2015

What a year it has been.  In 2015:
We lived in Hawaii, explored the Amazon basin by boat, learned a little Portuguese and what community really means, grew up a lot, slept in hammocks, made lifelong friends, opened up, poured out, and were poured into more than I thought possible. We experienced overwhelming grace, got hundreds of mosquito bites, hung out with prostitutes, appreciated our families more than ever, and moved home (again). We learned so soooo much about the faithfulness of God. We also learned more about cameras and photos and the power of photography and visual communication. I drove cross-country with my mom. Ryan got a dream job. We (okay, fine, I) cried a lot, and became okay with that.
 I don't know how 2016 could leave me feeling as full as this year has, but I know it will. God has a way of filling us up with exactly what we need. I know this year will look much different than the last- but other than that I have no clue what it holds, and I'm shockingly fine with it. 
Here are some favorites from this last chunk of time. I chose black and white for all of them because it's timeless, and more difficult to work with, and those things make sense for this year. I'm so thankful for the opportunities we've had, the people in our lives, and those of you who have encouraged, supported, and followed along. Here's to a new year and new adventures to be had.

Hiking outside of Salmon, ID with a favorite crew.

Hiking outside of Salmon, ID with a favorite crew.

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Just a few of the people who supported us this year... what a crazy week this was.

Just a few of the people who supported us this year... what a crazy week this was.

My sweet, always effervescent Memere.

My sweet, always effervescent Memere.

the dock where we spent endless hours in Kona-- this spot has seen so many long conversations.

the dock where we spent endless hours in Kona-- this spot has seen so many long conversations.

Bros forever.

Bros forever.

Barefoot hiking to see wild Hawaiian cattle, of course.

Barefoot hiking to see wild Hawaiian cattle, of course.

Beneath Mauna Kea, admiring the Milky Way (PC- Heather Morse).

Beneath Mauna Kea, admiring the Milky Way (PC- Heather Morse).

Tash discovering endless tidepool treasures.

Tash discovering endless tidepool treasures.

Rober James Kreager. A Kona regular with quite a story. 

Rober James Kreager. A Kona regular with quite a story. 

From the first days in Brasilia, Brazil. 

From the first days in Brasilia, Brazil. 

Quiet mornings with endless sweet, strong, Brazilian coffee- prepared by the wonderful Gildene (below).

Quiet mornings with endless sweet, strong, Brazilian coffee- prepared by the wonderful Gildene (below).

On our fourth wedding anniversary, we escaped for a picnic for a few hours and this view, with the help of so many. Another time people loved us so extravagantly. 

On our fourth wedding anniversary, we escaped for a picnic for a few hours and this view, with the help of so many. Another time people loved us so extravagantly. 

The dump just outside of Brasilia.

The dump just outside of Brasilia.

Little girls outside their grandmother's home in Arapapuzinho, in the Amazon.

Little girls outside their grandmother's home in Arapapuzinho, in the Amazon.

Two of our favorite boys.

Two of our favorite boys.

The village kids were always swimming-- in streams, ponds, the river.

The village kids were always swimming-- in streams, ponds, the river.

This entire family lived in this house, and this was their largest room. They made spaces for us, welcomed us, listened, and shared.

This entire family lived in this house, and this was their largest room. They made spaces for us, welcomed us, listened, and shared.

Beds. 

Beds. 

Hammock meetings.

Hammock meetings.

So many sweet-faced strays. 

So many sweet-faced strays. 

Joy, me, Heather, Natasha- posing in a village church window. This place will always be remembered for it's plumbing...

Joy, me, Heather, Natasha- posing in a village church window. This place will always be remembered for it's plumbing...

Soccer, always, because Brazil.

Soccer, always, because Brazil.

Starry jungle nights.

Starry jungle nights.

Olivio. This man's story will forever encourage us.

Olivio. This man's story will forever encourage us.

Endless tangerinas from the tree outside our room.

Endless tangerinas from the tree outside our room.

Us- just before taking the plunge and recommitting to a surrendered life (PC Joy Martin).

Us- just before taking the plunge and recommitting to a surrendered life (PC Joy Martin).

Back in Idaho, home. Our first time in the mountains in over six months and we were so in awe.

Back in Idaho, home. Our first time in the mountains in over six months and we were so in awe.

We came home, missing lots of friends who moved away.. so we made a few new ones. Who also moved away. haha. This is Brooke.

We came home, missing lots of friends who moved away.. so we made a few new ones. Who also moved away. haha. This is Brooke.

I drove cross country with my mom, and we spent a day in lovely Nashville. The first of many trips there, I'm sure of it.

I drove cross country with my mom, and we spent a day in lovely Nashville. The first of many trips there, I'm sure of it.

Deep South farm dogs, doing their thing.

Deep South farm dogs, doing their thing.

Reaching the Floridian coast was quite the milestone- one 3,000 miles in the making!

Reaching the Floridian coast was quite the milestone- one 3,000 miles in the making!

What a year to reflect on. I'm thankful for every messy, incredible, bit of it. Of course, that's easier to say now that I have a plush mattress and mosquito-free quarters... but I wouldn't trade in even the hardships of this year. If I've learned anything, it's that God has plans much bigger and different than mine. I can't wait to see what they hold for 2 0 1 6.
New year, new adventures. Let's go.

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