Category Archives: personal

I didn’t realize how much I needed to get away for a couple days and glance back, with a bird’s-eye view of my life, until we arrived in Michigan. We’re in the middle of our busy season, so this oasis was all the more important–giving us a moment to rest, rejuvenate, and mentally prepare for […]

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Adam and I found ourselves hardcore friend-crushing when we read an inquiry for wedding photos from Katie and Brad, who painted a pretty compelling picture–farm lifestyle, old victorian home they’ve been renovating, and a family which had recently grown by a few baby lambs in the preceding weeks. The time span from receiving that first […]

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  “I have hope for people’s marriages who don’t have hope for themselves.” There aren’t words to describe the admiration I have for Bernie and Roxi and the gratitude from letting me be part of their life. I had the chance to spend some time living near them in Amsterdam and was impacted by their hospitality, honesty, and ability to […]

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It’s my wonderful husband, Adam’s birthday. I can’t say enough about his kind and gentle spirit, ability to have a deep peace and see good in all sorts of letdowns and situations that seem unfair. He’s a servant who goes out of his way (in the rain and the snow) to help people, both friends […]

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Here’s a glimpse of our time in Thailand. A little Bangkok, a little Amphawa, a few airbnbs, a hostel, a beach/fishing town called Khiri Khan, our food and some cute kids (the one you see a lot of is our last guesthouse owners’ son, Maurice). Looking forward to sharing these in some different ways when we […]

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A couple days after Christmas, Adam and I set out on a road trip from Ohio to California. We were helping some friends move. Along the way we spent two nights with people we knew in Tulsa and Amarillo. I didn’t pull out my camera at those times, because I wanted to soak up the […]

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For the first time in my life, I woke up and went to a workspace that was not my room. Granted, it’s not far. I can still go there in my pajamas. For the next 3.5 months, until I move to Athens, Ohio for a year of cabin living, I’ve rented out an extra room for […]

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Some of you already know, I grew up in a restaurant. My father, Hany, opened a restaurant 6 months before I was born.  We’ve always joked (and sometimes cried) about the restaurant being my big brother. Definitely an interesting experience. I believe it’s where I learned to be a people person and got comfortable around […]

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Today my housemate and I made some sweet potato, carrot, ginger and cinnamon juice in the juicer. Then we cooked up all the other veggies and ingredients we had around. Brussel sprouts with a bit of balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper, we roasted at 400* for 30-40 min. We boiled 1/2 a butternut squash […]

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