For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Alexis Vogel died this morning. She was the daughter of my wife's sister, and I've never known a sweeter little girl. Earlier this year, Lexi was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor at the base of her brain. Nothing could stop the tumor from slowly putting a stranglehold on this wonderful little child, and now her battle against it is over. With the Bible as our authority, we can know that she's in heaven today...but it's a sad day for all who will miss her.
Lexi lost a little brother a couple of years ago. Little Dominic survived less than an hour after coming into this world. As a new dad I can't imagine the God-given strength her parents must have, to make it through such a situation...not once, but now twice. They've trusted in the Lord to take care of their family and been an amazing testimony for Him all the while. At a time when no human means can deliver any answers, they've glorified their God.
This picture is how I choose to remember Alexis. She, like pretty much every little kid that comes to visit, loved Scooter. I imagine it was a pretty big thrill when he flew over and landed on her head! That's nothing compared to the unimaginable happiness she must be feeling in heaven now. It's hard for that to be a consolation to those who miss her, but it's good to know that there's no sickness, no pain, no parting with her Savior in heaven.
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It's amazing who you run into out on these rural North Dakota roads!
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My little boy and I took a drive west of Mandan tonight and caught this shot. It's like a formula for success on this website: an old windmill, the buttes west of Mandan, and a blazing red sun with a power line tower in front of it!
Little PJ is such a treasure. He was patient when I'd jump out of the truck for a quick photo. He held my finger while we drove, and smiled at all my funny faces. I'm so blessed to be his daddy!
There's a lot of other neat stuff to see west of Mandan. I hope to post the photosin the near future.
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26th Street in northeast Bismarck can take you to some pretty cool places if you'll let it. Saturday night after the KTM Sportbike Night, I rode out to a friend's place north of Bismarck. Along the way I was treated to another blazing red sun in the horizon, so I stopped to capture this image. The power line tower served to put things into perspective.
Here we are, all teed up! Now we just need the universe's largest 9 iron to make it interesting. I tried a number of different things to try to make the tower visible where the sun is behind it, but without result. Perhaps I'll need to get into specific filters or something like that, which I'd like to do. But for now I'll just have to get by. In any case, I think it looks pretty nice just the way it is.
By the way, it's almost September! Enjoy those warm evening sunsets while we've still got 'em!
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During a morning photo trip with some friends a while back, I captured this windmill casting a reflection on the water below. I have a fascination with certain landmarks these days: broken down farm buildings, old wellheads, and windmills. Every now and then I catch one in a neat location like this, where I can try to capture the surrounding area as well. In the case of this sunrise shot, its mirror image in the water below works just fine.
This particular windmill sits along a little gravel road northeast of Bismarck, north of Sterling. We have so much to see just around Bismarck-Mandan that it'll take a LONG time to exhaust the possibilities! But I'm trying...
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