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January 2012

Week 3 was another whirlwind, completing Joshua, Ruth, Judges, and starting 1 Samuel! The video we watch each week gives us a theme to look for in the upcoming week and this week's was to look for promises fulfilled by God. So I thought about promises God has made in our lives and that when I start to lose sight of the blessings I have been given, I need to think of this verse (Joshua 1:9): Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. The above photo is from the OSU Special Collections & Archives titled "Looking Down the Upper Jordan Valley from Mount Hermon"

We just finished week 2's reading of the Bible in 90 Days this past week and I was looking forward to reading the book of Deuteronomy because as I remembered the book to have some real encouraging verses sprinkled throughout the book. It's a good mix of what many think the Old Testament is (a bunch of laws and rules) and what it truly is about (God's love through the law). A favorite verse of mine from Deuteronomy 31: And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. I think my favorite part of this book is that Jesus himself references it when he was resisting the temptation of the devil in the wilderness (Matthew 4). The devil tries to get Jesus to turn stone into bread, have the angels come and rescue him, and then worship the devil himself. Jesus quotes verses from the book of Deuteronomy to defend himself, a great example of what we should do when we are tempted. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. You shall

Another day with Rachel, another day of photos to be taken! I am still learning how to properly back light a portrait so this wonderful evening of sun was perfect for the occasion! After I picked her up from University of California, Irvine, we made a quick stop by a local nature preserve. It was an adventure as neither of us knew what was back there but it was totally worth it! Then we drove over to our happy place, Disneyland. We took a few more pictures behind Grizzly Rapids and then went on some rides ourselves! A good night was had by all! Many thanks to Rachel for appeasing my need to photograph someone! Anyone! I am desperate to learn more and more and she is always up for new pictures to add to her portfolio. And also thanks to her for this lovely photo of her view! To see more of Rachel, visit the following posts: Disneyland Next Top Photographer Rachel's Senior Prom and Graduation Parking Structure and Downtown Disney A Year Spent at the Happiest Place on Earth Third Annual Rachel's Birthday at Disneyland Adventure!

Our bible study started the Bible in 90 Days challenge the first Thursday of January. The challenge is simple, read 12 pages a day and within 90 days you'll have read the whole Bible. Cover to cover. Verse by verse, chapter by chapter. Since I started reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in the summer of 2008, I have only got to Mark. That's at a pretty slow pace and with a lot of breaks on my part. So when this came up for our group to accomplish together, I was so excited! Each Thursday, during our normal Bible study time we watch a short 20 minute video summing up our reading from that past week, going over the themes of each chapter and what to look forward to next. Since we're already getting into 2 Samuel this week, I am pretty behind in my blogging of this challenge! But I will try to catch up! What I loved most about the first week's reading was reading about Moses' call to go back to Egypt, to redeem the Israelites from Pharoah. What I may not have caught before was Moses' claim in Exodus 4 that he was not an "eloquent"

I hope you've all had a great week! Mine has been quite busy between a big work project, saying goodbye to traveling friends, helping plan two friend's weddings, and spending an evening helping some friends move into their first home. Oh! And scheming on a new logo and website for another friend. Just so much fun in one week! 1. Avoir I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love student design work! Designed by Ryan Bosse, a design student at Fort Hays University, the Avoir line is breakfast food items with bold flavor. Ryan's design incorporates a mixture of patterns and clean typography, two of my favorite things! Found via the dieline. 2. The Joy of Books I smiled while watching this whole video. It must have taken hundreds of man hours to put this short stop animation together. But I do love the nod to Tim Burton in the beginning, a revolutionary in the stop animation realm. But I really love the ending frame which really sums up the whole video. Found via Facebook. 3. Randy Fenoli Site by Promise Tangeman Well, she's done it again. I love every design by Promise Tangeman, but in particularly, with her latest design for Randy

Oh how I love Colorado! We went there twice last summer, once for my family reunion/cousin's wedding and then later in August for a BBQ competition. But we haven't been there winter for five years. Unlike previous years, there wasn't that much snow. If Summit County always got that much snow, I could actually live in the mountains. But since Dillon got 4 inches of snow just the night after we left, it just won't work, so we settle for visits