Halloween 2015

Halloween is awesome. We get a chance to dress our kids up and reap the reward of candy, candy I didn't have to buy. We had such a great time this year. Both boys are now old enough to fly thru the neighborhood without dragging them by their little hands. In fact, I was constantly yelling at them to wait! We have a yearly tradition of trick or treating with our friends, and this year did not disappoint! Good soup, homemade mac and cheese, hot wings..... apple cider.... we had an awesome evening. 

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Apples! Apples! Apples.....

OK. We have an over abundance of ::shhhh:: apples.... apples.... and more.... apples. It's quite crazy actually. The weight of the fruit brought down a huge limb. Tonight, much to my soccer loving son's dismay, we picked.... and picked.... and raked fallen apples into piles. So we have an enormous harvest, filling 2 burlap bags as well as an entire cooler. If you would like some amazing homegrown, non-pesticide, organic all the way green apples - that actually taste really good... stop on by, we have our fill.

Haiti

I had a whirlwind trip that took me to Haiti. We flew home from CO Saturday evening and then I flew out Sunday early morning. It was kinda crazy. I was asked by a close friend who does non-profit work there, to come along and take portraits of the students she works with. All of the students come from an orphanage and my friends foundation is supporting them thru college. It's a really neat project and I was happy to take photos. I've never been to Haiti, but I hope to return at some point to do some further documenting.

These are some of the students that are supported. They were all so friendly and kind. Samuel (middle back row) sat with me for over 2hrs asking me question after question, so he could practice his english. We chatted about tons of different topics, including the unrest between the Dominicana and Haiti, as well as where he was during the earthquake. He told me that Jesus became his Father immediately following the earthquake. 

As much as I wanted to shoot photos with my big camera, I felt so awkward. I was sitting in the front seat of a tiny truck and decided that pretending I was on a phone call, I could take photos much more discreetly. I never want to exploit those around me when I am in areas of poverty, but I do want to capture the culture and daily life of people.

"Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD." - Psalm 117

Denver 2015 - Lake Isabelle

Yesterday I got up early and went on a nice 7mi hike with my bro and his friend Eric. We had a blast and went further into Lake Isabelle than I've ever been before. Brian and the boys stayed in Denver and hung out at lower elevation (5,000ft). 

The hike was amazing. We had perfect weather; started off nice and cool and warmed up nicely with the sun coming up. There was just 1 spot left in the the upper parking lot which allowed us to park right at the trail head, saving us another half mile walk down to a lower lot (we would thank that one spot over and over at the end of our hike). 

The sun was rising beautifully over the mountains and Long Lake. By the time we reached Lake Isabelle it was just 9am or so. We decided to keep going around the drained lake and look for better views and for some waterfalls from the glacier above. Yes, around late July, early August, "they" drain the lake. There is a giant plug in the middle, and they just pull it. 

Just kidding.... seriously, I have no idea how "they" drain a lake, but I'm guessing it's in preparation for winter snow and then spring melt. If anyone can enlighten me.....

Oh, and it seriously hailed the last half mile back to the car. Yep, good ole' hail. No raincoat.

For scale purpose, I just wanted to show how tiny Eric is against this mountain backdrop. I just cropped the shot on the left so you could actually see that he really is there!