Our friend Carolyn flew up from Ohio two weekends back for a visit with Cynthia (and us too). Carolyn is an accomplished photographer (and when she gets a website, I'll put up a link to it), and we're thrilled with these magnificent photos that she took of us.
Because of a new addition to my family and the fact that days are getting shorter, my ability to get out to take shots for my blog is decreasing. But I have a collection of photos that I haven't ever shared; my photos from 2006 and before. I'm also posting them in my SmugMug gallery "Classics."
My parents chose to name me after a Biblical hero (Joshua, ya know, the Jericho Joshua) and a powerful preacher (Lee Roberson). I'm proud to be named after two Godly men.
When Shannon and I were choosing names we wanted to give our child a similar heritage in her name. Cynthia Dymick was a friend of mine in junior high. She was a very godly and mature friend. At the end of seventh grade, she was diagnosed with lukemia. Through that year, as she suffered, she always wanted to encourage others; she was always a good friend. At the end of a year, the Lord took her home to be with him. I want my daughter to strive to have a vibrant testimony as well.
Esther Nix was a God-honoring woman. She raised three children to know and serve God. One of them is my mother-in-law. I'm very thankful for the influence that Esther had on Jody. Esther went home to be with the Lord long before I knew the McMillen family, but Shannon and I know that we are in debt to her faithfulness. We want our daughter to remember and be thankful for her Godly heritage from both the McMillen and Smith families.
Lastly the rose is one of the simplest and most powerful symbols of TRUE love. All that a girl can remember about those dozen long stemmed roses from her Valentine is their beauty. She probably won't mention the fact that rose leafs come in twos, or that the thorns are a light shade of brown. She does remember the vibrant red or white that the roses were. Cynthia will remember that all of life isn't a "bed of roses," but hopefully she'll know that the most fantastic part is remembering the rose petals and forgiving the thorns.
So what's in her name? Well, we in her name is our hope that Cynthia will be a faithful friend, a Godly woman, and that she will learn true love.
"This is my thumb. I'm most content with something to suck on."
Cynthia Esther Rose Smith was born at 7:02 on October 2. She weighed 8lb 7oz and is 20inches long. Both she and Mommy are doing very well. For my photos you can check out my SmugMug account; for more baby news (in the coming weeks) you can check out my wife's blog.
on the Wisconsin River, Brokaw, WI top photo taken with a Nikon D50 on September 27, 2007 by jls bottom photo taken with a Nikon D50 on September 26, 2007 by jls View all of the Morning Colors & Fall Colors photos and many other galleries at Smugmug.
I took "Expressions of and Reflections on God's Beautiful Colors in Creation" out of my title. I still will post photos of God's beauty in creation, but I intend to also post other photos that I take. I also plan on writing posts. Oh, and there might be photos of a baby too. (Ok, so the site might be overrun with them...but I digress.)
Wow. It's been three weeks since I last posted, and it's been four weeks since I last posted regularly. You can say it: I've been a slacker. But I do have to say that in those four weeks I've taken less than 20% my normal number of photos. It's been a little busy here in the Smith home. But... I did enter six photos in a contest. Shannon's employer (Ministry Health Care, a regional hospital system) publishes a calendar each year. Any employee is allowed to submit photos for the calendar, and this year the theme was "Color." I submitted these:
Searching for Sunlight
Up Close and Personal
I picked them out in 20 minutes on the day that they were due. That afternoon I remembered that the theme was color. Oops. That goose family? Not very colorful. Neither is the Bumblebee Moth. They did like "Fireworks" enough to make it the November photo. :) I'm happy.