Kids at Twilight Part 5
By the time you read this it will be five days since I found out a friend of mine from West Point died last year, right up the road in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Deirdre Sisson Etheridge was like my big sister when I was a Plebe at West Point, and a tremendous lady. We snag in the Catholic Folk Group every week. Without her support and encouragement life would have been pretty dreary those first few years. She left behind a husband and two children. I hope they are going strong, and she is in the arms of the Lord.
During the week these photos will post we are also burying our pastor Father Austin at St. Thomas Aquinas in Alpharetta. He too passed unexpectedly. In just about a year he invigorated many efforts at our parish to reach out to many people and help them enhance their spiritual journeys though kindness, love, encouragement, and being a Father moving changes along.
This picture of my youngest is the type of moment I know I need to continue to enjoy, because in a flash we could all be history…and I may never get another opportunity to enjoy them. Life is short, and it will be full of struggles. I hope it is full of struggle, because nothing of excellence built for the Lord ever comes easy. The Devil can’t let us have too many free successes…it would ruin his reputation.
So here is to Deirdre, Father Austin and us…that we may all one day be able to enjoy such memories (and make new ones) together worshiping in heaven with the Lord.
Kids at Twilight part 4- Kalen
Kalen is always fun to photograph. He is always trying so hard to be a good kid…and like his Dad can lose it a bit. Sorry son for the bad trait I handed off! He gets very serious or very silly at the tender age of 10, not much in between. Age appropriate for sure.
In this photo I opened the lens way up to f2. I can go up to F1.4, but I wanted both eyes in focus, just like on Julia. So if you did blow this up, you would see those eyes are both tack sharp, but I start to get bokeh pretty quickly thereafter. Nice lens from Fuji at 35mm for sure. I still am drooling over the 23mm and now 57mm though to give me a 35mm and 85mm equivalent fast glass. Only got to save up a ton of money for those two! But dreams are what we need to have to drive us forward.
Kids at Twilight-Kevin
Oh my my funny guy was a handful! All is good though! He and Dad got to go out to lunch at the doughnut shop! Cool beans huh! Subway was way too crowded. Then we worked on the yard while the other kids did more schoolwork. He showed me a lot more focus than ever before today…3/4 a yard bag worth of pinecones all by himself with one hand! He is growing up in his own unique way, and I am happy to see it. Yep dirt does make this guy cuter.
Kids at Twilight Part 2-Julia
Who’s letting this kids grow up? Just yesterday she was pushing her dollies around in the stroller!
Really, snapshots like this really make me think about how fast life flies by…guess that is why I need to enjoy every minute.