Yes, I’m Still Alive :)

Yes, I’m Still Alive :)

I have tried 1,000 times to write a blog post this summer, but I have yet to do more than open a blank draft.  Anything you have read in the past two months was scheduled content,  and I can’t pinpoint the exact reason for my absence on this blog .

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Yes, I work at camp 6 days a week, but I could easily find the time to type a few lines.  It is not for lack of content; I have taken photos, created videos, and written articles for camp all summer.  Spiritual dryness is not the reason either; God’s Word has become more and more precious to me every day for the past two months.  Perhaps my only excuse is that I haven’t really wanted to blog.  I have enjoyed the time away from personal social media (although I am on social media every day for my job).

Celebrating the 4th of July with some epic water balloon fun! Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸

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So here I am, simply to …

  • check in.
  • let all of you know that I am still alive.
  • share some images from the summer.
  • promise that the absence won’t last forever.

I just need one more month at camp before I fully re-emerge to the outside world.

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Summer 2017 Plans

Summer 2017 Plans

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…

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30 Before 30: Year Two

30 Before 30: Year Two

It has been two years since I turned 20 and started completing my 30 before 30 list.  Here is what I have completed this year (to see everything I have finished, go to the 30 before 30 page.

  • Travel to Africa, Europe, or Asia

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  • Step foot in 25 states

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  • Read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation

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  • Play Messy Twister

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In total, I have finished 11 of my 30 goals; I am on track to finish all of them before I turn thirty!

Sea Salt Peanut Butter Fudge (Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series)

Sea Salt Peanut Butter Fudge (Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series)

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Congratulations.  You are about to see some photographic gems from one of my favorite family vacations.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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Fudge

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.”

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbs Blind Spot Sea Salt Peanut Butter
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp honey

Directions

  • 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.

Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

Greenwich Village – Oatmeals and Washington Square Park

 

The Statue of Liberty

 

 

Downtown Manhattan – including the World Trade Center and Wall Street

 

 

Brooklyn – including the Brooklyn Bridge