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Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Fling Dessert

Ginger made some brownies for my works "Spring Fling" tomorrow.  Not content with just a regular picture, I figured I'd put a light on it for something different.  I'm learning a little bit about lighting now, personally I'm still a big ambient light fan, but I'm trying to expand my horizon's a bit.  I may try candlelight some time.  It has been a good Friday night, just me and my baby....Life is good....

Baa

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ginger's Dessert

So we went to Ginger's parents tonight for some awesome lasagna and the results show for American Idol!  Here is Ginger's dessert after dinner.  Funny story.  I'd already eaten two helpings of said lasagna and 3 pieces of garlic bread.  After letting that hit bottom, I decided on one more piece of bread.  Ginger looks at me, smiles, and says, well since your getting another piece of bread I'm getting dessert!  Yep, whatever works!  Her and Aunt Suzy, once I'd taken this pic, insisted that I put in my blog that I had 4 pieces of garlic bread.  So there you have it, I had FOUR pieces of garlic bread!  And you know what, I had 3 cookies too.....

Baa


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dragon Leaf

So I had to do a little cropping for this leaf because of how small it was.  Put it this way, this is the detail you would see if I printed the whole picture as 20x24.  Here is the resized image of the whole photo:


Incredible detail.  So how this photo came about.  I was taking a break on the balcony of the apartment I was painting and was looking around wondering about a photo.  I'd missed one opportunity early with something, so I was just in my artists mind.  And as I was wondering this little fella comes floating down and lands beside me.  Took one look, it was a cool looking leaf, and since I had my camera in the apartment with me I practically ran to get my camera.  I had to stand on my little step ladder to get the above shot I wanted.  And to me, well, it looks like a dragon and since I like dragons, well, it was a no brainer.  So this is my shot for today.

Baa


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pixie the Faerie Dragon

Meet Pixie.  Yes, the name game is over, and Ginger actually picked her name out (Yes, you didn't think I'd pick anyone's name over my wife's did you....). 

This was actually quite a complicated shot.  Our lil dragon is on a dark mirror (for the reflection), and the room is lit up in a blue light which makes the green and wings glow.  Light from the other room has caught on one of the wings to make it glow in the reflection.  No flash was used so I could get the ambience (I'm HUGE on this).  I had to use my fastest glass (lens), handheld, which is rather tricky.  But with the shallow depth of field everything blurred in the mirror nicely. 

So almost a month, have I learned anything?  My goodness yes.  From composition, to the limits and strengths of the lens I have, and how the triangle of ISO, aperture and shutter speed work together, I'm learning daily.  I'm also learning something else.  Not to panic when I don't have a picture when I get home from work.  I'm finding that simple things can be quite amazing photographed.  And my creativity can shine through.  I'm also learning about which lens I want to get next, which will be expensive, but gives me something to save for.  And I have to say I feel God lead me in my pictures.  Sound crazy?  Nah, God is everywhere, you just have to stop once in a while and take it all in.

Baa

Monday, March 26, 2012

Some of Ginger's favorite reading

So this picture just came to me.  Some of my wife's favorite things.  She has absolutely loved anything Titanic.  She just recently saw the Hunger Games and can't stop talking about it!  And Strength in What Remains is the book she has been reading recently.  And of course at the top are candles.  Ginger LOVES candles!  And since she is on my mind especially tonight, this inspiration seems perfect for tonight.

Baa

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Kenny, Azalea Trail, and Home Cooking


Late Friday night (phone calls at 11:00 pm are usually not good) I learned that my good friend (pictured above, he was one of my groomsmen) Kenny had gone on to be with the Lord.  He'd been pretty sick but it still was a bit of a shock, there is a sense of finality to it.  I have no doubt he is with God right now, in fact I had a picture of him singing to Jesus as we sang songs in church today.  Kenny was one of the first people to know about Ginger and I and always had a special place in his heart for her.  He was always encouraging to me and was my room mate for a time.  The grief comes in waves for Ginger and I, I tend to space out for a bit as I remember my favorite Kenny moments. 

For some he seemed gruff, but he had a heart of gold and such a kind and generous heart, if you knew him, and I mean really knew him.  He always had a smile for Ginger and I.  When we lived in the trailer, now those were the days.  There were talks and he helped me alot with codependency, helping me to stand on my own and make my own decisions and be all right with them.  I miss him but know that God has taken a special person home to heaven. 

So as I took a walk alone on the Azalea trail today and took some pics I thought of Kenny and felt he was there with me, smiling as I took some pics.  Here are some of the best.



As you can see I'm not really going for traditional shots.  I like gates and the last with the stone stairs was just cool.  The last pic I have is of our dinner tonight, homeade chicken pot pie:


Kenny liked to cook too, so even though he can't eat this meal with Ginger and I, I know he is looking down on us.  Have fun in heaven Kenny, one day Ginger and I will see you again.

Baa

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Azalea's and a Dragon

So we did some walking around the Azalea Trails this afternoon and with camera in hand decided to take a few pics:

Okay this last pic.  We ended up at Bergfeld Park and all the vendor's there.  An artist was there that had created these cute little dragon's.  Faerie Dragon's.  I'm a big lover of dragons by the way.  Well, this one just said buy me, and how could I resist?  Plus helping out a local artist is always a good thing, we artists have to stick together!  Anyway, throwing around names and Pixie or Pixel are the top two at this point.  Maybe I'll facebook and ask for some opinions!

Baa

Friday, March 23, 2012

Gothic House in the Dark

 So I decided to take my Dad's gift to me, the handmade gothic house, a dark mirror glass, a LED light and a dark room and decided to play.  The reflection on the bottom is from the mirror.  The picture below is an attempt with my red laser light and it was just plain cool to me, like electricity (or ghost light) going around the house.
Since Ginger is having a girl's night out I decided to play.  God is good!

Baa

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Not a Humpty Dumpty Lamp!

I saw this shot when I walked into Ginger's parents house tonight.  Just liked the antique-ish feel of the shot with many generations of photo's and, well, the lamp got me.  At least it isn't a humpty dumpty lamp.....(inside joke)

Baa

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dinner awaits and playing in the Dark





So when I got home from a hard day at work, this is what was waiting for me.  I'm telling you I have the most wonderful, most beautiful, most precious wife in the world!  One of our favorite meals!   I'm so in love with my wife....


This is not a computer animation, this is an actual photograph.  It is completely in the dark, with a white wooden ball and a red laser pointer.  The effect is made by opening the shutter for several seconds.  This was my first attempt at this technique and I was pretty happy with the results.

Baa


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rain rain rain!

We received some beautiful, precious rain today.  Got this shot from a second floor balcony at work.  I loved the shot because you can see the raindrop ripples.

I added this picture because it was a surprise.  I happened to find it on my memory card, taken in the morning from where my car is parked a couple of weeks ago (I think).

I'm thankful for how much rain we've been getting, compared to last year.  God is good.

Baa

Monday, March 19, 2012

Gotta Love Chicken!!!!

So we are such big believers of chicken.  This particular breast is being used for one of our favorite meals, Chicken Burrito's.  Yes, we love them.  And they are pretty simple to make, good for Monday's when Ginger goes to Zumba and I get home.  So we cook them up and when Ginger gets home we chow down.  Thank you God for providing food for us today....

Baa

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Healthy Eating


So wondering what I'd ever take a picture of today (I really had lots of choices), this shot of my wife's dinner was the perfect shot for today.  We ate good at her Mom and Dad's today and Sunday is typically eat light night.  Again, everything just kind of fell into place and the blurring on the end helps lead the viewer to the front where everything is located.   Time for some Celebrity Apprentice with my lovely, gorgeous wife....

Baa

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Chainsaws and Computers

 So as I write this I'm pretty exhausted.  Work today at the dirt pit (where I help a friend out in clearing brush, cutting up trees, etc.) was quite intensive.  But let me start with yesterday.  Last night, as the first photo below, had me working on a computer.  I'd found a computer at work and wanted to see if it was any good.  The CD ROM had stuff in it (paper and pen parts) and the mouse was quirky.  But I love tinkering.  And since I've been eyeing getting a new computer to allow picture editing, it might help.  Alas not.  The monitor is on it's last leg and though I got the CD ROM working, it was sketchy.  The hard drive is only 40GB, which is small when you consider a RAW file (photography) is about 24.5 MB.  In the end, it'd cost more to fix this or I could go get a new computer with less of the hassle.  I had to try, and as Ginger said, you love doing this stuff!
 So today, I worked on cutting big trees up to get fence post material.  It was cloudy this morning but the sun was beaming this afternoon.  I have the sun tan to prove it!  But I made alot of head way and hey, getting paid doesn't hurt either!  So I saw my tools laying there and thought, this would make a great shot!   And I do love the shot.  I couldn't see how well it came out till I got the file on the computer.  The loper's shown, a $20.00 tool I've had for a few years have more than paid for themselves in spades.  The gloves are very important and of course the ear covers.  The chainsaw itself, well I can make it purr, but I have to watch myself from going too fast. I love working for my friend, we like to have a good time and he knows he can leave me at a job and it'll get done. 

So as you can see I've been busy.  But Project 365 continues, and we'll be having some ice cream soon....And today my grandma turned 87!  We'll have some ice cream for grandma.....God is good!

Baa

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Gift from Dad

So I got a very special present today from my Dad (which I knew was coming).  I'll post more pictures later, but this is the first look at a Gothic House that my Dad built for me.  With lights I might add!  This is so so so special and I'll blog about it more tomorrow when I have time, but I'm stoked....Thanks Dad....

Baa

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

View from a Room


I've been eyeing the shot for a couple of days.  Then when I read in my new book about framing I thought, this might make a good shot.  In color it looked good but it really popped when I went to black and white.  As I showed Ginger the couple of pics I had take she saw this one and went "Ooh, I like that one!"  Ever my wonderful editor, since it was my favorite too. 

This is my view outside sitting on our couch.  It is just peaceful to me, probably because I see no wires.  Anyway, as we sit and watch American Idol it just came to me to try.  God is good.

Baa

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cat nap


When I got home from work I went up to put my stuff up and do my regular routine.  I had to take some trash out so when I got outside I saw this little fella taking a nap on the hood of my car!  He let me come right up to him and get some good shots with my 50mm lens.

Baa

Monday, March 12, 2012

Azaela's are blooming!!!!

So I pulled up from work today into the drive and I noticed this pretty little flower.  It's amazing.  After the wonderful rain we had, perfect timing I might add, the flowers are starting to come out of their buds.  Last year only one bloomed, now all six are blooming!  It was a perfect chance for me to take a pic. 

And not only that but I opened up a window to let some fresh air into the apartment.  I can hear the birds singing as I write this.  I have no music on, no TV, just nature and, well, a computer, but I have to post the pic right! 

I decided to get a book, Digital Photograph Essentials by Tom Ang.  So far I'm loving his approach to photography.  There are tutorials even, but on it's own it's a wonderful start to enrich my skill.  I've been impressed with Mr. Ang's work which led me to the book, and he just seems to have an approach of having fun.  And I am.  I'm noticing more and more the wonderful creations that God has given us, sometimes we just need to stop, take a look (or listen) and admire.  Yes, even photography can be an adventure into the spiritual, you just have to look.

Baa

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spring is coming!

So there was a break in the rain this afternoon, so after our Sunday nap (yes, we look forward all week to the Sunday nap!) we took a walk.  I took a plastic bag to cover my camera should it rain, but no worries, we had good weather.  Ginger loves the tulips so we found this one.  Love the rain drops on the petals. 

I like this shot.  I centered the focus in the middle so that the foreground and the background would be out of focus.  A sea of tulips. 

The azalea's are starting to bloom now as well.  The one's in our front lawn are starting to come out as well, so there will be pictures soon.   It is amazing the handiwork of God....

Baa

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Something a little different


Okay so your looking at today's image and your saying to yourself, hmmm, pencil eraser's Paul.  Really?  This image was actually rather difficult to take, at least the way I envisioned it.  The lighting tended to either wash out the pastel colors or there was too much glare.  But since I had some birthday money to spend, I got a black foam board for background and a tripod light (from Lowe's, Stanley makes a cool little mini tripod light) and once I got home got the camera out and began clicking away.  I like the subtle reflection of color in front and well, I like to think outside the box.  Even Ginger thought it was cool.  Funny thing is I found the erasers in an apartment I was painting and thought what can I do with these to make a photograph?  Well, here ya go!

Baa

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Family of Apples


Went over to Ginger's Mom and Dad's for a birthday dinner tonight.  When I walked in this was part of the center piece on the table and I knew it was the picture for today.  I took a picture of the table, the fireplace, even of the beautiful moon tonight, but this one just stands out to me with it's simplicity.  I could go many places with apples, Ginger is the apple of my eye for instance.  But if you notice there are six apples and there were six of us at the table tonight and all of us are apples to each others eye.  Ginger and I being the youngest I'd say we are the green apples, surrounded by the red apples, red for the love that everyone around us tonight has for us.  We truly are loved and are truly blessed.  Even had a bonding moment with Dad at Orange Leaf, he had a BIG bowl of ice cream and I was with him in support of the big bowl.  There was lots of laughter tonight, good food (I had steak!!!!), and, well, just being around the one's we love.  Contentment.

Baa

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Paint and Pies


So today I was at work and had a moment to try to take some pics.  I originally wanted to do a self portrait (and actually got a pic Ginger liked) but I wasn't happy with how things were turning out.  And then I looked down and this shot just screamed TAKE ME!   There is just something simplistic about it (and yes Tanna, Purdy brush!).  It is orderly in one sense and messy in the next.  I took it in one shot and knew I had my shot and it is one of my favorites. 

Now we have another.  I just had to take this shot.  Ginger made me a pie for my birthday.  I pulled it out to have a piece after dinner.  This is what I saw.  Ginger standing next to me smiled mischievously and said, I was a little hungry after work.  She LOVES the crust.  Then we had a discussion about crust.  I think crust is the sides, where she ate.  She informed me that on the bottom and the sides is the crust.  She just likes the crust.  So I got my piece and she proceeded to turn the rest of the pie over and get the rest of the crust.  I love my life! 

Baa

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Boots and Ballet


So I'm at work and this idea comes to me. Seems out of place doesn't it, ballet slippers and my paint boots.  I affectionately call Ginger my lil dancer.  She has a background in dance, ballet, dance, drill team, and zumba, Ginger has been dancing most of her life.  The slippers say to me elegance and beauty.  I am Ginger's lil painter.   And if you look at Ginger and I, an elegant dancer and me, well, a lil painter, and from the outside you may think, really?    She didn't take one look at those old boots and throw them away, she decided to look further, and trust God, and now what we have is amazing.  So here you go Boots and Ballet.  The heart with the shoe laces was a last minute addition as well as the seemingly subtle way the boots are hugging the slippers.  Sometimes composition just happens, God gets the credit.

Baa

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Birthday Pie


Today I turned 44.  The picture I have here is of my favorite pie, my birthday pie.  It's known as a pink lemonade pie, a green bean pie, a grasshopper pie, but I call it delicious.  For as long as I can remember I've had this pie for my birthday instead of birthday cake.  I love it.  My Mom use to make them for me and then Ginger took the mantel and began making them for me.  Some of you may get a chuckle at the big votive candle in the middle.  Ginger was going to get 44 candles and put them on the pie but logisitics, possible burns, wax, and a smoke detector going off dictated using a big votive.  Another tradition added? 

I have to say that my Mom gave me perhaps one of the greatest compliments a novice photographer could get.  She stated: "I love your still photographs like the boots and your necklace..something about how powerful the images come across."  Mom, your the best.  You are such an encourager.  Thank you so much.  I come from a family of artists, that is for sure!

Baa

Monday, March 5, 2012

Necklace with a Message


Today's photograph came to me as I was at work painting.  I have one necklace and it is one with a message, both inside and out. 

Ginger's mom had found some jewelry that was her's and brought it with her one day when we went out to eat.  This particular piece was in that collection and I just seemed drawn to it.  I asked Ginger if I could wear it, though I had to change it to a black loop instead of a girly loop!  There was a story about the necklace, it was given to Ginger by her parents during a particularly hard time in Ginger's life.  When you open up the necklace there is a spot to wrap a piece of paper around a little rod.  On that particular piece of paper Ginger had written the verse Isaiah 40:31.  This just so happens to be my favorite verse.  Who knew so many years before she'd write the favorite verse of her husband to be.  That original piece of paper is still there and though it is very fragile, if you are careful you can unwrap it and read the verse.  That verse has helped us both through many trials. 

So now I keep it on me most of the time.  And inevitably someone will ask me what the alpha/omega means or how unusual the necklace is.  It has been a great piece to share about God and what God has done in not only my life but Ginger's as well.  It is a piece of Ginger's past that I like to think foretold the union that God would forge together from two very different lives.  Waiting upon God.  What a blessed life indeed.

Baa

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Season's of change

I wanted to get a picture of our studio with the light shining in.  Depending on the time of day is where the light shines in and I had to take a few shots, adjusting the exposure to get the picture I wanted.  I'd reorganized one of my shelves to include an area for my growing photography collection of magazines and such.  As well it was time to purge some things out since the season in Ginger and I's life was changing.   We are getting more comfortable in our season of rest and even took off last weekend for a night in Dallas.  Just a time where we could be on the 23rd floor of a hotel and just enjoy being away for a while.  This weekend we were back in our routine and date night last night saw us watching the DVD Midnight in Paris.  We loved it, even me. 

Our studio is a place of quiet where we can sit and read, I can draw or play with my camera.  I love how the light floods in, there is such peace and calm there.  I'm able to reflect and meditate on God and what He has for me.  We have a good life, or as my Mom said, a blessed life well lived (the idea she got behind the boots and Bible photograph). 

I've done more research on Project 365's and realize that it is something many seasoned photographers recommend to newbies such as me.  Some do self portrait 365.  Others landscape.  I've apparently chosen the harder of them all, an open 365.  Now that's ironic.  But I'm loving it.  It is amazing how much more focused you become as you look and get inspired.  I realize I'm only 6 days in but already I see patterns and new insights into the photographs.  And I realize something else, everyone see's something different.  I love that.

Well, it's time to make chicken burrito's and curl up on the couch with the one I love.  Life is good, God is good, such a blessing this life is.

Baa



Saturday, March 3, 2012

Better to Give than to Receive

It's Saturday!!!!  I've done the grocery shopping and such and now I get to sit down for a long session with my blog.  I love it.  Of course not before I picked up my camera after an idea from Tanna.  The work boots and the Bible:


I love this idea.  Especially since the two are so intertwined in my life.  As a believer you take your ministry wherever you are.  At work, the grocery store, at home.  It's not just Saturday or Sunday church service then put the Bible on the shelf for the next week.   It is a lifestyle.  Just because I'm not involved with an official ministry right now, having taken a break, doesn't mean that I don't have a ministry.  That smile you give the cashier asking how her day is going or that coworker who is having a hard time and giving them encouragement.  Do those things seem small?  Maybe to you, but to them, well, it may be just what they need that day.  We never know.  Do we work hard at the small things?   There is no working our way to heaven in my eyes.  I'm talking an outflowing of your heart.  I learned from my father to work hard at everything I do for the satisfaction of a job well done.  In the same respect, I've learned from my Father to live and be an encouragement and to help those around me.  Not for glory, or pride, or to say hey look what I did, but for kindness and love.  Ministry is more than just working for an organization, in fact it may not even be working for one.  It may be a loving husband, a hard working employee or boss, a family person.  Be a light wherever and whoever you are.

I bet you thought I was done.  Nah.  I have one more story to tell.  And now that all the pieces are in place I can tell it.  It has to do with a camera.  As those reading this blog know, I got a new camera around Christmas.  I've loved it.  It opened up a new avenue of creativity with me.  Back around Christmas someone happened to move a chair that my camera was in, in the bag, and it fell.  Everything seemed fine but the autofocus seemed a little off at times.  Nothing huge and for a while I forgot about it.  Then I was getting home from work around 3 weeks ago having worked till 8 pm trying to get a job at work done.  I was exhausted.  I pulled my camera bag out and dropped it.  It was in my camera bag so I thought nothing of it.  When I got it up to the apartment and looked through the viewfinder everything was blurry.  It wouldn't autofocus hardly at all.  I could still see it on the LCD screen, however the camera was broke.  I was sick.  Ginger had gone out that night so when she got back I was just ill telling her what happened.  She told me, baby don't worry, you can get a new one.  I hadn't gotten insurance on it so I was stuck.  Well, everywhere I turned I was told I couldn't repair it.  I heard blown circuit board, autofocus sensor's ruined, etc. and that it was better to buy a new one, repairing it would cost just as much.  It could be used but crippled.

So I bought a new one, with insurance, 3 year insurance with an accident drop plan.  I learned.  Then came February 20th.  President's Day, a Monday that I had off.  Nothing really scheduled for the day, I looked at the camera and went, well, I wonder if I can fix it.  So I got on the internet and found a youtube video that showed how to take a Digital Rebel apart.  Not my exact kind, but enough to show me the in's and out's.  Take a look at my camera taken apart:


I found early on I needed a special screwdriver and since Home Depot is 3 miles away, well, I went and got my tool.  I got everything opened up and found that one of the lens in the viewfinder had broken off.  I found a loose wire as well.  So another trip to Walgreens for super glue, and I set about fixing the camera.  I got everything put back together, turned it on and it wouldn't vary the shutter speed and no display in the viewfinder.  Yikes!  Took it back apart and noticed a wire I missed.  Got it back together, turned it on, and wouldn't you know it, I fixed it.  I think I was surprised I did.  I mean the autofocus was spot on, I tried it out with my three lens and it worked like a champ.  So I texted Ginger.  Hey I fixed my camera! 

Then came the discussion.  Do I take the new camera back (I had 4 days left to do so)?  So I wrote on a piece of paper the pro's and con's of keeping and returning it.  Still have the paper.  I mean the selfish side of me was like I could return it and get that flash gun, or the new computer I can do RAW files on, etc.  And yet on the pro side was giving the camera away.  So Ginger got home from work and we began discussing it and I began reading my list.  I got to giving it away and Ginger stopped me.  That resonates with my spirit she said, wait, do you have someone in mind?  Wait, don't tell me.  She thought a sec and said, it isn't Jenny is it?  She pegged it.  We both felt it in our heart.

Jenny is Ginger's sister and an artist like me (though she's got ALOT more experience and schooling than I do) and loves photography as well.  So I took the camera apart again (I needed to clean a few of the lens parts), and we packaged it up and sent it.  I'd tested it extensively.  I didn't want her to get it and it not work.  She has three kids in sports, so now she can take pictures of the kids! 

Needless to say, it was received well.  God had provided the extra money for us to do this, almost down to the penny.  We saw the hand prints of God all over the situation, knowing that He used it all for His purpose.  Not that He caused the camera to be dropped, He didn't, but out of all this He provided a lesson in giving and trusting in Him.  Now we both have a camera and I imagine she's taking pics of the kids as we speak. 
Truly is better to give than to receive.

Baa

Friday, March 2, 2012

Working Boots

When I got home Ginger was on the phone with my Mom (by the way, I love that).  I was in the process of taking pictures of all the paint on my feet (I'll explain in a minute) and my Mom tells Ginger I don't want to see your feet, take a picture of your shoes.  That was a novel idea.  My work boots.  I've never just taken time to look at them and realize they are a representation of my work and how hard I work at my job.  Paint, drywall mud, dirt, you name it it's probably on them.  They are comfortable and worn.  Funny, I take a picture of my Bible yesterday, worn and comfortable, and see my boots and the history they have with my work.

The paint on the feet.  Well I had to paint a ceiling of an apartment today.  I put plastic down to cover the carpet.  And then I used a trick that someone taught me.  So I wouldn't get paint on the bottom of my boots and track paint outside or even on the tile parts of the room, you take your shoes off (and I do my socks) and you can run around all over the plastic.  Should you need to leave, you can put your socks on and boots, and the only thing that gets paint on it is your feet and even socks.  The paint cleans off nicely and no tracking of paint. 

I had no idea when I got home what I'd take a picture of and my Mom helped provide the inspiration.  Which opened up a new avenue in my Project 365, inspiration from others.  And so the journey continues.....


Baa


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Day 3

So today's photograph hit me this morning.  I have a little ritual in the morning.  I get to work a little early and I eat my two pop tarts and do my devotions.  I learned from my father the value of starting out the day in my Bible, and I've been in Proverbs and Ecclesiastics for months.  As I pulled out my Bible I began to think of it's origin:


This Bible has special significance.  It was given to me by my parents at the beginning of my journey to long term sobriety.  As you can see, it looks worn, used, definitely no dust on this Bible.  It has been with me through the highs and the lows and has been a source of wisdom that has helped me on this walk I'm on.  But it's not just about sobriety.  It has helped me in my walk with God, in my marriage as I've sought wisdom, and even at work and play.  It is a guideline, a manual for living that I literally live by.  Which leads me to: 




If you focus in you'll see I'm in Proverbs.  I just can't seem to get away from this book!  I go through all 31 chapters and start over.  I write notes in my Bible, and usually some question I have is answered in the reading of the day.  Sometimes I read a whole chapter and sometimes I meditate on a few verses.  It all depends on how God leads me. 

One of the things I thought I'd struggle with is what to photograph.  I haven't had that problem.  Even with this project God seems to lead.  I'm thankful for that, and I'm thankful for this journey and for all of you who are on this journey with me.

Baa