Hooray, a master’s degree!




Thanks so much for being gracious as I stepped away from all of my “offices”, including CIHI, last week.

You see, God has this funny way of stacking life transitions on top of one another for me, so, of course it was only fitting to close on our first home (yay!) just days before my mom landed for a visit and my master’s graduation.

It was an exhausting + exhilarating week, that’s for sure!


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Today was my first day back at “the offices” sans classes and coursework and let me tell you, it’s been a nap-filled, Netflix kind of Monday night at our corner lot (my nickname for the new house)! I love it. After two years of a semi-maddening schedule, I feel like I’m able to take a breath and refocus, if only for a moment.

Two years ago tonight we were packing-up boxes at our first married home, an apartment in Manhattan, KS. We were preparing for a summer road trip that would end in Florida and a subsequent 6 months spent apart as I started this graduate program and J finished his student teaching in KS. I felt then a lot like I felt last week– exhausted and exhilarated.

Captured was closing up it’s best year yet despite having to turn down a lot of work in preparation for our cross-country move and I encountered similar questions then that I’ve been encountering this semester: what are you going to do with a master’s and what about photography– will you keep it up?

My answers to these questions aren’t much more finessed today than they were two years ago when we set out on this adventure but I can tell you a few things:

1.) CIHI Photo is not going anywhere. This is year 5 and it has been the most transformative, challenging, and encouraging yet. I’m dreaming big my friends, clearing space, making time, and praying hard. One things I really hope to see happen this year? CIHI Photo mentoring sessions. Photography + teaching/learning– core of my heart!

2.) I’m so thankful to have my master’s degree. It is a privilege to be able to pursue higher education and as a lifelong learner, I greatly value the opportunity to both teach and be taught.

3.) Since I was a young child I’ve always wanted to teach but never felt like I was strong enough in a given subject to do so. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I realized that learning and teaching go far beyond core curricula and the classroom. The beauty of having a Master’s of Education represents just that: a commitment to teaching and learning regardless of content, space, and audience.

4.) My mama never had the opportunity to complete her master’s degree because she had her hands full raising three kids. So, in many ways, this M.Ed. is for her. Love you mom!

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I really cannot wait to see all that God has in store for the future- He’s already provided so much goodness and I’m thankful for His desire to cultivate the gifts He has given me for good. I could care less about vocation as long as He is able to be greater in all that I do!

Also had to share this lovely graduation present my mom gifted me. It was handmade by my step-sister who runs Believe Maui and it’s such a treasure. Her stuff is gorgeous and she’s a sweet sister in Christ, new mama– check her out! You’ll fall in love I’m sure!

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Oooooooh and do you want a sneak peak of our corner lot?
This spot is far from finished but is quickly becoming one of my favorites– it’s our master and I feel like I’m staying in a hotel every morning when I swing the french doors open! Amazing what a little paint can do to change a room.  Ah!


CIHI + Laura Foote, M.Ed.
Time to do big, bright, beautiful things. But first prayer and time to sip and savor the moment!

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9




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