Friday, June 24, 2011


"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." John 1:4

"While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." John 9: 5

Jesus...light of the world.  What are some of the qualities of light?
1.  It conquers darkness.
2.  It makes things grow.
3.  It provides warmth.
4.  It exposes.
5.  It is the source of energy.

Last week my photography lesson was on white balance or types of light.  The camera has the ability to take pictures in different types of light...sun, shade, cloudy, incandescent, and  fluorescent  to name a few.  If the lighting is wrong, the pictures will turn out with a yellowish or blue color cast, so getting the lighting right is important.  For that particular picture, there is only one correct light and it brings life to the subject.

As I think of Christ,  He is the only correct light.  Discovering that correct light=LIFE.  Christianity is the only religion with the one true light.  Other religions may think they have the correct light, but their life will soon show the error.   I think that is pretty wonderful.  As a photographer, I want all my pictures to show the glory of God.

We studied the different kinds of light in my photography class and their effect on a photo.  Erynn patiently posed for me as I took a picture with each setting on my camera.  There are some that look pretty good and some look horrible.  I found this exercise to be very interesting.  My favorite is the flash and least favorite the incandescent.  I was surprised the flash was so true to what I was seeing.  I never use flash and no, the flash did not go off.  It can be used when a flash is attached, but in this case there was not a flash used. We are not allowed to use a flash in this class which I like.  The flash makes a picture look flat and lifeless and that is not what I want.  So today, be in the light.

Thank you, Erynn for posing for me.  Isn't she so gorgeous? 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's official...Reid is 4 years old

The celebration for Reid's 4th birthday started early this year with a small party on Thursday afternoon at PawPaw and Mimi's house.  Everyone needs to enjoy the miracle of their birth.  Aren't we glad that we are wonderfully made by our Lord!  We are certainly glad for Reid because he makes wonderful things happen  in our soul and spirit when he is around.  Grandchildren are truly a blessing from the Lord and gifts from above.

The Cake Mimi made

Early celebration at PawPaw & Mimi's 
The "Toy Story"  theme graced cakes, packages, table settings, centerpieces, and presents.  I think everyone got the message that Reid really likes Toy Story.  It is all Mrs. Markl's fault.  Apparently when she was keeping Erynn and Reid one time, they watched the video, "Toy Story" and it has been his favorite (only second to his Blue blanket and Pooh Bear) ever since.
The cake and presents!
One Happy birthday boy!

Blowing out the candles.

Yum!  Great cake and ice cream too.
Happy Birthday Reid.  One special little boy.
This year Nana and YaYa were able to join in all the festivities making it (as Tigger would say) "the bestest and fiestiviest time of all.  Hoohoo!"  In all that celebrating, we cannot forget Father's day.  Happy Father's day to the two most awesome and wonderful fathers.

Ian posing for the Family photo.  You know we have to have one.

PawPaw and Ian (Father and son)  Happy Father's day!

Monday, June 20, 2011

My 58th Birthday

I cannot believe the month of June is almost over or that it is my birthday!  Time has a way of going way too fast.  So do I feel older?  Well I don't feel much different than I did yesterday, but my body sure knows it has aged--more wrinkles even though I spend a lot on all those creams that are supposed to "plump" or "fill-in" those wrinkles, they do not seem to be working for me.  I have cellulite that is creeping down my legs, so there is no way I would ever consider putting on another pair of shorts;  it is capris for me!  My arms wave when I do and I am trying my best to fight off the middle age bulge that seems to settle in quite nicely around the middle.  It is just horrible growing old.  The only good thing is that no one is immune.

All in all, I like birthdays and feeling special for a day...well, actually my awesome husband has a way of making me feel special most days.  He has done a great job giving me little presents throughout the weekend and we will finish our celebrating after I teach my Pilates class tonight.  My boys and their family's have all done their part in making the day special as well.  I am so blessed.  Thank you, Lord, for my great family.

Happy birthday to me!

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