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I have been making  sports portraits around  West Texas for the past 20+ years. It has been a wonderful blessing. We have coaches at some of the schools that we made their sports portrait when they were in jr high.

But, I have to admit to becoming a little tired of making portraits of kids holding every kind of: football, basketball,baseball,volleyball, softball or golf ball. Yesterday the first young lady out for track photos came bounding up excitedly showing off her new tattoo.

It was refreshing to see a girl with Jeremiah 29:11 imprinted on her shoulder. I was quickly reminded that I sometimes wander off my path and plan. I become bored with the way I look at things. She refreshed my vision and allowed me to see something different than just another student holding a piece of sports paraphernalia.

She understood Who planned her path and helped put me back on mine.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 

en theos ††† jim

Photos on the journey #373

Did you ever have one of those days where your to do list exceeds your capacity to do ?

We were doing school photos at a smaller school and it was nice to have the time to play a little instead of just trying to get through before lunch time. I started asking the kiddos to make their best funny face. This imp took the prize.

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #240


We had a great visit to Big Bend National Park. God give us an incredible amount of presents to view.

We are new to trailer camping and for the most part, it is a nice comfortable way for us that have grown too brittle to sleep on the ground. All that being said, we stayed at Rio Grande Village campground and I am sorry to say, (& I do like kiddos) were surrounded by little rug rats that had never been taught the courtesy of camp etiquette. They were constantly very loudly cutting through our camp, usually jumping up to look in our trailer. I didn’t think I wanted to be around anymore kids (granddaughter L.J. excluded) for a long time.

Imagine our surprise at showing up at Dugout Wells and having a herd of 25-30 Javelina (collared peccary) cross our path. At the end of the procession were these two young-ins that were all of 8 inches in length. They were pedaling their little hoofs as fast as they could to stay up with those longer legged adults. I got to tell you they were cute and it was us who were invading their space in the desert.

Take care of whose space you invade on your journey†††nada te turbe†††jim