Beautiful

Setting Sun

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/10, 1/80 sec, ISO-500  |  Near Austin, Texas, USA

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/10, 1/80 sec, ISO-500  |  Near Austin, Texas, USA

When we were driving through Texas visiting our family and friends, we stopped in Austin, Texas and saw Joshua's Uncle and Aunt. They took us to this fun Mexican restaurant that was overlooking what you see above(!!). We got to watch the sun set as we caught up on life and ate a delicious dinner. It was pretty amazing. I felt so thankful in that moment to be with them and to see God's handiwork. 

Currently, we're in Houston spending time with Joshua's grandparents and will soon switch to my parents. I can't believe that it's already June 9th--time is whizzing by so quickly! It reminds me that the time we have in our lives is so limited. It's so important that we do the most excellent things with the time we're given. We don't know when our lives will end. I don't know about you, but I still have a lot to do with my life! :)  

Live today to its fullest!

-Ashley

When Disappointment Comes

Have you had those moments where you were really hoping for something to happen and it didn't? Perhaps you were expecting a promotion and it fell through. Maybe you were expecting to be pregnant by now, and you're not. Or possibly you were expecting to be further along in life right now than where you're at....and it's just disappointing.

Today I was listening to this song for the first time and the lyrics were this:

I know that all things are working for my good. He’s Intentional. Never failing.
— Travis Green, "Intentional"

It was really impacting to me. Mostly because I realized that everything that God does in our lives is intentional. Nothing is left up to coincidence. That gave me so much hope! 

Hope that God is not far and distant, but is right beside me, walking with me through everything in my life. He is weaving everything together and it's a perfect plan, even though it doesn't seem so perfect at times. God is intentional with every detail. How amazing.

Even these lovely flowers above were intentionally created by Him for me (and you) to look at in awe of. God is truly wonderful.

I hope that brings some encouragement to you today like it did me! 

-Ashley

Colorado Landscape

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/16, 1/100 sec, ISO-400

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/16, 1/100 sec, ISO-400

When we were in Colorado, I asked my friends to take us by a beautiful landscape and they sure delivered! This is near Estes Park (if not in Estes Park--not completely sure) and even though I was freezing I took some photos of these beautiful mountains. Landscapes are not normally my forte (I prefer pictures of people), but it was fun to capture some of these to share with you all!

-Ashley

Snowy Landscape

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/5, ISO320, 1/4000 sec

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/5, ISO320, 1/4000 sec

We're currently in Colorado and I am amazed by all the snow. This Texan girl has only seen snow maybe.....5 times in her life? That might be pushing it. The entire time we were driving around the city to our friends house, I was very tempted to jump out of the car and jump in all of the snow! It just looked so fresh, white and untouched. Who wouldn't want to jump in it?! :)

Another thing I am not used to AT ALL is the cold. How do people survive in this?! I think my blood has thinned out so much that I have no tolerance for cold weather. There is something wonderful about snow and the cold, but I think I'd prefer heat still. :) Call me crazy--I'm used to it. If you live in the cold/snow props to you. I look up to you. :)

I will hopefully post some more photos of our time here soon. There is a lot of beautiful things to see here. And, I still have my portrait of the week, which will be coming up soon! Enjoy your day today!

-Ashley

Watching the Sunset

As we were waiting for fireworks in July, we got there early to get a good spot and happened to watch the sunset. It was actually quite beautiful--I love Phoenix sunsets. They can be so beautiful. Texas is the same way!

So last night I was one of those crazies that decided to go watch Star Wars! :) We weren't planning on going actually, but my Mom and Dad at the last minute decided to go get tickets and go, so we joined them! 

The theater was packed and throughout the entire movie everyone was clapping and cheering! It was quite fun...and dorky. :) It was so big that there was even a news crew that came and taped us in line and as we walked into the theater!

If you plan on watching Star Wars, go do it. It was a good movie.

Happy Friday!

-Ashley

Serene & Peaceful

If I remember correctly, I took this picture very early in the morning. We had just spent the entire night on a train traveling south and then we hopped on this ferry to go to an island. I remember standing in front of this sight on the pier, with the wind in my face, thinking how serene it was. There was hardly any noise (because of how early it was), the sun was still rising, the sky was blue and the waters were still. I'm thankful for these moments!

On another note, I finished reading a book the other day that really rocked my world. It's incredibly short (which is wonderful) and it is for those folks who are crazy busy. :) Guess what the name is? Hint: Just look at the previous sentence. 

Okay, if you haven't figured it out, it's called Crazy Busy. I'll post more about this tomorrow. It's worth it's own post!

Have a great day/night (wherever you're at)!

-Ashley

Beautiful Kentucky

I was surprised when I went to Kentucky how beautiful it is there. Of course, I only went to Lexington and a small city East of Lexington, but what I did see was quite beautiful. This picture is from up a hill by our friend's house. It was so beautiful and quiet there! 

Where we're now at (and where we live for that matter!) is such the complete opposite. Don't get me wrong, some parts are beautiful, but it's mostly loud and a concrete jungle. I sometimes think I'd prefer a concrete jungle, mostly because I have no idea how to handle things in the country (for example, ticks?! That was a first for me in KY!). But it's nice to go to those places when you can, to drink in the clean air and beauty. It makes you relax and slow down.

Hope that despite where you're at in the world that you'd find a way to slow down today and enjoy whatever beauty is around you! 

-Ashley

The Beauty of Flowers

I really love sun flowers. These aren't quite sunflowers--I did a little research and the closest I can find is an "Ox-Eyed Sunflower"--regardless, I think they're beautiful. 

My mom, sister and I went on a photo walk in downtown Houston and we came across these beautiful flower beds. Needless to say, we ended up staying in this area for some time. I will venture to say that you will see quite a few more from this photo walk! 

Day 2 down! :) Let's see if day 3 happens! 

-Ashley