Growing Our Faith

Books, Family, Life

This post is all about religion. I will not apologize for it, I will not be ashamed of talking about it. If you do not wish to read it then don’t, but you will be missing out.

It’s been a little over a month now since we, as a family, decided there was a void in our lives. Our children were aware of religion, but could not tell us the importance of it. What is the meaning of Christmas? Why do we attend church? Who is God and Jesus? While simple questions to some, our children couldn’t answer correctly. We were failing our children by not introducing them to such an important facet of life. I will not force my children to believe or not believe, but I will present them with all of the tools and resources to make their own choices and decisions.

I will be the first to admit that there are several parts of the bible that I have a hard time accepting, or that I disagree with. But I know I am allowed to hold these beliefs for my relationship with God is between him and I alone. I put my life in his hands.

So we have attended church together as a family. My girls sang along to the hymnals as if they knew the words all along. My son sat patiently throughout the service without causing a scene. We also attended service as just a husband and wife. And each time we have attended we have both felt personally that they were speaking to us directly. The words resonated with us and we were pulled in further.

This is what we have needed in our lives.

We needed something bigger than ourselves to believe in. Something that can overshadow the little things that don’t really matter. Something we can give ourselves to, as a family, as a father, and a mother, as a spouse, as a brother, as a sister. We are putting our lives in His hands.


And our faith has been tested already in a way we never could have dreamed about. It was a hard reminder that there is wickedness all around us, every day, in places you never could imagine.

And my wife said it best. SHE told ME that she has never felt like God was speaking to her so loudly, screaming from the Heavens, to set our lives back on track. To remind us that He is here for us. Always, through everything. He will get us through any difficult times.

So we put our trust in Him and we are growing our faith. Together.

We went out and purchased bibles for everyone in our household. My wife and I decided that we would read the same passages each day and discuss our thoughts and opinions. “Read through the bible, together, in one year.”

And the VERY FIRST DAY these are the words we read:


5. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.


Wow. The very first day we read together and these are the words that are shown to us. Coincidence? I think not. He knows what we need and what we need to hear.

And my wife, who I have always questioned her thoughts on religion, approaches me and wants to put our lives and marriage in God’s hands. And to be a marriage under Him.

I am so blessed in life. To know that even through the darkest times I have people by my side. And above all else, I have God to guide me through the pain.

I am glad to finally be on this path in life. And I am so glad to be doing this together as a family, with the love of my life, and my beautiful children. And to be an example to our children and be role models, and have someone to look up to.

God Bless ALL. Each and every one of you.

I pray for you. I pray that He can cleanse your heart and your mind. I pray that He will speak to you and touch your life like He has ours.


A Look Into My Other Life… Photography!

Life, photography

So as promised this week’s blog will take a brief look into what I like to call my other life. Photography was is a passion of mine. I basically started about 8 years ago when a lot of people lied to me and told me I was good. In reality, looking back, I was terrible. I feel bad that people actually used to pay me for what I was producing. Think two-toned images, black and white with only some color.


However, it gave me the drive and initiative to learn and progress my passion. So in 2009 I enrolled in school and earned a photography degree 2 years later. Most days the degree feels like a waste as I learned much of what I know now outside of school in workshops and through a lot of practice, trial and error, and assistance.

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” – Ansel Adams

A couple of major thank yous for this skill of mine goes out to my wife for supporting me on such a lucrative dream, and being patient through all the days, weeks, and months that I have dedicated to photography.

The other major thank you goes out to my dad who has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and taught me to learn new techniques. For introducing me to off camera flash, and for always, even still to this day, being my assistant without ever asking for anything in return. I definitely don’t think I would be where I am at today with photography without you.

I love the connection I have with clients. Being able to bring out their true personalities and letting it shine. My favorite is working with children. I absolutely LOVED newborn photography. I have been called, many times, the “baby whisperer”. Getting kids to come out of their shells and give me the biggest smiles when mom and dad have been telling me for weeks that it wouldn’t happen is such a joyous feeling. I feel like I am actually doing something important, documenting these precious moments in families lives. I love being able to share those moments with them and to experience such incredible things.

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind

Seniors, milestones, engagements, weddings, bridals, boudoir, families, and even births. Such incredible moments that families will treasure forever. And I will never forget. Even for those who are no longer in our lives, I still have experiences and memories that will always be there.

Now I am stepping away from photography as a career and moving towards something a little more practical *and stable!* financially. On the bright side, I have developed a skill I can use throughout my life. I have 3 children who always need updated pictures, I hope to one day have grandchildren, and I have family and friends who simply will not let me no longer do their pictures. 🙂

So I am handing it off to my dad, who has progressed immensely over the last few years. There are days now where his pictures are even better than mine.

So without further ado, here are some of my absolute favorite pictures I have taken over the years. Some of these go back all the way to 2012. There are also quite a few pictures which I absolutely love that I choose not to share for privacy concerns, subject matter, the fact that my children sometimes read this blog, and also for personal reasons.

I would absolutely love to hear feedback, comments, questions, or anything you may have!