Saturday, November 5, 2011

Volleyball team photos

Here are individual photos of the girls on the team. We couldn't get into the gym for pictures so we had to improvise. I think the wall with the net looks pretty good with the blue uniforms.

CCA Middle School Volleyball

This year we had the great opportunity to photograph Zoe's volleyball team. They were divided into 2 teams - the Fearless Falcons and Falcon Spirit. Our school (Covenant Christian Academy)mascot is the falcon, in case you were wondering.

Our team grew so much from the beginning and our girls became a great team. It was an honor and joy to photograph them all.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

T loves trains

This is one of the sweetest boys in the world - our nephew, "T" and he loves trains. One day we went to the Chase train depot and made photos of my baby boy - Zeb - because he is growing up and is has now graduated from high school. (T's parents should watch out because they will blink and he will graduate, too.) Anyway, we were at the depot and who should come by but T, his daddy and our granddaddy. It was a most splendid serendipitous moment!! We were thrilled and so was he. T said "I have never been so happy to see trains in my life!"
Here is a photo of his joy! Sweet, huh? We were just glad to be able to witness his joy... Thanks, T for sharing with us!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My brother, Barry Wayne Strange

I have just finished a feat I have been trying to accomplish for the last five years - since my brother died. I wanted to make a book of his life and give it to his children so they and their children can remember him. It was truly one of the hardest things I have ever done. I could barely get through one page without tears. I wonder if it will ever get easier - will I ever not cry - as I am doing now just thinking about him and how his life was shortened way too soon?

He was 40 years old when he died on March 6, 2006. I had not always been close to him but near the end, I tried to reconnect and let him know how much I loved him and how much he was loved by the Lord. I believe he knew this. I believe this is part of the reason he had cancer - so he would recount his life and know God's faithfulness. I also believe this is why he was free from cancer when he died. God wanted to show him over and over that he is and was very precious to His heavenly Father.

I will miss him until I see him in heaven - I have to believe that even with all his bad decisions in life his one decision to follow Christ changed his destiny forever. I have to believe that he is waiting for us with Jesus. I have to believe that he is not in pain anymore and worshipping the Lord - something I long to do with him someday. I believe. I believe God is strong enough to hold him even through his bad decisions here on earth - even through his turning away to other things. My heavenly Father is faithful and AWESOME. He is mighty to save - forever.

"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God and there is none like me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure; calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country; yea, I have spoken, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed, I will also do it." Isaiah 46:9-11