Saturday, 19 April 2014

My Easter Table

Ready for a busy day tomorrow.
Friends in town for a lunch at noon and then the family feast at 6 pm. The Easter decorations will serve double duty this year.... and I will sleep well tomorrow night.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Prayer for Holy Week

A Prayer for Tuesday of Holy Week (by Scotty Smith Gospel Coalition)

     As he [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Luke 19:41-42

    Dear Jesus, everything about Holy Week reveals the depth of your compassion for sinful, broken people, like me. The tears you wept coming into Jerusalem, and even the passion you showed driving the moneychangers from the temple—every encounter, parable, and action gives staggering clarity to Paul’s words,
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:6-8).
Paul was writing about me. I’m one of the powerless, ungodly sinners for whom you died—demonstrating God’s incomparable, irrepressible love for the ill deserving. I wasn’t an impassioned seeker; I was God’s enemy when I received the gift of reconciliation (Rom. 5:10). I have peace with God only because God made his peace with me, through you.
I would still be blind to what alone brings us peace, if you hadn’t opened my eyes to see my need and your provision. The gospel would still remain hidden from my eyes unless you had given me sight to behold you as the Lamb of God, who took away my sin. I have no claim to salvation… no boast, no hope, no assurance of sins forgiven and righteousness received, apart from sovereign grace.
How I long for the Day when I will no longer even be tempted to look for peace anywhere else, but in you, Lord Jesus. I yearn for the Day when we will see you as you are and we will be made like you (1 John 3:1-3).
This is my great hope—until that Day, keep healing the eyes of my heart of all spiritual myopia, astigmatism, or anything else that keeps me from seeing the magnificence of your glory and the full measure of your grace. So very Amen I pray, in your tenacious and tender name.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Before & Afters

I thought you might be interested in seeing a few of my recent photos in the RAW - literally.
The first photo is how they came off the camera and into Lightroom and the second photo is the result of my creativity in Lightroom 5 and on occasion Photoshop CS3

The best way to really see the difference is to click on the photo and scroll thru them.




 see how the old scrapbook papers come in handy?



Monday, 31 March 2014

Phoenix Collage

...just playing with the print mode in Lightroom 5....
Some of my photos from our week in Phoenix with the grands.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Wondering

I love this photo of Eva I took one morning in Phoenix.
She is so beautiful.
Love photographing her.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Phoenix 2014

Blitzing here to get this coffee table book done and off to print.
It takes a LOT of hours and is a labour of love but it is THE best way to archive the memories. One day my grandchildren will say "Boy I am so glad Grandma made these books.... I remember this!!"  "We had so much fun on that trip"
I have been editing photos over the past few weeks but with a couple of days off the day job this week I finalized the best, tweeked them to perfection and uploaded them. All 241 of them.
Then I started designing my book which I love to do. it distracts me from the guilt of not going to the gym on my day off. :)
I am happy with the results and will send it off to print today along with several other books waiting in the queue.

But you get to see it before it goes to print.

Our one week trip to Phoenix - the zoo, the museum, a ton of pool time and connecting with friends . It's all there.

Time to plan another vacation somewhere......

Friday, 28 March 2014

Sisters

It is rare that I get a photograph of both of the girls. Norah just does not sit still at the best of times but particularily if her sister is close by. 
However of late she is giving more hugs and loving on her sister a little more.




Makes me smile. :)

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Monkeys

After lunch with the girls (little girls with sticky fingers and one particular little girl who needed a nap!) I have spent the afternoon playing with photos from our Phoenix trip. I am busy trying to get them into a book before a sale deadline this weekend.

But I thought I would share a few pics of this monkey taken at the Phoenix zoo.  It was the end of the day and a lot of walking when we got to the monkeys and I had all of 4 minutes to capture him as the little ones were ready to head home and the gang was moving on without me.....

I was very thankful my sweetheart was willing to drag around my long lens all day just so I could use it to get these photos. :)

Now I strongly suggest you click on the photos to see them large and in more detail 






Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Family

A while back, a long while back, I made a little scrap book for David's parents of some of the fun times we had visiting with the kids at Coney Island over the years. I also have made a few digital pages of some of those photos. So I scanned the pages and along with the digital pages created a book. It turned out very well and while it was a tad pricey, those memories are now solidly in a book that will last a few generations on pages that are thick enough to withstand a few adult greasy fingers and a few wild toddlers.

Here it is. :)
just click on the book to open the pages.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Is that so!!!

Norah's new pose. Can't make her do it but every now and then she does and this time I was across the table from her. Only got one eye in focus because I didn't have time to adjust my settings, but I still love it.
Just cracks me up.