it's all about lea...

i don't use capital letters. well, MOST of the time i don't use them. however God, Jesus, and some other words are capitalized. don't ask. it started as a way to remember my humility and humanity. now it is quirky and the exact opposite. sigh.

i am a wife. a mom. a sister. a daughter. a friend to LOTS of great people. a photographer. a scrapbooker. a theatre lover and teacher. a Bible reader and teacher and learner. but mostly i am a great sinner saved by Amazing Grace. i thought about naming this blog "the blogger Jesus loved" kind of john the beloved disciple like. because if i know anything it is that i am always LOVED. 

i don't use correct grammar. i write like i talk. i use a lot of really big words but i spell like i am in kindergarten. do you remember "stream of consciousness" writing? and how confusing it was? well, it is back and i rock it... verily.

i take lots of photos. i love photography and i love people. and families. sometimes i charge money. mostly i do it for gifts for people that i love who couldn't afford professionalish photography. i have a rocking' camera and some good lenses and i don't like jewelry so my hubby keeps me stocked with photo equipment. win/win.

i love many things. things like God. shakespeare. c.s. lewis. organized cabinets. a good book. hot tea. quotes. christmas cards. the oxford comma, a lovely ampersand, my friends, and my family. perhaps in that order.

you can email me at leamarshall@mac.com anytime...

intentional.lea

i have three intentions for my life…

1) tell a more beautiful story

“We live in a world where bad stories are told, stories that teach us life doesn't mean anything and that humanity has no great purpose. It's a good calling, then, to speak a better story. How brightly a better story shines. How easily the world looks to it in wonder. How grateful we are to hear these stories, and how happy it makes us to repeat them.”

― Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

2) live out the power of &

say “yes, &” (which is the first rule of improv) & realize that life is better lived in the &’s (not the “or’s” & “but’s”) where you join two opposite things together and it is better & stronger. like kettle corn. salty&sweet. be mindful&playful.

the stockdale paradox… “You must retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties. AND at the same time… You must confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” {jim stockdale}

plus i LOVE an ampersand… &

3) leave it better

people, places, & things… leave them all better.

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” {goethe}

this is my college sweetheart and hubby of over 20 years. oh whoops, i meant my PRESCHOOL sweetheart since that will make me sound younger in case you can do math and figured up my approximate age.

this is my college sweetheart and hubby of over 20 years. oh whoops, i meant my PRESCHOOL sweetheart since that will make me sound younger in case you can do math and figured up my approximate age.

my three kids (back when they lived at home and i could force them all to wear matching tshirts) and i (i am the most "mature" looking one. but don't let looks fool ya.) they LOVE it when we all dressed alike. ha.

my three kids (back when they lived at home and i could force them all to wear matching tshirts) and i (i am the most "mature" looking one. but don't let looks fool ya.) they LOVE it when we all dressed alike. ha.

i have some great friends. these aren't them. but these are the ones that i had a cute photo of. just kidding. this is my home team. we are ninjas. seriously, we are. we will sneak up on you and HIYA you before you know what happened. we all live in different states because God has a sense of humor...

i have some great friends. these aren't them. but these are the ones that i had a cute photo of. just kidding. this is my home team. we are ninjas. seriously, we are. we will sneak up on you and HIYA you before you know what happened. we all live in different states because God has a sense of humor...

i also love windsock dancy guys. and my husband bought me very very own dancy guy for my birthday a few years ago. turns out you can buy ANYTHING on the internet. i like them because no matter what song is on, they appear to be dancing to it. i want to be like that. dancing to whatever music is playing.

i also love windsock dancy guys. and my husband bought me very very own dancy guy for my birthday a few years ago. turns out you can buy ANYTHING on the internet. i like them because no matter what song is on, they appear to be dancing to it. i want to be like that. dancing to whatever music is playing.