The Livingston family chose this trail for their session. A river on one side and cars zooming by on the other. Green and blue in the midst of the city. Their Sabbath ritual is walking this trail from their home and the boys showed me their special spots: a sandbar by the water, the rocks where turtles sunbathe, and the trees full of purple mulberries ripe for staining hands and cheeks. Little Greta got lots of kisses from her three big brothers and it won’t be long until she’ll be running alongside them on this path.
My friend Allison Rhea dreamed, designed, and debuted her goal setting planner, Pace & Pattern, three years ago and I have loved watching her creativity and passion unfold. I photographed the planner last year and was delighted when she asked me to be a part of capturing the 2019 beauty!
In her own words:
“Pace & Pattern is a system designed to help you clarify your personal vision and integrate your goals into your real life.
It's not about doing more. It's about doing what matters.
This planner takes you from a high-level purpose, through setting meaningful and realistic goals, into mapping out your months, weeks, and days.”
I’m a believer. Pace & Pattern has helped me dream about what I want my life to look like and from there focus on the practical steps that will take me from desire to action. Last year one of my goals was “cultivating a merry home.” A practical aspect of this goal was completing open ended home projects. You know the kind: the ones you always plan to get to some day but somehow never find the time. For example, since we moved into our home two years ago I really wanted to paint and add some design touches to the kitchen in a way that felt more like “us” and “home.” Pace & Pattern helped me think through the steps to break up the project into small actions: decide on paint colors, buy supplies, tape the kitchen, find a babysitter, clean up, measure wall for shelving, contact carpenter, order brackets, hang shelves, etc! My kitchen is much more my own now and I know I wouldn’t have accomplished this project without the focusing power of Pace & Pattern.
I am excited and hopeful about the goals I have set for 2019 using Pace & Pattern. I, like many others, ask for a “word” to direct the coming year. Last year my word was “wick” which signified the desire to come alive…to awaken the liveliness inside when the outside seem dormant. Mine this year is “near.” To be near to God. To rest in him. To be close. To listen. To cease striving.
At the start of the planner you are guided through choosing five core intents to focus on in the coming year from which you craft a vision statement. This year mine is “I will live in the abounding joy of the nearness of God by listening to the Spirit, pursuing the souls, voicing the spark, nurturing the body, and havening the home.”
Your intents inform the goals ( habits - things you do daily, rhythms - things you do weekly or monthly, and big projects - you know what I’m talking about) that you choose to pursue that quarter. Here are my Jan-March goals:
Habits: 1. Eat vegetables at every meal (nurturing the body) 2. Memorize John 1 & 2 (listening to the Spirit)
Rhythms: 1. Host a game night monthly (pursuing the souls) 2. Organize & sell the excess in our home (havening the home)
Big Projects: 1. Restore Lilias’ antique four poster big girl bed (havening the home) 2. Start Lilias’ Home Preschool (pursuing the souls, havening the home)
Pace & Pattern is certainly a beautiful investment in your self and the dream ordinary you hope to walk in.
Also a special thank you to my models in my two shoots: Abby Nelson, Sarah Delotelle, and Melody Ussery and the shops that so generously allowed us to photograph in their space: Grounded Plant + Floral Co and Wildflower Tea Shop.
Dean and Becky wed downtown Indianapolis in a historical church which supports and shares space with an art center. The setting, a beautiful mix of tradition, fun, boldness, and peacefulness, suited them as a couple.
Wedding: Redeemer Presbyterian Church & Harrison Center for the Arts / Reception: Speakeasy / Cardboard Art Installation for First Look: Quincy Owens / Bride's Gown: Willowby by Watters Design / Bride's Ring: MinimalVS/ Bride's Makeup: Maranda Lujajohnson / Bride's Hair: Shannon Kennedy / Groom's Suit: Joseph Abbound / Groom's Ring: Carbon6 / Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal / Groomsmen's Suits: Jos A Banks / Food Truck: Serendipity Mobile Catering / Cake: Coconut Passion Fruit from The Cake Bake Shop / Donuts: Jack's Donuts / Balloons: Etsy
When Dean + Becky marry they are settling into a little home within walking distance of one of their favorite spots in Broad Ripple: Locally Grown Gardens! I loved getting to know them over a couple sodas and can't wait to capture their wedding in July!
Andrew has a lively, unaffected nature. My first distinct impression of him is as an eighth grader heading a rabid pack of middle school boys in a dog-pile of a favorite male youth leader. I was able to get to know his (still wild) self better once he moved up into the high school ministry and found his passion and gift to point others to Christ through music evident. He bears a worshippers heart and talent and will continue to cultivate this on scholarship for trumpet performance at Ball State beginning this fall!
I want to move into this greenhouse. But, the cacti are possessive of their space, the orchids are uppity (I do believe orchids are the snootiest flowers....always delicately aloof), and the bonsais snore. So, perhaps we'll continue to just visit.
I was reminded that I'd never shared photos from my sister Rebekah's bridal shower in July.
An intimate affair.
We picnicked on the lawn of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
We wore white.
She wore red and our Nana's bridal veil.
The rain showered.
We danced through the wet grass,
lifted our parasols,
and showered her with gifts for the home with the one she loves.
Since I've been young one of our favorite family traditions has been celebrating the Fourth of July at Symphony on the Prairie.
I am convinced that there is no sweeter place for Independence Day.
A field bright with merrymakers ornamented in red, white, and blue...
brawny patriotic compositions...
blankets set beneath the trees...
the setting sun...
A firework finale timed to Stars and Stripes Forever...
Buddy lunches add an extra dash of excitement to the festivities.
Everyone puts their name into a hat and chooses another. A lunch and note is then fixed discreetly as to not give away the name of one's "buddy." We take the secret part very seriously! Last year my little cousin was growling at those who came too close to seeing the card she was drawing.
I thank God for freedom in this Country.
Even more, I thank God for freedom in Christ.
A freedom more glorious than fireworks.