Changes – May 29th

Sometimes life just changes. And it can be scary and make you be brave all at the same time. My life has been that way for the last few months. From taking my very first solo road trip from Southwest Missouri all the way out to Phoenix, Arizona. Along the way my car broke down and I ended up having to spend an extra day in New Mexico, but it was still and awesome trip. I got to see the Grand Canyon and so many cool things along the way. So the brake down was just a small bump in the road. 

This year I did something I don’t usually do, I prayed through choosing a word for the year in January and finally felt lead that my word would be Adventure, hence the aforementioned road trip. What I didn’t realize was that after picking that word how much my willingness to be on an adventure would be put to test. 

On May 5th we had a all plant meeting where I work, just something that we normally do when they want to tell us something. Well, this meeting was not what any of us expected. It was a meeting to tell us we would all be loosing our jobs and that the place I work would be closed and production moved to our sister locations out of state. It was shocking, and I was told I would not have a job after August 7th. I’m not going to lie, tears were shed. And then my mind was racing with so many questions. What am I going to do? 

Now my thoughts are do I stay here, or do I stay true to my word for the year and be adventurous. As I have prayed through the decisions that need to be made I have had the overwhelming feeling that I need to be adventurous. As scary as that is. And so for me the adventure is leading me somewhere I didn’t expect. More on that to come later because it hasn’t fully worked itself out yet. 

But even this week I was reminded by just how much we need to take life and live it even when it’s scary. I had a coworker who had just had their last day and was moving to a new job and she was in an accident on Memorial Day and she passed away. So this has reminded me that sometimes we live life far to safe and comfortable, which I have been so willing to do. So perhaps this door has been opened to stretch my faith and get me out of a rut. 

As always, thanks for listening to my ramblings. And for enjoying my photos. More to come on my adventure as it works itself out. 



Chicago, Again – December 20th


Snapped this shot of beautiful Chicago last weekend. Such a beautiful city! Hope to return soon. I just love walking around this city. I wish I could bottle it and bring some of it back to Missouri with me. But alas, I can’t…

Just in case you are wondering that lovely tall building in the middle of the picture is the Hancock Building. Also has a awesome restaurant in it called the Signature Room, really, really good food. And it has beautiful views of the city at night. The lights of the city actually twinkle, kind of like you are above the stars.

We are prepping for a weekend of rain and freezing rain and thunderstorms down here. Should be very interesting. It’s been so warm here, that 11 inches of snow have vanished in a few days, but that’s what you get when it goes from being really, really cold to the 60’s in a few days. Oh well, you know what they say: if you don’t like the weather, wait an hour it will change. And here comes the rain…

I hope wherever you are the Christmas shopping is done and gifts are wrapped and its a beautiful blue skies day!

Have a blessed day!