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Pictures with the Riders!

A couple weeks ago I drove out to Paola to take some pictures for a friend and her husband’s family. Her in-laws have a beautiful piece of land that is great for family photos.

I learn something new each time I get the opportunity to take pictures for someone… Like this time around I was horrible about cutting off people’s hands, feet, and arms in awkward places. Whenever I do stuff like that I cringe and think back to this website my friend, Casey, shared called “youarenotaphotographer.com”. Let’s just say you don’t want your pictures to qualify for being blasted on their website.

Casey is a professional photographer, so she actually knows what she’s doing. I, on the other hand, basically only took two years of fundamental photography in high school and worked in a photo lab mounting pictures and cleaning printing machines. So I don’t have the experience under my belt not to make rookie moves like chopping off two-thirds of someone’s leg. But I’ll get there!

(I would like to take a quick moment to give Casey, some recognition for her inspiring photography. I have know Casey since elementary school and today she is an absolutely incredible photographer. She inspires me in a lot of other ways, but her photography in particular is amazing. If you’re in the Houston area and need a sweet and PROFESSIONAL photographer, check out her website, www.dreamtree-photography.com, or like her page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/dreamtreephotography.)

Another thing I realized was that I need to take my time and not rush. I start to feel bad when I’m taking a long time or the picture doesn’t “feel” right. And then I start to worry that the longer I take, the less natural everyone will look. So I don’t know what to do about that. I guess it’s something that just comes with experience. Maybe I should consider taking a few photo classes on Groupon eventually?

Anyhow, here are a few photos from my time with the Riders!

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Disturb us, Lord

The other day I came across the following poem written by Sir Francis Drake.

I knew a little bit about his exploits during Queen Elizabeth’s reign and that he was known for stealing gold from the Spanish. He was also involved in slave-trading between West Africa and the Americas (so the guy was definitely no saint) but I was surprised to find this poem written by him.

What touches me the most about this poem is that it was written by a man who spent the majority of his life on a ship sailing back and forth across the Atlantic during the 16th century — not exactly what I would imagine to be a “comfortable” or even secure life. Yet, he had the presence of mind to ask the Lord to disturb him should he become too relaxed and free of hardship.

He had some understanding that comfort produces apathy, and if I hadn’t of known better, I would have thought this poem was written for this day and age. We have the best creature comforts this world has ever known, but it’s come at the cost of living lives without passion or a sense of purpose.

I wonder, how few of us today carry this same prayer in our own hearts?

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

– Sir Francis Drake

Photography for some {sweet} friends.

A couple of our friends own and run a really delicious little bakery here in Delhi. But not only are they incredibly “sweet” bakers, they’re also incredibly sweet people! They recently opened their first store front over in Greater Kailash II, M-Block market. It’s in a good location and it offers their customers another option for purchasing their pastries aside from home delivery. (You can take a look at all their yummy goodies here: Red Moon Bakery)

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The new Red Moon Bakery store front in GK-II, M-Block market!
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A posed shot of a friend and our driver especially for Red Moon Bakery!

Back in November you may have seen on Facebook that I took some family photos for these guys while their parents were in town.

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It was my first photo session with a family and I really got a kick out of it. They’re just a hoot to be around and it was so easy getting these awesome candid shots of them together.

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Prior to that, and again more recently, I took some photos for their bakery’s website.

Now, if there’s anything I love about foodie blogs and recipe websites, it’s the photos. But food photography comes with it’s own set of challenges that can be incredibly time consuming if you’re not “feelin’ the food” you’re setting up. (No, that doesn’t necessarily mean taste-testing… but hey, you don’t muzzle the ox when he’s treading out the grain, right?)

I still really enjoy being able to do it though and it’s great having the opportunity to flex my creativity muscles! So just for fun, I thought I’d share some of the photos I’ve taken the last couple weeks. (In a future post, I’ll share how I took these pictures using mostly things I already had laying around here in the apartment.)

Here ya go!

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread
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Cinnamon Raisin Bread
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Stollen
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Chocolate Ginger Cookies
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Cupcakes
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Iced Sugar Cookies
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Pumpkin Pie
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Florentines
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Peppermint Nanimo Bars
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Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Bread
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Strawberry Cupcakes
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Jalapeño Focaccia Bread
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Valentine Iced Sugar Cookies

These guys run a great bakery here in Delhi and I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to help them out by taking some new photos for their business and family!

An Update & A Video

So three weeks and twenty-five apartments later (yes, we actually looked at twenty-five apartments), we think we finally have a new place to call home.

As of this morning, Michael’s company notified us that the two additional apartments we submitted were accepted and approved. Still not clear on a move-in date, but we anticipate within a month we will be able to move into the apartment we put down as our first choice. (Pictures and/or video to follow soon).

Michael also received an email update on our ocean shipment of personal belongings. So, if like us, you want to know where in the world our stuff is, click here to track the progress of our cargo vessel, the OOCL Atlanta!

The estimated date of our crate’s arrival in Mumbai is December 14th. So, that’s cutting it a bit close to Christmas, which means we may be waiting until the absolute last minute to make definite plans for coming home.

For now, I’ll leave you with a video that will totally rock your day… Never forget you are a representative of the living God to the glory of His Son, Jesus the Christ:

(You can find more of Pete’s videos here and follow his blog by clicking this link.)
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