Monday, February 24, 2014

A glimpse into my heart...

  {Unsettled: lacking stability, worried and uneasy, anxious, unpredictable.}
  Sometimes, there are times in my life, where I am not settled or content. I can feel it in my heart. I can hear it in my responses, my short temper, and my attitude. I can see it in the way I'm treating people, and the way that I am selfishly living my life. There is a solution though, to the unsettledness and really, it is the easiest and most comforting answer. It's Christ. And, I can always base my unsettledness on the fact that my relationship with the Lord isn't where it needs to be, and I'm trying to fill it with something else. Or, I'm trying to take care of the issue by myself...and we all know, that does more harm than good.
  My heart is troubled, not necessarily in a bad way, I don't think, but I'm being tested. You know those times when you know you need to do or say something, and you can't get it off your mind, but the fear, the anxiety, and the unknown, and really, the selfishness, is holding you back? I pray, and say "Lord, I want to do your will, really I do. I want to follow You, to the ends of the earth! Well, almost the ends of the Earth. Oh, but not that far. Please God, not THAT." It reminds me of Jonah, actually...

"The word of the Lord came to Jonah, the son of Amittai saying "Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me." But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord." Jonah 1:1-2

  "But Jonah rose up to flee..." 
Running from the Lord, really is a bad idea. It causes me to not trust my Father completely. It makes me timid, and fake, and doesn't allow for my relationship with my God to thrive. And in all honesty, I don't want to be that way!
I'm learning though, that the peace of Christ does not come until I give up my desires and my plans and my will to the One who designed them all in the first place. He ALONE is the one who can calm my anxious heart.

"Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?' "For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. --Matthew 6:31-34  

"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." --Psalm 46:10 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. --Philippians 4:6-8

So, as I sit here and type out the raw thoughts of my heart, I ask for prayer from whoever decides to read this. I know this is pretty bold of me, but I don't want to be a Jonah. I really do want to be a willing and ready disciple of Christ, who follows His calling, and purposefully seeks His wisdom. Please pray for me, and my husband, as we strive to follow God's calling in our lives, whatever it may be. 

Love, Caley

"But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul." Deuteronomy 4:29

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A peek into our home sweet home

Yes, another blog post so soon, but I was thinking, and I know for myself, that I LOVE seeing how friends decorate their homes! I remember when I was a kid, and we would be on a drive in the evening, my favorite thing to do was to look out our van window and peek into homes, downtown or by bush park, and see how cute those old and character filled homes were decorated! I hope that's not too creepy :)
So, here are a few of our apartment! I thought it would be fun to share.

And there ya go :) Just a little look into the Saffeels home!


Monday, September 9, 2013

Photography: McClain family

  This session was one of my first sessions. Kari McClain, a sweet gal from our church, contacted me and wanted a photo session with her family, as well as her three sisters, and their families! Needless to say, I got some practice with learning how to work with 16 people at a time! And I loved it! They were such a fun group of people to work with, very flexible and patient with me, and they were all so photogenic! I am so blessed to doing what I love when it comes to photography. 
  Here are a few of my favorites!

This is my favorite. So much love! 

This is Kari and her husband Tim. Aren't their girls just the cutest? 

Thanks Kari, for thinking of me! It was such a joy meeting and photographing your family. 
If you're wanting a family session, senior portraits, or even just some photos of your kiddos, shoot me an email at and we'll chat. I have a special going on until the 1st of October...only $50 for an hour photography session! Thanks so much!


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Heather {Senior}

My sister Heather is going to be a senior at Sprague High School this upcoming fall. I'm so proud of her! She is such a joy to be around.
Here are some of the things I love about her:
1. Her freckles in the summertime. They're all over! They're especially cute on her knees.
2. Her love for the Lord. She is a strong follower of Christ, and stands up for what she believes in. People love her for that!
3. She can swim. FAST. That girl is incredible! Going to state every year of highschool so far? Okay, that sounds good.
4. She has the best laugh. 
5. She's a boho-chic-hippie-urban-thrifty dresser, and it's the best. She's so good at pulling off any style or fad. I wish I looked that good when I was her age!

I sure love you, Heathie, and I am so thankful for such a sweet sister and friend. Happy senior year!