(this last picture was taken by petie, starring the two things jess apparently loves a whole heck of a lot: her camera + her puffa jacket.)
life is one weird thing. just thought I'd get that out there. before anyone questions me on that, take a moment to think about life. yeah. exactly my point. these past few months have been great! sad! amazing! wow! oh no! fantastic! whattheheck! yay! weird! early november petie went and left me (why would she do that), then after that my wee niece turned one (how what no when how), then me, my brother + some friends went to go see rend collective + phil wickham live, which was a blast (phil wickham's voice is is is like wowwoahohmyword). then throughout november I had a family shoot, we finished the upstairs of our house (see second picture of tony modelling on the new carpet), we went to christmas markets (hello mediterranean lemon chicken wraps), watched mockingjay part one (I've read the books, but I still wasn't ready for that kinda emotional trauma guys), celebrated thanksgiving (much food. such wow.), got a facebook page for my photography (fi-nah-lly), and booked tickets for the battle of the five armies (two.more.days.I.can't.even.). this start of december has been full + exhausting + exciting + tiring. we painted all the downstairs of our house (guys! it looks so good!) and put new flooring down and have just now finished all the wood trimmings (I'm so excited it's looking so lovely. it's taken so long! I'm so happy!). for the past two/three weeks, I've been feeling pretty unwell, and the fact that I'm not sure what it is and that it's been making me as useless as a codfish (not that I've got anything against codfish) bugs the life outta me. but I know that God is always so perfectly in control and compared to so many other people's hardships, it's nothing. besides which, I've been drinking a heck of a lot of coffee. like, you don't even know. what I love about following Jesus is that He never said our lives would be a sparkly, glamorous, gorgeous, rainbow-drenched, sunshine-filled, sequiny theme park (what I like to call the SGGRDSFSTP. ok not really. ok, only on wednesdays). but He did say that we would be filled with peace + joy when we go through every single up + down in our life. also, I find that listing down the things/people/situations that you're thankful for is such a good thing to do. even writing down situations that are going terribly wrong, and thanking God for them. man alive, there's something really powerful about it (and it also feels weird coz it goes against everything in our flesh. thanking God for a terrible day? for a car breaking down? what?). so, starting from now, what are five things you're thankful for?
p.s. also what the heck how is it nearly christmas do you realise that we're only twenty-two days away from two thousand and fifteen. whattheeven.