Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
However, I can tell you that today was one of my favorite Thanksgivings -- EVER!
Royce and Weston came to Dallas with me to spend it with my family for the first time...and we had so very much fun. It was so delightful to watch Weston in the "big brother/cousin" role with my niece and nephew -- who clearly adored him. Weston -- who has never met a stranger -- took Tyler along to the park after lunch to find a pick-up football game. I did sneak over with my telephoto lens and capture a few moments...but you know how teenagers are -- you have to pick your moments to embarrass them -- so I resisted getting close for really great pictures for the trade 0ff of letting them have some good guy bonding time. Which was the only hard part of it all...Lindsey (8 yrs old and a bit "smitten" with Weston) really didn't understand why she wasn't invited to go play football with the guys. Fortunately, she was easily distracted with a new scrapbooking project that she and I worked on together. She is really creative with the way she uses the tools and items available to her. It kind of made me think outside the box...good creative input.
As always, it was great to spend time with my sister and her family -- but this was especially sweet to me to have my "boys" with me...I just kept having to pinch myself to see if it were really true...and sure enough -- it was, I have the bruises to prove it.
Perhaps the funniest moment of the day came when Robyn and I pulled out some old 8mm films of us from our childhood and let the kids see us "cutting a rug." Of course, the second time through, my nephew had to go find the right music that he supposed we were dancing to (since these were silent films) and that made it even funnier. All in all -- just a wonderful day. Hope yours was too.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Ok...this was supposed to be a "winter/Christmas" layout...and in real life it is cute as a bug in a rug (ok...that probably doesn't sound cute at all -- but it is what my grandmother used to say)...but the scanner went all SPOOKY on me and this is what I got instead! YIKES. I will rescan later so you can see it for real...
My little niece got a snow outfit and wore it everyday (even when it was hot) for a week waiting for the snow -- did I mention she lives in DALLAS, Texas...so there is NEVER snow in the forcast....bless her heart. But it went well with the Daisy D paper....and makes a great story.
Ok..have to run -- but will get back to you with a better scan soon. Have a great day!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
and fog...and frosty mornings...and although it doesn't begin with an "f," my Rebel camera.
I have been having so much fun with it -- getting up early to capture the fog...staying up late to to capture spooky moonlit nights. I have been reading Bryan Peterson's book, Understanding Exposure. It is wonderful...and for the first time (although my pictures don't show it yet) I am seeing the relationship between ISO, aperture and fstop. Way cool. Now if it would just work its way from academic head knowledge to being applied to actual photography that would be even cooler! *smile* I know...I know -- "Rome wasn't built in a day," "Good things come to those who wait," "And everything of value takes time" ... but I want it right now...forget the delayed gratification thing...(can you tell I am doing everything short of stamping my foot?)
Happy week to you all...and may all your images have perfect exposure!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
My heart has been heavy for several of my friends that are facing big difficulties. I guess we all do now and then...but my heart and my mind have been turning to God's Word for these friends especially the past few days. I love what God promises us in Psalms...
"I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous [read that two story ranch, mobile home or Colonial Mansion]. The Lord's right hand [read that "Jesus"] has done mighty things! The Lord's right hand is lifted high; the Lord's right hand has done might things! I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. "
What a mighty word of assurance I found in His Word. I am so thankful that God has provided me with written communication so that I can fall back on it when I am scared, fearful or uncertain. Earlier in that same chapter of Psalms we are promised that we will be "set free from the bondage of fear...and have no need to be afraid." Wow... I may have moments of fear for myself or for my friends...but I am no longer BOUND by it -- required to do the bidding of FEAR!
Guess you can tell that I had a precious time with the Lord this morning and I just had to share. I hope each of you are doing well. I pray this promise over you as well...that you would not feel bound by fear...and know that the STRONG RIGHT HAND of God is working on your behalf.
Love you guys....