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Canada & Back Again

Certain people collect certain things -- be it coins, coffee mugs, magnets, shoes, knives, or wind chimes.

Tangible things just don't do it for me. So I collect memories.

If you are lucky enough to know my husband, Josiah, you know that his love language is gifts -- and he speaks it very, very well. Nothing brings him more joy than showering those he loves with treasures. After 6 years of marriage and beautiful gifts, Josiah gifted me something that speaks both our love languages: an adventure. Back in May, we packed up the Honda and drove to British Columbia. These photos are just a portion of all the memories I was able to collect in those magnificent 10 days.

Our first stop was in Eureka,CA to visit my 2 brothers and my darling someday-sister-in-law...

oh, and my dog-nephew Thorin. he's basically THE SWEETEST THING EVER.

we then continued onto Seattle.
now, I'm not a city person. in the least.
but I ADORE this city.

mostly because there is a troll under a bridge.

we dropped by Josiah's cousin's salon for a quick (and AWESOME) hair-change.

and then crossed stadium #6 (of 30) off our baseball bucket list: The Mariners.

then it was off to White Rock, B.C. to visit our kickass photographer friends, Trav + Ash.

I have never met anyone with a heart for animals like these two.
for just a taste of their love of furry critters, check out this story of how they rescued their dog Pickles from certain death in Thailand.

...and I can't forget their other fur-child, Soda, who was also rescued from Thailand...

we spent one of our days adventuring along a local trail in Whistler to discover a train wreck from 1957.


p.s. the Pacific Northwest is beyond stunning.

on our way home, we made a quick overnight stop in Bellingham, WA to visit my sweet aunt.
...and also to get ice cream from our favorite spot.

and an even quicker stop in Corvallis, OR to visit a pair of childhood friends who serendipitously got married shortly after we did...

10 days, 1200 miles & 1 Harry Potter novel (read aloud) later, we made it home.
I will treasure this adventure with my beloved for the rest of my life.

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Carnival Cruise

Back in January, I embarked on 4 day cruise with 3 of my dearest friends. Although I learned that I don't function well confined in a small space with girls (and thousands of other people, for that matter), and that cruises are most definitely not for me... the adventures we had when we got off the boat are some that I will treasure for the rest of my existence.

I didn't take my "real" camera onshore in Ensenada, but we had a hell of a time zip lining and snappin' selfies regardless.

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Rosarito, Mexico

Oh, Mexico. What to say about you...

Back in October, Saman and Natalie invited Jenna and I to come photograph their wedding in Rosarito.
Our time there was short, sweet, and full of memories that will bring both Jenna and I into a laughing fit.
From the easiest border crossings ever (I knew the immigrations officer coming back into the US. this is seriously he smallest of worlds), to our encounter with a shopkeeper named Manuel (who showed us Mexican hospitality and dressed us up for the photo you'll see) -- Jenna and I practiced saying "yes" to adventure and took a few photographs along the way...

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Adventure Always

"Sometimes our light goes out, but it is blown into an instant flame by an encounter with another human being."
- Albert Schweitzer

Back in October, I took my soul on an adventure aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California -- to the Adventure Always artist gathering. This is the 3rd year I've attended, and each year I create more relationships and life-long friendships that I ever could have imagined. There is something so spectacular about being in a place where you are surrounded by kindred spirits, souls with similar markings as yours, hearts that are hungry for adventure and inspiration. It's magic, really.

My newest personal challenge has been to document more of my own life for once, so I did my best to carry my camera with me... but I still managed to have already packed it away when my friends and I went on a spontaneous ship-exploration (facepalm). Thus, basically any photos you see of me in this blog post were taken by the amazing Jenna Marie :)

Though the photos may be few, I wanted to also share a few things that travelled back with me -- whether scrawled on the pages of my journal or piggy-backing on my full heart...

"God will take you where you did not expect to go, to produce in you what you could not bring about on your own." - The Parsons

a beautiful reminder:

what I do MATTERS.

{above, the result of our 8am confetti fight}

--------------> JOY is a CHOICE.

"be a story LISTENER. and then a story TELLER." - Jonas Peterson

I want to capture real things. real stories. real emotions. sometimes those things aren't pretty. aren't happy. aren't perfect.
SO. WHAT.
I want to capture and document the messy part of life. the ugly part of life.
Because it's just as real {and important} as the pretty parts.

{these next few images I stole from my friends Christina & Brian from Shaw Photography Co.}

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Fern Canyon

Last month, Josiah and I took Griffin on a road trip up to Eureka to photograph some dear friends & visit my brother and his girlfriend.
I totally slacked and hardly took any photos at all.... but I'm okay with that. Instead of taking in the view through a lens, my own eyes got to take a turn.
End result? A peace that only fresh air can bring and one happy, happy soul.

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