Finals week is nearing and things have been incredibly busy. I've been spending my days posted in the library with my nose in the books, or at coffee shops around San Diego trying to stay caffeinated to work on assignments (which seriously leaves my wallet empty... But it's worth it, right?). Despite the stress, I'm thankful to have had enough time on Tuesday to head to Balboa Park to photograph one of my favorite families for their Christmas cards!
One thing I was relieved about: no crying nor tantrums! Eden and Gwen were behaved, and cute as usual. Since I don't have much experience photographing babies or toddlers yet, I think I expected them to be distracted and looking away from the camera, but they proved me wrong.
...I just had to yell "chocolate" at Eden. :-)
I met Anton and Courtney awhile after first attending Catalyst Church this summer. For many reasons, I was in search of a church to attend in the evenings just for a couple of months. But a friend of mine invited me to Catalyst and somehow, unexpectedly, God showed me many signs through many members, like the Fero's, and called me to stay for the long run. There's just something very special about this community of believers -- the people truly love Christ and each other, and they pour that into the community around them generously.
I knew I wanted to get to know Anton and Courtney personally after they went up on a Sunday to share their testimony and decision to leave everything behind to move to Portland, Oregon -- the most un-churched city of the country. I think it's beautiful of them to drop everything and radically follow where God's calling them to go to, especially to a place where they know they'll experience discomfort and opposition. But I know God will protect them and will be using them (as well as the others who are moving there with them) in strong and mighty ways to reach the city. They are #relationshipgoals. :-)
Also, Eden and Gwen are the cutest!
Being at Catalyst has reminded me just how important fellowship and community is. Trying to restart and fix up my life this summer has left me so individually focused on my faith, only desiring to make sure I'm growing, I'm learning, I'm stronger, I'm better. But I'm humbled when I remember I couldn't have gotten where I am now if it weren't for each and every person who God used and placed into my life. I've tried doing life alone in the past and it tore me apart. But by God's grace, He stitched my life back together by pouring His love on me through the right people in so many different ways -- He's definitely been using Catalyst, and the Fero family.