Saturday, August 19, 2017

Torrioni | Italia 2017

It had been three years since my family and I traveled to Italy to visit relatives. Even so, though I go back older and slightly different each time... this little town stays frozen. Almost as if it never changed since I was a little girl. 

The church bells still chime at the given hour, the rooster still crows way too early in the morning, and the sun always sets behind the mountain I can see from my Nonna's balcony.  

I always say God blessed me with the best of both worlds, in which I get to truly be a part of the Italian countryside, the simple life no one quite sees beyond the Italy they show in magazines and movies.   

I could write a novel with my stories and experiences, but instead, I'll leave you with my photographs that documented what I saw during my time in Italy. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lifestyle Portraits | Mamma's 50th Birthday

My Mamma turned 50 years old today, so we went out recently and took a few portraits to document her special year. 

She isn't one to place herself in the spotlight, but little does she know that her character alone is a light that shines all on its own. 

Mamma, I wouldn't be the same girl I've become without your wisdom, discipline, and constant unconditional love all of my life. 

You show me the meaning of having a patient heart in trials. 

To have a humble spirit, and that no matter what... Jesus is the most important relationship in our lives.

You taught me that even if the world thinks differently... to always have a kind heart, and remember who God created me to be. 

Proverbs 31: says:

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. (31:26)

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. (31:28)

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. (31:29)

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. (31:30) 
You are a woman of all of these verses. I am beyond blessed God gave you as my mother, and only hope to be as wonderful a wife and mother to my own family someday. 

My Mamma always tells me this, "È meglio a fare il buono che fare il male. L'assa fa tutto a Dio... che Lui provvede." 

Meaning: "It's better to do good to others than bad. Leave everything else to God, He will provide."

Mamma, thank you for all that you do and for showing me Jesus' love through your beautiful soul. 

Ti voglio tanto bene, Tantissimi Auguri! I love you, Happy Birthday!

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Social Gap

We are living in the 21st century. A time where anything is available at the tip of your fingers.

Food delivery, a new outfit for that party you have this weekend, movies, music, a ride to a restaurant only a few blocks away, a new relationship... you name it it's there.

It's an incredible period for information and research since pretty much anything you desire is just a Google search away.

And yet though we virtually have it all, we're completely missing it.

I recently traveled to Charleston, South Carolina with my sister and cousin. It was an amazing few days filled with exploring, great food, and fun times.

And then I got home and just like everyone else I caught up on blogs, Instagram, etc.. scrolling to see what's new.

I wish I could tell you that scrolling through it all simply just inspired me (most times it does).

But instead, it left me wanting more.

I was now mentally planning my next trip, where to go, what to see... the places are endless! Meanwhile, I literally just got back from a trip.

Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with wanting to see this beautiful world, explore the cultures, people, foods.

I too desire to see so much in my life and absolutely love visiting new places.

But what I'm noticing is that the human condition dating back to the beginning of time, of wanting more is a vicious cycle that never ends.

When Eve was in the garden of Eden and the serpent (aka the devil) tempted her to eat the fruit, he told her it would open up her eyes and she would be like God knowing all things.

She saw it looked good, wanted more than all God had already given her and so she took it.

When King David was in reign, he saw Bathsheba (Uriah's wife, one of his Soldiers) and wanted her for himself. After he did take her, David had Uriah killed.

Centuries have passed, and yet the cycle never really changed. The human heart always wants more and more. 

We go on vacation, and then we want to go another one soon after. We buy the perfect dress, and then we need another one because obviously, that one was already worn.

I'm now coming to understand that we'll always want more. And then after we get it, we want something else.

But the truth is, we'll never be content with the things we can buy, or how many vacations we can go on. We'll just want more after the last one.

Because nothing on earth can ever quench us or be enough. Only God through Jesus can ever fill that gap.

Solomon (David's son) was the wisest and richest man to ever live and had everything and anything a man could ever want. And even he stated that all things under the sun are vanity, pointless like chasing after the wind. {Ecclesiastes 1:14-15}

And so my hope is that in following the desires and dreams that were placed on our hearts... we don't let it define our joy.

You were made to enjoy the beauty and wonderful things that God gave us in this life. And so go! Do those things that open up your heart and mind.

// And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God. // Ecclesiastes 3:13

But always remember God is the only thing that will truly bring us a lasting joy that will never end.

// Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. // Matthew 24:35