9-11: Newlyweds in a Sea of Tragedy

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Bryn and I had been married less than a month.  We had just returned from our honeymoon and I was just a few weeks into the fall semester at JU.  On that morning, 12 years ago, I had gone to school, and was in the administration building taking care of some business.  I knew something was odd when I walked up to the counter – the usually bustling sounds of work had all but stopped.  On the TV was the World Trade Center ablaze.

I soon found out what had happened, Terrorists has hijacked two aircraft and deliberately flown them into the Twin Towers.  It was no accident, as previously thought, but an act of villainy and evil our generation had never seen.  It was nothing short of shocking.  As a result, I returned home to be with Bryn and for the next 12 hours, we watched the coverage – we saw the towers fall – we saw footage from Washington, Pennsylvania and New York – we saw an endless line of people walking out of New York City – and we grappled with the staggering number of dead.

Twelve years later, as we again remember the attack and those who selflessly risked and lost their lives attempting to save others, may we never forget the cost.

As much as this day has impacted all Americans, please take a moment to remember and pray for the thousands of families for whom this day is a bitter and stinging reminder of loved ones lost. 

As a Christian, it is times like these that call to remembrance the Lord’s Prayer, and Christ’s request: “Your kingdom come”.  There is hope in this reality.  There is coming a day, by the work of Christ on the cross, where pain and sorrow will cease, fear and death will be no more, and joy will be forevermore.   IF we are in Christ – this is our certain future:

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:3-4 ESV

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” -Revelation 22:1-5 ESV

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It Rained and Poured for 40 Minutes, Minutes!

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Another evening of dramatic weather for the Jacksonville, FL area today.  Thankfully, I don’t think we have had any tornadoes this eveninng, but the lightning was cracking and the rain came down in 5 gallon buckets!  I went out between meetings to take a few photos.  Here’s some of our favorites!  Enjoy the photos – and of course, feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!

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100K on Thanksgiving Day – Plus Free HD Wallpaper!

We’ve got some big news!  On the most fitting day of the year, we reached a big milestone for our little blog – our first 100,000 views, and all in just over 14 months!

We would like to thank you all for frequenting our blog!  As a way of saying thank you, we’ve included a bunch of our favorite 1080P HD Desktop wallpaper here for you.  As always, feel free to share, download and enjoy!

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Tropical Storm Beryl – DS National Coverage!

It turns out it was worth our effort to plug in our computers, boot them back up, edit and post video from Tropical Storm Beryl to our blog and on YouTube while the storm was still raging outside.  As providence would have it, Good Morning America, the Weather Channel, ABC News, and our local station, WJXT all picked up our footage.  It’s not often our logo gets placed in front of 5+ million people for free.  Granted, the clips were only two or three seconds, but it was still pretty cool!  Big thanks to all the networks who featured our video!

If you missed the video the first time, below is our footage of the storm, complete with blowing transformers, wet rain and windy wind!  Feel free to check out our other Beryl blog posts for free HD desktop wallpaper as well!

Enjoy!

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Tropical Storm Beryl – Part 1

Well, it seems we’ve had one of those early, unexpected, windbag of a guests tonight.  No, I’m not speaking of an unwanted family member, but rather the first tropical storm to make landfall this year – right in our home town of Jacksonville, FL!  Above is one of the photos I snapped from the front porch.

Below is a video complete with blowing transformers, wet rain and windy wind!

Enjoy!

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Photo of the Day: It’s A Bird, A Plane, A Dolphine!

Another day – another photo.  This weekend we were pretty much jam-packed with shoots, but there was still just enough time to snap some really great little scenes here and there.  The photo above is of a Coast Guard Dolphine helicopter and power boat drilling in the St. Johns River near Green Cove Springs – taken during a bit of down time on Friday.  Enjoy!

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Photo of the Day: Up, Up, Up and Away!

Here’s the latest edition of our infamous photo of the day!  This photo was taken a few years ago in Jacksonville, FL, overlooking the lagoon at Huguenot Park.  As the sun set, it provided the perfect back lighting for this amazing columnar thunder cloud.  Cap that off with the sliver of the moon, and the great colors, and I just couldn’t help but stop and take a few photos.  Enjoy!

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