Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Oscars…Seniors Ignite…suitcase…texture Tuesday...

"Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we boast in the the  name of the Lord our God."  Psalm 20:7

I did not watch the Oscars, but I heard about them the next day.  I heard about bad jokes, gorgeous gowns, and bits from speeches.  My favorite was from Matthew McConaughey who gave credit, and glory to God for his success.  Here's a portion of his speech:

            "First off, I want to thank God, because that's who I look up to.  He has graced my life
             with opportunities that I know are not of my hand, or of any other human hand.  He has
             shown me that…it's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.  In the words of the late
             Charles Laughton who said, 'When you've got God, you've got a friend- and that friend
             is you.'"

Way to go Matthew.  By the way, I read online that his mother named him  after the Biblical character, Matthew. She told him his name was Matthew, not Matt, and so he has not shortened his name, nor does he answer to Matt.

Now onto my seniors ignite conference.   The conference was a jam packed event.  In fact, the only free time was for lunch and supper.  They had every minute of the day, and night scheduled.   One afternoon, they had spots all over the resort set up for model shoots.  We simply went from model to model taking our own pictures of them, and learning tips and tricks from the leaders that did the set up.   There were boy, and girl models.  I put together a little collage of the models that I took.

Models at Senior Ignite
We did not get around to all the models…there were so many of them.  I thought they were all pretty incredible, and they did all kinds of crazy things we asked of them…like getting in the fountains…and the water was not warm.

Our flight home was delayed about three hours.  I was glad we did not have a connection, but it made us get in very late, since we had a 3 hour drive home once we landed.  I was waiting for my suitcase at baggage claim when I thought I saw the bright, yellow fabric on a suitcase come down the chute…I had put one on mine.  At first, I said, "That's mine," and a nice gentleman next to me went to pick it up.  But this suitcase was shredded on the outside…mine was not, so I said, "No, it's not mine." The man put it back.  Then, I noticed the piece of yellow fabric was indeed the one I had put on.  I said, "Oh, yes that is mine…"  He asked, "Is it yours or not?"  It was mine…shredded.  It looked so sad.  It was a wonder all my items had not fallen out!  The gentleman got my bag, and told me to take it to the baggage customer service.  They would fix me up.  They did.  I had to empty out my bag, put my stuff in a bag they gave me, fill out a claim form, and one day in the future…Poof!... a new bag will show up at my door via FedEx.

My new, temporary bag…another will arrive one of these days...

I am linking to Kim Klassen's texture Tuesday today.  The theme is "above", so this photo is "above all else, we will get that shot."  Whew, what we go through to get the perfect picture, and then it is not always the perfect shot…it is better.  And I am happy.  I love photography.  I love digital.

Stephanie DeFranco...
That's all for now.  Be encouraged, and blessed today.


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