I'm taking a trip soon and I've been doing some research on editing. I really like the HDR look in certain landscape photos. HDR is short for high dynamic range...and basically takes several photos and brings out tons of detail. I am basically looking for the "easy" way to do it without spending any money and making it a quick process. I think I've discovered it!
I took this picture a few weeks ago after our ice storm. I like the picture, but felt there might be "more" that I could do to it. Enter in my discovery editing.
Enter in the "faux" hdr processing. It just pops now and I love how easy and quickly I was able to do it. Now that I know the process, when I have a few minutes, I can read up on "how" it happens. Whenever I find that spare minute! :)
I've been working at getting our new church directory done. (LOTS of fun...not!) We had a few that could not make it for the scheduled picture appointments, so I offered to take a few of their pictures. I was expecting this...
Because between Tyler and my son, they are always trying to sabotage or photobomb my photos. I am grateful for my quick shutter button. The only thing that is funnier is that momma was beaten to the punch with the tongue out.
The phone call you never want to receive..."You need to get back here asap, your son (from his daddy ;) is going to require stitches." I was on the church van picking up kids for our Wednesday night activities and we were coming through town heading to get another set of kids. After getting dropped off and talking to the Pastor's wife (who's a nurse), we left for the emergency room. I had 2 things going for me...1, I did not witness it and 2, I did not witness all the blood. Had that happened, I might have been more upset. After we sent all the kids back inside, I hugged him and said it was ok to cry. He squeaked out 2 tears, that's it! My tough boy!
2 hours later we were home, with 3 staples and only a minor complaint that they pinched. He was a trooper.
The first thing he did on our return home...put his metal detector to his head to see if it would go off! THAT is my child! :)
We typically leave town on long weekends, but this year I don't think we've left town on ANY weekend. Totally unusual for us not to travel. But as the kids get older and get busier...I really didn't think they could get busier...we tend to stay in town. So this was our first year to experience our annual Memorial Day outdoor church service. And boy am I glad we did.
After setting up the chairs, the youth had their Sunday school class while the Worship team warmed up.
It was amazing to see how many people filed in after service started. Everything was full about 15 minutes after I took this picture. Largest crowd yet!
We were honored to welcome back Hack Bartholomew from New Orleans. He plays a mean trumpet!
THIS is how we have an outdoor church service! Feeling the music!
Our youngest visitor with Grandpa Mike. I will make sure we're in town next year. What an awesome day!
I am Blessed. Blessed with 2 kids that have love and compassion in their hearts. And they both continue to amaze me. Sunday we were in church. I had to operate the video screen because the eldest was away. As I was heading back, I took our offering out of my pocket and was trying to hand it to Hunter. He, for some reason, was pulling all his money out of his pocket. (I just saw a bunch of ones.) Not thinking anything of it, I went to the back and sat down. When the ushers were called forward, Hunter went up to help. As they were looking for 1 additional usher, Hunter pulled all his Valentine's money ($9) from his grandma out of his pocket and tossed it in the plate. Afterwards, when he was walking back, he reached into his other pocket and found 2 more quarters and put them in there also. We were stunned.
So after church, the 2 of us were heading out of town and I asked him why he put all his money in there, because it would have been ok to just put a few dollars in there. I was not prepared for the answer. He said, "The church needs it more." How many kids put ALL THEIR MONEY in the church offering plate?! Because the church needs it more? Thank you God for these 2 gems. They may test my patience from time to time, but they melt my heart all the time!
As we were heading out of town, we noticed the clouds and how cool they looked, so I found a spot to pull over for a picture. He said they looked "animated". Animated?! I think they looked like angel clouds. The picture does not do it justice, but the edges were rolled and they reminded me of heaven and the "picture" I have in my head of Angels standing on the clouds looking down at us. I just thanked God for all my blessings.
We visited my husbands hometown over the holidays. I spent 3 of my high school years there and it was nice to visit and get some winter pictures...and KNOW we were leaving the snow/cold a few days later.
Sleeping little town
Many nights spent hanging out at the library. I wonder if my kids will ever know what a "card catalog" is?! This building has probably tripled in size in the last 20+ years!
I will always be grateful for what I found in this church. It's not "us" anymore, but it started our journey and I will be grateful for where we have landed.
Life has been crazy the last 2+ weeks. We all had to stop though and take pause when the Connecticut shootings happened. We all hugged our children and cried many tears. We pray for the families as they struggle to get through this Christmas season and we paid tribute to the 26 following our Christmas Eve Candlelight service.
The clouds cleared and the moon shone bright.
We lit and released 28 balloons. 26 for Connecticut, 1 for 2 local missing children and 1 for children of violent crimes. It was a fitting tribute to our service.
Each name was read and the church bell rung as each balloon lifted off.
I posted this photo recently...it's pretty, but maybe there's something missing...
And then I had a conversation with a fellow church member with "ideas". He calls me "cheesehead", which makes me laugh. I pray for him because he's a Steeler's fan. ;) All that matters "to me" is the score of Super Bowl XLV! Anyway, after our bantering, we get down to chatting about "how" to mass market certain photos. We're working on a project and we will see what happens. But taking that picture, I added something...
Quite a difference. We'll see what comes of it. I am going to matte/frame it either way. :)
Day 2 started much the same as day 1...except that I woke up every hour on the hour until I finally got up way too early! :) And punk #1 wanted to come with me. I warned him it would probably be 4am...after he had competition the night before, he said he wanted to come help. Day 1 was really long...after working up at church for umpteen hours, I went and worked a booth for 6 hours...in bed (and sore), by 8pm, I wanted day 2 to be just as awesome as day 1...and it was.
It was a chilly walk for him...I was comfy in my capri's and sandals! ;)
He was even an apprentice under Bob, "the eggman" for a while! This picture just makes me smile!
Meanwhile, punk #2 snagged a booth job for a while selling kettle corn...as he checks out the competition!
It was still early on Sunday morning!
Amazing Grace never sounded so amazing!
How many churches have you seen the 10 Commandments prominently displayed on the front of their building?!
Great crowd! I love how we all stood out in our shirts!
It was an AMAZING weekend. If you weren't "touched" or "blessed" by some part of it...you are in the wrong place!
I am just coming back to life. I spent a good part of yesterday vegging on the couch, even though the weather was amazing. I can't begin to tell you how much of a blessing this weekend was. It sure did start early though!
I really was cursing the fact that I am a bad sleeper when I woke up at 345am Saturday morning, knowing one of the guys was already up there starting breakfast. So I got in gear and walked on up to help. It sure beat laying there tossing and turning when I was doing God's work!
Once the sun started to come up, I did sneak out for a couple quick pictures.
My cooking buddy...finally cleaned up from our early morning!
It was still early and it's already busy!
But our free/clean bathrooms were popular all day long! No porta-potties here!
Blessings abound and amazing things are happening in this church!
It's been a crazy week in this small little town. (When your town size of 300 jumps to 100,000+, you KNOW it's going to be nuts!) Now I know why we left town last year!! Funny how God changes things up on us. Fall break isn't until next weekend this year and Punk #1 still has band competitions until next weekend. Plus, I don't think we were ready to learn the lessons we're learning this year. Lessons we didn't know we "needed" to learn? There's some that are struggling with accepting them and learning from them. It's hard for people to accept something that's "free"...no strings attached. It's also hard for some people to accept the notion of NOT taking any donations. No donations requested, required nor accepted. "But 'how' ...will we...I don't know. It's not my job to answer that question. The road to the unknown is by Faith.
I know I am learning about Grace...and boy is it amazing. I was beyond Blessed by the few people I met yesterday as they came into park their RV's and trailers. I saw Grace given to a couple that showed up expecting their booth (that they paid for a few yards over) was gone. We showed them Grace and found room for them at the "inn". And when the light bulb went off in his head as to what we were saying...he walked away in tears because he "got it". Grace is all around us...have YOU seen it? Will you recognize it?
Dear God, Thank You for our beautiful fall colors and our awesome weather this weekend.
We missed church this morning because we had company visiting. But we knew we'd still be able to be a part of it later in the day, when we all went out to the river for a baptism. A special baptism...for this child went to her parents and ASKED to be baptized. Wow. So we celebrated her today...and several others that reaffirmed their baptisms. It was a glorious day and the sun finally came out...apparently it did not warm the water, but no one (that got in it), seemed to notice.
The kids didn't care...nor did the big kid! :)
And then she headed out...
Along with her daddy
and with her lovely mom
She did it...look at her smile!
And her mom reaffirmed her baptism
We rejoiced and sang Amazing Grace...it really was amazing!
We ate some good food and the youth played some ultimate frisbee. What a beautiful Sunday.
It's been an emotional day. I had a dream last night and I can't talk about it without crying. We went to church this morning...we laughed, we cried and we rejoiced. When was the last time you went to church and laughed, cried and rejoiced all in the same service? I THANK GOD we were sent here. I love our last church...I miss all the lovely people there, but with technology (facebook), we can still keep up...and go visit from time to time. But we BELONG here. I don't know how to describe it any other way.
The boys went on a camping trip last night to watch the meteor shower...we watched it, too, from the park...but that's another story! :) But the things I heard this morning...about my boys and about all the other boys...(it's not a "boy" group, they just didn't have any girls on this trip)...but the SPIRITUAL things I heard about, just sent chills down my spine. I wish I had gone, if not just for a few hours, but I think if I had, they might not have had the same experience.
So, thanks Grandpa's...yes, the 's is correct, because they were both in my dream (amazing!), I will continue to pray and know that "It's gonna be alright."