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I want to say thank you during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season.  This season of non stop parties, food fest, and driving all over the countryside to get to the next family or friend get together.

Thank you for reading, caring, and allowing me to share my life with you.  Thanks for tallowing me into your home and your hearts time and time again.

I do have a favor to ask though.  During the next few days I ask that you would stop and remember focus on the Child of God who was sent.  To stop and take in the quiet.  To get out a Bible and read the Christmas story again or maybe for the first time.  To ponder the mysteries of the universe and why God’s love above all else is the greatest mystery of all.

Wishing you and your family the best Christmas of all.

 

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Maybe you are like me.  Sometimes I put things off till the last minute.  I have an admission to make.  Today I bought my first Christmas gift, yes on Dec 22nd two days before Christmas I bought my first gift.

I also admit I have been thinking about gifts for a while so it has not been a complete lost cause.  Giving gifts has always brought me joy.  This has been happening ever since I was about 8 years old and gave my uncle a can of WD 40 for Christmas.  That year I took my early Christmas money and bought everyone in my family Christmas gifts.

As Christmas approaches maybe you are like me today and thinking that you still need to buy a gift or two.  I am here to help you out! Turning Point Images is offering Christmas gift certificates.  You will receive a one hour session, online gallery for choosing photos,  and an 8 by 10 photograph for $200.

So if you are like me and still need an item or two drop me a line at joedon@turningpointimages.com to find out more.

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A quick recap of my Thanksgiving adventures.

For the 2nd year in a row my wonderful friends the May family invited me over for Thanksgiving. They are a great family with a house full of boys that is always moving.  I was so excited to be invited back all the way back in September.

I had stopped by the day before at the grocery store to gather the ingredients for my famous pecan pie cookies.  Ok so maybe not so famous I found them the day before online.

I arrived at about one.  It was a little bit snowy and rainy the night before but that was not going to hinder my progress.  We had all the fixings including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and loads of other goodies.  A delicious meal!  Afterwards we went out side to remember the day with a quick photo.

 

Then we delved into the games!  I admit I have became a board game geek over the last few years.  We played two of my current favorites King of Tokyo and Splendor.  I won maybe one or two times but not sure. I do know though that a great time was had by all.

I have to say Thank You to the Mays!  They are a wonderful family and I am grateful for their hospitality.

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Movies.  I love them.

Last weekend I meet up with some friends and saw a great one. Disney’s Big Hero 6.

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It had everything a good story needs.  Joy, laughter, excitement, and sadness.  But especially laughter.  It handles a tough situation with humor.  It never takes itself too seriously.  I can’t say I have one favorite character.  You will find yourself laughing at everyone.

As I was watching the movie I was struck with awe about how much courage these guys had.  It takes courage to wake up after tragedy has struck.  It takes courage to face your fears.  It takes courage to even try especially after failure.

It reminded me of life.  How so often we can see an obstacle and that is all we see.  We don’t see it how problems lead to a the solution.  It is a hurtle to pass to get on to the next hurtle.  The truth is that each hurtle we pass becomes easier as we learn to stretch our legs.

So if you have time this weekend gather up a few friends and get out of the house and go see it.  You can even get tickets here.

 

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Fun. Caring. Energetic.

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These are three words that come to mind when I think of the Holgates.

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I meet them a few years back at church.  Heather and Shannon are both examples of what fun loving Godly parents should look like.  Their kids of whom maybe only one still fits in that category are smart, thoughtful, and good looking.  But who would expect any less when you have parents like they do.

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We meet up at there house on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks back.  Fall was in full swing!  Spending time with them was a true joy full of fun and crazy moments.  It is most likely the only session I will ever have that includes an impromptu soccer game and chicken chasing.

It truly was a pleasure to be able to catch a small slice of their story.  A story that anyone would jump at to be part of.

 

 

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