taking away the desire

This post was originally posted on October 25, 2011 on my photography blog. I felt it was important enough to re-post here.

Last week I had an inspiring woman over for the morning and she said something that has stuck with me. She said that she has learned that when God is calling you away from something He will take away the desire.

He will take away the desire.

First of all, we can’t use this as a cop-out saying we have no desire to do something so it must not be from God, that is not what this is about. But rather Him taking away desire from an area where passion previously existed.

He has been working in me for the last few months doing this very thing but it took a morning with a friend for me to recognize what He had been doing.

And while He had been taking away desire in a couple of places in my life He seemed to be moving it over to other areas. I am so excited to see what God has in store for my future!

with love,
Chantel

six months post-surgery

Raeca had  her six months post-surgery appointment today. I can’t believe it has been that long and yet at the same time I can hardly remember what her head looked like before.

I took this photo the day before the operation. Her head was so long and narrow.

The morning after her surgery, she was so swollen.

And six and a half months after surgery. Her hair is getting thick enough now that most people don’t notice the scar that she has running from ear to ear.

corrected sagittal craniosynostosis

If all goes well she will just have one more appointment with the neurosurgeon. Though everything has gone extremely well, I can’t wait to close that chapter in her life.

Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.
Deuteronomy 7:9

with love,
Chantel

project life {weeks 1 & 2}

Project Life started popping up in my Pinterest feed in December but it wasn’t until the third week in January that I actually decided to jump on board after taking a look at Theresa’s Project Life. If you don’t know what it is you can check out the Project Life website for more details but in essence it is an easier alternative to scrapbooking. I always felt guilty when I would scrapbook because I could never do as many pages as I wanted and it took me forever to figure out how to layout my page so I just gave it up.

I don’t have any of the actual Project Life product yet but I wanted to get started so I went out and bought some 12×12 page protectors that are separated for 4×6 photos. It will work for the first few weeks while I wait for the actual stuff. Since I didn’t decide to start Project Life until the third week of January my first few weeks are pretty plain. I am hoping from week four on I will be able to do a two page spread each week.

Sorry for the glare from the page protectors, I’ll work on that for the upcoming weeks.
Here is the overview of week one:

And a little closer:

I love that I can showcase photos that I took with my phone.

I really dislike my writing so I have been printing everything out but I know it will be much quicker if I just use my own writing, so my goal is to do that in the next few weeks.

Here is week two:

So far I am really enjoying Project Life -I can’t wait to see the final product at the end of the year!

with love,
Chantel

you are . . .

I feel that as women we are bombarded so many times each day by messages that we are not good enough. Not thin enough, not pretty enough, not talented enough, etc, etc, etc. I really don’t think I need to continue listing, because, let’s be honest, it’s not just the media that is telling us these lies, we are telling them to ourselves as well. We repeat them over and over until we start to believe them. And it’s time to stop.

God created each of us to be exactly the way we are, we are His creation.

For you created my inmost being; 
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:13

With approximately 7 billion people currently living on this planet, and none are exactly the same, we truly do serve a creative God. Let’s try to accept ourselves and thank Him for the life He has given us.

I made a little reminder for myself (while trying to get a little creative in PS since create is one of my words for the year), I set it as my iPhone background and I think it serves as the perfect reminder. Feel free to use it for your phone.

with love,
Chantel