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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Raindrops on Roses

I adore flowers. Something about them just leaves me in awe of God. I am always so impressed that He could create even one perfect petal, and even more overwhelmed when I remember He created all flowers, let alone the whole universe! Here in Namibia, where the landscape is mostly brown sand and rocks, every tiny flower is like a breath of fresh air, a little glimpse of how He cares for us.







Flowers are even more beautiful when covered with raindrops!















Saturday, February 20, 2010

Jesus Loves the Little Children (cont'd)

As you can see from my previous post, we love and live with some precious little ones. We see God in them daily- in their uniqueness, creativity, affection, talent, and enthusiasm. Here are some more shots of our African kids- we just can’t get enough of them!!!




























Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Currently, Josh and I are living in Namibia serving as missionaries, but that has not quelled my passion for photography. Quite the opposite, in fact- Africa has challenged and grown my skill and passion for photography. It is an incredibly raw place- what you see is what you get. I have been forced to search for true beauty, rather than having the luxury of relying on an attractive but fabricated fa├žade. I have found that reality is not always pretty, but it’s often beautiful.

The first place I found true beauty in Africa was in the children. They, along with serving Jesus, are my passion. I am daily impressed with their honesty and purity. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the kids we’ve come to love.

These are some of the precious children from the preschool we work at.


Josh and our friend Steve playing catch with the kids- they LOVED it!


With faith like a child...

Some of the students I taught at a farm school.


Too cute for words.


Josh and a good buddy.

At farm camp.

Pure joy : )


Best friends.



Please check back soon for more shots to come!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Be Mine

I love love. If you don't already know that, I would recommend that you go back and read the intro at the top of the page : )

I am not necessarily talking about the mushy, romantic, sugary-sweet, pink-and-red-hearts, butterflies-in-your-tummy kind of love (although that can be nice, too).

What inspires me is true love. I believe God is the source of love, is love personified, and real love is modeled on how He loves us.

Sacrifice.

Servanthood.

Commitment.

I have been blessed to have role models in my life who have truly loved, who have shown me that it's possibly to love one person for your whole life. I owe them a debt of gratitude.

But when God sent my husband into my life, I saw Christ's love personified in a new way. He teaches me about love everyday, by his example. Even though we are imperfect beings, by God's grace we have been allowed to be a part of a love relationship that, according to Scripture, reflects God's love.

I could go on and on about my valentine, but I won't. At least not here. If you would like to read a bit more about my amazing husband, check out this post I wrote over at my other blog.

For now, I will leave you with an image I took of the two of us (using a timer) on the coast of Namibia.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Strauss, Part II

Welcome to to the second half of the Strauss wedding photos!

Once we left Celeste's house, we drove directly to the church, where the bridesmaids and flowergirls lined up, while the bride stayed in the car. That's the tradition here, so that no one sees the bride before the "big reveal." You might recognize this doorway- this wedding was at the same church as the one Ernest and Jacqueline were married in!





I took a peek inside the little girls' baskets. They had to hand-dye this red rice!





Finally, it was time for Celeste's dad to escort her inside to her groom.





Praying during the ceremony:





The ring exchange:





First step into the sunshine as husband and wife!





It is the super-strict tradition here that the bride and groom don't see each other before the ceremony, so we waited until after to do most of the photography. Let me tell you, this crew was up for ANYTHING. Case it point:

Here's a shot of the groom and his boys running down the B1, the main highway in Namibia. At first they thought I was a little crazy, but then they really got into it.




Celeste and her ladies:





LOVE this shot of the newlyweds kissing over the fence- too cute!









Not sure what she's whispering in his ear, but apparently he liked it!





My favorite shot from the entire day. This look can only be described as elation, bliss, true joy. The excitment of committing to spending the rest of your life with your best friend. Beautiful.





Best wishes, Tossie and Celeste! Your day was inspiring, and we wish you all of His richest blessings on your marriage!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Strauss, Part I

Tossie and Celeste's wedding was beautiful. Beautiful day. Beatiful church. Beautiful couple. Beautiful love.

It made my job so much fun!

I don’t know if I have ever seen anyone as excited to get married as Celeste. Let’s just say there were few of the serious, non-smiling shots to be had- this girl smiled all the time. And with such a gorgeous grin, why wouldn’t she?

But enough of my commentary; let's go straight to the pictures.

As with most weddings, a good part of the day was spent getting ready. Here is the bride supervising in the mirror while she gets her hair and makeup done.




I ended up really liking 2 shoes-and-jewelry shots, so I'll show you both:





Here's another shot of our star from the last post. Isn't he adorable? Uh, I mean handsome.



I am telling you, it was a full house when all the ladies got ready at Celeste's house. I took a few of those who were ready early out for a little photo shoot while we waited for the others. Check out the backs of these dresses- they are beautiful!:




They had to hold up their dresses so that they didn't drag in the sand. This is, after all, a desert.




I love this shot of the bride getting ready-she is giddy with joy!










Celeste and her father share a daddy-daughter moment:







Check back soon for some more shots of this beautiful couple and their special day!
 

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