Modern homelessness: The poor in the midst of the posh.

I am so thankful that I decided months ago to make the New York Times the homepage on my web browser. Everyday I get the chance to look at the top world news and interesting stories, when I usually live under a rock, completely unaware of what’s going on in the world. Today, this story was on the homepage and grabbed my attention. Over the past few years, I’ve learned more about the homeless population – in the nation generally and in Des Moines specifically.

A year ago fall, I took a trip to New York City with a group from the college of design to visit graphic design firms and explore the city. I saw a bit of poverty and homelessness, but had no way to process it – there was so much of everything that it was overwhelming. This article dove into the story of one child and broke my heart. NYC is full of rich, entrepreneurial professionals with two mansions and a lake house. It astounds me that the world’s brokenness is as evident as more than 22,000 homeless children in “the city that never sleeps”.

These are the kind of stories that help me keep my pride in check, help me look at the things I own and the things I do and spotlight what truly matters.




Hellooo, Thanksgiving break! This has been my work station all day, situated in my sister’s apartment during the first weekday of Thanksgiving break, working on design projects. It’s actually been really exciting, making checkmark after checkmark on my to-do list and taking breaks to practice piano and paint my nails.
Also, it was snowing today!!! I’m so excited for cold weather and snow! Minus chapped lips and dry hands, the weather is a refreshing change and I really enjoy bundling up before braving the cold.
Lately, I’ve really been enjoying playing the piano when I can – it so calming and is a productive and worthwhile break from all the things going on!
Today I am visiting my sister and tomorrow I will be leaving for home and enjoying Thanksgiving on Wednesday night with my family and Zach 🙂 Can’t wait for the holiday season to officially begin!

A photo update

Hello! It’s been so long, yet again! My posts are becoming few and far between, but hopefully that will change sometime in the near future.

Zach and I have been wedding planning machines, cranking out things left and right without feeling like we’ve been spending too much time on it. It’s been great going through Marriage 101 at Cornerstone Church as well, talking about subjects that I’ve thought about but never talked deeper than surface level about in a group context (Not that we were doing much talking, mostly listening). I’m getting more and more excited each day, knowing that our wedding day is approaching and our life together will start so soon!

This last Sunday, November 17th, was my first bridal shower and it was wonderful! After getting over the initial “this is a party for me, this is kind of awkward” feelings, it was SO great to have most of my close friends in one room and to share that time with them. It was also a HUGE blessing, receiving gifts for Zach and I’s future household : )

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Drinking coffee at the COD and researching retail signage – how to incorporate reclaimed materials into signage? Lately, I’ve been busy with school, work, wedding planning, and various volunteer activities. It’s been a whirlwind, but amazing! I feel that I am learning so much. One of the biggest things that I have been learning is that no matter what happens, God is the one who is steady. He is the one who holds my heart and teaches me and makes me new every single day.

I also love this verse:

“…and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you..” 1 Thessalonians 4:11



the stacks are your load.

Happy chilly weather season! Woot! Fall has not quite arrived, but cardigan weather sure has. : ) Because of this, I decided to spend my afternoon with a latte and Catching Fire (yes, the second hunger games book) at cafe Milo. I finished the book and deemed my day successful!

For the last few days, I’ve been listening to Bon Iver on repeat, reading, and going on a few runs. It’s been great, especially since I am realizing that I likely won’t have much homework this semester and will be able to enjoy finishing more books this year than last!

Oh wow! It has been about a month since I have posted anything! I have gotten out of the habit of blogging, but I want to make it back into a habit.

Major life update: I am engaged!! I am so happy thinking about the fact that I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend! I feel so extremely blessed by God. Pictures coming soon 🙂

Other (much less important) life updates include reading the second hunger games book, a book by A.W. Tozer, and finishing up Job in the Bible. I’ve started fall semester classes and truly enjoy them! I’m already struggling with art history, but hopefully by recording the lectures I can defeat my short attention span and learn the necessary information to complete the class well! Upon returning to Ames, I have also sketched out a pattern for a tote bag that I will soon make Rachel Kirkpatrick. I’m very excited about this project, because the last time I sketched my own patterns and sewed from them was when I was a little girl trying to make myself a skirt!

The other day I went to Reimann Gardens and took some photos and it was my first time shooting with a macro lens. I loved it! I am amazed at the quality of some – especially because these pictures are straight from the camera. I’m collecting photos of nature for a photography project and think some of these will work well!

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