I haven't posted in a LONG time and there is a lot that I've been meaning to post. So here it goes, rapid fire style.
10 years ago..
10 years ago this past August I returned home from my mission. I served for 2 years for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint and represented the Lord as a missionary speaking Spanish. My mission molded me in a way I cannot describe but hope to demonstrate each day of my life.
I helped organize a mission reunion and by helped I mean earlier this year I talked Robert J. Grow and Linda Grow into organizing a mission reunion. They did pretty much everything else. Tyler and I did go and help them set up chairs and tables on their beautiful lawn. I got to see so many of my friends. There is a special bond that you form with those you serve and sacrfice with. Even a decade apart can't break that bond of fellowship.
I got to see for the first time in a long time my friend Isaac Altamirano. At times in his life he has struggled with different life challenges. It was so good to see him, his beautiful family, and hear they have been sealed together in the temple. As Isaac said "we will always be brothers".
Choices, hobby style..
Save up a lot some money, what do you spend it on? Nice problem to have right? I want to have my own woodshop someday. To be able to take pieces of wood shaped in blocks and rectangles and turn it into beautiful pieces of furniture, carvings or toys, what an amazing opportunity to create. Besides, there is nothing more manly than the smell of cut wood and the sensation of looking at a finished product and thinking, I shaped that. Then there's the chance to buy a nice camera, take pictures with my wife and of my family, record memories of light. Photography is not simply a recording of an image, it is painting with light, shapes and life. One choice would take me away from my family for hours, one choice would encourage me to go on adventures with them. I chose to go on the adventures and paint with light. I still have a lot to learn but I'm enjoying the journey.
(no photoshop was involved in the making of these images)
Now I have a hobby I can share with my wife, and that is priceless.