As most of you know, my husband and I moved to Claremore,Oklahoma last March and took the amazing position of Student Ministry Pastors for REFRESH student ministry. The past 8.5 months have been an absolute whirlwind, and as you’ve been able to notice, my photography has taken a bit of a backseat. When we moved to Claremore, I wanted to truly make building relationships with the people here my main focus and priority. I wouldn’t trade the decision to put a halt on photography to get to know people and build relationships because it has been so rewarding and so important to our ministry and lives.
One of the awesome relationships I have been able to build is with our super, crazy, fun-loving, and absolutely ridiculous students! When people hear that we work with teenagers and love to do it, they think we are crazy. I think we would be crazy not to be doing it. I love building up this generation of students to be the people and the leaders that God has created them to be. I don’t pour my life into students because they are the generation of tomorrow; I pour my life into them because they are the generation and the leaders of today.
One of the amazing students that I have been able to get to know is Alyssa, and I was so excited when she asked me to take her Senior Pictures! To be honest, though, I was also a little sad to be taking these pictures because it means that she will be leaving the student ministry soon, and I just don’t think I’m ready for that yet. If you know Alyssa, then you know that she is full of life and full of love for God’s word and for his people. I love hearing her quote the scriptures she is learning in Teen Bible Quiz, and I love watching her rise to the challenge of trying new things for our Worship Team. She is a natural-born leader and an extremely talented actress and performer. I am so proud of the impact that she is making on other peoples’ lives, and I’m so excited to see what God has in store for her future.
Alyssa – I’m so honored to be a part of your senior year of high school! Thank you for choosing me to take your senior pictures and capture such an important milestone of your life. I’m so proud of you and the amazing person that you are! Praying that the remainder of your senior year is remarkable and that God will guide you and give you clear directions for your future! We love you!