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An Exciting Announcement!

Have you ever felt like you want to spend more time in God’s Word, and you want it to be meaningful? Have you ever felt like you were tired of shallow Bible studies that just left you longing for something more? I was there just a few months ago. Jeremy and I have talked so many times about the lack of really great Bible study material and the searching just left me so frustrated. Then last year, my friend Amanda posted a picture on instagram, and then mentioned that she doesn’t use a specific study guide, but more of a method for reading and studying Scripture. I looked up the podcast that she mentioned and I was hooked. It has revolutionized my walk with God. Since then, I have blogged about how I journal and study Scripture, and also started a hashtag on instagram to help keep friends accountable to be in God’s Word daily.

This past week we had our first Pursuit 31 Dallas meetup and it was so great. Thirteen of us met and talked about photography and ourselves, but more than that we talked about our love for our Savior. At the end of the night, Amanda and I were chatting as the group slowly left, and we both talked about how we wanted the group to be focused on Christ. We love photography, and it is so great to have that in common, but Jesus is our life.

So…we are so excited to announce that Amanda and I will be hosting a Bible Study group starting in just a few weeks.

The only textbook we will have is God’s Word, so all you will need is your Bible, a journal, and a pen. We will meet once a month, and then have a month to read God’s Word on our own. We will be meeting on Thursday evenings from 7-9 at Amanda’s home in Grapevine, TX and we will start by studying the book of Colossians. Our kick off date is May 23rd! When we meet together we will share what God is showing us, and I just know it is going to be amazing to see how He will often teach us the same things, and often teach us very different things. His Word is so powerful, and we would love for you to go deeper with us.

We would love for you to join us! Feel free to leave a comment here if you are interested and give us your email address. We will be sending out more information soon! If you have any questions let us know! We are so excited to see what God will do.

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Jennifer Mitchel Rios

So interested! :)

Caitie Sheppard

Wish we lived closer… xoxo

Glenda Fuentes


Rachel Stephens

I’m interested but can we carpool?

Melissa Potts Howden

I’m in Plano, but I’d like to be included on the list.

Karen Stott

This is SOOO incredible! I’m SOOO proud of you and Amanda! Just wish I lived closer!

Ashlee Crowden

That’s so awesome, love this, and I would love to be involved!

Sarah Boediarto

Amanda Who?!

Ruth Lowe

This sounds wonderful Kristen. I’d like to be on your email list even though I’m in Normal, IL. I’ve had a heart for striking out on my own study of the Bible for a very long time and your posts have given me encouragement! Thank you!

Our Random Life #29

It has been a fabulous and busy week. It is so easy for us to forget how lucky we are to live the life that we live. We have so much and I am not just referring to material things. Family, friends, a great church, and an amazing Savior. Here are some of this weeks randomness.

Our friend Rebekah was in town for a wedding so we got to spend a day together which was amazing. We shopped, ate great food, shot a mini session of her, and even introduced the girl to Jamba Juice…and for the record I am not the only one that is addicted to the stuff…I saw her post another picture of it the very next day…made me feel better about myself.

I have written before about how I study the Bible and that a big part of that for me is journaling. So, when I finished up a journal last week I needed a new journal to take its place. I had seen these lovely Rifle Paper Co. journals at Target a few weeks ago, and passed them up. When I realized a new journal and went back they were gone, luckily, one of the perks of living in a big city is that there are lots of Targets so I was able to find them at another. They are so pretty and I love starting my day with one of them.

Stella’s new favorite movie is Enchanted…and I have to admit…Jeremy and I laugh every time it is on. The music is catchy and there are so many funny one liners…I am glad our 18 month old has good taste in movies.

I recently became the small group leader for the DFW branch of Pursuit 31 which is an online group for Christian women photographers. We had our first meetup this week and it was such an amazing time. So great to meet all these girls that have so much in common. We are working on planning more meetups soon, so if you would like more information let me know!

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Tammy Damore

You are so busy, and do it all so effortlessly!

Ashlee Crowden

Oh look! There’s us P31-ers!

May 2013 Goals

It is hard to believe that April has passed, it was a busy month with beautiful weddings, engagement sessions, and bridal sessions filling up lots of our time. There were definitely some very busy days, but also some time that we took to relax and enjoy the gorgeous spring weather. Even though we were very busy, I pushed ahead in my goal to read more, and I think I will definitely be passing my goal of 12 in 12 very soon. I am reading book 10 right now! I guess I should probably set a new goal, but I am not sure what it should be yet. What do you think?

I am continually amazing at the power of setting goals and keeping yourself accountable. It is so powerful, especially when you are posting them publicly. You can read this post to see how I set my goals.

May Goals

12 in 12 – Currently finishing “Jesus Is” and very excited to read “This Momentary Marriage”
Join a Gym so that Jeremy and I can go together…and GO!
Continue to work on having a routine that gives us lots of time for work and play
Get our family pictures taken by our amazing photographer!!!
Roadtrip to see both of our families
Enjoy Jeremy’s month off between Spring semester and Summer Classes
Be intentional and spend time with Stella outside.

I would love to hear your goals! Type them in the comments or post a link to your own goals post!

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Stephanie Watts

This Momentary Marriage is the BEST EVER. Excited for you to read it! =]

You have a busy month ahead, but I know you can do it! I love that you shared both personal and professional goals. I tend to only goal plan for my professional life, and not my personal one. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kristin’s Book List | April 2013

I read such great books this month, and I have a whole order of new books on its way that I can’t wait to dig into. I have a feeling I am going to surpass my 12 in 12 and I am totally fine with that. Now that I have set aside some time to read, I am just loving it! And of course since I have been soaking up lots of books, I am always looking for great suggestions for non fiction books. Here is what I read this month.

The Christian Mama’s Guide To Parenting a Toddler | Erin MacPherson

It is hard for me to believe that I can even say that I am the Momma to a toddler…when did that happen? So I was really excited when I had the opportunity to get a free copy of this book to review for Thomas Nelson. This is such a fun book. It isn’t deep parenting advice by any means, but more real and humorous advice from a mom who has been there. She compiles ideas on everything having to do with raising a toddler from how to deal with bedtime and tantrums, to how to get your kids to eat healthy. She never came across as if her way was the only way which was so refreshing, and I loved that she subscribes to the theory that you need to do what works for your family. It was light hearted and fun, and if you have a toddler you will definitely enjoy it.

Seven | Jen Hatmaker

I think I can easily say that this was my book of the month. I wasn’t sure what to think going into it, and I had just heard so much about it. The book is phenomenal, and really struck a chord with me. The premise of the book is that the other seeks to eliminate excess in 7 areas of her life : food, clothes, spending, media, posessions, waste, and stress. I just loved seeing her heart for the Lord as she wrote about her struggles in these areas. The book is written in almost a blog style with daily entries, and it was so honest and real. She talks plainly about how she is feeling as she seeks to eliminate some excessive things from her life. The book is just refreshing and in many ways the boost I needed to clean out my closet, spend a bit less time on Facebook and focus on what really matters instead of letting my time and energy be soaked up by the meaningless. Couldn’t recommend the book enough, and I will definitely be reading her book “Interrupted” soon. Go read this book.

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing | Al Ries & Jack Trout

This book might not seem to totally fit with my usual inspirational non-fiction, women’s books, and parenting guides. But, I am always trying to read something to make myself a better business woman. This is just one more aspect of my life. This book was so good. It is small and I read it in less than 24 hours because it is such an easy read. The authors discuss so many things that I perhaps already knew, but hadn’t applied to our business. Such great advice on leadership, business and marketing your business. I loved that they used recognizable examples from famous companies to prove their points. If you are in business and want to know how to set yourself apart this is a great, quick read.

Grace Based Parenting | Tim Kimmel

I have been wanting to read this for several months, and as Stella entered the toddler phase it seemed like it was time to dig into this. It was a very good book, and though I didn’t agree with his application of everything it was such a good reminder for me to look to God’s relationship with His children as the perfect example for how to parent. I am so grateful that God gives me grace and mercy, and it was a good reminder to do the same as a parent. I was very intrigued with his explanations of different parenting styles, and encouraged to look at what God really says about parenting, not just what I have heard or assumed.

What did you read this month?

Jen Hatmaker Seven Christian Mamas Guide The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing Grace Based Parenting Book Photo


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Rosie Parent

Those sound great! I’m working through the famous Outlander series (book 6 I think now). Not at all similar to what you’re reading! Haha

I can’t wait to see your review of Gretchen Rubin’s books “The Happiness Project” and “Happier At Home”. Those were phenomenal and so inspiring.

Happy Reading! :)

Josh-Danielle Venable

Just finished 7. Reading Interrupted now. Love it!

I’ve heard so many good things about “The Christian Mama’s Guide”. I may need to check it out soon. :)