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Travel: The Judean Wilderness

Travel: The Judean Wilderness

The desert is clean physically & spiritually because the sun shines in every place and bakes it sinless. Nothing can hide from its righteouRead More...


The High To Keep You Satisfied

The High To Keep You Satisfied

This is an archived Sky Blue post originally published in May 2014. Not every difficulty is a storm: sometimes life is a drought. We do not aRead More...


Home Sounds: Chris Stapleton

Home Sounds: Chris Stapleton

I first became a fan of Chris Stapleton's voice during my bluegrass kick. He was the front man for The SteelDrivers at that time, and that voRead More...


Ears to Hear: How Does the Gospel Speak to Racism?

Ears to Hear: How Does the Gospel Speak to Racism?

Will Rogers once said: “Never miss a good chance to shut up.” We all have drums we like to beat. But never doubt the capacity of the human hearRead More...

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Welcome to Sky Blue
Small Town California
A Day in the Life of a Vet’s Kid
Confessions of a Rodeo Town
Girls & Horses


Why Does the Devil Get the Art?
God for the Rest of Us
The Chapter That Fell Out of the Bible
Why Christians Should Talk Less About Modesty
Not Guilty
Gratitude is Everything
Rethinking What it Looks Like to be SAVED
My Church
The Great Experiment of Every Soul
A God for our Messes
Like a Wild Horse
The Only Sanctuary for Our Souls
Summer Devotional Series – 2011


Can You Be Too Well-Read?
Take the Tags Off


ISRAEL (a few favorite memories):
The Streets of Jerusalem (Photo Journal)
En Gedi Hike/Dead Sea Campout
The Mount of Olives
Turning 19 in Jerusalem
Abu Gosh (World-Record Hummus, Turkish Coffee, and Soccer in the Street)
Galilee: Trip summary, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8)
Negev trip
Coffee on Hillel Street: Sabbath observations
Desert Lessons
Summary of 2010

CALIFORNIA (home and college):
Dear California: Why I Love My Golden State
Solvang/Alisal Ranch
Old Town Orange (Orange County)
Venice Beach
Ventura Beach (Photo Journal)
San Francisco (Giants game)
Day in L.A. – Burbank, Hollywood
Working cattle on a Northern California ranch (and another one)
Rodeo weekend 2011 (and 2010)
Hay Hauling
Pig hunting

First Impressions
Days 1-2
Days 3-4
Days 5-6
Days 7-8

My Decision to Study & Intern in D.C.
Election Day
Living Through Hurricane Sandy
Days and Nights
Sunflower Seeds (Nationals games)
Turning 21 in Washington
First Two Weeks on the Hill

National Finals Rodeo/World Series of Team Roping 2013

Day One (Greyhound bus from D.C., Brooklyn, Times Square, Broadway)
Day Two (Thanksgiving Day in New York: Macy’s Day Parade, Central Park)
Days Three & Four (Ground Zero, Staten Island Ferry, Statue of Liberty, Black Friday shopping, New York Times building, Grand Central Station, etc.)

Ireland Eyes


Favorite Growing-Up Books
Great Gatsby: Boats, Wind & the Light on the Shore: Solomon & Jay Gatsby


  • Jessica Vogelpohl

    Hey, this is really random, but I was googling a picture of “chivalry” for a school project and I came across a picture that you had posted on one of your blogs (http://sisterskeepers.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/chivalry.jpg). I glanced at your page and the Bible verses immediately caught my attention and I began reading through your blog. I just wanted to let you know that you are really inspiring. I think it’s great how your blogging revolves solely around Christ… It’s awesome!
    I’m 15, I live in Illinois and I’m also a follow of Jesus Christ. I’ve grown up in a Christian home, and can relate with a lot of things you mentioned in some of your blogs. (Though I have to admit, I didn’t read much, I basically just skimmed.) My family and friends are also very important to me; I also feel I don’t deserve them. I especially feel… No, let me rephrase that, I KNOW that I don’t deserve God’s grace, but that’s what’s so amazing about Him isn’t it? I am also jealous because I’ve always loved the country! But I live in a suburb outside of the windy city. Not even close to the country-side. It’s a huge bummer.
    Well anyways, I just wanted to say that your website really inspired me. Seriously, it’s awesome! Maybe I’ll start my own blog someday.

  • Jessica Vogelpohl

    Ps. My sister is in Israel! She is a sophomore at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and majoring in Jewish studies. She was originally going to study in Israel for a year (2 semesters) but she feels like God is calling her to come home this February. It was a really hard decision for her to make, and hard for us to understand. But we need to rely on God, for his plans will be reviled in his timing. Today in Sunday school we were reading through James 1:9-18 in small groups. James talks a lot about our trials and how God gives us perseverance, wisdom, and maturity through them. It just really encouraged me because I feel like our family is going through a trial right now with my sister coming home early, and it’s just reassuring to know that God knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s no dummy. Our hard times have a purpose in each of our lives. We just need to trust in Him and his timing.
    So, Israel is going to be a great experience for you. My sister absolutely loved it, and you will too.

  • Keely

    Hey Jessica,

    I’m so glad you enjoyed what you read and that this site was able to inspire you a little! I would definitely encourage you to pursue your writing however you can –there is no limit to what God can do when we are faithful to obey Him and to use the abilities He gave us for His glory. Let me know if you do start a blog; I would love to see it.

    Thanks for your encouragement about Israel. I just got my acceptance letter yesterday for the fall program and I’m so excited. Thanks also for sharing about your sister. You are so right –so many times I have seen God work situations that seemed hopelessly difficult to me into something beautiful. He promises to do this in Romans 8:28 for all who love Him. This is such a beautiful and reassuring promise. Even when things are hard, He will work them for our ultimate good and His ultimate glory.

    All the best,

  • toseeincolor

    Hi Keely,

    I just found your blog, and I am ecstatic. I love the way you write, and I love your perspective. I feel like I’m standing in similar shoes as you- but a different color. I’m about to leave my home to head to college from indiana to texas, in about 2 months.

    I look forward to reading your blog, and peering into your journey. =]

  • Keely

    I’m excited to share it with you! Thank you for your kind words. Please comment sometimes and let me know how your college experience is going!

    God bless,

  • Kara

    Hi Keely, I’m sure you don’t know my name or who I am, but I am from Master’s (just graduated this May) and I was a friend of Laura DeCourcy’s, lived on her wing, all that. Anyways I just wanted to say that while at school I heard about your heart for the Lord and how good your writing was. Today I happened to run into your blog via Angela’s and it was a delight. Both things that I heard about you were true!

    In any case I’d just like you do encourage you to keep writing because you definitely have a gift, and I hope that you enjoy Israel and your next few years at Master’s.

    Hope your day is great.

  • Keely

    Hey Kara! Thank you so much for your kind words, they were very encouraging. Although we never met I do remember you –Laura said you were on her wing and we both thought you were beautiful and admired your style.:) I am sorry I never got to meet you while you were at TMC, but congratulations on graduating and I hope you are having a wonderful summer! And thank you again, you made my day.:)

  • Tracey M.

    I just read this page about you and loved it. Especially the part about horses. I grew up riding off and on and really got into it after college. It’s hard to ride now though with a 2-year-old.
    I left a comment earlier on your 8/23 post and I had no idea of your age. I imagined you a lot older by the maturity of your faith and writing style. It is so refreshing to see someone in college that’s living for Christ with such passion. I wish I had found the Lord at that time in my life, I would’ve avoided A LOT of heartache and very poor choices. May God bless you on your journey and may your passion always burn for Him.

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