I’ve been having a hard time processing the sudden death of my former pastor, Isaac Hunter.
There’s so much to think about. The good, the bad. The struggle, the fall from grace. And somehow it all just boils back to however you look at it, God still used him for good in so many lives.
There is still God’s grace.
Both Cameron and Tim posted some thought-provoking words, better than I ever could say. But Timmy really got Isaac’s words perfect in this graphic. This was his closing prayer in pretty much every sermon.
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Whatever anger or compassion you may feel at the passing of our former pastor, Isaac Hunter, the fact remains that God used him to minister to me in a place where I’m not sure another would have been effective. I never thought the story would end this way, but thank you, Isaac, for being faithful when you were. My life will never be the same.
I took some time this morning to journal, pray and process and created this desktop wallpaper for myself. Its nothing special artistically, just a visual reminder to the significance of these words that he always prayed before teaching. May we pray them and mean them.
It’s taken me 8 hours to write this. Earlier today, I learned my friend Isaac Hunter took his life. Isaac was my pastor for several years. He was an amazing teacher. He went with me on an 8-day trip to the Holy Land last October. He was the son of Dr. Joel Hunter, who many people know as President Obama’s pastor. He was 36.
Around this time last year, Isaac resigned his position at our church amid some very public scandals. He had a wife of 13 years and 3 young kids, and the time since then has been incredibly difficult for our church. His family lives around the corner from me, and I see them often.
Isaac loved Jesus and was a talented and dedicated pastor for more than a decade. But he had some significant struggles. The unfathomable news today is devastating for many. Please pray for his family. Please pray for our church. Pray for his kids.
Please pray that somehow, some way, someday, good will ultimately come of this. That this tragic story can be used to reach and rescue others who are silently battling the same demons Isaac did.
1 MOST EPIC DISNEY DAY EVER - So this past Sunday my friends and I had the most epic day at Disneyland ever:
we rode the Tower of Terror 3x in a row
had tons of fun waiting in line for the Christmas Choir show to start because of an app called “heads up”
ended up getting seats for said concert
was blown away by the Christmas Carols and the fact that Kurt Russell read the story of Christ’s birth at Disneyland
it “snowed” during the fireworks … and it was legitimately cold outside
Plus - I was with the BEST people ever. Such an epic Disney Day.
Way to do it big before letting the pass expire.
2 I REALLY NEED TO GET OVER THIS ONE STUPID PHOBIA - So in recent news Paul Walker suddenly passed away, which genuinely makes me sad. He was such a young and talented actor.
And it also makes me sad that I all of a sudden couldn’t watch any of his movies anymore. You see, I have this weird phobia where I can’t watch things where the actors have died. It’s morbid to me.
Not actors who were always dead to me (like Audrey Hepburn or Lucille Ball) but those who I’ve known as living but then die (like Heath Ledger or Cory Monteith). In light of this, I haven’t seen Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, and old seasons of Glee in a very long time.
And well, I have to get over this. Because people die all the time. And I don’t want to stop watching some of my favorite shows or movies because of that.
So I’m going to make myself watch a Paul Walker movie soon. Either Varsity Blues or one of the Fast & Furious movies. We’ll see. Baby steps here.
3 GETTING HEALTHY 2014 - We’re doing it! The girls of Tres Dudes (plus a few more awesome ladies) are going to get fit!
Hopefully accountability will get our butts into gear. Not just in the work out realm but also in the nutritional side of things. Andi is going to help us eat right so our running/boxing/Jillian Michaels/hip hop dancing won’t be in vain.
I’m just glad I’m not doing it alone. Getting healthy won’t be as intimidating if I have other girls running along side me.
4 MONDAY MEETUPS - So yesterday was a great day. I met up with two of my really good friends. Living in LA is great because there’s so many amazingly talented people in this condensed city, but with traffic being so stupid and our schedules being crazy - our meetups are so few and far in between.
I got to hang out with Beth, a friend from my RELEVANT days, who is now doing the whole comedy writer/UCB thing. And then right after I met up with Elaine, my old roommate from Teen Mania, who is doing the whole music thing here.
It’s really cool and encouraging to see some of my favorite people doing what they love and actually go places. And still love the Lord in the process. It’s pretty much the best.
5 PASTOR ISAAC HUNTER - Today I found out that my pastor from the church I attended in Orlando, FL had passed away. It grieves my heart that things were so bad that he had taken his own life.
About a year ago I found out about his resignation due to a very public scandal that caught me off guard. Sometimes you never know what demons people fight on a regular basis. And I guess it’s been something he’s been wrestling with for a long time.
There’s not much more that we can do besides pray for the family and those who loved him.
It’s 2:14 AM but it still feels like a Tuesday to me, so we’ll just go with it.
I’ve been kind of running on fumes here, literally working nonstop for the past few days (which is awesome!), but it’s tiring. When you’re an entrepreneur, sometimes it never stops (just a side note for those who were wondering).
Anyways. 5 Things.
1 GRADUATED TO THE BIG LEAGUES - Well, not really. When I started doing commercial photography my first client was a kids clothing company. They then referred me to RAGGED Magazine (clothing geared toward 20-somethings). And well, my friend Quenna contacted me about working with her company. So yesterday was my first time working with a fancy design label.
Going from onesies to funky dresses to now coutour items … it’s a new experience! Hopefully they like my work. I’m hoping it’ll lead to more opportunities.
2 MY FRIENDS ARE GOING TO BE FAMOUS - So if any of you Ryan & Luci (and their two adorable daughters), you may have heard that they landed a Disney World commercial.
Yeah. A DISNEY WORLD COMMERCIAL. They were flown out last week to shoot in Orlando, FL. Those lucky Lampes.
Here are my thoughts:
What an incredible blessing!
They are the most beautiful and deserving family for such a treat.
I’m so happy they all are going to be featured in it.
Dude. A nationwide commercial. That’s frickin bank. Right?
I wish I could have gone to Orlando … I’m really craving some Pom Pom’s.
Please remember me when you guys are famous one day!
3 SPEAKING OF DISNEY, MY PASS IS GOING TO EXPIRE SOON - And I’m unsure if I’m going to renew it or not. A year ago a bunch of my friends and I got passes altogether so it was easy to plan days to go. But if no one else has passes it won’t be very fun.
But I honestly really like having the pass. It’s just very convenient when people come to visit and that’s where they want to go. Plus, I still haven’t seen or experienced everything about it yet. I just did the Cars ride a week ago. And there’s still so much more to explore!
5 TODAY IS MY PARENT’S SILVER ANNIVERSARY - 25 years ago they got married. And I was there as their flower girl. I don’t remember a lot, just that I got to wear a pretty dress and I got a was really excited about throwing flowers at people.
I watched the video not that long ago, which is kind of surreal because I know I was there but it was crazy to watch. As someone who specialized on photographing weddings, it was strange to see my own parents’ wedding be so small and intimate. Both my Lola (her mom) and my Popo (his mom) were not present. Something about not really approving of the marriage or whatnot. And well, over the years we had a lot of bumps in the road. But they’re still together.
"Can’t live without her." I remember him telling me one time when things were really rough. It’s because of love. Not just the love on their faces so evident that you see on the video tape of their wedding day, but that you see them stick through pretty much hell and high water over 25 years.
25 years. That’s a long time.
Mom & Dad,
I wish I could have been there this weekend to celebrate you two properly. I love you both.
Cheers to 25 years and to many more!
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Here I am with a garden on top of my head.
And here I am with my parents. They’re so young and in love!
And here I am photobombing my stepdad’s photo with the guys … I guess it was something I was born to do!
Look at us now! We didn’t even color coordinate … this just happened. (side note: getting a family photo of all 6 of us is rare. I’m surprised I even found this photo!)
L-R: yours truly, JR, dad, mom, little brother, Krissy Li Li
Hello friends. Sorry that I’ve been totally slacking on my posts. To be honest, I was actually hanging out with some real good friends for two consecutive Tuesdays which made me completely slip on writing a 5TT post.
As much as I love telling you what’s up with me, I really love it telling friends in real life. But for those of you who I can’t have coffee conversations or Taco Tuesday with … here’s what’s been happening these past couple weeks.
1 A FEW GOOD SHOOTS - After being on photography leave for a bit (I had a short stint as a nanny that took up most of my time), I sat down and organized some shoots.
I had two recently. Both model test shoots. And I have two more this weekend for headshots and press kits. And then I have to shoot a lookbook next week for a fashion company.
It’s a little crazy. But I like being busy! Let’s hope the jobs keep coming!
model: Whitney Grimm hair & makeup: Precious Dass wardrobe stylist: Mary Carr see more photos HERE
2 I FELT A LITTLE CRAFTY CREATIVE THIS WEEKEND - Every once in awhile I have to make something. I mean, being a photographer is amazing and has this element of creativity but sometimes it’s nice to physically make something.
So this Saturday I decided to just make some magnets. They’re small and somewhat insignificant but I like them a lot. And apparently so do other people. So there’s 6 new sets in the STORE and hopefully I’ll post some more later this week.
3 SNL’S WEEKEND UPDATE AGREES WITH ME - Remember in my last 5TT post how I said I’m very particular about seasons and how Christmas things should be in a respective time frame? Well, SNL agrees with me!
It’s TOO SOON. Thanksgiving comes first!
4 SODA PAPER OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED LAST WEEK - My incredibly talented friend and lifetime Tres Dudes roomie finally launched her stationery store last week. Check it!
I have 8 “hello” cards ready to go … who wants a lovely Soda Paper card in their mailbox?
5 I REALLY WANT STUDIO SPACE - You guys. I really want studio space. Like for realz. It’s time to start looking and planning and budgeting for a place to really craft, create, style, and do photo shoots!
And drink coffee. And have dance parties. And watch movies. Etc etc.