Happy Tuesday pretty people! Raise your hand if you’re a scrapbooker. *raises both hands!* Scrapbooking was my first love. At the ripe old age of 13 I fell in love with memory keeping. I was a journaler long before that & I was totes “Smashbooking” at age 6 WAY before it was cool. hahaha But scrapbooking had my heart in 6th grade. I mean… recording our thoughts & memories for our families!? What could be more important than that? Recording your thoughts, memories, & FAITH for our families! There’s nothing more inspiring than looking back on possessions of your grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s & seeing evidence of their unfailing faith!
As you may know, I recently visited Seattle for a retreat with the Illustrated Faith Creative Team girls & it was life changing. Documenting this feels INCREDIBLY important now that I’m back home. After leaving the retreat house crying & waving goodbye to my girls, we boarded a plane back to Indiana where I did a lot of thinking. Thinking about community & answered prayers & friendship. Thinking about how God doesn’t always answer us in the way we think He will.
When I moved to Anderson, Indiana with my husband, I didn’t know anyone from that town. We didn’t have a church family (& we still haven’t found a church we love.) I prayed for community. I prayed for friendships to form with like-minded women. And God answered that prayer… but not how I expected Him to. He didn’t give me a few women in my town to lean on; He gave me a network of Christian women ALL OVER THE WORLD through Illustrated Faith. And these 5 other women with me in the photo were the start of my community. He is faithful.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
The key takeaway from that verse: HE IS FAITHFUL! It’s not ours to decide how or when He will answer our prayers, but if it is His will, He will provide! I feel like this is one of the things that Christians struggle with most since we’re living in a world with answers at our fingertips. Waiting is also one of the things I’m worst at. hahaha But these girls were worth the wait.
I used this printable set to embellish my scrapbook page along with the Seeds of Faith collection. I plan on doing a whole album with photos from this trip because I want to remember all the little things about these girls. Shanna’s ability to make people feel so loved & appreciated. How Heather loves to sit & watch other people create & soak in their inspiration. Amy’s fluid brushstrokes & boisterous laugh. I want to document Bailey’s way with words & her passion for the arts. Andrea’s scrappy attitude but soft gooey heart. All these things make up my community. I wish I could somehow bottle up their hugs & paste them in the book somehow, but these photos & memories will have to do. God’s faithfulness in bringing me to this wonderful community is among my greatest blessings. So they’re going in the book.
I can’t wait to open that book in 10 years & have all that love pour out. <3