, the irritations? i’m learning to, instead of grumbling under my breath, before i complain about them, i write them down. sometimes i grit my teeth as my pen scribbles the ink letters on the page, but i do it just the same. then i stop and read what i just wrote down, in my thankfulness journal, and more often than not it makes me laugh. i’m thankful for that?! and then the irritation slips away.
it’s like pollyanna’s glad game. it makes me happy. and it makes me more connected to the one that i’m thanking. sometimes, when i laugh at what i wrote, i can hear him laughing, too.

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and the winner is…

“Good morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out farther than the brim of his shady hat.
“What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
“All of them at once,” said Bilbo.
-J.R.R. Tolkien, from The Hobbit

The giveaway winner is about to be announced! I entered your comments into and came up with number 5. The winner being….

You shall receive The Hobbit!

To everyone else – thanks for participating! Have a happy rest of the week!

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you know you’re a photographer when…

you think the water boiling over is so pretty.. the bubbles floating and falling off the sides..
that instead of turning down the heat to keep the water from splashing and burning on the stovetop,
you take pictures.


rainboarding! sugar mountain.

next weekend we are going on a snowboarding trip at snowshoe ski area. so this past saturday we had planned to go up to sugar mtn to warm up a little bit before the trip. well.. it rained. all day. so john, daryl, sarah and i just headed up to the area anyway, hoping the rain would stop and figuring we could hang out at coffee shops till it did.

which, of course, is exactly what we did. it was a perfect coffee shop day. foggy, rain drizzling, a little breezy.. just .. not such a great ski day.

at the coffee shop they were selling these necklaces made with a nicaraguan coin. and the proceeds from the sale went back to fund a mission in nicaragua who help the hungry and needy. i couldn’t resist.

finally the rain stopped and we got to go for the night session. it sprinkled a little bit and the snow was extremely wet but it was still fun.

while we were waiting for the night session in the lodge, a hillbilly bluegrass band graced us with their live performance. after a couple songs we all thought we were going to go mad. after an hour and a half of it, we did.

it was dark of course and very foggy, so the lights streaking through the fog and the silhouettes of dark trees and people made the feel very eerie and adventurous. (for a little redneck ski area with barely any snow. hey, its good to have imagination!)

(excuse the mediocre quality of the last four photos, they’re iPhone pics.)
have a happy monday full of rain and coziness!

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