Journal Photography

Project Life: First Pages

I’ve decided to start project life. All digital of course, because paper is my nemesis. I’ve enjoyed inconsistent digital scrapbooking for a number of years but have never been very regular or “album oriented”. I’ve only managed to make two books, ever, and my wedding book took like 4 years to complete and get made. I finished a book for Guinevere’s second year shortly after her second birthday when I noticed a coupon for a free book from shutterfly.

I finally heard about “project life” and “pocket style” enough for it to sink in and for me to start to “get” what it is. So I started where I was and have done a couple of the prior weeks and I already have 3 pages fully completed and 3 more mostly done (like pictures in, but no papers, etc). I’m basically doing a page per week, but I’m giving myself the option of flexibility for like a double page for a really big week or a page dedicated just to a holiday.

Here’s what I’ve got so far.
March 17-23, 2013. St Patrick’s Day and Guinevere’s Birthday and Party

March 24-30, 2013. The week between Guinevere’s birthday and Easter

March 31-April 5, 2013. Easter Week!
Easter WeekI like that this style is very linear, simple, and photo-centric. It feels like “me”!



Good Friday

4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
5 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
the sins of us all.

Isaiah 53:4-6 (New Living Translation)

Technically I’m writing this very early on Saturday, and that’s what the date stamp will reflect, but I haven’t gone to bed yet, so I’ll be assuming it’s still Friday.

My best friend will be working on Sunday(she works at a hospital) so she invited me to come with her to church’s Good Friday service at noon. I don’t normally go to her church but I’ve visited on multiple occasions and I actually went to preschool there.

It was a pretty good service. Her church still has a traditional choir which was nice. My church doesn’t have one anymore and I do enjoy choral music. The music was good and there was plenty of scripture reading.

Near the end of the service, one of the pastors led in prayer and invited people to accept Jesus as their savior. As we were praying I realized that that was where I had accepted Christ. There, in that very chapel in preschool. I knew of course that I accepted Christ in preschool and remembered it it quite vividly, but I hadn’t really thought about the fact that I was in the same place. How fitting, I thought, how wonderful to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on Good Friday in the very place where I came to Christ. That’s when I lost it. Then we took communion and that always makes me cry too.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (NASB)


He Could Help Us

But supposing God became a man – suppose our human nature which can suffer and die was amalgamated with God’s nature in one person – then that person could help us. He could surrender His will, and suffer and die, because He was man; and He could do it perfectly because He was God. You and I can go through this process only if God does it in us; but God can only do it if He becomes man. Our attempts at this dying will succeed only if we men share in God’s dying, just as our thinking can succeed only because it is a drop out of the ocean of His intelligence: but we cannot share God’s dying unless God dies; and He cannot die except by being a man. That is the sense in which He pays our debt, and suffers for us what He Himself need not suffer at all.

Graphics Journal

Easter Soundtrack

Easter is coming up pretty soon, so I decided to make an Easter themed mix. There are 18 tracks with cover and back art.



The Importance of the Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:12-22
Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised;
and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.
Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;
and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.
Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.
The Order of Resurrection
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.
For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.