Hey Yall!! Check out this awesome giveaway, and give Cassia a follow if you are not already!! ❤


Hey friends!

As you can see from the title…I’m doing a giveaway! I’ve been wanting to do this giveaway for the last month or so but stuff kept coming up and I got busy 😣 ANYWAAAAYS……

This is just a small giveaway today! I’m currently trying to get to 300 followers! I’m at 245 right now, so got 55 more to go.

It is a Fall themed giveaway!

So, here is what I am giving away…

Mustard yellow colored backpack

Fall blanket scarf

A cute candle 

And last but not least, a $10 Starbucks card 😍


  • This giveaway starts today (November 6th) and ends November 9th @ 11:59 pm. The winner will be announced on November 10th!
  • You must be a follower of my blog to enter.
  • This giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S.
  • Enter by clicking the link below. Your first entry is…

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day seven- books

b o o k s – here are some of our school books. 

Do you like reading? 📚


Well, this was the final day of Cassia’s photography challenge. 😦 This was a lot of fun, it was nice to do one of these again!! Thanks Cassia it was awesome!! 🙂 Also if you haven’t checked out her blog…umm what are you doing?! Go check it out right now! 😀



Through the Lens of Gracie

Hello, friends! I hope you all have had a great weekend. Also sorry this is the 3rd post today. 😛

First off if you didn’t read my post, Photography Gigs, please go and read that then come back to this. 🙂

Sooo, on that note, I have officially launched the website!!! I have not yet gotten any social media. Just the website and email so far. 🙂

But please check it out and let me know your thoughts, and if you happen to know anyone who lives near me needing pictures taken I would love it if you shared my website with them!



Through the Lens of Gracie


Let me know your thoughts!! 📷



in which i accidentally become a short term missionary supporter// pananaw for philippines

yall please check out what jo is trying to do and go support her!! ❤


i… can explain.

*immediately fails to do so*

you know how you wake up and do school and then bike to the library and write sappy poems and then read a book everyone’s raving about and eat and drink and breathe and exist—

and it’s like… it’s off.

which makes you off.


yeah, yeah, me.

and maybe, i guess, i found out why.

so my uncle and aunt are missionaries to our home country of the philippines, on a little island called boracay. and like many people serving around the world, they need help– someone to lighten the load, someone to do the mundane details of running a church/school/ministry.

and for some reason, uncle (or as we say, “tito”) joven asked, of everyone in the world…


i should also mention here that he’s both a missionary and the biggest clown you’ll ever see that side of the globe…

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(REDO) Photography Challenge

hey yall, check out this photography challenge hosted by the awesome Cassia!! 🙂


Hey friends!

As you can see from the title…..

I’m going to be doing another photography challenge!!! It’s been forever since I last did one and I thought it was high time I did one again! 😆

It will be a 7 day challenge starting on October 22nd going till October 28th.

Basically how this works is, every day (for the 7 days) you post a picture on your blog. Each day has a subject and you can get really fun and creative with the pictures! It’s a fun way of getting more followers and taking pictures!

The list: (please look it over to see if you are actually interested in it)

  1. a door
  2. coffee
  3. black and white
  4. smile
  5. a necklace
  6. street photography
  7. books


Love, Cassia

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Photography Gigs

Hello, again! Today I have a very exciting update!!

In the past few months, I have had the wonderful opportunity to take a couple’s engagement photos, my friend’s senior photos and pictures of two siblings!! It has been so fun and I am so blessed to have been asked to do them! ❤

I am working on starting my own little photography business!! I have a website, and will hopefully be getting an Instagram, email, and maybe Facebook!

Until I officially launch those here is a snippet of the pictures I have taken, more will be on the website and socials.




🎓 -SENIOR- 🎓




Thoughts? 📷


saying goodbyes

Hello friends. This is going to be a different type of post. I am going to be talking about how I had to say goodbye to my youth pastor and his family as well as my best friend, all within just a few days.

First some context. So on July 31st I brought my friend Kyler to youth group, and my youth pastor said we were going to be talking about missions, I was excited to hear what he had to say about missions. Then fast forward about 10 minutes, we found out that he and his family were being called by God to move to Montana, in about two weeks.

It was so sudden and unexpected. While I was so sad and in shock, I was also very happy for them and the new adventure for their family! As well as seeing them listen to God, even though it was a hard change for their whole family, as well as the church.

He was basically the only youth pastor I ever had. I really love his humor, good teaching, and so much more! I could truly be myself with him, and I have a hard time being myself with a lot of people.  He could always make me laugh, and our banter back and forth was the best, I could honestly go on and on about things I miss about him and his wife. Such amazing Godly people! ❤






Because he had such a great impact on my life, I know for certain he is going to change many kids’ lives in the small Montana town where they are now living. He and his wife are now both teachers at the middle school, as well as the youth pastor/leader of a church there. I know God is going to use them in so many ways, but I miss them so much here in Colorado.  ❤

So on August 11th, I had to say goodbye to them. It was really hard. I cried a lot. And honestly, it still makes me really sad. I know I shouldn’t let it, because they are not dead, haha! They are obeying God and I really respect that a lot. I just miss them. The laughter they brought. Their loving hearts. Just everything about him, his wife, and their 4 kids, I miss a lot.

Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Eckert, for being such wonderful role models! I miss you a lot and cant wait to see you again! I am so very grateful that God brought you into my life. You both meant more to me than I ever even realized. You still mean a lot to me and are still leaving an impact on my life. Showing me that listening to God is always worth it even if it means a big change. Love you guys!!! ❤


Then on August 14th, I had to say goodbye to Kyler. He has truly become one of my best friends, and even though he was only in town for about 2 weeks, and now he is only in Indiana, I miss him. We still text every single day and call/skype weekly. Thank God for technology! 🙂  But I miss hanging out with him in person.

I miss him being in Colorado because he is someone who actually wants to hang out with me (and my siblings). I dont get to do that with friends very often, so him taking the time to do so meant a lot to me. Let’s just say he makes me feel very special and I can not wait till he comes back next summer! To go on more adventures, laugh, talk, make memories with him.

Thanks, Kyler for always being there for me, despite the distance!!


Winnie the Pooh sums up saying goodbye really well. 🙂


What did you think of this type of post? What was the hardest goodbye you had to say to someone? ❤



Recent Photography

Hi! I am so sorry I have been so awful at blogging! I have a bunch of ideas, just not the time. Been busy with school, and babysitting lots, as well as photography jobs (lookout for a post about those).

Today I will be sharing some recent photos I have taken. 🙂 


we have some really pretty mini roses at our new house! 🌹


p i n k    r o s e s 


wow. okay this is a fat, scary spider…but also really cool! Silas thought it was going to jump at my camera because i was so close. 😛 


good job on your pretty web mr. spider. 🕸️


ahh i love mini roses, so pretty! 

yes, a very yummy sandwich!! 


this cutie 🥰 I have been babysitting her a lot lately, it has been so much fun and such a blessing to have a consistent babysitting job. 

my phone camera doesn’t do this sunset justice. the sky was so pretty that night! 💞

yummy, a pink sprinkle donut! 


thanks for reading! what was your favorite photo?



Music Listening!



Jeremy Camp – Still Alive (Lyric Video)

We may not always know where we are going, but God knows. We may be afraid, but God has everything in control. No matter what we go through, in life, God is still alive and has a plan for it all.
Give God control over your life.



Music Listening!



YB – FIRE EMOJI (Official Music Video)



We are the church with the truth still down to run with the troops run through the city praying for all of my woes Jesus the one with the juice covered in blood I remember many days
flipping out not a somersault letting me get the best of me pride came like phone calls
voicemails or messages turning up to what the level is time ticking on my watch God’s grace was like medicine
now I’m on a mission for reaching my neighbor impacting my city and that is the work it is finally a vision I’m casting a net for the people who listen and I gotta get

it sticking to business showing the lost the path a path to redemption bringing the hope to the hopeless hoping they get it bringing a light to the streets knowing they miss it

Uh God on my side and I’m taking these shots like I can not miss surrendered to Christ and gave Him my life He covered the bid leading a generation back to the Father. I’m gone do this til I die. I know what permanent is.

All about my father business I know I’m committed to bringing that new balance lace the game like tennis shoes running in this marathon don’t know if I got plenty time
distractions keep us tied up, its ribbons at the finish line running through the blocks like I got coaches I’m prepared to ride the wave if I see a tide approaching That’s my father. He won’t tarnish please don’t bother bless my wife lead my daughter I’m not worried about my chapters when I personally know the author and with all these opportunities

I pray the world see the church and see unity I pray the world see the body and see you and me black or white any background because every puzzle needs a different piece

on a waaaveeee soldiers praaayyyy we in the system but we cut the games boy we don’t plaaaayyy we on the field it can get real these are the words from the general many identical I pray I never speak on my own merit bringing nothing but winning truth

mask off time flies past all God when I do your work make it count like flash cards like nascars we drive your message He accepted the rejected He got love for broken people my God heart as big as Texas aye yay yay

we okay God has blessed my state of mind REALER state identity is in the blood DNA I’m in the zone His spirit strong we barely win when we play it safe aw yeah yeah

“I’m not worried about my chapters when I personally know the author” That is my favorite line in this whole song! Just a great reminder that God is the author of our lives, and we need to trust Him fully!!

This song has got the beats and the deeps.😁 What was your favorite line of this song?



Music Listening!



7eventh Time Down – The 99 (Official Lyric Video)

He would leave the 99 to find YOU. He would search the would world to find YOU. He died on the cross for YOU. He loves YOU always!

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.”
Matthew 18:12-13 (NIV)



Music Listening!



Roy Tosh – Look At Me Now ft. Steven Malcolm, nobigdyl. & Chris Howland


(nobigdyl.) Dilly for mayor, Dilly for prez I don’t do features unless it’s really my best
Built my own business with just my blood and my sweat and my tears and then elevated my peers I did it for them
That’s why nobody motivate me like a hater could
Yea I just work for God and yea He pay me good
Yea I’m like Mr. Rogers to my neighborhood Mayor callin’ asking me if I could stay for good

(Wes Writer) I can see em’ all frown on me All they did was clown on me Now I know my momma proud of me
Everybody talking down on me
But tell em’ take a look at me now Look at me now Look at me now

(Roy Tosh) Popular for them 3’s I drain Quick first step when I drove that lain Pull up J, make it rain All about me I was chasin’ fame So gone at every party Sprite plus lemon bacardi Way turnt, blowin’ trees with all my woes But I had to let it all go to find my Purpose now I’m living for His glory So just know I ain’t never lookn’ back
Gotta family I’m tryna be the leader that they need Be the daddy that they need, yeah

(Steven Malcolm) Okay, look at me now, look at me now I preach on the beat, I’m living my dream, yeah yea
Come to think about it never knew I could Aye, make it on out that hood
Do it for the kids I’ma be that voice Runnin’ for the line I’ma light that torch, yea yea
I shine like a Jesus piece It don’t take a lot to see That He made a masterpiece yea, yea
My drip on a wave today, Do it in a major way Do it cuz He made a way

I can see em’ all frown on me All they did was clown on me Now I know my momma proud of me
Everybody talking down on me
But tell em’ take a look at me now Look at me now Look at me now

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)


What did I check off my bucket list this summer?

Happy September everyone. Well, school has started up so summer is over. Time for an overview of what I accomplished on my bucket list for this summer!


Blog. Of course, I hope to blog much more this summer. 👩🏽‍💻

ISH. Sadly I barely blogged this summer until mid-August, but I think a little break was needed.

Naturally Curly. I would like my hair to be just my natural curls more often, and less straightening and curling. 


YES. I wore my hair with natural curls almost every day. I think I only straightened my hair twice this summer! So I am quite proud. 

Sandals. I want to wear my sandals more and get a fun tan line. 🙂


YES. I wore my sandals a lot. I have feet problems, and these shoes actually don’t make my feet hurt as quickly! Though…I have gotten a few blisters from walking in them too much. 😛 

Cold Treats. Eat lots of popsicles, ice cream, slushies, etc. 🍧🍦

YES. Didn’t get a ton, well I guess 1 slushie, 4 iced coffees, and a good amount of ice cream…so I guess I did complete this. 

See more sunrises. I am a night owl and like to sleep in. But I have found out that I do enjoy sunrises and being up earlier. 

NO. This is a sunset…I saw a lot of beautiful sunsets! 😛 But never woke up early enough to see any sunrises, expect a few at the very beginning of the summer… oops. 

Watermelon. Eat lots of yum, yum, yummy, watermelon. 🍉


YES. I could have eaten a lot more, but I got a good amount. (This photo looks weird, but the sun was soo bright) 😛 

Laugh & smile. Laughter is so amazing, I hope to laugh a lot this summer. A simple friendly smile can change anyone’s day. 😀

Laughter is always 100% when hanging out with this goof. 

LaCroixBesides, water…this is the best refreshing beverage everr! 

YES. La Croix makes life better!

Tan. Get a nice tan but no lobster sunburn this summer, please. 


YES. I feel like I got pretty tan this summer, and no sunburn at all, yayy! 

Watch my favorite showI love Christopher Robin so much!! I have already watched it twice, and random parts of it many times. But I want to watch it all the way through again. ❤

YES. Ahh, this show never gets old. Such cuteness. 🥰

Driving. Get better at parking, city driving, night driving, and pass my driver’s license test!! 🚙

YES. Well, I have gotten better at driving…but not good enough at coming to complete stops at the stop signs to be a licensed driver. 🙄

YouTube. My bro and I might start a YouTube channel, we shall see. 

NO. We haven’t started one yet…but might at some point in 2019. 😀

Cousin time. Hang out with this goof. We are always talking, laughing, and being funny. Want to hang out with you lottss! ❤


ISH. Only got to hang out 1 on 1 with her once, but got to see her a few other times. But want to hang out again soon! 💞

Youth Group & Bible study. Enjoy time, fellowship, and fun with the youth in my church, and grow closer to God. 

YES. Got to hang out with this sweet girl and be goofy at our church garage sale! 

Go barefoot. My cousin and I have started taking walks, barefooted, painful, and maybe slightly dangerous. But oh, so memorable, and fun. 😀 


NO. Well a few times at the beginning of the summer, but then I was too focused on getting my sandal tan line to walk with barefooted, on walks. Though I did just walk around outside barefoot sometimes. 

Babysitting & Job. I hope that I will be able to do more babysitting, and possibly try to get a job, or start babysitting more full time. 👶🏼🧒🏼👧🏼

YES. Ha, crazy times. But also so fun, and I love the cuddles! 

Friends. Hang out with friends, I don’t have a ton of super close friends, but hopefully, I can change that this summer and strengthen the friendships I do have. 💞

ISH. Didn’t hang out with many friends besides Kyler and my cousins, but they are all dope so it chill. 😎

Kyler. Speaking of friends, Kyler who is one of my great friends was one of my best friends in my childhood. He lives overseas and is coming to the states for college, and he will be in CO for a few weeks. Can not wait to see him and make more memories like we did during our childhood summers. 🎊

YESS. Him, my siblings, and I got to hang out a lot as well as just him and I twice, so that was wonderful! Really miss him being in CO and getting to hang out. 

Move. Our house is under contract, we have to be moved out by the end of July, now we just need to find a house to move into. This will be a busy part of the summer, but exciting. 😀 🏡

YES. We have been living in our house for over a month now already, and it has been great!!

Finish this book. Yes, I still need to finish this book so I can finish that blog series and finish my review. As well as learn from the wisdom of Kristen and Bethany. 🙂


NO. Oops! I feel bad about this, and I will really try to get it done before 2020. 

Mini Golf. It’s something we do every summer, usually with the youth group and our cousins. I am not too good at it, but I always have fun! 

Yes. Didn’t get to go with our cousin which was sad, but did with your youth group and that was a lot of fun! 

Enjoy the outdoors. The winter months here in CO are so long, and the warm summer months are very short, so I would like to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer days more. 

ISH. Not as much as I would have liked, but whenever I did it was fun. 

Photography. Yes, I want to, and know I will take lots of photos this summer! 📷

YES. I took lots and lots of photos on both my camera and phone. I also got to take someone’s engagement photos! ❤

Hike. This has to do with photography and getting outdoors. I am not a very athletic/outdoorsy human, but I do enjoy taking nature photography a lot, so that is good motivation to go on hikes. 🗻

Only went on one hike sadly. 🙃


Pretty glad about what I accomplished this summer on my bucket list. What did you do this summer?