Friday, December 19, 2014

Skywatch Friday/2014 Christmas Music Marathon-Day 22

A storm is coming, but the flag will fly and endure until night falls.  If it is lit from the ground then it will fly through the night and greet the morning, a little tattered, a little torn, but still reminding us of this great nation and those who gave themselves during the nightmare that is war, that we might greet the morning in freedom.

2014 Christmas Music Marathon - Day 22

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday-2014 Christmas Music Marathon-Day 20

Angels We Have Heard On High

2014 Christmas Music Marathon-Day 20

Ruby Tuesday Too - 2014 Christmas Music Marathon - Day 19

 Ruby Tuesday Too

 2014 Christmas Music Marathon - Day 19
Today marks the fifth anniversary of my father's passing.  He comes to my mind almost daily and I still miss him very much.  I think that is true of almost any relative that passes around a holiday.  I was only recently made aware of this song by Steven Curtis Chapman and I believe it is the most appropriate song that I have ever heard.  Since dad put his faith in Jesus Christ as a young man, five years ago he did not die, he was simply "Going Home for Christmas."

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Toy - 2014 Christmas Music Marathon - Day 18

Christmas came a little early to me this year.  Since we have sold our home and will be moving into a little smaller residence, I have made a couple of other changes.  I sold my bass boat as well.  I know, a couple of your are now picking your jaw off of the floor.  It's okay, really, it is.  I just decided that digital photography will be my primary hobby and I don't need a boat to indulge my second favorite pass time, fishing.  I did upgrade my digital camera and lens.  I purchased a Nikon D7100 with a Tamron 16-300mm lens.  That may not mean much to some folks, but it is a big deal to me.  I am currently playing with some of the features in the new camera and I have to admit, I am impressed (that doesn't take much) with the quality of the images and some of the new features.  Virtually all of the images that you will see from now on will come from the new camera.  There is lots to learn, so be patient while I figure some of this stuff out.

2014 Christmas Music Marathon-Day 18
Each morning many of us wake up, get the newspaper and turn on the morning news show to get the latest news.  We find out what happened around the block and around the world while we were sleeping.  2000 years ago God ushered a new age into this world.  He gave the world His only Son and an opportunity to one day live in paradise forever.  There were those to whom the news was announced, but to much of the world, the birth of a Savior happened while they were sleeping.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - Shiny

Once again Ashley has provided us with prompts that bring Christmas to mind.  So...without further delay here are my entries.

Honestly, I don't believe there is anything with more sparkle or shine than a glass Christmas ornament, hung on the tree, among all of the lights.  These are just like rubies set in the tree.

"Underneath" can mean only one thing this time of year.  What's underneath the tree and how many have your name on them?  Are you excited to see the expressions on the faces of others as they open your gifts?  Does everyone have a little bit of their childhood wonder still in them?

Even though we have downsized our celebration this year, there are still plenty of Christmas decorations around the house.  This is part of the centerpiece on the dining room table.  And yes, my wife makes all of them.  She is extremely talented in this department.

Sometimes, when looking for "Fresh" subjects to photograph, you just have to combine a few objects and create your own little vignette.  Recently, I upgraded my camera and I have been experimenting with a few of the buttons and just getting acquainted with the location of the buttons as well as some of the new features.  So far, so good.

I thought that these two little fellows were pretty colorful.  They do make me smile whenever I see them.

2014 Christmas Music Marathon - Day17 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

2014 Christmas Music Marathon - Day 16

It's Saturday morning. Let's just let the music share the message of the Savior. Have a blessed week-end.