daily snaps…

It’s been a very busy week… or maybe I should say month. Keeping me on the run from morning till night! My German classes are trying to stress me out… but you know, “He giveth more grace…” I keep praying for the mercies that are renewed every morning, and God never fails.

Just thought I’d share some snaps from the last few weeks. 🙂 I know, I know, I can do so much better, but haven’t found the time! I’ve even been wanting to write, in my spare moments… but it can also turn into an avoidance tactic. If I’m writing for any length of time, I’m probably shirking at something else.

So, now I need to get moving and read some chapters in my schoolbook before heading to class. Have a great week!

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the art of a selfie…

When I received my first digital camera, the idea of self-portraits had yet to cross my consciousness. But they finally came to my attention, when I moved away to Pennsylvania. How else was I supposed to let my mom know how I was looking, or let her see how long my hair was growing? This type of documentation was wasteful, when you had a film camera, because you might waste your money on a stupid looking photo. IMG_5531 But I had yet to figure out how you were supposed to look. While some people look cool when they’re expressionless, I tend to look angry… or just ridiculous. It took me a little while to discover that if you make yourself laugh, on purpose, you can get a smiling photo of yourself. I also taught this to at least one of my brothers, in order to get better smiles in family photos.IMG_5544

Recently, going through my photos, I came across some of my early self-portraits, from when I first arrived in Pennsylvania. That was the era when I wore tie-dye shirts advertising The Happy Berry, while I was doing my job (I was the housekeeping manager of a year-round camp). Also, this was back when I only wore makeup when my friends “made me over” or when I was in a wedding. Makeup was a waste of time. IMG_5532So, I’ve taken these old color photos and played around with Picasa, until I came up with something that looks much better. They still catch the expressions, but don’t show the horror of the bad lighting and the makeup-lessness. Besides, I had fun editing them.IMG_5533

Hope you enjoy my younger self. These were taken in 2007.IMG_5545