October 28, 2008

Workshop day

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I went to an Apple Education seminar today. We played with Garage Band and made podcasts. Fun times playing with the macbook and ipod.

October 27, 2008

Come and See

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” John 1:45-48

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We went to the pumpkin farm yesterday and took a hay ride. The weather was perfect. We went with friends from church. Great fun!

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October 26, 2008

Playing around in Black and White

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My cat gets really anoyed with my camera flash.

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I think indoor photos taken with the camera's flash turn out better in black and white. I've never been good at taking indoor photos so maybe playing with black and white will teach me how to do it better. I haven't started early here, I'm just looking forward to the November challenge!

October 25, 2008

November in Black and White

Over at the blog Springtree Road Maya is planning to photograph in Black and White the whole month. She's making a project of it and inviting others to join in. I am excited about trying it, although I don't think I can go entirely without color for all of November - there are too many gorgeous fall days in there! I have just figured out how to switch my Kodak Easyshare Z730 to the B&W mode (it's in the Menu button) so I am ready. How about you?

the true light

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The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. -John 1:9-13

October 24, 2008

above all the parchments

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When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. -2 Timothy 4:13 (One of Paul's last letters to Timothy, written from prison near the end of his life.)

October 23, 2008

Chess with little kids

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Today I visit my son's kindergarten during choice time to play chess with whoever is interested. At home I've been leaving out the chess set to let the little boys play around with it. This is the type of game my three year old likes: dump out all the pieces and play a game he calls "crowd". He and my six year old can spend a good half an hour moving the pieces around and trading them, making up stories. They like to include the checkers and a few marbles from "Hungry Hippo" just for fun.

When I work with kindergarten and first graders learning chess my first goal is just to get them to recognize the pieces and learn how each one can move. Today we'll just try setting up the boards and figure out who already knows how to play. You might be surprised at how many five and six year olds know quite a bit about chess.

We have some good books in the library for kids learning chess:

The Kids' Book of Chess by Harvey Kidder

Chess for Juniors by Robert M. Snyder

How to Beat Your Dad at Chess by Murray Chandler

Chess: From first moves to checkmate by Daniel King

October 22, 2008

fan into flame the gift of God

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For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. -2 Timothy1:6

October 20, 2008

rich in this present age

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. -1 Timothy 6:17-19

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This morning we had our first real frost. Everything sparkles...

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Ruth's sweater

This is a sweater a friend knit for Buddy. Now it fits Punkin and is still adorable! He wore it to church on Sunday.

October 19, 2008

Green fields

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The sins of some men are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden. -1 Timothy 5:24-25

October 18, 2008

October 16, 2008

the aim of our charge

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The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. -I Timothy 1:5

October 15, 2008

In the bushes

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A fellow teacher saw me climbing into the bushes on the playground at 7:45 this morning, trying to take this photo. He took a photo of me with his phone camera and was laughing at me.

How you like me now, wise guy?

October 14, 2008


Grace be with you all. -Titus 3:15b

looking down into the water

I was disappointed by the lack of light and color in the photos from yesterday. The trees were very beautiful and full of color but the camera didn't pick that up. The sun was shining through a layer of thin cloud so there was no brilliance.

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We had a great day; went to the park with friends, had a picnic and threw rocks in the water, came home to a nap, did four loads of laundry, mowed the lawn and made a cherry pie.

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October 13, 2008

Picnic reflected in the sunroom window

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. -Titus 3:4-7

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Yesterday was a really beautiful day.

October 12, 2008

keep your life free

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Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” -
Hebrews 13:5

October 11, 2008

a consuming fire

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Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. -Hebrews 12:28-29

October 10, 2008

so great a cloud of witnesses

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1,2

October 8, 2008

created by the word of God

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By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. -Hebrews 11:3

October 7, 2008


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Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. -Hebrews 11:1

October 6, 2008


And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. -Hebrews 10:10

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I got a link to Photojojo the other day from Shutter Sisters. If you want to read a great article about macro go here.

October 5, 2008

into heaven itself

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For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. -Hebrews 9:24

October 3, 2008

being made perfect

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In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek. -Hebrews 5:7-10

Spirit Day

Phillies win

It was spirit day at school yesterday with about 85% of the school wearing Phillies gear. I wore this shirt that I got about 20 years ago after signing up for a credit card at a game. People kept commenting on it and asking how old it was. I was kind of surprised because I don't usually pay any attention to sports or the latest branded clothing. I had no idea I had such a cool shirt in my closet. I think I got some props.

October 2, 2008

Psalm 134

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Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
who stand by night in the house of the Lord!
Lift up your hands to the holy place
and bless the Lord!

May the Lord bless you from Zion,
the one who made heaven and earth!

October 1, 2008

September 2008 Retrospective

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I missed several days in Sept. It's just too crazy around here to keep up with photographing and posting it all. Some of the days I skipping in 365 I took photos of my sons and didn't want to post them on the web. It's been a good month.