Tuesday, October 25, 2016

First High School Homecoming

Our youngest granddaughter is a high school freshman. Yesterday I posted images from the homecoming football game on Friday night. The homecoming dance was held on Saturday evening. Many of the kids gather at various popular places around town for photo opportunities. The oldest and most traditional place is at Bogle Park. We got there about 4:00 p.m., took a few family photos and were done by 4:45. Here are some of the images.

This turned out to be everyone's favorite image of Lexi. There is always a sparkle in those  eyes.

 Of course you have to have one photo with all of your friends.

After all of the traditional homecoming photos are taken, it's time for the family to take advantage of the opportunity to get a few image for the family album. Here they are.

Let's start with one good image with mom and dad.

Now let's add the siblings. Little brother looks thrilled to be there.

 Don't forget Nana & Papa! 

And the first homecoming photo shoot is in the books.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Awe...some Mondays - Friday Night Lights - Homecoming

Last Friday night was homecoming for one of the local high schools. The team is very good and has competed for the state title in football on a regular basis. I didn't get any images of the homecoming queen or her court because I was in the end zone preparing to photograph the game.

The school mascot brought her hover board so she could get up and down the side lines quickly.

The home stands were full and the fans eager for a victory that would bring them one step closer to the play-offs.

The band was pumped. They are a competition band and the Mona Lisa on their drums is part of the program that they presented at halftime and will preform at regional and national band competitions this year.

It didn't take long for the home team (in black) to set the tone for the game. Their first touchdown came just a little over one minute into the game.

The defense made it known that it was going to be a long night for the visitors on offense.

Another touchdown for the home team.

The defense almost blocked this punt.

The passing game was clicking on all cylinders.

And the defense just kept the pressure on. The home team won 49-7, just like homecoming is supposed to be. Get out there and watch some high school sports. It's great, cheap entertainment. Have a blessed week.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Inspiration Thursday - Have Thine Own Way

When most Christians pray, we spend a great deal of time in intercessory prayer. That is to say, we are asking God to do something in the life of someone else. We ask Him to heal friends or family that are sick, and we should. We call on God to give comfort to those who are mourning the loss of a loved one and it is the right thing to do. We go before the throne to ask the Creator to make His presence know in someone the life of another, and He is pleased. However, there is one request that we could make that would be most beneficial to our relationship with Christ and the answer is before us. We could ask God to give us knowledge, wisdom and understanding of His Word and His ways. King David was described as a man after God's heart and reading the 119th Psalm it is easy to see why. David recognized that God has commanded all of His children to know Him better when he wrote, "You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes!" (Psalm 119:4-5). David may have spent more time seeking knowledge, wisdom, and understanding from the Lord than he did praying for sick friends, or grieving relatives. David understood that if God granted him the close relationship that he sought, he could be the instrument of change in the lives of others rather than asking God to send someone else to be that conduit through which God works in the lives of people we know and love. Where do we find the wisdom and knowledge that we wish to have." David knew the answer when he wrote, "How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart,That I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD!Teach me Your statutes." (Psalm 119:9-12) David realized that we often get distracted by things that don't really matter in this life, therefore he asked God to give him focus and show him how to set his priorities in life when he petitioned the Creator, "Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way." (Psalm119:37) David understood one thing about God's Word that all of us would do well to know when he acknowledged, "Forever, O LORD,Your word is settled in heaven." (Psalm 119:89) Through all of this scripture, David seems to be asking of God, "When it comes to my life Lord, have Thine own way." Have a blessed day.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Wordless Wednesday


Hand thrown coffee mug from The Old Mill Pottery, Pigeon Forge, TN

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Aww...some Mondays

Last Monday was indeed an awesome Monday. I drove to Tulsa to pick up the photos that I had entered in the Tulsa State Fair. Since I didn't go to the fair, I had no idea if any of my six entries placed in the competition. To my pleasant surprise, four of my six entries captured ribbons. Here they are.
 Senior Adult Division - Color Portrait - 1st Place

 Senior Adult Division - Color sunrise/sunset - 1st Place
Senior Adult Division - Color sports/action - 2nd Place

Open  Division - B&W Sports/Action - 2nd Place

The dancer and the high jumper are two of our granddaughters. I have now won a ribbon with a photograph of each of our four grandkids. Awesome!!! Have a blessed day.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Inspiration Thursday

"I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations. For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens and Your truth unto the clouds." (Psalm 57:9-10)
 Mercy and truth are only two of the attributes of God that give His people cause to praise Him. In a world that teaches "relative truth" the child of God can rest assured that the truth of God and His Word is steadfast and unchanging. This is exactly why Christians can depend on God's Word to guide their lives. There are those who would tell you that truth is relative to the world view of the person. That statement alone is incorrect. The unique quality of the truth is that it does not require you to believe it in order to be true. The earth has always been round regardless of what men have believed in the past. There are those who believe that there are multiple ways to get to heaven and that virtually everyone is going there when they die. They are going to be terribly disappointed when they  stand before the judgment seat of Christ and hear Him say, "I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" (Matthew 7:23) Christ speaks of Himself when he tells His apostles, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." The truth is that there is only one way to heaven and that is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The great news is that His mercy and His grace are available to everyone who will place their trust in the in the only name under heaven by which men must be saved. That is cause for the heart to sing praises to the Creator of the universe and Who desires to spend eternity with His people. Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wordless Wednesday

2016 Bikes, Blues, & BBQ
Fayetteville, AR