I remember moving from the mountains in Canada and seeing North Dakota with fresh eyes. I couldn't believe as far as your eyes could see there was nothing. It was a hard change to get used to but the openness of the praise is breathtaking. Its still amazing to me when I see a shot like this that shows just how open it is. I am so grateful for the different spaces we can enjoy.
Look for the beauty in all you see and do.
It will inspire and sustain you.
It will make sense of so many puzzles.
It’s not always obvious.
It’s often obscured.
But it always brings you closer to the truth.
~ Patrick Lindsay
No mater where you are or what you are doing there is always something of beauty happening around you. Its nice to be able to capture that moment in a photograph. It also can be special to just have those moments without the distraction of a lens. We try to keep a healthy balance of time behind the lens and time without it.
Never the less we do try to bring our cameras on most of our adventures because we love to share those beautiful things with you.
....... and man isn't Ben looking beautiful haha ;)
The kayaking weekend went off without a hitch... Well Besides one. Can't have a good camp fire without a throbbing morning headache. I might be allergic to smoke.. Which is super inconvenient.. I might also be allergic to relaxation. Either one I will not stand for. Not sure if there is a cure out there for such a thing but I'm going to figure it out. Another adventure comes to a close. It's back to the desk and back to comfort.... For now. Are there any other nancy boys out there with this? I need to get rid of it.
This weekend we kayaked and camped at the Lake Sakakawea. It was a 2 night adventure across the lake. We made sure to bring the book “Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark”. I don't know if you have ever read that book but it was a classic from Bens childhood. Ben remembered the stories being so scary and we couldn't wait to read them by the campfire. Turns out they are totally ridiculous not justbecause of the content but when our friend Max read them in the character of an out of touch history teacher it made them that much more ridiculous haha.
I am actually so glad the stories weren't bad because I don't think I would have gotten any sleep. Scary things are poison for my brain I just don't recover as fast as a 27 year old adult should.
Poor Ben, if we watch a scary movie it has to be over breakfast on a Saturday to give me time to recover.
We were walking through the airport and saw this. The graphic design was on point and we noticed it right away. I remember really wanting to get it but I think it was a ridiculous price. Its funny, being married to a graphic designer its second nature to notice things like this now. On the other hand its also hard not to notice bad design. Its little bit of a curse but I imagine its nice for Ben to have someone that “gets it”.
The struggle is real.
Wednesday morning we woke up at 5:00am to the dog loosing her mind protecting the house. For being such an old rickety thing she really did look scary. I turned the porch light on and who do I see? Billy and Brandon (guy in the photo) our friends from fargo. They were kayaking all night. They had started from the garrison dam the day before and ended up at our house. We knew they were coming sometime this week but didn't know when. The next day they continued to Bismarck and I think the total distance was 74 miles camping along the way in 3 days. They said during their night stretch it was perfect the moon was full and the water was glass.
Good job guys! You made us so excited to go Kayak camping this weekend up at Lake Sacagawea.
I remember when I was growing up my best friend kate and I would catch caterpillars and make little habitats for them in an old fish tank. We kept them for a little while then let them go. In elementary school we even had a class where we would keep them all winter and then set them free in the spring.
I saw this little guy out in our herb garden yesterday and thought he was just the cutest.
I am convinced this one is going to be a dragon.
We all have a natural home: in the country, by the idea, in the city. It’s in our blood. Here we’re most content. Here we flourish. Here lies peace.
~ Patrick Lindsey
I will always have a special spot in my heart for the mountains in Canada. The smell of the pine trees and the cool air after a night rain is something I think I miss most. We got a taste of that when we were in Duluth this year but being back in Bismarck it has been so hot and dry.
I probably shouldn't say this but I am excited for the fall and ……winter :) (don't hate me)
The Older you get, the more you appreciate life. The old line is right: life is too short. It’s too short to be lived without joy. Find joy in your work, or find other work. It can be in the unlikeliest places. But without it, life is hollow.
~ Patrick Lindsey
Everyone including you has a talent. Make sure you take time to embrace that talent. Are you good at carpentry, photography, painting, or training animals? Whatever it is that you love doing go out and do it. Join a club. Set one day a week in your calendar to do what you love. Your soul will be rejuvenated and your heart will be full again.
This quote was a brain child of my buddy Remick, of course if you know him you'd know it's a joke. We can't all be good at everything. And when we spend time on things we aren't good at we are limiting our productivity and effectiveness. I try to spend most of my time getting better at what I'm good at and doing things I love. And if I pay someone else to do the lame parts, I have more time to get better at what I'm good at.. What are you good at? #talent #money #time #create #make #work
Rebecca & Ben Brick
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