Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Black and White Project

Yesterday, we photographed a family here at the house and then tackled an assignment that Earl's sister gave us:
Get her 3 black and white photos
of the kids
that she can put into 3 black frames she bought for her wall.

Here is what we came up with:

#1


This one was just for fun . . . Jonathan loves his brother and delights in "smooching" him, much to David's embarrassment at times.

#2


This pose was Earl's idea. I cropped it really close and missed some of David's face. May need to redo that differently.

#3


I like their smiles in that one.

#4


I have been trying to get a B&W profile shot of the girls.
Not sure if this is it yet.

#5


#6


This is their "goofy" face. Notice Sweet Annie's.
I was having trouble getting some natural smiles,
so this trick usually works.
It helps them "lighten up" a little more.
They end up laughing at themselves.

#7



#8



#9



#10


I love David's serious look and Jonathan's "sneaky smile" in this one.

#11


I love pictures of these boys!
It always fills my heart with love and admiration to see photos like these of my kids.

#12


So, that is all.
In no particular order.
I don't want to take the time to organize them.
I'm home from church with sick kids this morning
and I'm about to go listen to a sermon tape,

after getting them settled in with some books on tape, etc.

So . . . please let me know which one(s) is/are
your favorite.
Leave the number in the comment section.
I would love some specific feedback.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Pre-Lord's Day Meditation


I have been enjoying reading in Numbers and
now in Deuteronomy these past few weeks.

I've been captivated by watching the people of Israel,
and awed over and over again by the Lord's dealings with them.
I've been brought face to face with the idolatries
that stubbornly reside in my own sinful heart.

How grievous to hear my own heart shout
that God is not sufficient

and yet have the nerve to look to inferior gods
- made of "wood and stone" -
and complain to the
Lord Ever-Satisfying and
Creator of all the universe

when they don't measure up to my standards
or satisfy my hunger.
The gods I often look to most
to make me the most happiest

are my children,
my husband,
my time alone,
my hobbies and personal pursuits,
oh and the list could go on and on.

Yet, I stand amazed in the Presence!
I . . .who have heinously turned my nose
up at the Lord's providence and provision
so many times,

have been brought near,
by the blood of Christ,
the Sacrifice of all sacrifices,
to stand with the multitude of the redeemed,
before the "tent of meeting"
in the sanctuary of His presence,
to be so lovingly,
and compassionately,
and patiently
reminded
THAT HE IS ENOUGH.
"I am all you need."
He is worthy of all my praise and adoration.
My heart is cleansed and calmed.
My fears put to rest.
My strength renewed.
My vision re-focused.

Who am I, Lord?
That You take thought of me?
Nothing but dust.
Yet, clothed in the righteousness of my Lord Jesus,
I stand before the King.
I am counted among the righteous.


"I know not why God's wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.
But 'I know whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I've committed
Unto Him against that day.'

Daniel W. Whittle, 1883


Friday, March 06, 2009

Letterboxing

One of the things that our family has enjoyed has been our "Letterboxing Adventures". We would highly recommend this fun past time to everyone.

The basic idea is that you need to go to a website and find some clues.
There are letterboxes hid all over North America.

What is a letterbox?
It is a weather-proof box
containing a unique stamp (often homemade),
with an ink pad, and a "guest book".


You leave on your adventure,
armed with your clues and
your own "letterboxing kit" - which contains
your own unique stamp, a stamp pad, a "record book and a pencil.

The idea is to search for the
hidden letterbox without letting others
know what you are looking for.

"Be discreet" is the key.

There were two letterboxes hidden close by to where we were staying.

Here we are looking for box #1:

Here we are looking for box #2:
(We sent David and Molly to look for this one,
so it looked less conspicuous,
once we found the general location.)


Here is what a typical letterbox looks like:



Jonathan joins us . . . we make this a family adventure . . .
and he keeps himself busy with various activities . . .
mainly clueless to what is going on (smile).



Here is David giving me the signal
that they have spotted the hidden box #1:



Here is Molly hiding box #2 under her jacket.
So sneaky!

(The kids love the mystery and "uncover" work!)


Once we find the box,
we take it to a quiet location
where we can stamp our record books
with the found stamp
(my four oldest have their own books),
and then we use our stamp
to stamp the "guest book"
and sign our names and
leave a message of greeting.


Again, Jonathan is GREAT at keeping himself busy
while he waits for us to finish
whatever it is we are engrossed in.


After we are finally finished,
then our task is to re-hide the letterbox
in the EXACT LOCATION we found it,

so that those people coming behind us in the future,
following the same clues we followed,
will have the same joy of finding it.

We have been to some beautiful locations on our adventures!
These past two boxes
were in some of the most beautiful spots
I have had the pleasure of being in lately.

So peaceful and relaxing!
Almost oasis-like.

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