Missing the Most

Moving fast down the highway six-lane, 
Cars whizzing by like runaway freight trains;
Going to work, heading to class;
Everyone’s living just a little too fast.

Memories pass and peep through the cracks;
Times long ago, like a blast from the past. 
Brisk fall mornings, rainy afternoons;
All those feelings always pass to soon…

Voices in my head from my young, old friends, 
Playin’ outside in the fields and the woods, 
Yellin’ and hollerin’ just because we could;
No one ever cared ’cause we were just kids.

Sitting on the couch, me and my family, 
Dad reads the Bible, everybody’s listening. 
Dim yellow light and a pitch-black night, 
But we’re nice and warm by the fire inside.

Here I stand in this busy old world, 
Dreaming about all those times long ago. 
Wish I could live every moment again, 
Slow it way down like a 3-day weekend…

Do you remember? How could you forget,
Those simpler days when a kid was a kid?
I’m not saying that I wanna take it back,
What I’m saying is I wanna live like that.

Live like a kid who’s playing in the rain…
Love like a child loves trolleys and trains…
Learn see the wonders through the picture frame
Of a little one’s eyes, where nothing is plain…

Add to this or send me suggestions if you think about it. This one is a work in progress.

Posted in Word-venture | Tagged , , , , ,

What Goes Up…

image

I have a riddle for you today.
It shan’t take long to say.

image

It starts down low, little byway,
Up high it goes, a sunny old day!

image

Round rocks and trees and marmot screams,
Through rivers and lakes and little streams.

image

Hobbitish habits of hiking: bare feet.
Until, in Reed Lake, we find relief.

image

From the heat of the sun we find some shade.
Together, we sit in God’s shelter, with faith.

image

We sit and ponder the hard, rocky face;
Observing creation, so wonderfully made.

image

Of Hobbits, it is said, they are knoble and kind.
Their bravery is unknown; unmatched in due time.

image

Adventure lies before us; soon we will arrive.
With hat and heart prepared, we continue our climb.

image

Over the edge of a peak and off in the distance,
We saw our payment for relentless persistence.

image

Despite our best efforts, we could not fix it.
Sometimes we fail, but failure is not permanent.

image

We succeeded at last, after countless attempts.
Determined to continue, together adamant.

image

And as we trickled down, back home to sleep,
And the clouds blew in, and our thoughts grew deep…

image

We sat, all together, remembering the scenes;
Forever engrained in our memories…

And so goes my riddle for you today.
It didn’t take long at all to say!
But “What is the answer?” you say in dismay.
Of that, only friends know, come what may.

Posted in Uncategorized

Little Wonders

Every little drop of rain is full of wonders.

Every little drop of rain is full of wonders.

Sometimes, we get so caught up in the sorrow, anger, and negative things in life, that we miss some of the most precious moments. I do not want to miss any one of those precious moments, and I do not want anyone else to miss those moments. I want to be the kind of person that, when you’re going through tough times, makes you stop, step back, and notice those precious, small, “little wonders.” Like a child that is kind, trusting, faithful, small, and precious, the moments can pass us by without us even noticing.

I believe that God uses many of these tiny pockets of touching moments to change us, work in us, and use us to accomplish His will and bring Him glory. It is when we get hung up and fixated on ourselves that we miss these defining opportunities of life. How many of these moments and “little wonders” have you let slip by because you were too busy or distracted by everything else? How many times do you think you could have provided one of the “little wonders,” but didn’t?

Matthew 13:31-32 is a parable of Jesus Christ about how the tiny mustard seed grows exponentially more when compared to other seeds. The kingdom of heaven is like that, starting as a small “seed” in a person, and growing and branching out to more people until the number of people saved that make up the kingdom of heaven is innumerable. How are those little moments ever going to be productive if we never notice them? Take a moment out of every day to just stop, step back, and see if you have missed any of these opportunities before they are gone.

Say a prayer and ask God for the peace and mindset to be able to notice these moments, and for the initiative to act on those special opportunities.

Posted in Photo-venture, Side-notes | Tagged , , , , , , ,

How Far From Home?

image

We set out from home with comrades in tow.
The sunlight shone on every trampled stone.

image

Our hearts were free from the monotony,
Of daily life’s grief, work, and disease.

image

Every challenge seen, we accepted with glee.
Like trails of bunnies, our paths careened.

image

In the wide, open range we rested from fame.
No gold or silver claim, not even a name.

image

This edge of disaster, we came to master;
We kept going faster as we burst with laughter.

image
Our path took us over many a river and boulder;
A single, daily adventure, in the moment, lasts forever.

image
Looking back at where were, just moments ago;
The awe and wonder of God’s creation below.

image
Onward and upward, and further and inward,
Higher and colder, as we travel to Asgard.

image
Every step, every ledge, we struggle against.
Some laugh, some help, as we hang off the edge.

image
Overcoming the obstacles, we rest on the mountain;
No matter the improbable, we drink from Dragon Fountain.

image
Over the troll bridges, we head back to home.
Avoiding the disadvantages of becoming meat and bone.

image
To home we returned, for there’s no better place;
A place, I’ve learned, where love and peace stay.

Posted in Photo-venture, Word-venture | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Midnight Summer Hike

Late Night Hike of Lazy Mountain

Yes, this is around 10 pm. These are adventures in Alaska: where sunsets last forever, and friends even longer…

Outlook of the World

A place where the mountaintops see the curve of the world, where the sunlight spans the horizons like a river of gold…

Don't Cover the Light

 

Where the light finds its way into every crack, and every rock glistens in glimmering black…

Lazy Pan

 

A place where selfies sideline the panorama, and a place where every day is an adventure bonanza.

P.S. – We didn’t get off the mountain until midnight, and it was still light until about 1 am (we had dinner after we got down at a local restaurant).

Posted in Photo-venture, Word-venture | Tagged , , , , , ,

Summer in Alaska

Summer hike... Alaska style...

Summer hike… Alaska style…

There’s nothing like going for a hike in the summer! Of course, if you go hiking in Alaska, be careful that you don’t go to the wrong place and end up waist deep in snow.

Tread, the Littlest Snowman

We made a snowman named “Tread.” A chipper little fellow!

Tread the Dead Littlest Snowman

Unfortunately… Tread didn’t last long.

The Mourning of Tread

We mourned his passing…

Tread the Great:
A snowman of wonder!
Faced the fate
Of snowmen in summer.

On a hike
In a seeming winter,
Tread did die
By the heat of summer!

Oh Tread! You blockhead!
Why didn’t you listen?!
Oh Tread! Now you’re dead!
Just water on pavement.

So Tread left this world,
An inspiration to all…
To put more salt on the road,
So you won’t slip and fall.

Posted in Photo-venture, Word-venture | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Wedding Day!

A picture from the beginning of my sister’s marvelous adventure!

Leaving Couple

Introducing: Craig and Talia McCall

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , ,