December 17, 2006

Yay.....Winter Break!!! I love Christmas!!!

So.....wowza!!! seriousness.....man....crazy times...school is out for Christmas break and I ended up with 4 A's and 1 B, I was trying hard for that 4.0 but aparently not this term....bummer. I'm so pleased that the first term is already over, I can't believe it. But it's nice, so over the break I plan on sleeping in as much as possible, and snowboarding of course, and working and hanging out with some friends, and possibly creating some new pieces of art, and.....possibly making some angels out of snow....haha.

Snowboarders For Christ Oregon kicks off this wednesday.....I am so stoked this is actually happening here.....it's rad how God can start the fire and passion in one person and continue to produce the flame and not let it flicker and die, but let it burn and grow and start to really represent His light and His passion for His kingdom. It's pretty awesome, and it blows me away just how all of this has come together. God is awesome. So....on that Wednesday note, for anyone interested: Wednesday December 20th 2006, we'll be meeting at the Summit rest area in Welches so we can all go up to Meadows together, then we'll ride all day and get coffee at the Sandy Starbucks after, and hang out for a bit. I hope as many of you out there reading this SHOW UP!!!!! We'll meet at 9am in Welches!!! It's gonna be really fun!!! oh AND check out our brand new and totally spectacular website!!!!

http://www.SFCoregon.com


I think that's it for now....life is still just as busy as it was with school because it's now filled with work and riding instead of school!!!

peace and so much love to you all!!!
Sarah

December 02, 2006

.A Light to Follow.

Lean on Me,
When your troubles seem too strong.

Lean on Me,
When all that's left of you is wrong.

Lean, lean on Me,
When each and everyday drag on.

Lean, lean on Me,
When all your hope in the world is gone.

He is a light to follow.
He is a light to follow.
He is a light to follow.
He is a light to follow.

A guiding light in open waters.
A burning flame that never dies.
A lampstand in the darkest of places.
A burst of sunshine in a raincloud sky.

And He says:
Lean on Me,
When all your troubles seem too strong.

Lean on Me,
When all that's left of you is wrong.

Lean, lean on Me,
When each and everyday drag on.

Lean, lean on Me,
when all your hope in the world is gone.

November 28, 2006

busy-ness = crazy-ness....

So....life has been pretty much insanity for me. I can't believe thanksgiving has come and gone, as well as midterms. Now Christmas and finals (DUN DUN DUN....) are just a few short weeks away. But this is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the snow....oh and today it started snowing in town.....boo-yeah for me being superbly stoked at that action..it was very pathetic snow....so I drove up the mountain about 10 miles to take some pics and it was like a crazy blizzard outside....I LOVE IT!!!! Sad to say, I haven't even been snowboarding once this season yet....Meadows is supposedly opening Dec. 15th...but that's a sketchy situation with the roads gone and having the HWY's having to be rebuilt and whatnot. Yeah....still though, I'm ready. I want to go snowboarding and go play in the snow.... make snow angels, and then eat sugar plums and then drink cocoa and then to top it all off,, we can SNUGGLE.....haha....if you're not laughing....go watch ELF then you'll get it. yeah...but life is pretty much busy and crazy, but it's good. This term is almost over and I'm pulling 4 A's and 1 B (I hope)...nothing's written in stone yet....because I still have all my finals to complete....and only 2-3 of them are like 40% of my grade...so no worries there.....HAHAHA!!!! Maybe I should start crying now just to get those tear ducts in working order before I get my report card...no I'm sure it will be fine. Okay...this has been a very lame and non-informative update for those of you who actually DO read my blog. k. hope you've enjoyed yourself thoroughly.
peace and so much love from yours truly,
Sarah McA.

November 02, 2006

Pittock Mansion




So, today for my lighting class we went on a field trip to this really cool old mansion up Burnside in Portland. It was fun, and we got free range of the place because it was opened just for us photography kids. Pretty sweet. I fell in love with the marble staircase, it was so beautiful!!!! Here are a few pics:

November 01, 2006

.too busy to function.

I feel like I'm going crazy. I feel like all I do is go to school, work and do homework. I hate that feeling. And I cram and cram things into my schedule, but they just won't fit. I'm stressed out, and I feel like I'm dissappointing people and friends, and God. I need a vacation from my life, so I won't have to worry about making enough money at my part time job to pay for rent, school, film, processing film, prints, gas, coffee, food, school supplies, bills, life...............the list just keeps going and going and going and going and GOING!!!! I'm going to go crazy I think. I hate how it seems like some people have it so easy. Like they don't have to worry so much about money and stress, they just have it there, available to them, and other people can work their butt off their whole life and still never seem to even start treading water. Oh well...that's life I guess. That's what goes down. I'm gonna do my very best to live life, not for money, but for living a passionate life, for God. And for the dreams and talents He's given me. I'm going for the gusto....here's what I DREAM of doing!!!!:

1. Become a Godly woman. Someone people can look up to, and seek advice from, someone who lives a passionate and relevant life all for the glory of God. A Proverbs 31 woman.

2. Start my fashion company. reBEL. For too long, I always just dream of doing it. I dream of being the one who's editing and who's designing and doing the layouts, and getting stuff printed. I would love to be my own boss and just have my own fashion line and make a living as an entrepreneur, and I have always been one step behind my head with all of this. I want it to just happen, but it's frustrating trying to put a plan into action, as least one that will end up successful.

3. I want to record more. Ever since I was a little girl, I've always wanted to be a singer/songwriter/"rockstar". haha. I guess you could say that's a pretty HUGE dream...I know, I know...it really is,,,but it's still in me. That one hasn't faded. I've been writing praise songs since I was 6, I'm not about to give it up now. And I'd really like to do something productive with it. I just want to give it all back up to God, because He's the one who lays His words on my heart in the first place.

4. I want to go skydiving. This I guess doesn't really count as a "dream" per se, but I really really want to go skydiving....I have for like 3 years now....so I think this needs to happen next summer!!! YEP!!!!

5. Je voudraise a parle Francaise tres bien. Je voudraise a parle Francaise fluent et ne mal pas.

6. I want to travel the world. I want to visit Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Germany, India, Nepal, South Korea, Phillippines, New Zealand, Austrailia, Maldives,........SO SO SO SO SO many more...........I want to go EVERYWHERE, and take pictures of everything I see. I want to capture the people, the culture, the faith, the essence of different Countries, and peoples. That would be so amazing!!!!!

7. As much as people don't believe me in my "crazy independent" spirit, I do want to meet "my man" and fall in love and get married and have a family......and I don't want to be some crazy old nun before it all happens.....I'm just waiting for "mr. right"...and all the pressure's on him, because I'm old fashioned and I refuse to make the moves........hahaha!!! I want to get over my stupid insecurities I have in myself and not always end up being "one of the guys".

8. I want to live a life with no regrets. I don't want to live life carefully either. I want to take risks and make mistakes, but I want to learn from my mistakes and not regret making them. I want to live life to the fullest!!!!!

9. I think every kid dreams of becoming a professional athlete. I used to dream of being a gymnast, then I got too tall. Then I wanted to be a dancer; and that dream still hasn't faded away. I love do dance, anytime, anywhere!!!! I don't want to be pro or anything, I think this is just something that I can never get enough of. I could dance all day and all night and still not be sick of it.

10. I dream of making a difference in the snowboard community. I want to show people that snowboardind doesn't have to be all about drinking, smoking weed, and sleeping around. It doesn't have to revolve around the party culture. It really can be about just riding for the fun of it. And I know this is true for a lot of people, but I just get sick of "the scene" that goes with this amazing sport. And I think it can be so much more to so many more.

Well....I'd continue naming off more, but I think you might never read my blog again...hahaha!!!! I always feel better when I get stuff out of my head and onto paper. So I can read and understand where the heck I'm trying to go with my thoughts/dreams. I only hope I've spurred you on to making a list of things you dream of doing. And you should pretty much start doing them....because time always goes by so much faster than we expect it to.......
peace out,
thanks for reading,
In Him,
Sarah

October 22, 2006

.Peppers are Yummy.




Just some peppers I shot for my lighting class. And then...I ate them...and they were delicious!!!!

October 18, 2006

.Cute Kids.





Too cute right??!! They are the biggest posers in the world too!!!

October 14, 2006

.Christy and Paul Cater.






This is a wedding I attended last weekend, I took some pics just for fun. Anastastasia and Marissa looked amazing, and of course so did their mom Christy!!! Ben shot me the most amazing Zoolander EVER!!! The colors and wedding was really beautiful!!! Congrats Christy and Paul!!!

October 09, 2006

.SFC OREGON.

So....just an update on an amazing ministry. We've had our first "official" Snowboarders For Christ Oregon meeting. It went really well, and more people showed up than I thought would. So that in an of itself was encouraging. I love just how God has planned all of this stuff and I don't even need to worry or stress out about anything, I just have to be patient and continue to pray and look to Him for my strength and hope and love. The next meeting is gonna be in a couple weeks and hopefully as the meetings come together and the heart and vision of SFC really gets going, we'll really be able to use this as a tool for the Glory of God. That's my biggest prayer, just that it would all come together and be for HIM, and not us. Cause that's why we all want to do this, to share the message of God's Grace to the mountain community of super sick gaper shreder heshies.....hahaha. no really. I'm serious.

Keep prayers onward and upward for SFC OREGON...hopefully someday in the near future it will be officially up and running.
In Him,
Sarah

I hope you're not all scared of me.....

So, I'm feeling so much better. I'm looking less and less like a chipmunk everyday. Oh...this is gross...so I actually ended up having to go back into the dentist to get my face looked at again, and one of my teeth (you know the wisdom teeth that don't exist anymore) caused an infection in my face, and it was sick, they had to like cut a hole in my face and ooze the puss out.....ISN'T THAT DISCUSTING!!!!! But it's all good.....I just layed in the chair and looked into the dentist's adorable face....he was SO HOT!!!!! Prettiest eyes ever, I swear. WOW!!!! So it wasn't so bad..and now I have more pain medication and antibiotics....bummer I didn't get that cute doctor's number to go with it.....haha. I'm just kidding. Come now, you all know me better than that don't you?!?!?! haha. Other than that, life has been insanely busy with school. I'm feeling a little lonely living in Gresham without a roomie. But it's okay, hopefully I can meet some friends and find a job soon. Um....school, I love. I get to take pictures and study art and be creative almost everyday in class. I don't get a lot of the lighting concepts and the like shutter speeds and all that, but it's coming, the more I actually do it, the faster I get, and I'm taking a color slide class and that's been really cool. Understanding different concepts about color theory and color composition etc....that's been really cool. I can't believe I'm already three weeks into all this school stuff. I have lots of homework everyweek, but it's not unbarrable.

k. I'm peacing out now.
Sarah

September 29, 2006

.I'm a chipmunk.

So...I got my wisdom teeth pulled yesterday, and at first the swelling wasn't all that bad....nor the pain. Then this morning happened. HAHAHA. I look like a flippin cartoon character. Or a chipmunk, or an upside down hammerhead shark, or a teddy bear. My sister told me she couldn't look at me without laughing. I think that's a very honest statement. I look REDICULOUS!!!

P.S. Sorry guys.....I couldn't handle those horrible pictures of myself posted on the web anymore....I swear I don't look like a retard anymore...promise!!!

September 27, 2006

.School and such...



So I started school this week. So life has been crazy busy. But it's really fun too. I love my classes. I get to take pictures all the time. So I'm learning all about color slide film, color theory, lighting, integrated media, digital photography, mac computers, 3D design, and more. Basically, I get to do art all day every day and it's awesome. I love that I get to design, sketch and take photos for my homework. It rocks. I love it. Here are some pics I've been taken for homework and for fun:

September 24, 2006

.Shrub Jumping.





Today, being my first day back in Hood River for a bit, was a totally relaxed day. Slept in, went to coffee with Ben, then sister and I decided to do some shrub jumping. It was awesomely hillarious. Rachel was all "this is just a practice run," and the shrub pretty much attacked her when she tried jumping over it. It was so funny.

September 15, 2006

.Baby Sister's growing up.




This year sister is a senior. I can't believe that. That's crazy. She's all grown up now. It's weird. Nevertheless, I shot her senior pics, that was fun. We just goofed around for an afternoon together. Fun fun. Here are some of my favorites:

.Sunsets make me Smile.






Here are some pics from a few sunsets in CB and surrounding areas. They make me happy, and I smile when they're wickedly awesome!!!

September 12, 2006

.Kidlets.







So....well a while ago now Jesse and Melisse brought the kidlets down to the beach for the weekend and I got to hang out with them for the afternoon after work, it was fun. We played down at Indian Beach and made sandcastles. Oh.....and there was a couple walking on the beach..and they matched.....same shirst, same shorts....it was rediculous and just had to be caught on camera. Enjoy.

September 09, 2006

.One Thing.

One thing, that I ask you
One thing, that I long for
To lay it all down
To take off my stupid crowns
That I wear to cover up what's inside.
The things I try desperately to hide.
I want to fall on my face.
I long for Your perfect Grace.
Surround me with your love.
Drench my heart with your blood.
Make my life so much more.
Make my life worth living for.

September 08, 2006

.Matthew 5:3-12.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for their's is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemaker's,
for they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for their's is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

~Matthew 5:3-12

September 01, 2006

Okay....I'm updating I'm updating.

So...it's been far too long since I last blogged. Sorry for those of you who do read it out there. I'm a slacker what can I say!!! So...update on spunky adventures....well....my bro Seth got married a couple weeks ago and it was rad...and you can watch a slideshow of his wedding pics done by Blaine and Bethany Franger...it's amazing you should watch it: http://www.blainefranger.com/sethhannah/

So...my family flew to New York for an amzingly beautiful, fun and crazy time. I have some pics too, I'll post them soon. promise.

Other than that, I've been working and surfing and just chillen' on the beach. School starts in a few weeks and I'm stoked to move to Portland. Oh man, oh man....and I'm trying to get involved with Snowboarders For Christ, and starting something out there for Mt. Hood. And I'm really excited about that. Oh man, God is so good. yeah. So that's life. Busy busy. But really good.

This is rad:
"My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart." ~Jer. 24:6-7

hearts,
Sarah

July 23, 2006

.Work, Surf, Eat...then repeat.






So....yeah. I just recently moved back to Cannon Beach, which is on the Oregon coast. It's beautiful. I love it. I am working the same job I worked last summer at a little flower shop and just surfing and chilling in town a bunch. It's fun seeing familiar faces from last summer and Ecola and all that jazz. I'm learning a lot too, about arranging flowers more and about how to do more wedding flowers. It's pretty fun.

So....this is a horrible surf story. Last night Tex and I went out. And it was really big and really sloppy. Not fun. the first wave I took I got pile driven down through the wave to the bottom feeders section of the Davey Jones Locker. haha. But seriously. It was a much bigger wave then I've ever taken before and now in hindsight I don't know what I was thinking,,,,it was really really scary. I was a few seconds away from gulping a huge swig of salty ocean water into my lungs. This story has an okay ending though....I have so much more respect for the ocean when I get tossed around in it because the ocean is a flippin' huge and masively strong element. So...I should fear it....but healthy fear....'cause I can't wait to go out and ride it all again. haha. awww sick. shaka braw. shaka.

peace and love from the O.C. (Oregon Coast, not Orange County).
keep it real.
Sarah

July 07, 2006

.First Friday Pirates.



Sister and I decided to go downtown for first friday and walk around. It only took us 15 minutes driving around downtown to find a parking spot. And first friday has turned into an enormous tourist attraction. It's crazy. Like we walked around for a lot of the night and didn't run into anyone we knew. Well....okay maybe I lied we ran into a few people...but the tourists definetly outweighed the locals. Then after first friday we put on some pirate pearls and got our skull and crossbone flags out and went and saw Pirates of the Caribbean II...it was really long but really good. And pirates are amazingly sweet. I decided I'm going to marry one. haha. Wouldn't that be rad.....pirates...a.k.a Johnny Depp is so hot. Yeah dude. But go see the movie, cause it's really really good.
peace out!!
Sarah ARGH!!!

July 05, 2006

.4th of July.





OH MAN!!! Since I've been home I've been real busy. The 4th of July was fun...went to the parade, had a BBQ and went to another BBQ where I won a sweet star visor for winning 2nd place at frisbee golf (boo-yeah!), went and watched the fireworks from a bluff house roof in Washington (thanks to Kent)....it's been awesome...it's crazy trying to catch up with friends and let everyone know that I'm home now so I can hang out again. And I'm trying to find a job in town for the summer and trying to design some more stuff for reBEL. Hmmm...what else is new!?!!? I dunno. It's been nice being home and hanging out with my family again. It's good stuff all around!!! And....this is weird...I didn't get jetlag at all...it's so crazy..I figured I'd be out for a week or so...but nope. I'm not complaining though. That rocks!!

April 02, 2006

.All about Amsterdam.

So,, I now have another blog entirely dedicated to my ministry in Amsterdam. So....for my future posts please view here: http://www.sarahinamsterdam.blogspot.com
Cheers!! Sarah

March 31, 2006

I'm HERE!!!!!

Finally,,,,after a TON of traveling...I made it to Amsterdam!! Thanks for the prayers,,,,everything went really smoothly....the only bummer part so far is that the computers here don't have hard drives...So I can't upload any pics to my blog....hope you guys won't get bored.....well I've gotta get to bed so I can work in the morning!!

lots of love,
Sarah

March 26, 2006

The ParTAY after the wedding!!


All I can say about the reception....was that it was totally LIZ!!! Everything from the trees on the tables with the hanging crystals to the tealights and the cake....it was so artsy and beautiful and screamed Liz....way too fun!!!

the wedding mullet!!

.Liz and Eric Henry.




Wow....so I love going to weddings when you absolutelly have no doubt that the couple are made for each other. I adore Liz Young and Eric Henry,,, and now they are MARRIED!!! Yay for them. The wedding was beautiful. I did the flowers,,,my first wedding job going solo,,,I loved it,,it was so much fun, and Liz loved the flowers which made it all worth while. It was supposed to rain, and ended up being sunny and warm outside. The whole event was wonderful!!!