August 15, 2016

central oregon

Last month my family and I road-tripped down to Bend, Oregon and stayed for a few days to explore. This particular spot we went to, Fort Rock, was definitely my favorite. The entire surrounding desert used to be a lake thousands of years ago, and this massive crater was a small island in the middle. I believe it was formed by volcanic activity, and over years and years of the wind pushing the waves against it, one side of the crater eroded. Native Americans once lived in the caves and walked on the island shore; ten thousand year old artifacts have been unearthed since and can be viewed in a ghost town/museum down the road. Something about the incredible history and raw beauty of this place left me speechless and made me fall in love with Jesus just a little bit more.

Another notable memory from this trip - on the way out of the mountains we stopped by a birch grove in nearly the middle of nowhere to take photos. The trees were unreal, but the ground was a bit more swampy than we had anticipated. We snapped some photos and swatted prolific mosquitoes to little avail - the next day I discovered that I had collected a total of one hundred and one bug bites on my legs alone. Remind me to wear mosquito repellent next time.

x Elle

August 6, 2016

lately / vol. seven

✚ Listening
"Soon Soon" by Tom Rosenthal
Interstellar Soundtrack by Hans Zimmer (forever listening to this) 
"Gold" by James Vincent McMorrow
"Venus" by Sleeping At Last

 ✚ Reading
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis: I've been meaning to read this book for a while now and so far it has not been disappointing in the least bit. The writing is incredibly enjoyable and the plot is captivating. Any fantasy book set in outer space written by Lewis is a must read. I'm also reading through The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz; Wes is a huge inspiration to me and it is absolutely incredible looking at his storyboard sketches, reading exclusive interviews, and just getting a peak into his magical creative world. Speaking of filmmaking, I'm also beginning to read Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez. hmmm seems like someone might be making a short film sometime soon doesn't it ... ;)

Earlier this week I got stitches on my foot and have been stranded on the sofa, so naturally I seized the opportunity to guiltlessly binge watch a couple shows on netflix. The first of these being "Stranger Things" by the Duffer brothers; there has been a great deal of positive talk about this new show as of late and I do not regret indulging. Inspired by 70s/80s mystery movies (think "E.T.", "The Goonies", "Stand by Me", and "Super 8"), it thoroughly captivated me and all eight episodes were consumed within a twenty hour period. After finishing that show, I decided to give "Gilmore Girls" a try. This show came out the year I was born so I guess I'm a bit late to the party, but it has pleasantly surprised me and apparently I like it a lot since I'm already on episode fifteen and only began it two days ago. Oops. Another popular film I had never seen until recently is "Jaws"; I'm not sure why I hadn't previously watched it but it is now among my favorite films. The cinematography is just ridiculously perfect. One more film I just watched for the first time is "Hot Rod". If you're looking for a Napoleon Dynamite/Wes Anderson hybrid and some new movie quotes for your repertoire, this film is exactly what you're looking for.

Right around this time of year I start longing for Autumn - raindrops on my window, flaming leaves, reading by candlelight, and Bon Iver on repeat. Ah nothing inspires me quite like fall does. 
On the subject of seasons, this summer has been just lovely. It has not been too hot nor too cold - actually a nearly perfect medium. Last weekend I went to a four day summer camp by the lake with my church's youth group. We had dance parties at midnight (as one does), went on a canoeing adventure, swam in the middle of the lake, played lots of games, and worshipped Jesus loudly. Standing in a small chapel surrounded by people who are singing praises at the top of their lungs and practically dancing with joy feels like a little glimpse of heaven. Honestly, worship songs can never be too long.

How have you all been? How have you been spending your days?

x Elle

July 25, 2016

Cannon Beach

Earlier this summer my family drove to Cannon Beach, Oregon for a of couple days so that my brother Isaiah and I could hang out at the much anticipated "That PNW Instameet". We had the chance to meet some friends and inspirations that we'd previously only known online through the Instagram app. It was an incredible day taking photos and enjoying good company, not to mention the beautiful sunset and perfect bonfire we all sat around afterward!

The relationships I've formed just by meeting people online and bonding over similar passions are incredible. And the feeling of meeting those friends in person is just unreal! It's always a party. (as long as no one is secretly an ax murderer)

Thank you to those of you who have filled out my blog survey! Your answers have been really helpful and fun to read. The survey is still open if you haven't had the chance to do it yet. Thanks for all the love as I'm hopping back into blogging, you all are the best. I love you and hope you're doing well, friends!

x Elle