"The kingdom of God does not come
with your careful observation, nor will people say,
'Here it is,' or 'there it is,' because
the kingdom of God is within you."
Luke 17:20-21

Just 7 days ago, I was in Cambodia with my team from church.
Living, learning, seeing so much about this other part of the world.

After landing in LA, 
I dove right back into my life in Americaaaa.
It's hard not to feel like I should be
thinking and processing this trip more. 

Our last day in the country, 
our missionary host had a debriefing session with us.
We laughed and shared about the people,
but he pointed out how important and exciting it was 
that God's goodness and character was revealed.

If you were able to read the previous post,
I blab a bit about how God showed so much of His huge heart to me..
me, a tiny vessel in His grand grand plan.

Now, let's be very honest..
I'm not thinking about Cambodia every minute 
now that I'm back here, unfortunately.
I know, it's been less than a week.

But I am trying to process the fact that..

I got to see God more!

I'd like to take a little time to just recognize that.
and mull over it more.
and just soak it in.

And I think it's shifting something in me.
Not myself, not even Cambodia per say..
It took flying 16 hours to another country.. 
meeting the Khmer people, 
learning their hearts,
it took all of that just to see Him a little more.

And isn't that the beauty of this?

"Your relationships are a place where
the kingdom has come, and
they are intended to attract others to the King."
-relationships, a mess worth making


Hi everyone,

We are back from Cambodia! What took so many months to plan and prepare for went by so quickly. Thank you so much for being a part of this entire journey with the team and me. You all were definitely with us in many ways. Your support through our fundraising and in prayer was felt and so appreciated during our trek through that beautiful country. 

In our 8 full days in Cambodia, we were able to experience both the city life in Phnom Penh and the simpler village life in the Kumpot Province. We were encouraged to see this trip as an opportunity to learn and observe this country’s culture, to be relational, and to grow in patience and faithfulness. 

Our first few days were spent with the university students at Gospel Commission Fellowship church in Phnom Penh. It was interesting to hear that most of these students came from the village provinces to the city for schooling. Everyone was so welcoming to us and enthusiastic about evangelism. It was quite moving to see their heart for their country of Cambodia and more specifically the hearts of the people in their hometowns. Many of them shared about wanting to share Jesus with their families, dreaming of big ways to help their villages develop and be saved by the Gospel.

“…They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.” Hebrews 11:13

The second leg of our trip was spent in Nearay village in the Kumpot Provice with Pastor Milkie Boniao and his family. They originally came from the Philippines and have called Cambodia ‘home’ for the last six years. Their humble abode is appropriately called the “Hebrews 11 Christian Center,” where they teach English and Sunday school and have been steadily building and growing relationships with their Khmer neighbors. While with this family and the village kids for a short three days, I was anxious but encouraged; anxious, because of the steady but slower pace of the village, and encouraged, because of the Boniao family’s patience and faithfulness towards the Lord. Sometimes, all we can and should do is to be completely present where we are, all while looking to the hope that God promises. 


This entire experience was such a beautiful picture of the universal church. Each of us has a time and place on earth that is unique to us and specific to his design. And we are all connected in this walk with Jesus because of His big heart for all his people. When I’m home in America, my mind is concerned with my own church, my friends, my family, my work, etc. But meeting these students, spending time with these children, meeting the missionary families…I was overwhelmed by the idea that I’ll never know all of the villages, the people, and the needs in this world. How can I serve if I don’t know the need? God reminded me of His giant heart and how only He has the capacity to truly know and love the entire world. I may never come close to fully knowing how God can be so big, but love so intimately. I am only getting glimpses of His love through trips like these and life at home. But I am so grateful to have a part in His story.

Thank you again for walking with our team! Please pray for opportunity to return in some way and continue growing these new overseas relationships.



PS. Nearly day-to-day updates about our trip was posted on our blog: read here.

PPS. "Ar-kun", thank you in the Khmer language. One of the maybe 5 phrases I could remember by heart! haha.


Pretty Writing meets Holy Matrimony: Brian + Kristin

..or "kchanglezz"
as I like to call them. 

This fun journey began way back in the summer of 2013, 
when I was unemployed and on gchat all day 
and B+K were just seriously dating. 

Brian contacted me about helping with his proposal,
which turned out to be such an honor and a stressball,
even for me, the help.
(Proposals might be the hardest surprises ever!!) 

She said yes, of course.

Which led to a spoken contract about helping them 
with all wedding related paper goods...
again, a huge privilege. 


It's funny, friends seem to approach me 
with such caution when asking for my help...
but really y'all, this is something I LOVE doing 
and I truly feel really special being a part of your day 
in any capacity, but especially this kind.


Anyway, our lovely groomzilla...
kidding, Brian, our creative director/groom 
gave me their wedding day color palette, feel, 
and a lot of free reign. 

I wanted to incorporate this tree trunk 
from their proposal as one of the key design elements. 
Brian had worked so hard on it for Kristin, and 
it was such a special symbol of the beginning of this commitment. 

Also, I love drawing tree bark. 

Their colors were a gorgeous navy and blush,
with natural wood elements.

I seriously loved how this wedding suite turned out.

and a super fun element: stickers!
a great alternative to the usual addressing,
something that I think fit their clean, fresh aesthetic really well.

here's the front:

back, with return address:

and (heartbreak) ripped open to reveal the invitation:

day of signage.
how cute is this ringbearer??

and another wonderful element to their wedding scheme:
recycled wood name cards.
thank you etsy.

so cool to see people actually keeping these usually forgotten name cards
and reusing them later on as coasters.


Dearest KChanglezz,

'twas a year+ long journey!!
Such huge milestones and so much fun.
Y'all are beautiful, obviously on the outside,
but most definitely on the inside.
Thank you for being more than "clients",
thank you for being really wonderful friends.
God is good!

Blessings on your marriage,


to have God

"But contentment is not a tool to get what you want from God. 
It is the sweet harmony that happens when you realize what it means to have God. "


pretty writing meets HOLY MATRIMONY: Emmeline & Eric

"the Royal Wedding",
as we've all dubbed this day.

once that hunk of a diamond was placed on Em's hand,

all the pinning,
the emailing,
the gchatting,
the venting (haha).
oh, and Em was studying for her medical boards
all at the same time.

quite a ride!


anyway, let's get to it.

one of the images I took inspiration from,
via Em's pinterest board:

sketchbook shhtuff:

The colors were mainly bright greens and a light peach,
very similar to her gorgeous wedding bouquet:

oh, hi Em!
Margarette Sia Photography

but I took a few liberties and pumped up the peaches
to a brighter, more energetic orange
(think the deep orange shadows of those peach roses),
which I thought would fit their summer wedding vibe a little more.

here's a little mood board of the invite elements:

so the vibe? 
fresh and easygoing,
florals and lots of green, chubby leaves.

the final product!
off the press and topped with a cute little green bow:

glad we got to put these pretty engagement pictures to use,
from who else?  
Margarette Sia, of course.

the other paper items ran with the same feel,
i like how their names fit together here on the program:

the menus and name cards doing their thing, day of:


amazing setup, yeah??


it was a beautiful, beautiful day.
hop on over to Margarette's blog to read their story.
(the most thorough and thoughtful wedding photographer/blogger ever)

Margarette Sia Photography

thanks Em + Eric for letting me be a part of your day in this way!
you guys are very special to me.
so glad we get to do church together.

ps. the flower girl + ring bearer (AHH)

Margarette Sia Photography



our uncomposed God:

"our God is not composed in the face of your pain. 
 He feels wrath at the brokenness of the world. 
 He feels grieved by the pain experienced. 
 He feels a passionate urgency to intercede and rescue all His kids. 
And the ONLY thing that is keeping Him from acting on those feelings is 
the fullness of His character..."


The Itsy, Bitsy Nutella Bikini

so this short 3-1/2 day week still managed to squeeze 
so much creative content out of the team..
i'm exhausted and grateful for the long weekend.



Lemme gloat a bit:
I correctly predicted the end score for this game at the office: 
2 to 1, in favor of Belgium
..and now I'm just full of pride, just not the American kind.
hopefully all these flag-filled designs make up for my lack of patriotism.

beautiful America, patriotic cosmetics, lalala

one of my favorites of the week:

yeah, they did.

here it is, that bikini:
hahaha this one ended up being so fun.
and no, they're not for sale.

love this title.

hairy letters.

and we'll end with a my boss and i trying out the Spoon Facial: