A Random Sunday Update

Once again I've let time slip away from me and it's been a while since I've posted here on my blog.  Sorry!
 
Here are some tidbits of what's been going on:
I went to Arizona last weekend.  I was invited by a good family friend to stay with them and attend a mission conference that the organization he works for puts on.  I got to talk to their organization and a number of others about doing photography/graphic design for them. It was one of those weekends that leaves you with a lot more questions than you went in with, but good & important questions that take some serious time and thought to work through.  So I'm slowly working through those.
Also, it was wonderfully warm there.
 
The time change has seriously messed up my sleep schedule - the fact that I was in another time zone when it happened seems to have multiplied that.  I've been having a hard time getting to sleep, and therefore waking up, and it's resulting in a very sleepy girl.  I would appreciate your prayers that I would be feeling more rested soon.
 
 
I went on a photography adventure a couple of weeks ago and just explored the city with my camera in hand, which was a wonderful way to relax and be creative.
 
 
 
Clarissa and I have joined a new small group through our church - they do quarterly small group sessions, so our last one ended and a new one started up.  We are reading "The Signature of Jesus" by Brennan Manning, and it has been so good to get to know some Jesus-minded people in the city and get that deep conversation that I crave.
 
I am desperate for Spring.  Can't. Wait.
 
I find myself wanting more time to think.  I feel like I constantly have a million things going through my head and never enough time to work through my thoughts.  Thoughts about the future, about scripture, about theology, about myself, about how politics & faith overlap, about friendship and community, about poverty.  So many thoughts.
 
I got to the Botanic Garden's Orchid Show with two of my elders - and my camera.  It was lovely.
 
 
I've been getting to use my photography & design skills more for Little Brothers - I designed a postcard for Volunteer Appreciation Week and I'm working on a sort of promotional video thingy.
I'm learning about being true to myself and my mental needs.  We are all different and we have different ways of dealing with stress. 
 
And a few random photos from Instagram recently: