Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Kids’

Prayer.

I’m so blessed to have many friends and family that have taken a moment in their life to pray for me. Prayer is a powerful thing. Who can explain it? I suppose there are a countless number of books and papers on the subject… I think I have several of them on my bookshelf. However, I believe at the heart of it all, it is simple…. Childlike.

Last night our church graduated several students from “boot camp.” One of the things they were taught was the power of prayer. So, upon graduation, they all received their first assignment. Pray for the missionaries… Hannah and I.

As the children lead and adults followed, my camera was snatched from me and my good friend, Brad, took this photo.

I’m so thankful for the kids who stepped up and went to Christ on our behalf.

I’m very proud of my son, Caleb, who is right there in the front with hands laid on Hannah and myself. This was truly a happy father moment.

So to all of you who are lifting Hannah and I up in prayer, thank you. We have felt a peace that passes all understanding and a peace beyond all doubt.

peace.
johno~

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One of the nice things is…

There are many, many wonderful things about being a new father… again for the fifth time. The cute little outfits, the giggles and cooing are wonderful side benefits to having a new born, but one thing I’m looking forward to is pictures. LOTS OF THEM. Usually the last kid to come along in a family is the least photographed. Many parents fill out the entire baby book for their first born. They’ve taken the time to visit the local photographer for family portraits, Easter egg hunts, CHRISTmas, etc… that first kid really gets the limelight and they should, they’re the first child. All those that follow, seem to shine in a few of the major events but, it’s old hat. Baby books are not as kept up on and are filled with IOU’s and reminder scribblings on paper inserted as bookmarks on the “baby book to do list” before they get married. Photographs are… well… there’s just not as many.

I’m not saying this is always the case. Many of the younger ones are spoiled in many ways that the older ones were not… I mark it up to parents realize that children are not as breakable as they thought and just don’t care about the little things as they did with that first one. This is why we often hear from the older ones in the family, “you never let me do that when I was that age.” True, we thought you would die. We spoil them, there’s just no photo evidence to support it. However, some folks are like me and pick up am expensive hobby at about kid 3 and just go nuts on taking pictures and it seem as if there are more of the kids that came later than the first one.

I’ve learned that my kids grow up whether I like it or not. When each was an infant, I always desired to get that “perfect baby” shot. You know the kind I’m talking about… The black and white photo naked baby sleeping so peacefully. You always leave thinking, “how precious.” Well, that’s what I’m going for. I’m trying out some lighting effects to try to capture that sweet sleeping baby pictures. However, I have a ways to go.

Apparently small infant newborn babies don’t like big bright lights flashed into their faces over and over and over again. There must be a trick to it. How do they get these little ones so rested and peaceful? I have some ideas but I’m going to have to work on it. For now, I take everything as a learning curve or experience that will make the next one better.

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All is not lost… there is hope.
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Peace.
johno~

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CHRISTmas Tree

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I’m not a big fan of decorating… I don’t want to be a Scrooge, but at CHRISTmas time, I have a hard time decorating. It just seems like extra work and with a little one expecting to arrive in just a few days, I’ve been less than thrilled for the extra task. However, my kids love it and that’s what I love. It’s not the decoration, it’s that my family gets excited at putting up their first ornament on the tree, each in their order, oldest to youngest. It’s a good tradition that I hope, in spite of their grumpy, scrooge father, they will continue the joy of a family coming together and decorating a tree.
Peace.
johno~

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CHRISTmas Tree

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I’m not a big fan of decorating… I don’t want to be a Scrooge, but at CHRISTmas time, I have a hard time decorating. It just seems like extra work and with a little one expecting to arrive in just a few days, I’ve been less than thrilled for the extra task. However, my kids love it and that’s what I love. It’s not the decoration, it’s that my family gets excited at putting up their first ornament on the tree, each in their order, oldest to youngest. It’s a good tradition that I hope, in spite of their grumpy, scrooge father, they will continue the joy of a family coming together and decorating a tree.
Peace.
johno~

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