Lego family

“People should learn how to play Lego with their minds. Concepts are building bricks” ~ Vitorino Ramos

Some friends of ours like to really go for it on Halloween – here they are in their home made Lego outfits at our local Halloween fair. Of course, the teenager looks angry ;).

Cowgirl with lamb

“The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else does” ~ Anonymous

My little girl with lambie in one hand, tail in the other. Patterson Halloween parade – hundreds of kids from local schools walked down the center of town to parade in their costumes. I like small town life – the schools were all close enough to downtown to walk.

Who says California doesn’t get fall colors?

The groves were God’s first temples.  ~ William Cullen Bryant, “A Forest Hymn”

Took this photo outside my building at work. Not quite the same as Vermont, but at least we get a little color and a chance to wear our sweaters before it gets warm again in a couple months. Of course, I enhanced this photo a little with an HDR filter – you can see the artifacts on the tree trunks, but that’s ok.

Old Truck Rear

Trucks are Americana – they speak of our dedication to the classic Puritan virtues of hard work, self-reliance, and practical utility.

All my joy

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them
Psalm 127:4-5

Missing out on raising children would have been missing out on life – nothing else compares – not fulfilling your potential, seeing the world, or accomplishing great things. To successfully enjoy lovingly parenting your children is the second greatest mission one could find, second only to participating in the gospel.

Sermon prep whiteboard

“The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not, ‘What a lovely sermon!’ but ‘I will do something.’” ~ Billy Graham

I preach once a month at my evangelical church. First major step, after choosing a subject, is to white board out my message. Here’s a part of the board from a recent sermon.

Berries

“On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels . . .” ~ Charles Dickens

So many pretty things on my walk to the gym.  Here’s some other versions.

Either way, they’ve got to go

Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear. ~ George W. Bush

This sign on my way in captures the age-old anti-incumbent feeling that rises up during times of bad economy or other crises. However, this time, I think it’s more popular than ever, in part due to the hubris, heavy-handedness, extremism, and far-leftism of the current administration.

But this year, conservative voters don’t even care if you have an R next to your name – if you’re liberal, they’d rather lose to a democrat in an effort to get a conservative in there than support you. Good on ’em – principle over power.

Clouds along the highway

Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God. ~ Honore De Balzac

I wish I had the photoshop skills (and the software!) to clear up the brightness differences from stitching this panorama together – the blues don’t change like that in real life. But the clouds were really fun this day.

Home by the pond

Vermont’s a place where barns come painted
Red as a strong man’s heart
Where stout carts and stout boys in freckles
Are highest forms of art.”
~ Robert Tristram Coffin

Though hampered by the overcast sky, I was still able to capture a little of the beauty of this Vermont home.

Negative sky

A lot of times people look at the negative side of what they feel they can’t do. I always look on the positive side of what I can do. ~ Chuck Norris

I typically don’t like putting these reverse images up, but the sky color on this one intrigued me.

Sun through the trees

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ~ C. S. Lewis

Fall sun in Vermont.

Triple-geeking

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” ~ HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Three monitors is where its at for productivity at home.

  • Monitor 1: App shortcuts, monitoring applications, chat
  • Monitor 2: Main work area
  • Monitor 3: Browser

Trapp Family Lodge

You brought music back into the house. I had forgotten. ~ Captain Von Trapp, The Sound of Music

More overcast but pretty scenery from Vermont at the Von Trapp Family Lodge (you know, Sound of Music).