Seeking Justice + Loving Mercy
JOURNEY // JUNE 14, 2020
I’ve been praying, reflecting, reading, conversing, and listening over these past several weeks since the tragic death of George Floyd. Amid the uncertainty of the pandemic and the tumultuous waters of emerging from lockdown, this harrowing situation has rocked our country. As I watched video timelines of George Floyd’s graphic death, I was horrified. I really had words. The scenes of his asphyxiation played over and over in my mind. I felt sick.
Apple Blossoms, A Girl + Her Pony
PHOTOGRAPHY // May 26, 2020
I’ve been a bit silent on the blog lately, but spending lots of time at the barn, in the garden, and in the woods, soaking up this beautiful spring weather. Though it's nearly impossible to choose, May might be my favorite month of the year. Misty mornings, the magical fragrance of blossoms drifting on the breeze, golden afternoons, the trill of birds, rosy sunsets...the whole world seems to burst with new life. By the second and third weeks of May, snowy blossoms emerged from pink-tinted buds on the apple trees around our backyard meadow and in the old apple orchard. The blooms lasted for a few brief but spectacular days, transforming the quiet meadow into an ethereal wonderland, perfect for a springtime pony pal photoshoot...and thankfully Esther and Harry were willing to help me...
Choosing Joy: Learning to Live in His Presence
JOURNEY // MAY 4, 2020
I stared out into the inky blackness of an 1 am sky, exhausted and weary, brokenhearted and lost. Tired of it all. The gibbous moon slipped out behind pillows of clouds, surrounded by a chorus of winking stars, enveloped in darkness. I closed my eyes. When I opened them again, the soft sunlight danced through the windowpane, scattering into gleaming rays. I blinked, captivated by its golden glow. As I walked the path to the barn a short while later, my soul soaked up the beauty of the tender red buds bathed in light, the first spring violets arching towards its warmth, the morning dew gleaming like diamonds on every blade of grass, the moon bowing farewell beneath a haze of pink.
Quarantine Creation: Chocolate Drip Cake
LIFESTYLE // APRIL 29, 2020
Has anyone else been in a baking and cooking frenzy during quarantine? A few weeks ago, (way back in the first week of quarantine) my little sister and I saw this cake on Pinterest while searching for birthday cake inspiration. We generally try to limit our sugar intake and use healthier alternatives, but birthday cakes are our main exception to that rule, and it this cake hit the spot. Esther loves chocolate-covered strawberries, so she asked if she could help me to bake it for her late birthday celebration (she turned 9 on February 28, so yeah, we were a month late). Since I had extra time, I said we could give it a try. To say I was unsure it would turn out was an understatement. I always bake the birthday cakes, cupcakes, muffins, breads, cookies, etc., in our family, but I’d never tried anything as elaborate as this and frankly, was afraid it might flop. However, after several hard-working hours that included spilled flour, sugar headaches, giggles, piles of dishes, confusion, and flying frosting, our creation was complete.
Welcome! I’m Noel. A 17-year old living in the beautiful West Michigan countryside. An aspiring writer, horse-crazy country girl, sister of five, amateur photographer, chocolate enthusiast, used-to-be-ballerina, recovering perfectionist, decided introvert, but mostly…a broken mess redeemed by Christ. Thanks for stopping by.