The stories a tricycle could tell…

The current tricycle owner...2015

The current tricycle owner…2015

    I took a trip down memory lane yesterday.  it all started with taking this photo last week on Holy Saturday.  Here is my youngest riding a tricycle with a long history in the family.  This was is the second tricycle we owned, but all four children rode it.   I got to thinking about all the stories it could tell.  Right now the tricycle is in fear as the current driver (child #4) threatens to run down the driveway into the street…just because she is a cute red headed dare devil.

Owner #3 circa 2010

Owner #3 circa 2010

    Just a few years ago the child #3 furiously tried keeping up with big brother’s two wheeler.   This little guy does not like loosing, and it took a lot of learning to understand one day he would have his own two wheeler.  (Oh did I mention tears as well when the fatigue set in?)  Until he got his own big bike, he made use of the bucket for hauling everything!  He showed people he was Virginia tough.

Owner #1 circa 2005 

Owner #1 circa 2005 

    A few years earlier we had the original owner get his new bike…and found he only had eyes for his sister’s bike!  That is exactly what you see here.  The little guy is not looking for ways to pedal…no he was watching for a hijack opportunity of his sister’s older tricycle.  He never rode it after this! 

What happens when you get hijacked and the thief leaves his car with keys?

What happens when you get hijacked and the thief leaves his car with keys?

    Well this was the first time my big girl took over driving the tricycle…it was just minutes after the photo above.  See her brother came over, traded, and never came back.  A few weeks later I finally gave up trying to get my son on this one.  I reset it for her to ride for about a year when she got her first two wheeler.  Then it got handed on to the rest of the family.

    Well…the moral of this post is to remind you to capture memories with what ever you have.  These photos come from a 2 Megapixel point and shoot camera circa 2001, a 10 Megapixel 2009 Pentax DSLR, and a 2014 Fuji with a cool X-Trans sensor!  Do you really care?  No!  What matters are the memories and emotion attached to the photo.  If the photo tells a story you’ll want to relieve, it will stay in your collection forever.

    So when child #5 rides this little bike, I will be ready camera in hand to record another story and chapter of my family life.  It will be something I want to remember many years from now.

    What stories will you treasure?  What photos will you hold on to?  In the end it is all that will matter.

-ehw

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He is Risen!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

    The title of this post comes from an ancient Christian tradition that during the Easter season you should greet on another with the words: “He is Risen!” and the receiver will reply: “He is Risen Indeed!”

    So with that simple, glorious thought I leave you to enjoy your day with family and fellow Christians around the world!  

    HE IS RISEN!

-ehw

Good Friday- The Quest!

St Bridget in John's Creek

St Bridget in John’s Creek

   Good Friday was a day for set up as a quest for three young Blue Knights, an aspiring squire, and two dads!  We accepted a challenge to travel vast distances to visit three churches, attend stations of the cross, and locate our dear Jesus, St. Joseph and Holy Mother Mary at each stop.   We did all our good prayers at each stop! We were lucky on this journey to also encounter friends from Regina Caeli at two stops!

    On a Daddy note, it was wonderful to see some full churches and services.  It is always painful to dwell on what the Lord did for each of us.  Yet, when I saw brothers and sisters filling the pews I knew the message still carries the day in more hearts than the devil cares hear of.  So in the midst of the tragedy unfolding then, and now, I still could feel the victory of Christ on the Cross alive in my heart.

  Next up?  Big Kids and Dad attend veneration this evening!

-EHW

PS Rare photo of the author and his boys at the end!

Kevin reads the stations...

Kevin reads the stations…

All the boys participated!  Wonderful!

All the boys participated!  Wonderful!

St Brendan in Cumming, GA

St Brendan in Cumming, GA

St Bridget in John's Creek

St Bridget in John’s Creek

Ok enjoy it while you can...A proud Dad with his boys.

Ok enjoy it while you can…A proud Dad with his boys.

   

Holy Thursday- Institution of the Eucharist

Wonderful night at Holy Thursday Mass!  Institution of the Holy Eucharist and Priesthood!  

The only thing missing was my wonderful wife, Kellie Marie and Baby Echo…staying up until 1030 was not really a good option for those three.  We had a great mass, Kalen served, Kevin and Julia sang up a storm in the pews, and then we participated in the procession around the church with the eucharist to the chapel of repose.  Me…well I helped with some of the parish photos for the night from my seat!

This is a quick post as I have some quick planning to do for a little quest to see three churches this afternoon during the passion of Christ with some Blue Knights in tow!

-ehw

PS A little experiment with a choma chrome setting on my camera indoors and outside with a straight raw file for you geeks that care!