Wednesday, August 31, 2011

sweet boy

babies are wondrous little things. it's so strange to look at my dearest nephew, Fletcher Gabriel, and realize he's going to be a man someday.

and what a good man he is going to be.

Monday, August 29, 2011

journal entry.

August 28th 2011
...God didn't create us to wait for things to get better. no.
we don't wait. we just live.
we kick up the dirt on the path and we dance in it.
we run until we tumble to the ground.
we close our eyes when the wind blows to truly feel its touch.
we sing to the tune of the rustling grass.
and we breath in rhythm with the leaves crunching beneath our feet.
no, no. we don't wait for life to happen.
we just go. we just do.

Friday, August 26, 2011

I need it, yes I need it. The closer that I grow, the more I come to know how much I need the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus is like the widow's oil-when it's all you have it's all you'll ever need.
-Andrew Peterson.

Ah this quiet week of self-pity and self-reflection is coming to a close. I am breathing a sigh of relief with the knowledge of school starting Monday. I cannot wait to wake up each day with a strong sense of purpose. I will wake up knowing that I am a student, an artist, and (most importantly) a light for Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

journal entry.

August 22nd 2011.
I feel like my life is awful right now. even though I know it isn't. A flood of complaints continues to pour out my mouth while discontented thoughts collect like dust in my mind. I am lonely, jealous, and a bit heart-broken. Why? because.
I am wrong in the way I feel, but it seems like there's no turning back. the door of summer, oh glorious summer, is being slammed and locked behind me. What window is opening? is it a simple white-shuttered window opening to simple happiness? is it a lofty bay window opening to great ambitions? No. for now, all I see is the door of a damp crawl-space creaking open...and I know all I'll find inside is dark, filthy discontent.
How can I make the sweet smells of the past waft into the dingy present? How can I make the golden sunshine of summer break through this blackness?
maybe that's it.
maybe I don't need to focus "How can I"...
no. I need to release my white-knuckled grip on what I think is my own. and focus on "Lord You will."
Lord You will. How I wish, hope, pray I can believe it.
Lord You will.

*disclaimer: this is really from my journal, that's why the thoughts seem a bit intimate. but, I want to take it as a challenge, artistically and personally, to publish a journal entry every so often. I feel like it's a good thing to be able to accurately express what you're feeling in words. and it's an even better thing to be transparent. *

Mary Emily

Sunday, August 21, 2011

sometimes a sick day is just what I need.
if the pain in my head would stop, I would be most perfectly happy.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Adj.1.head-in-the-clouds - guided by whim and fancy; "flighty young girls"

so I looked up this afternoon and saw that there were no clouds in the sky.
so I got to work.

Ah! that's a better view. I made sure to include a pink lemonade cloud and a couple gray clouds to keep me grounded.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

you know that feeling

you get when your heart's a little overwhelmed and your head is too full of other things to understand?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Someone recently wished me sunshine in my life. I think that some little grey clouds are going to be hanging around me for a while, but sunshine will peek through eventually.

I'm beginning to get cabin fever at work.
The weather has been delightful and I've been trapped in an artificial arctic. I spend most of my time answering questinos for poor, confused people. When I'm not doing that, I'm laughing with the people I work with and staring out the large windows, wishing I could go on a walk outside. But I can't.
Because of this, I get a little restless and have to walk around a lot and imagine lots of things. Also, I've been really impulsive. Last night I dyed my hair blue/green. I like it quite a lot, but it is a little crazy. That's what the pictures are of. I'll take some cool ones once I get time.
Also, today I had my first migraine since I went gluten-free two weeks ago! I've had little headaches, but nothing huge until today. SO I think this whole diet change might be working. hooray.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

crippled conscience

If you're thinking about doing something regarding your conscience-do it. Unless you're content with living mediocrity. Set your crippled conscience free. Sometimes we're so used to our brokenness, we don't care to be repaired.
-Frank May

oh dear. I have quite a crippled conscience. The thick dark cloths of my own sin gag its tiny voice. So all I hear is my sin telling me that it is quite alright to be judgmental, impatient, and jaded. It tells me I'm an okay person living an okay life...all the while my crippled conscience pokes and prods my heart just enough to remind me that it's not okay to just be okay.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

little foxes

(This is Emmy. She was one of Jenny's day-campers during week 3. Jenny wrote me about Emmy. She seemed like quite a romantic little girl. This photograph and a couple others of her are some of my most favorites I took all summer. Her face is just too sweet...oh also, you should click on the image to make it enhances the viewing experience)

"Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom."
-Song of Solomon 2:15

Today was full of little foxes. These little foxes that ate the grapes on the vine...and even though there are many more grapes left, I, the vineyard keeper, let the few missing grapes spoil the rest of my day. Me getting upset over the pesky foxes definitely reminded me that I am a fallen creature who needs a perfect Lord.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Gluten Freedom and a small list of things I love

My breakfast this morning honestly tasted like eating corn-on-the-cob. BUT it really wasn't that bad. Thus a gluten-free school year begins.

things I love right now:

1) organizing. ever since I got home, I've been on a strange organization kick. So far, I've organized letters, spices, books, desk drawers, the tea cabinet, and my bathroom. I wonder what else I'm going to organize!
2) Listening to Band of Horses and Family Airplane while editing camp pictures.
3) Living camp all over again because of editing camp pictures and writing captions.
4) Listening to certain songs and laughing really hard because of camp (i.e. FAther's hunting in the forest, MOther's cooking in the home...)
5) Telling people about camp.
6) Writing people from camp letters.
7) Journaling stories and things about camp.

so basically....I love camp.

Mary Emily