Kanakuk For The Summer

Just a quick post: Today I leave for Kanakuk. I’ll be working as a photographer photographing kids All. Day. LONG! It is gonna be amazing!!! If you’re new to this page, please read previous post before this one to see the updates leading to today.

This site will still be up, but I will not be present to update on my life at Kamp. I will be back at the end of summer, and I hope that everybody who reads this will have a fantastic summer as well!

Peace,

Erin G. Parker

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Adventure Awaits

I hope everybody had a great Spring Break! I’m excited and blessed to have spent mine with some great friends and incredible students hiking, taking pictures of everybody hiking, admiring nature and have great fellowship. I’d love it if you’d check out the gallery of Spring Break images I have titled, “Beyond Waterfalls,” by Clicking Here. I am so pleased and proud of how they turned out.

I am also ready to add, now that I can finally announce, that this summer I will be a Staff Photographer at Kanakuk Kamp’s. I am so excited for this opportunity to serve and to see how God plans to work in my life while I am there. I’m just a little over a month away from beginning a new chapter.

There has been a lot going into this leap. I’ve actually planned for this summer ever since summer of 2018. There has been a lot of thought and prayer going into this, because I will be walking away from two jobs, one being my job as photographer/media assistant at my church. I love my job there and the people love me, but I am not guaranteed to have that job given back to me when returning home. Through prayer and wisdom from friends and family, I’m taking a step of faith not knowing what my future will be after the summer is over.

You might be asking yourself why I am taking such a risk. Do I have bills to pay? Yes, I have normal bills, and especially a car note. That’s probably the biggest concern right there. However, I’m slowly learning more about the availability God has given me at this season of my life. I am not married, tho I hope to be one day. I do not have any kids. I’m not in debt nor am I really tied down to anything. I have so much freedom…so why not? Why not go off for a summer and photograph kids? Why not gain more community and relationships? Why not put forth money that belongs to the Lord to begin with, to invest in the time, work and joy that brings Him glory. Why not?

So the time will come when this website will still be up, but not updated for 13 weeks. Same goes for my Facebook and Instagram.

On to a new beginning, where the adventure awaits.  🙂

Hello 2019

Every new year, there is always a change. And that change in my life is the same change that reoccurs every single year: making a new habit of writing and typing out the new year other than the previous year. Now I have to get use to writing out 2019 instead of 2018. It might take me a month before I won’t have to think about it anymore and writing 2019 will become second nature.

Speaking of change, I’m not one to make new year resolutions. I see life as not waiting for a certain time or day to begin anything: New mercies and beginnings happen and can happen every single day. Starting off  a new year does not motivate me to start anything new; that kind of feeling wears off over time. Maybe for some it doesn’t, but it definitely does for me. I believe in living one day at a time, focusing on today more than one, two, three, four weeks or months from now. I don’t want to miss what God has for me today, what He desires to show me today, what He wants me to experience in His arms today. It is in those moments that change occurs in my life, to overflow into new decisions that I need to make when they need to be made.

But there are some changes that will take place in my life this year, some I already know about that will happen that have been in the works for almost a year now, that I will not be revealing for another two months. Changes I am very exciting about, but also have some places where I am facing uncertainty. Those bridges will be crossed when it is time to cross them. The Lord has been faithful and opening doors and leading me through them, I can still trust Him with what else there is to come.

Looking back on 2018, the biggest thing that stands out on my year as a photographer is that I took more pictures with people than pictures of just myself. Why is that? For a very long time, I haven’t had many people or community in my life. It is something I lacked a lot of, not because I didn’t want it. But because I felt it wasn’t available. I went to work. I went home. Thats a lifestyle I’ve been working so hard to get away from. It’s hard to get away from all that you’ve ever known, and for the most part, have been raised up in. But the Lord equips and prepares in His own time. I’ve seen such evidence of this going all the way back to 2016. I see the journey and the tough times that have come with it. But I smile and see the good that has been gained personally and spiritually.

I am greatly blessed by the people in my life. I value the friendships I have and are still growing with. And I really hope that I am a blessing of some kind to them too.  I’m ready for another year of growth with these people. I hope they will stay along for the ride. 🙂

Erin G. Parker