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Running around the playground

Yesterday we went with our Lifegroup to the park. It was absolutely beautiful weather, warm and slightly breezy. Pizza, frisbee, balls, playground and a handful of little girlies running around non-stop. It was so much fun.

All kicked back and relaxed..

I love my life group.. everyone needs friends like them. We laugh a lot.. talk about anything and everything, and most of all, they inspire me to keep running the race. So on fire for Christ.
-beth

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masquerade birthday party!

my best party animal buddy had her 22 birthday last week and had a marvelous masquerade party!

putting the candles on the cake..


john made his signature espresso drinks. =}

absolutely delicious food: shiskabobs, coconut rice and salad.

we played a hilarious take on hot potato. we set the camera on timer and passed the camera around the circle. you had to hold the camera facing you as in a self portrait and then pass it on to the next person. the person that the timer went off on and subsequently took a photo of had to share an embarrassing moment!

happy 22nd to one of my best friends in the world. i don’t know what i would do without you. <3
-beth

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of sandwiches and saying goodbye.


john’s sister ruth and brand new husband mahlon are moving to new york. so far away. right now. they stopped in on their way home from their honeymoon on monday night and i kept dragging out the actual goodbye. so today me and john and sam met them at the sandwich shop for one last lunch together before they left.

i’m still not liking the idea of getting used to life with them so far away. i didn’t want to think about it.. but now i don’t really have that luxury anymore. cuz they’re gone. that’s how life is, i know. letting people go as they move on to new paths and dreams and directions in life. and we can’t hold on. my mom always told me to hold people with open fingers.


and here’s the cute newlywed couple. =}


and here’s one of us. =}

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~From the movie Annie

i love you guys. and i’ll miss you more than you know. have an awesome new life in new york with all the best.
-beth

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florida trip! {second half}



delicious fresh salmon.. grilled with lemon by sam. so so so yummy.

ruth’s bachlorette party.. with a spa theme. manis and pedis and facial masks and yummy treats and music and candles..

the sunrise, our first of our trip.. beautifully streaking across the sky on ruth and mahlon’s wedding day.. =}



we came to this park to see if we could spot manatee. apparently it was a good place to catch sight of them. well. we didn’t see a single one. but we got quite the comedy show from the pelicans!

this guy was absolutely determined to get some free fish from the fisherman. they weren’t so impressed. but he wouldn’t give up.

it was a beautiful trip. so peaceful and relaxing.. so much time to be with friends. and i like florida now. and no, i didn’t want to leave. =} -beth

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beach trip! iPhone photos


often our trips are best expressed through our iPhone photos.. the little moments and the little joys. so excuse the poor quality of some of these photos.. but i just couldn’t leave them out because they so perfectly expressed those moments. :)

house of joe. we found this coffee shop at the beginning of the trip and frequented it during the week. the owner is friends with our very own bald guy brew of blowing rock and goes snowboarding there, so it made a rather quick friendship. besides the coffee and smoothies were superb and the atmosphere wonderful, so who could blame us for going there every other day?

most of the days were overcast and a bit windy.. but gorgeous none the less. and hey, we didn’t have to worry about sunburns. :) i actually love the beach when it’s chilly and breezy. when there’s clouds and dark skies. it’s more wild somehow.

ruth’s 21st birthday actually fell on her wedding day, but they threw her a little party at the crab shack we went to a couple nights before. it was overlooking the bay and quite a charming little place with delicious food. she was pretty delighted when they brought her a chocolate brownie for her birthday.

i love storms on the beach. the incredible strength and power of it all makes one feel so small and awed. the howling wind, surging waves and lightning striking on the horizon is enough to make you realize this life isn’t all just about me.


during our spa themed bachlorette party for ruth, the guys went out and got sushi. mmm. look at that? so beautiful. yes i’m jealous.

and the wedding day dawned beautiful with our first real sunrise of the trip. for real. how special is that?

i have too much to say about her wedding.. so maybe i will just not say anything. it was beautiful. and i almost cried during the entire ceremony.

coffee shop again, yes!


goy and i had pinky promised to go and try to see the sea manatee while we were there. so the night after the wedding goy and daryl, andrea, rob, john and i went to this park that was supposedly the best place to sight them. we watched a beautiful sunset, laughed at the clumsy pelicans and admired dolphins lithely dipping in and out of the water around us, but no sea manatees. maybe next time..


afterwards we went to this delicious restaurant with the most curious of names.. “the yellow dog”. i admit we were turned off by the name at first as it revoked images of shaggy yellow dogs shaking off ocean water.. but we got over it and were delightfully surprised at the incredible dinner we ate. i can honestly say i had the best tilapia i’ve ever enjoyed in my entire life.

and with that, the beach trip came to a close. i was sorry to leave. i always am. the beach, as all wild places, is so refreshing, so healing, so rejuvenating. i never want to leave places like that. and for some reason God feels closer. i don’t know why.

we headed over to “the jungle” where john’s parents live to spend an evening with them before heading home. they work at a boy’s camp in the middle of a jungle, complete with alligators and wild pigs and all! it’s an incredible place.

i sat in front of the fire watching the sparks fly around and feeling the warmth against my face and pondered. how this was one of those moments where i realize life will be different from now on. not in a bad way, just different. change. letting go.

embracing the moments that i’m living. with the people i’m living them with. to never take those moments for granted. because they’re gone so quickly. there’s more beautiful moments around the corner, yes, but what of the moments i lived and did not enjoy? they are lost to me. so i resolve to enjoy ever moment. every person.


-beth

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project 365: day 34

so this post might confuse you all a little bit, and with good reason. this is my first photo in project 365 and its already day 34? here’s what happened. i wanted to do that this year (a photo every day) but i forgot until about a week ago. so i decided better late than never, so here i am, starting a month late. =}

packing! i’m leaving for a week at the beach in florida with friends tomorrow! my sister-in-law is getting married and the bridal party are all staying at a beach house together the week before. i’m so excited! but not so sure about the 90 degree weather down there.. =/ thank God there’s an ocean to jump into!

and yes, there’s actually two photos for today. i thought my dinner looked rather delicious so the food photographer that i am, i had to take a photo of it.. there’s actually a fillet of salmon hiding underneath that sauce. did i ever mention that i adore salmon?
happy friday and i hope you have a delightful weekend! next week be checking in for beach photos!

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I’m weird cuz I hate goodbyes…


I honestly think I have the most amazing friends in the world. The way they love me.. they way they care and understand. And they’re terribly fun to hang out with, too!
There’s no way I could express how much they mean to me..
But I can try.
I’m gonna miss you, Cheryl.. SO much. <3
[oh and don't worry.. I'll have lots of parties with Yo while you're gone]
-beth

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