Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Country Engagement.....

This last Sunday.. I had the pleasure of photographing engagement photos for a couple from Plainview....  it was a fun relaxed session....

A Winter Wedding......

This past weekend I was blessed with the opportunity to photograph a last minute wedding at a small country chapel near Chambers and was a beautiful day if a bit windy....and the chapel was light and airy with a vintage feel to it.... So here are a few portraits from that day...more may come later!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sweeter than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott

Sweeter Than Birdsong
Rosslyn Elliott
The Saddlers Legacy
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Step back in time to the days prior to the civil war and step into the world of Kate Winter. Her home life is dysfunctional, she has difficulty speaking in public, and she wants to find an escape. Amidst all this, she finds herself in a position to escape home, but she inadvertently finds herself in the midst of the rescue a slave woman and her child. This event opens her eyes to a world of struggle outside of her own, and of a developing passion - for a man and a cause.
Elliott has written an excellent book. It is the second in a series that is inspired by the life of a real family in American history. She mixes fiction with history to create an inspirational and engaging story. I enjoyed following Kate on her adventure of freeing the slave, Nellie and her well as the struggle with love, family, and slavery. I read the book quickly, and I could read it over and over....and that is a sign of a book that I love. I hope to be able to read he first book in the series and future installments. Although this is a book in a series, it stands on its own.

I am not sure what more installments will bring, but I would like to have had more development with different story lines within book. As far as the cover, I would not have cut off the man playing the violin:) But overall, I would highly recommend this book to all inspirational and historical fans out there....

This book was received through Thomas Nelsons' blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Simple Scarf 1-2012

This past fall season was very busy with my photography business, so I didnt' get much weaving done... and what I did get done barely got there!  But here is the first scarf of the New Year.... it's made up of a bamboo/acrylic warp and an acrylic boucle weft....  We gave this to my sister since her birthday is coming up.The weather here in Nebraska has been unusually warm so I don't know how much it'll get worn!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Moments of Truth by John MacArthur

Moments of Truth

Unleashing God's Word One Day at a Time

John MacArthur

Thomas Nelson Publishers

The Bible, our one source of truth, is highlighted here in daily readings centered around Biblical truths. John MacArthur,has compiled daily readings that are composed of a Bible verse, an excerpt from one of his many books explaining the truth of God's Word, and a question to get you to think about God's Word. It is divided into days and months of the year. Each month centers around a particular themes, such as beginnings, love, family, Jesus' birth and life, and more.

Unlike many daily devotionals, MacArthur creates a devotional that makes you think while speaking God's truth about a variety of subjects. He doesn't skirt issues, nor does he pick easy topics that everyone else picks. Each morsel of Biblical truth he presents is poignant and thought provoking.

I really liked that he used compiled excerpts from his various books. I had not read any of them, and it gave me a chance to see a survey of his work. I also liked that MacArthur speaks candidly about God's Word. He doesn't water the truths down, but speaks it out boldly. I also liked the daily format. It works great for individuals and groups or when you are short on time.

Now, if you are looking for a feel good book, that is emotionally stimulating, then this devotional is not for you, but if you want sound doctrine and Biblical truth, then this book will help guide you into God's Word well.

I received this book through's book reviewer program and all opinions are my own.

Friday, January 6, 2012

101 Bible Adventures The Ultimate Quest for Truth

101 Bible Adventures

The Ultimate Quest for Truth

Carolyn Larsen

Tyndale Kids

I often look for books that present Bible stories in a readable format for my Kindergartener,1st grader and 4th grader. I look for books that present God's Word in small chunks that we can do for our bedtime devotion time, so when I saw this title available, I jumped at the chance.

The 101 Bible Adventures book presents 101 two page bible stories taken from the New Living Translation Bible. Each two page segment presents a brief introductory summary of the Bible passage presented, a cute comic, a key verse, and What's up segment that seeks to provide an application or understanding to be taken from the passage. Each 2 page spread is illustrated to look like a parchment, has a key illustration for the key verse, and a hat on the now what segment.

I really liked the two-page format of the stories/verses. They were long enough to present a story but short enough to engage my children. The NLT translation is easy for my first grader to read with minimal help, which is a plus.

Next, I liked the variety of stories that were chosen. There were stories that most Bible Story books don't include such as Crossing the Jordan #30, and Contest on Mount Carmel #48 and more. I believe that children need to and can learn from a variety of Bible stories.

Lastly, I felt that most of the material was very well thought out and chosen, but I wasn't too excited about a couple of comments that were made in the Now What? Section on lessons 38 and 90. They brought in the teaching that you can hear God in your heart or mind. In 38, when they are presenting Samuel hearing God call him, they say that, “Sometimes he speaks through your thoughts and feelings.” In 90, On the Road to Emmaus they teach, “You may not hear a real voice, but you will “hear” thoughts in your mind and you will know which ones are from Jesus.” So yo might ask what is wrong...The book talks about the Quest for Truth, yest this teaching is not in the Bible. No where does it talk about God speaking in your thoughts or feelings/heart.

In Hebrews 1:1-2 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

And In Jeremiah 17:9The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick; who can understand it?

So I'm a little wary of teaching kids to listen to their heart/feelings, thoughts, for God's voice. These things are very subjective, and God word, not matter how He speaks is authoritative...these are two small examples that bothered me, but throughout the rest of the compilation, the author emphasizes reading God's word and learning it.

One thing I would have liked added, would have been to teach a little about Jesus being God in carnate. She often mentions Jesus as God's son, which is awesome, but I think kids in the recommended age group for this book can understand the concept.

Overall, I would recommend this book. It is well designed easy for kids to read. I would only recommend parents to make sure they want to teach their kid that God speak to people in their thoughts,etc....and if not, then to just avoid those two examples.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the Tyndale Bloggers Network. All opinions are my own.