Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Bella!

Our niece, Bella, turned 4 yesterday. It seems nearly impossible to me, yet here she is 4 now, a big girl, not a toddler or a baby, not quite yet a little lady. She floats somewhere in between. My sister asked Bella what she would like for her special birthday dinner. She could get anything she wanted!!!! What a treat!!!! Could she want a pizza? No. Maybe a yummy cheese burger and french fries? Nope! She wanted.........a LOBSTER!!!!!!!!!!!! A LOBSTER for her birthday dinner!!!!!!!!!! I have never laughed so hard in a long time. When Uncle B and I called her we asked her about her yummy birthday dinner. "Did he pinch you Bella?" we asked. "Noooooo (huge laugh), he was dead (more laughing)." Then she proceeded to tell us that she ate nearly the ENTIRE thing. I am very impressed with her highly qualified taste and indulgence. I honestly can't even look at a lobster without either feeling sorry for them or wanting to flee running and screaming! I guess I need to grow up!!!!!!! Happy Birthday sweet Bella. We love you.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Happy Birthday to my Favorite

There's only a few people who are rare enough to see deep into their souls
the "heavenly person" we call it
I have peered into your heart and have seen a Warrior
I have peered into your soul and have seen a Friend
I have peered into your eyes and have seen Love
You are a reflection on our Lord to my life
Thank you
I want to share every adventure with you
I love you

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Prince of Peace

Many years ago I wrote about how I saw Jesus at my bedside when I was very sick in the hospital. It has been an image I can never erase, describe or explain fully. Today I happened to be at a bookstore wanting to waste some time and I was lead to Akaine Kramarik's book. I remembered vaguely from Todd Burpo's testimony in Heaven is for Real, that he saw Jesus too and the only picture that came close to what he saw was Akaine's painting of Him. That was the only part I knew until today. Akiane's family did not believe or know about Jesus or God. God literally gave Akaine visions, ministering angels, and wisdom to be a testimony to the Lord. God says in Psalm 8:2 "From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger." She is only ten!!! At the age of 4 she drew sketches that most adults would never accomplish even with a step by step chart! Her work mirrors my hearts desire in my photography, to tell a story, reflect the Creator and bring people's eyes and hearts toward His Love. If you have a chance google this precious child's work and see what the Lord is doing! My favorite painting is of course the one she did of Jesus called "Prince of Peace." I remember those same fierce, so Loving and crying...crying...crying for me.