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“About Me…” Contest!

OK, I’ve got another contest. This one will run for two weeks and I’m hoping for some fun input from a bunch of you.

One of the goals I have for 2010 is to work on my blog more than I did in 2009. (so far, so good) I want it to be a site that’s fun, informative, has to do with family, missions, photography and above all, Christ. As I dream about reshaping my blog, one of my most difficult sections is the “About Me” section.

Johnathan is a full time husband, father, youth minister and likes photography on the side.

Photography is his way of slowing down and taking in all of God’s wonderful creation. As St. Paul says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

To “clearly” see is what Johno tries to do in life and with photography. Every man, woman and child… every mountain, stream and flower are gifts that clearly show the fingerprints of God.

As a ministry servant, Johnathan has partnered with global community efforts, such as World Vision, to bring awareness, education and sponsorship to end extreme poverty.

Can you see my problem? You might have never even read it until now… It’s looooooonnnnnnggg! AND, I can tell that I wrote it. I don’t like talking about me in third person. It reminds me of something out of, “The 3 faces of Eve.”. So, I was hoping for a little, actually a lot, of help from those who know me and perhaps those who don’t know me except for what they see on my blog. This is a big step of faith and I will moderate most comments before I approve them to keep it fun. (although some of you are on the “white list” and can post whatever you want without my moderation… so be nice).

..::THE CONTEST::..
If you could write an “About Me” statement for Johnathan (Johno) Thomas’ blog, what would it be?

Try to be creative and fun… please no swear words… Keep it simple and to the point.

Post your Johnathan Thomas blog “About Me” statements in the comment field and I will pick my favorite one to post on my blog. The winner will receive a hand crafted African basket from Uganda.


How fun is that? This is a fair trade basket that I purchased in Fort Portal, Uganda. The name of the woman, Editta Karambi, who crafted the basket is on a piece of tape at the bottom of the basket.

I put my “About Me” in your hands. Many, perhaps 8, will enter but only one will win. I will send out another reminder later. Tell your friends, share with your boss. I can’t imagine what a complete stranger would say in my “About Me” section.

Peace.
johno~

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“About Me…”Contest!

OK, I’ve got another contest. This one will run for two weeks and I’m hoping for some fun input from a bunch of you.One of the goals I have for 2010 is to work on my blog more than I did in 2009. (so far, so good) I want it to be a site that’s fun, informative, has to do with family, missions, photography and above all, Christ. As I dream about reshaping my blog, one of my most difficult sections is the “About Me” section.

Johnathan is a full time husband, father, youth minister and likes photography on the side.Photography is his way of slowing down and taking in all of God’s wonderful creation. As St. Paul says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”To “clearly” see is what Johno tries to do in life and with photography. Every man, woman and child… every mountain, stream and flower are gifts that clearly show the fingerprints of God.As a ministry servant, Johnathan has partnered with global community efforts, such as World Vision, to bring awareness, education and sponsorship to end extreme poverty.

Can you see my problem? You might have never even read it until now… It’s looooooonnnnnnggg! AND, I can tell that I wrote it. I don’t like talking about me in third person. It reminds me of something out of, “The 3 faces of Eve.”. So, I was hoping for a little, actually a lot, of help from those who know me and perhaps those who don’t know me except for what they see on my blog. This is a big step of faith and I will moderate most comments before I approve them to keep it fun. (although some of you are on the “white list” and can post whatever you want without my moderation… so be nice)...::THE CONTEST::..If you could write an “About Me” statement for Johnathan (Johno) Thomas’ blog, what would it be?Try to be creative and fun… please no swear words… Keep it simple and to the point.Post your Johnathan Thomas blog “About Me” statements in the comment field and I will pick my favorite one to post on my blog. The winner will receive a hand crafted African basket from Uganda.

How fun is that? This is a fair trade basket that I purchased in Fort Portal, Uganda. The name of the woman, Editta Karambi, who crafted the basket is on a piece of tape at the bottom of the basket.I put my “About Me” in your hands. Many, perhaps 8, will enter but only one will win. I will send out another reminder later. Tell your friends, share with your boss. I can’t imagine what a complete stranger would say in my “About Me” section.Peace.johno~

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"About Me…" Contest!

OK, I’ve got another contest. This one will run for two weeks and I’m hoping for some fun input from a bunch of you.

One of the goals I have for 2010 is to work on my blog more than I did in 2009. (so far, so good) I want it to be a site that’s fun, informative, has to do with family, missions, photography and above all, Christ. As I dream about reshaping my blog, one of my most difficult sections is the “About Me” section.

Johnathan is a full time husband, father, youth minister and likes photography on the side.

Photography is his way of slowing down and taking in all of God’s wonderful creation. As St. Paul says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

To “clearly” see is what Johno tries to do in life and with photography. Every man, woman and child… every mountain, stream and flower are gifts that clearly show the fingerprints of God.

As a ministry servant, Johnathan has partnered with global community efforts, such as World Vision, to bring awareness, education and sponsorship to end extreme poverty.

Can you see my problem? You might have never even read it until now… It’s looooooonnnnnnggg! AND, I can tell that I wrote it. I don’t like talking about me in third person. It reminds me of something out of, “The 3 faces of Eve.”. So, I was hoping for a little, actually a lot, of help from those who know me and perhaps those who don’t know me except for what they see on my blog. This is a big step of faith and I will moderate most comments before I approve them to keep it fun. (although some of you are on the “white list” and can post whatever you want without my moderation… so be nice).

..::THE CONTEST::..
If you could write an “About Me” statement for Johnathan (Johno) Thomas’ blog, what would it be?

Try to be creative and fun… please no swear words… Keep it simple and to the point.

Post your Johnathan Thomas blog “About Me” statements in the comment field and I will pick my favorite one to post on my blog. The winner will receive a hand crafted African basket from Uganda.


How fun is that? This is a fair trade basket that I purchased in Fort Portal, Uganda. The name of the woman, Editta Karambi, who crafted the basket is on a piece of tape at the bottom of the basket.

I put my “About Me” in your hands. Many, perhaps 8, will enter but only one will win. I will send out another reminder later. Tell your friends, share with your boss. I can’t imagine what a complete stranger would say in my “About Me” section.

Peace.
johno~

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It’s been difficult.

To my friends and family. Thank you for your support and comfort over the last week after the loss of Lyle.

Lyle is a wonderful Christ like man who now lives the way we all were created to live, with God.

It’s been difficult this month. I’ve been battling a cold for four weeks now which seems as if it will never go away and I lost a dear friend, mentor and adopted father.

Last week I received a call from my friend Tonia, the daughter of Lyle. She told me that “dad” was feeling dizzy and passed out and that EMT’s were called and he was now in the hospital. A little shocked, I was surprised Lyle would let anyone drive him anywhere, let alone to a hospital so I knew it was serious.

Lyle is one of the strongest men I have ever known. His ritual, as a pear orchardist, was early rise work in the fields and if time permitted, to sneak off to the mountains for a “quick” hike. I’ve hiked with him before and at half his age, I’ve struggled to keep up. At 71 he was one of the strongest men I’d known and I had no sight of him slowing down.

I drove to the hospital and spent a few moments with him. He couldn’t turn from one side to the other without getting motion sick. Something wasn’t right. However, no one knew what was going on and the test hadn’t come back yet. Later I was told he had had a mild stroke and that it had damaged a nerve which was causing the motion sickness. I told him I would see in in the morning, we prayed, I called him a billy goat and said good bye.

4:35 AM my cell phone rang. I couldn’t get to it fast enough to answer it, however, my home phone immediately rang next. It was Tonia and she told me that dad had gone into cardiac arrest late in the night and that he had major swelling in the brain and was on a breathing machine. The family had decided to call everyone together and have the tubes removed and let nature take it’s course. I dressed and drove there as fast as I could.

I arrived and met Lyle brother Wyane and his wife. We found Brenda, Lyle’s wife, next to his side. I can’t tell you what was going through my head. Total disbelief. What in the world happened? I mean, this is not what a mild stroke is suppose to lead to.

Once the family was together, our minister showed up and lead a prayer. They removed the tubes and he stopped breathing but his heart beat for almost 10 minutes. It was the longest 10 minutes of my life. I still cannot believe it. Anyone but Lyle. anyone.

I’m finding peace. It comes in little places here and there. I’m not angry or mad at God. I’m sad. I never knew my father. Lyle was one more man placed in my life to show me how to be a good husband and father. I learned so much from him. He was fantastic photographer.

In his early days, he served in the United States Navy as an official photographer. He once told me a story of their ship finding a Russian military boat that had been separated from their fleet. The rescue was captured and recorded by Lyle. Later the story and some photos were released to the public and published in LIFE magazine. He couldn’t remember the date other than it being in the 60′s, so I google searched and found that they had been published March 21, 1960.

He was very humble. I know if I had been published in anything, I would mount and frame it on the wall. That wasn’t Lyle. But, I found a copy on ebay and bought it for him for Christmas. I know he probably thought, “I don’t need this, I have the originals.

Yet, he received my gift with joy.

He not only saw the beauty around him but he saw it in others. I can’t tell of all the wonderful things he did while on this earth but I wish I could. He knew so much about everything… William Wallace in the movie Braveheart says, “All men die, very few men live.” Lyle lived.

As I looked through his Bible, I found a lot of notes and study pages. One note with his scribbles gave a list of 12 things that started with the number 3… I guess he was keeping 1 and 2 personal.

3. Don’t be overly proud and puffed up.
4. Mourn your foolishness then correct it.
5. Be gentle and strong and caring.
6. Seek first the knowledge of God.
7. You receive what you give.
8. Be honest and true
9. Stop quarrels rather than start them
10. Better to be persecuted for good than wrong. (see Paul’s letters)
11. Make sure it is not YOUR personality.
12. The end result is what is important.

These statements best describe Lyle. He lived by his words. He cherished his wife, enjoyed his kids and had peace with his neighbor.

I am working with Brenda to create an Archive of his many photos. He loved nature and trees, but he didn’t worship them… He worshipped the Creator, Elohim.

Thank you Lyle. I am a better man because of your example. I know I can live life to the fullest because you showed me what it is like to life for Jesus, the Savior of mankind.

The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. I came so that you might have life, and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

peace.
johno~

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It's been difficult.

To my friends and family. Thank you for your support and comfort over the last week after the loss of Lyle.

Lyle is a wonderful Christ like man who now lives the way we all were created to live, with God.

It’s been difficult this month. I’ve been battling a cold for four weeks now which seems as if it will never go away and I lost a dear friend, mentor and adopted father.

Last week I received a call from my friend Tonia, the daughter of Lyle. She told me that “dad” was feeling dizzy and passed out and that EMT’s were called and he was now in the hospital. A little shocked, I was surprised Lyle would let anyone drive him anywhere, let alone to a hospital so I knew it was serious.

Lyle is one of the strongest men I have ever known. His ritual, as a pear orchardist, was early rise work in the fields and if time permitted, to sneak off to the mountains for a “quick” hike. I’ve hiked with him before and at half his age, I’ve struggled to keep up. At 71 he was one of the strongest men I’d known and I had no sight of him slowing down.

I drove to the hospital and spent a few moments with him. He couldn’t turn from one side to the other without getting motion sick. Something wasn’t right. However, no one knew what was going on and the test hadn’t come back yet. Later I was told he had had a mild stroke and that it had damaged a nerve which was causing the motion sickness. I told him I would see in in the morning, we prayed, I called him a billy goat and said good bye.

4:35 AM my cell phone rang. I couldn’t get to it fast enough to answer it, however, my home phone immediately rang next. It was Tonia and she told me that dad had gone into cardiac arrest late in the night and that he had major swelling in the brain and was on a breathing machine. The family had decided to call everyone together and have the tubes removed and let nature take it’s course. I dressed and drove there as fast as I could.

I arrived and met Lyle brother Wyane and his wife. We found Brenda, Lyle’s wife, next to his side. I can’t tell you what was going through my head. Total disbelief. What in the world happened? I mean, this is not what a mild stroke is suppose to lead to.

Once the family was together, our minister showed up and lead a prayer. They removed the tubes and he stopped breathing but his heart beat for almost 10 minutes. It was the longest 10 minutes of my life. I still cannot believe it. Anyone but Lyle. anyone.

I’m finding peace. It comes in little places here and there. I’m not angry or mad at God. I’m sad. I never knew my father. Lyle was one more man placed in my life to show me how to be a good husband and father. I learned so much from him. He was fantastic photographer.

In his early days, he served in the United States Navy as an official photographer. He once told me a story of their ship finding a Russian military boat that had been separated from their fleet. The rescue was captured and recorded by Lyle. Later the story and some photos were released to the public and published in LIFE magazine. He couldn’t remember the date other than it being in the 60′s, so I google searched and found that they had been published March 21, 1960.

He was very humble. I know if I had been published in anything, I would mount and frame it on the wall. That wasn’t Lyle. But, I found a copy on ebay and bought it for him for Christmas. I know he probably thought, “I don’t need this, I have the originals.

Yet, he received my gift with joy.

He not only saw the beauty around him but he saw it in others. I can’t tell of all the wonderful things he did while on this earth but I wish I could. He knew so much about everything… William Wallace in the movie Braveheart says, “All men die, very few men live.” Lyle lived.

As I looked through his Bible, I found a lot of notes and study pages. One note with his scribbles gave a list of 12 things that started with the number 3… I guess he was keeping 1 and 2 personal.

3. Don’t be overly proud and puffed up.
4. Mourn your foolishness then correct it.
5. Be gentle and strong and caring.
6. Seek first the knowledge of God.
7. You receive what you give.
8. Be honest and true
9. Stop quarrels rather than start them
10. Better to be persecuted for good than wrong. (see Paul’s letters)
11. Make sure it is not YOUR personality.
12. The end result is what is important.

These statements best describe Lyle. He lived by his words. He cherished his wife, enjoyed his kids and had peace with his neighbor.

I am working with Brenda to create an Archive of his many photos. He loved nature and trees, but he didn’t worship them… He worshipped the Creator, Elohim.

Thank you Lyle. I am a better man because of your example. I know I can live life to the fullest because you showed me what it is like to life for Jesus, the Savior of mankind.

The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. I came so that you might have life, and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

peace.
johno~

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