“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

This is my verse for this week. I planned my whole life out completely differently than it has turned out. I made so many plans, had so many ideas. I always wondered why life never went as planned. I figured my ideas were good enough. I mean, they were MY ideas, right?

Well, God had different plans. Better plans for me than I ever could have dreamed or imagined.

When I went to college (way back in the day), my plan was to go to school to become a theater teacher. I always wanted to be involved with musical theater as I did in high school. When I dropped out to get married, I deeply regretted not being in school. I felt that it was the place I needed to be. However, my life took a completely different turn. I got married, started having my babies, and moved around (more times than I’d like to count). Finally I ended up exactly where I need to be.

And here I am. Right where God wants me.

To be a mother.

To be a wife.

To be a photographer.

All those years I spent feeling like I was misplaced. Like God must not know what I needed.

But indeed, He did.

I really felt the need to write about this tonight. Maybe I’m emotional reflecting on my life, or maybe someone who reads this needs to know that things turn out how they’re supposed to. Not how WE plan, but how God plans.

Thank you all for reading my rambling thoughts. Even if it’s just my own mom who reads it, that’s cool too. (love you mom!!!)


  • Grandma B.

    Jenica that is so true I am so happy for you. Love the picture Love all of you

  • BriAnne Coates

    I love this pic! Is it because of the green/grey combo I love so much? Or maybe because that lil girl of yours is so darn CUTE!

  • Julie Toney

    Jenica~ So true! You are an absolutely amazing person. I’m so glad that Natalie and your powerful gift of bringing love into life lasting images have brought us to be friends!

  • Me

    Awww Julie, you are so sweet. Thank you so much for saying that. I am grateful we’re friends as well. Now we just need to hang out more often!!

  • I love this image, it is beautiful, your words are also very thoughtful.

  • Marja

    Jenica, I don’t know if you remember but Jeremiah 29:11 is my all time favorite verse! When I’m feeling down or alone I remember that promise that God has a plan and a future for me! I’m so thankful that he has such wonderful plans for my dear children and grandchildren, as well! I love you. You bring inspiration to so many people. You truly have a gift.

  • Erika Kessler

    It was great to read this tonight! I just stated to someone today, that it’s God’s plan, not mine and reading your post helped me realize it even more. Thanks!

  • Sally

    Jenica, You are truly an amazing person! Which, makes you such an inspiration to your fellow photographers. You have touched my heart with your words. Thank you! Sally