Universal Children’s Day

Video courtesy of Compassion International.

Today is Universal Children’s Day. A day when we band together across the globe to show that children are set apart and valued — to show our shared desire for their well-being. Take a few minutes today to celebrate children.

Here is something else I think you’ll really like. A great blog post to encourage you on Universal Children’s Day.

As a way to celebrate, please consider sponsoring a child in need. Thank you.

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Why Go on a Mission Trip?

The answer is not hard to find. Here are just a few reasons.

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Mi Casa Children’s Home

A group of more than 60 people from FBC Stockton, Grace Bible Grass Valley, Hope Church San Diego, and more went on a mission trip to Mexico to continue ongoing construction projects at Mi Casa Children’s Home. In the coming days I will be posting more about the trip, including pictures of the work that was done. For now, I just wanted to share a few of the many reasons short term mission work is so important.

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The Moon and the Stars Which You Have Set in Place

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It is one of those things that is only seen about once a year, and this happens to be the time. There are two dead trees just off the road. I drive by them every day on my drive home. Around mid-autumn, just after the ritualistic changing of the clocks, the full moon rises at just the right time, at just the right angle, in just the right spot, to make this beautiful scene. I first noticed it last year and made an image then, but it got buried somewhere in my archives. If I can find it I’ll add it to this post later.

The incredible majesty and awesome hand of God he lets me see in creation is a constant reminder of his grace. None of us deserve this life, this day, this moment. It is all a wonderful gift from God, and when we choose to see with spiritual eyes, we are given the privilege to marvel in the works of his hands.

I can imagine David, the shepherd who would one day be king, tending his flock and looking up at the moon and stars, marveling over the wonderful works of God.

Psalm 8

1 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.

2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,

7 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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Katie Visits Her Sponsored Child and Words Fail

On Facebook, Katie Axelson introduced a post on her blog saying, “So I got to visit my sponsored child in El Salvador last week. There really are no words to describe the experience but I managed to blog about it anyway.”

I haven’t had the chance to visit my sponsored child yet. Give me time. It has been less than a year since we began sponsoring. I do want to visit someday soon, but the Compassion trip to India this spring won’t be the time. When I do visit, I’m pretty sure words will fail me like they did Katie. That’s okay. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and since I’m a photographer there will be plenty of picturesque words.

Other than her Facebook post and reading her post, I have never met Katie. Her simple post is eloquent though, and I wanted to share it with my readers, so here it is.

She also made a video.

At the end of the video she mentions a link. Here it is. Please use this link to sponsor so she gets the credit. Not only will you get to sponsor a child, but Katie will receive credit toward additional help for her sponsored child. A classic two-fer.

Thanks for reading, watching and especially sponsoring.

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Kauai by iPhone

I just got back from Kauai last night and am getting ready to work on editing the 600 plus images made with my DSLR. While you are waiting for those images here are a few captured with my iPhone for a teaser. When I saw these at full size I was a little surprised at the quality.  They’re not DSLR quality, but an iPhone does a pretty decent job. Tools for making digital images continue to improve.

So here are the pictures.

Kauai vacation, iPhone style.

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The best place to start is at the beginning. This is the view that greeted us down by the pool side bar after we got checked in and unpacked. It was easy to tell this was going to be a very relaxing visit.

Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii

With a three hour time difference it wasn’t too tough to wake up early enough for the amazing island sunrise. Just the right amount of clouds to make for some incredible color at both ends of the day.

Kauai sunrise

Of course, after an incredible sunrise one must have an equally incredible breakfast, complete with a Bloody Mary buffet.

Bloody Mary Buffet

One day we took a drive to the north shore to spend some time in Hanalei.

Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii

These next two pictures are two versions, color and black and white, of the same image. I walked out to this reef from the beach. The water was only about waste deep but the current was strong and would switch back and forth depending on which direction the waves were rounding the reef. My camera and cell phone were held high and wrapped in double plastic bags as I made my way slowly across to get the DSLR shots.

Reef break

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Reef break in black and white

Toward the end of the week we took a sunset dinner cruise along the Na Pali Coast. There are no words to describe the beauty of this place. On my last visit to Kauai, about 10 years ago, my son and I hiked four miles of the eleven mile trail. Not easy. The cruise was much more relaxing, and I think I got to see more of Na Pali from the boat. Next time maybe I’ll do a kayak tour and get even closer.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai

On my last day in Kauai I took a walk to Shipwrecks Beach and out to the point in this photo. A self imposed time limit kept me from continuing on along the Maha’ulepu Trail.

Shipwrecks Beach, Kauai

That’s it for my iPhone pictures from Kauai. Look for images from my DSLR to be posted soon. You can get notified by email if you subscribe to my newsletter. Remember, these pictures are available to purchase here.

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