In August 2014, I had no idea the power of a simple Google search. All I knew was that I didn’t want to spend another summer working a desk job, so I began hunting for other options. I typed “Christian camp photographer” into the search bar, and the rest is history…
I am 10 days away from graduation, and I have spent the entire day doing three things:
- Packing my dorm room
- Completing numerous “exit interviews”
- Playing Scrabble
Currently, boxes and bags are strewn around me, one of the exit surveys is open in another tab on my computer, and I am trying to make a word out of LESONRV.
I have mastered multitasking. But I can’t finish the exit survey. I am stuck at the question that says:
If you could begin college again, would you choose to attend PIU?
I wish that “I don’t know” was an option. On one hand, I have loved my time here. I have made great friends, learned how to be a teacher, and grown closer to my Savior. I don’t regret choosing PIU.
On the other hand, my interests have changed. If I could start over, I would major in graphic design or photojournalism or video production. As a result, I wouldn’t attend PIU.
I am weighing my answer because the survey assures me that all of my responses are “valuable input.” I think about all of the memories that I would have missed if I hadn’t attended PIU–dreaming aloud with my roommate late at night, walking downtown to get smoothies, slowly tubing on the New River, bravely fighting cockroaches with my cousin, sledding the hill at Sparks Field, playing kickball in the pouring rain, throwing spaghetti noodles on the green, teaching 30 fifth-graders for 16 weeks. These were the best of times, and I would have missed all of it if I had attended a different college.
So I think my answer is “yes.” Yes, if I could begin college again, I would attend PIU.
Oh…and I just made the word ROSE for 29 points.
In 2014, a Google search introduced me to Pine Cove, and I accepted a job as a camp photographer a few months later.
However, there are a few things that Google did not tell me about Pine Cove, and when I walked onto Pine Cove soil for the first time, I was a little surprised.
- Travel to Africa, Europe, or Asia
- Step foot in 25 states
- Read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation
- Play Messy Twister
In total, I have finished 11 of my 30 goals; I am on track to finish all of them before I turn thirty!
Congratulations. You are about to see some photographic gems from one of my favorite family vacations.
In the late spring of 2004, I visited Mackinac Island with my brother, parents, and grandparents.
We spent the entire morning riding our bikes through clouds of gnats. Yes, clouds, so thick that you couldn’t see, so dense that you felt the bugs smacking against your face.
By lunchtime, we were so hot and sticky that we didn’t want food. I believe that my lunch consisted of a soft drink and Payday candy bar. (Side note: I must have really liked my bicycle helmet. This is the only picture of me on the island where I am not wearing my purple helmet.)
When afternoon came, we bought souvenirs. I selected a purple t-shirt and a key chain. But the real treat was the iconic Mackinac Island dessert.
Fudge’s rise in the U.S. can be traced to Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. This vacation spot has been linked to fudge for more than 85 years, so much so that northern Michiganders often refer to tourists—out-of-towners in search of fudge—as “fudgies.”
- 2 tbs Blind Spot Sea Salt Peanut Butter
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp honey
- Heat all ingredients up in a small saucepan over medium heat until stir-able. Stir ingredients together.
- Pour mixture into shallow dish or ice cube tray. Freeze for 2 hours.
- Eat and enjoy!
- Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer.
Original recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie.
Determining my favorite photos from 2016 was next to impossible because I took pictures of so many different things! I took literally thousands of photos throughout the year for…
- H & L’s Engagement
- Camp in the City
- My personal trip to Arizona
- Our family trip to Pennsylvania
- The video I made in Togo
- Messy Twister
- M & K’s Date-iversary
- My trip to Michigan
- A Family Day Trip To NYC
- Christmas Day
- Traveling through Connecticut
But, after agonizing decision-making, these are the ten photos I chose.