Treasures in plain sight

St Fidelis Catholic Church from the highway

St Fidelis Catholic Church from the highway

As we drove across Kansas both east and west I saw beautiful churches rising from the plains.  I found myself intrigued, and driving home my daughter gave me a chance to see one of them.  When given a choice of Eisenhower’s Presidential Library or the “Cathedral of the Plains” she said try this…and we made it a pilgrimage.

This is all you would see from the interstate…

St. Fidelis Catholic Church is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.  It nickname, Cathedral of the Plains came from William Jennings Bryant after a campaign stop here in 1912.  What is really is though is a testimony of the faith and dedication of Volga German immigrants to build a faith inspired community on the harsh landscape of the high plains from the 1880’s to the turn of the century.  What makes it even more remarkable, is that the current parish continues to care for and restore the church to keep up to the standards of their ancestors.

So come on in, and see the testimony of faith built by farmers at the great personal cost because they believed their house of worship needed to be a grand home that tells their story of faith through form, function, and art.  In all ways it is a pleasure in plain sight.

Welcome to St. Fidelis!

Welcome to St. Fidelis!

Memories

Memories

Memories

Photographs are a snapshot of our memories…the question is where should they be be?  On your smartphone or in print?

I must say prints are the best in terms of long term since they are tangible.

Digital is the best for sharing in the here and now.

Like everything in life you should use the best medium for your purposes!

Here is the joy of a boy with his Grand Dad cruising the lake.  I will print it for me…but display it here to share.

I wonder what you may think on the topic!

-ehw

PS A little Fujifilm X-20 shooting away having a lot of fun!

Three Portraits

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Up in Chicago I spent the last few days working on my portraits and marketing skills. One additional challenge I put before myself was to start asking people to pose for a portrait for me. In each portrait I wanted to try and start capturing a part of my subject’s personality….and why they are such special people to God and me!

In the first photo you see my friend Richard. He was my table buddy during the group talks and we shared a few wonderful meals together. He is from Mayberry, NC..the real one. He and his loving wife worked hard for years as a husband/wife team in a two person law firm. Now he and his wife are retired…and he is now adventuring. I hope the photo reflects his wonderful, peaceful, calm and friendly personality.  I’ll never forget the vegetable rolls he ordered the last night there!  Even when surprised he was so calm!

The second photo is Levi Sim; now of Portland, Oregon. I hope you see the energy in those eyes. He is a man of seemingly superman energy. Actually doesn’t he look like Clark Kent?…well anyway the energy in those eyes is nourished by a wonderful wife and a little girl they are adopting. I loved seeing him well up over a child he loves so much…made me think of how I felt each of the four times a child entered my life. I hope you can see the joy in his life right there.

The final photo is of my friend Adrian. He and I were table buddies last year at Skip’s. We renewed our friendship this week.  He is smart, direct, and one of the more encouraging people you’ll ever meet. He is a U.S. citizen from Romania … .and if he does not give you inspiration about taking a risk in a completely new land and starting with nothing no one will. He gave me help last year, and this year in the encouragement realm…thanks buddy.

Now I hope you enjoyed my little set of portraits. A little tip to the People of Calgary blog…he is inspirational at meeting and introducing interesting people up there…and one day I hope to add some more jock stories like this.

-ehw
P.S. All with the fujifilm x-e1.  Edited in Snapseed while I waited for the airplane ride home.

A 10 year milestone

When sister helps you...

When sister helps you…

10! Updside Down of Course
10! Updside Down of Course
Legos Galore!

Legos Galore!

Another milestone in my family…my oldest son reaches the ripe young age of 10.  His sisters insisted on the bow to complete his outfit.  He wanted pineapple upside down cake after Grandma made it for him last month…and his little brother insisted he have a police command truck for his lego collection.

He is so 10 right now.  Impossibly Big and mature one minute…thinking deep thoughts the second…and then a complete goofball the third.

Dad this is in Episode II

Dad this is in Episode II

I'm loving it!

I’m loving it!

 

Right now he is watching Star Wars Episode II for the very first time!

It is a great day for him and he was so grateful for every special moment.  It made me so happy to see him get hugs from his siblings, and the joy they all shared together in his special day.  He displayed great affection for all Mom did to make it so special as well.

I can only pray God gives me many more years to watch him grow in grace and wisdom.

-ehw