Katie Kime

Katie Kime

  Can’t think of anyone I’d rather trek around Austin with.  The Beautiful Katie Kime.  Her designs are lovely as she is.  Look her up!...
ACF Northwest Baptism

ACF Northwest Baptism

Recently, many gathered at an ACF family’s home and watched as 4 kids demonstrated something big in their lives.  A friend of mine said it’s like demonstrating to the world something that’s already taken place in you. I so enjoyed being a part of it, and am super excited about the new lives these kids began in Jesus.  DNow is this weekend, and many kids around Austin will be spending the weekend learning to be the feet and hands of Christ in their schools and communities.  They’ll learn more about what following can really look like:  Freedom from the things that entangle us, Beautiful Joy, and  Real Love.  For more DNow information click here: http://acfellowship.org/northwest/students/nw-students/dnow-2013/  ...
Fellow Photographer & Friend.

Fellow Photographer & Friend.

Recently at EAST, East Austin Studio Tour, many of my friends had their work displayed at Soma Vida on Rosewood.  I believe some of it will continue to hang until the end of the year.  If you get a chance, go by and check some of it out. One of the photographers, Sarah, had some amazing pieces from Alaska, Guatemala, and other various travels.  She and I headed out one day and I was blessed to enjoy dinner, and a quick shoot for some shots of her.  Here’s a few.  To check out her work,...
ACF-Northwest Launch

ACF-Northwest Launch

A beautiful first service for Austin Christian Fellowship (ACF) Northwest!   Small Groups have been gathering for months at the direction of Thom Fulmer, Pastor of ACF Northwest, growing relationships, community and preparing for this day.  So many have been working toward this day for a long time and it felt a lot like family watching so many families and kids from area schools walking in the door. God’s done great things through the Fulmers and the many families that show up to help set up on Sunday so others can come hear the Gospel.  ACF Northwest meets at Murchison Middle School at 10 a.m. on Sundays....
Costa Rica – Vidas Jovenas

Costa Rica – Vidas Jovenas

Last summer we were blessed to spend part of our summer with Young Life in Central America capturing a little bit of what they do.  I remembered that I sent this to some friends, but never actually posted online.  This video was for the special purpose of thanking donors and supporters across North America and locally. I loved being able to spend time with these people at club, in their homes, and seeing how this community comes together on behalf of the families they serve.  ...
Speak Life

Speak Life

Elementary School is again in session.  I’m reminded of how important our words are to our families and our kids as schedules and homework and “routine’ begin to threaten the freedom we felt over the summer.  In just two weeks we begin our 5th Grade girls bible study, and already, I am hearing stories of these girls reaching out to new kids, or kids having a bad day, and I see their friendships being rooted in something that matters. It reminded me of last Spring, when these girls all got together after school, and filled balloons with messages of hope, love and encouragement.  The excitement they had in releasing the balloons had everything to do with how much they loved being part of something that might speak life into someone that desperately needed it. After praying that the messages go directly to people that needed them, the girls rushed out, counted down from 3, and let them go!  I love how in a world of cynicism (especially now in an election year) they are learning early how to choose between speaking life or joining the masses in criticism and negativity. I’m so hopeful for the school year and how some amazing parents are getting it right. Working together in community, and raising thoughtful kids. Let’s really see our kids; see all they can be. Speak life into them and they’ll learn to speak life into...
Nica Orphanage

Nica Orphanage

Here’s a few shots of an orphanage in Managua, Nicaragua. I stopped in to see if I could help out, and snapped a few shots while there.  The Young Life Expedition team was there, and were doing a great job of loving on the babies and kids that live there.  It was beautiful watching babies being held,  fed and adored by each of these college...
Another Ordinary Family…

Another Ordinary Family…

This summer, while in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, we’ve met so many families living poured out lives for the sake of the Gospel.  One thing that keeps standing out as we meet each new person is that the one valuable thing they have isn’t within themselves, but rather a complete surrender to Someone they happen to know well.  Our Pastor back home wrote yesterday about the great purpose for each ordinary person, and as I read it I remembered how it seems a realization of our own brokenness happens oftentimes just before some of our biggest adventures in faith.  He shared how he ran into old friends that are walking away from everything they worked for, everything they thought they ever wanted to make their lives about something more valuable.  I feel blessed that God moves in the hearts of all of us. My prayer is that we’ll all learn to listen.  Following costs each of us something different b/c our expectations and ideas are different , but we all gain the same thing.   Hope in an eternal Truth that brings a freedom you can’t create, buy, or produce on your own.  To get it, you search, question, fall, and learn to get back up.  Then you learn to trust and to believe.  You learn to jump into the unknown, and the adventure builds and builds until you’ve built such a story with the One that guides you that you have to share it. Spending time with the Rodgers family was a high point in our journey while here.  Their story was one of longing to go, but...

The Gift of Life Change

Visiting Matagalpa, Nicaragua was up high on the list of things we’ve experienced that renew our strength, build our faith in how the darkest of circumstances will never eliminate anyone from experiencing renewal if there’s an intersection with Jesus.   In fact, story after story of Him meeting them in the brokenness spurs us as North Americans, with all our entitlement and ease of life, to consider joining those who have no such understanding of such carelessness, ease, or even our striving for such things.    The stories we heard of gangs, abandonment, and truly a past of hopeless poverty has actually refined so many of these leaders here in Nicaragua to be strong in faith, and desperate to introduce Jesus to others.  Here’s a few shots of La Finca Vida Joven Camp in the mountains of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.  A place God uses well to bring kids to Himself, in a safe place to make a decision about eternity....

San Juan del sur

Beautiful San Juan del sur.  A great small and slow-paced surf town.  Enjoyed our time there.  Here’s a shot from our hike up to the highest point one day....