Barbara’s Wedding!

The beautiful candle light receptionWow, what a joy to be part of the wedding of Barbara Sutton and Michael Hinson this weekend! I’m praising the Lord for their godly example of letting the Lord guide their relationship, seeking the blessing and counsel of their parents and vowing “till death do us part”. It will be exciting to see how the Lord leads them to plant churches in the country of Georgia.

The cute little baggage claim at the Williston, ND airport. :)Montana BridePicking Michael up from the airport. (For anyone who is concerned, that is not oncoming traffic. We are in a parking lot.)Decorating for the receptionOur faith was encouraged at the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil MuseumThe paleontologis who had been out on a dinosaur bone dig that morning was the one who gave us a tour of the Museum. Here is the room where they clean up the bones they find.Tissue paper wedding dress competition!Ready and waiting...What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

One Nation by Ben Carson

Here are some pictures from the delightful time I’ve had visiting family and friends earlier this month. Smile At the moment I am actually in the air flying to Montana for Barbara Sutton’s wedding! Looking out my window and down at the clouds while I read has really brought to life this flight illustration I’m reading in Ben Carson’s book! Let me share it with you here:

A delightful Sunday afternoon at Grandma and Grandpa's house.“Several years ago I took a trip to Alaska, and my hosts offered to send me on an excursion in their private plane to see the glaciers in the area…As the plane took off, I marveled at the beautiful scenery. As we flew over the mountaintop and dropped into the valley, it almost seemed as if we were on another planet. The glaciers were awe inspiring and I quietly thanked God for the opportunity to view these natural wonders.

“As I was enjoying the sights, heavy cloud cover descended on the valley severely obscuring our view. The small plane was not equipped for instrument-only flight, so the pilot announced that we were going to climb through the clouds as rapidly as we could without going into a stall, and that we should clear the mountaintops that surrounded us. He spoke calmly, but I could detect the uncertainty in his voice. Deeply concerned, I entered into prayer and reminded myself that God is in charge even when we are in grave danger.

Visiting Williamsburg with Crystal!... and James!


“After several intense minutes of upward flight, there was a break in the clouds and we cleared the mountain peaks by just a few feet. Relieved, I thanked the pilot for his quick and decisive action that saved our lives. I was never so happy to be on the ground as when we landed at the small airstrip.

They had these fascinating plaques on the walkway as you walked from history to current times.“Our nation is in trouble today, and our only chance is to take quick and decisive action the way the pilot did in Alaska. Shrugging and hoping that something good would happen was not a viable choice for us as our plane hurtled toward the mountain, and it is not a wise choice for us today. Doing everything we could while beseeching the mercies of God paid big dividends in the Alaskan sky, and prayerful action could make all the difference in the problems America faces now.

So many people made such a difference!Are you making a difference?

“Many Americans argue that our nation’s future does not need to be saved and that we are in very good shape. They think that only partisans are skeptical about our future and that people say negative things in order to make the current administration look bad. They see the beautiful view that is America, but they don’t have the common sense and wisdom to look for the lowering clouds that obscure the mountains.

An awesome hike scouting with James in prep for the VA Capture workshop!

“It is true that we are enjoying the benefits of the system set up by our founders, and we are relatively quite comfortable because previous generations have made good choices. Nevertheless, the fog has been gathering for years, and we must act quickly and decisively to deal with substantial issues if we don’t want to destroy our children’s future.”

I’m really liking this book! These statements ring true with my spirit and inspire me to pray and act as He leads. Smile

Good times with family!We were so glad Sarah was able to join us and help us make so many cookies!And more great times......and more great times!Visiting with my previous violin students!!! I love them so much!!!My first time at Cracker Barrel. :)

Now I Know What a Day is Like for Mike

Today was the first day in probably years that I had put one of Michael’s bee veils on! He even had a sleek pair of new white gloves for me. I followed him up the hill to the hives and simply learned how to remove frames carefully, reinforce hives with bees, spot the queen, avoid making bee smoothies underneath boxes, and enjoy hot, sunny weather! Looking forward to learning more in the days following.

We also made up a batch of syrup for the bees and fed it to them. I am amazed at the way Michael has many things down to a science, making the process simple and even fun. Smile

To top the day off, a customer came with his wife and bought 2 hives from Michael. It was so neat to be there with him and watch them drive off with two of his hives in the back of their truck, just waiting to opened up, unleashing thousands of bees to take to the sky and gather the abundant nectar supply from flowers in yet another part of West Virginia.


It was a hap-bee day, typical of a normal day for Michael.

Learning Photography at HEAV

Had a great time at the Home Educators Association of Virginia Convention last weekend! There were a ton of things we were assigned to take pictures of at a convention of over 12,500 attendees, but with a team of 9 other photographers on the Photography Team, we had it covered! The Lord also gave opportunity to hold a booth in the Exhibit Hall for Lenspiration as well as to give an hour-long presentation as a workshop speaker to a room full of folks who were evidently interested in photography!


Looking forward to the last Event Photography workshop held in Sacramento, California the first week of July!

Spreading the Word about Lenspirations!

 A scenic overlook on the wayJames and I had a great time at the HEAV Convention! Last week at the Family Conference in Nashville we were challenged to be more specific in our prayer life. So this week our specific request for this convention was that we would be able to make good connections with other photographers. That prayer has been answered! We’ve been able to tell many attendees about both the Lenspiration Community and the Capture Workshops! Way more than expected have signed up for James’ email updates and photography ebook: 10 Camera Settings Every Photographer Should Know Instinctively. James was also a convention speaker and was the head photographer of the event which made for a very busy three days! We are so grateful for this opportunity and these connections!

Signs like this always make me smile  :)James' Lenspiration Booth

The message at the convention I listened to was by Chris Hogan

A Few Good Links:

Lenspiration CAPTURE Workshops
The Stelzl Family
Great friends of ours in North Carolina with a love for hospitality and discipleship.

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