May 27, 2015

delight in the gulf

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"We will endeavor to love others at all times. We will seek Jesus and His Kingdom and let our hearts be filled with more of Him everyday. We will live in freedom and redemption as chosen and loved women. We will rejoice in hope, seek joy, and celebrate grace. We will wake with open hands and learn to wear our hearts proudly, to tell our stories with laughter and weeping and song...We will be ready with a waiting ear, outstretched arms, and prayerful hearts..."
i've been in the blogging world for over five years {seriously where did the time go?!} and have been active in social media for just as long. since then, i have learned about the essence of typography, aesthetic design, the art of photography — all valuable arts that i hadn't the slightest idea would help me in what i'm pursuing in college today (isn’t that neat how God works these things out?!). 

but even more valuable are the hearts i have had the privilege of meeting. through millions of typed characters and pixelated skype dates, i have formed the most cherished friendships and — thanks to the Lord — I have been honored to meet some of the loveliest people in person. as a long time reader, you well know the story of how my now best friend Johanna and I met and continue to read the adventures we concoct every time I’m in the big OC. I have also had the opportunity of meeting a Southern belle last year, and the owner of oh hello friend a couple of years ago. within this past semester alone, I’ve had the opportunity of shooting with Hannah and catching up with Marcia! along with blogging a couple of years ago, i joined the facebook group Delight created for young ladies pursuing the arts. little did i know that, the Delight ministry would bless me beyond my wildest imaginings in college. 
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taylor, makaela, and i celebrated a week of successful midterms, by packing up taylor's car one monday evening after classes and driving over to the sugary beaches florida is famous for. the weather was balmy and breezy - absolute perfection! we met up with two moriah's, anna, and kristi who were already laughing on hammocks strung from palm trees. instant connections were made, and it felt like these souls had been friends for years {God's so good like that}. 

dusk was spent imprinting the sand with our footprints and shaking the wind with our laughter. it was just us - seven girls and seven cameras and hearts full of jesus - who stood on the beach. the rest of the evening was filled with building real-life community. no more laptops and Facebook group messages. we put away the phones, and over dinner we shared our hearts, no pretensions or fa├žades.

these ladies are an inspiration! their wide-eyed passion and love for the Lord and for people and their smiles that exuberant such joy and love for our Heavenly Father is so refreshing to see. to be honest, to a girl who's not a professional photographer, spending the evening with such talented artists was kind of intimidating, but these girls' hearts for community versus competition is unreal. and that's what we need. more advocates for community in a world busy with competition. more girls who want to be a Delight to their Savior, rather than worrying about competing with others. 

be sure to read moriah nelson's and anna filly's entries about our meet-up + like makaela's, moriah's, and taylor's Facebook pages. these ladies really are phenomenally talented!

Delight{ful} stories? blogging real-life connections? 
do tell & let's be sure to have one together really soon. 
xx

4 comments:

  1. These are so, so SO beautiful, Grace! You're such a talented photographer. Wish I could have been there, too! :) xxx

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  2. my goodness, how time flies. as we were talking about the other day, 5 years seems to go by in an instant; i've been blogging for over 3 years, and have known you almost that whole time! craziness! ;) even nothing else comes out of this whole blogging experience, i am endlessly thankful to have met you. <3

    and guuuuurl, these captures are MAGICAL. so, so lovely. i can't even say how much Delight has blessed and encouraged me, and these ladies are gems. all of them. (including you. ;)) i can't wait for the day that WE meet. i love you bunches and bunches, m'dear friend. xoxo

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  3. These photos are gorgeous!! I am so jealous that you all got to spend this time together. Delight girls are the best and I hope to meet many of the girls in "real life". I love connecting with people all over the country and the world through blogging and Delight. Technology has certainly changed the way friendships are made. :)
    Also, I can't believe you've been blogging for five years! Yours was one of the very first blogs I ever followed. Through your blog, I discovered so many other lovely blogs which led me to join Delight, so thank you for that. :)

    Hugs,
    Emily.

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  4. These are super cool pictures and a great story.

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