Gateway PhotoArtistry™: Blog https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog en-us (C) Gateway PhotoArtistry™ gena@gatewayphotoartistry.com (Gateway PhotoArtistry™) Sun, 05 Aug 2018 18:14:00 GMT Sun, 05 Aug 2018 18:14:00 GMT https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/img/s5/v129/u637914822-o262642244-50.jpg Gateway PhotoArtistry™: Blog https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog 96 120 Rachel&Nicole Gallery https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2018/7/rachel-nicole-gallery I had the privilege of being Rachel’s and Nicole’s small group leader for the past four years. I can’t tell you how proud I am of them. They are both very hard-working students who take pride in their studies and dedicate themselves to being good examples of teenagers with good, moral character and expressing kindness. They are very confident about what they want to do and what they want to accomplish in life. Having the opportunity to lead them and guide them is an experience I won’t soon forget.

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What I didn’t know is how long they’ve been friends. I’ve known them since middle school, but they’ve been friends since kindergarten! It’s unusual to find high school students who know and still consider themselves friends since elementary school. Typically, they get to high school, and they begin to get involved in various activities apart from each other and the friendship fads away. It’s not because anyone if angry or upset, it’s just life happens and takes it toll on a friendship. So, when I found out how long Rachel and Nicole had been friends, I was truly impressed.

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They don’t compete with each other and they often compliment each other. I’m thankful that they’ve had this friendship and they’ve chosen to stay friends.


I think we can all learn a thing or two from Rachel and Nicole about how to friends and how to be friends from different cultures. It’s not that hard if you try.

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Two of my favorite pictures of them is of Rachel laying her down on Nicole’s shoulder and Nicole smiling. I did direct them to do that, but the way that Rachel so easily laid her head on Nicole’s shoulder showed me that this was a close friendship. The way Nicole is smiling tells me she is completely content with having Rachel as her friend. My second favorite one is of the two of them each other’s hands and they are both smiling from ear-to-ear. They just look so happy to be with each other! What a great relationship!

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Having a chance to photograph them together and seeing them interact together as friends tells me the story of their close friendship in pictures that words couldn’t always express. Get your senior photos done and bring a friend for even more fun! Check out my senior investment page for details. 

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Reeve Gallery https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2018/5/reeve-gallery I had the great pleasure of working with Reeve a few weeks ago and shooting his senior photos before graduation. He is the first baseball player I've gotten to photograph and we had fun bringing out his personality and his passion for baseball through his senior pictures.

The park we used for the session had a tunnel. With the bright overhead sun and the harsh shadows inside the tunnel, I took advantage of the lighting to create some silhouettes of Reeve. It's kind of cool how his jersey #9 was highlighted since he's had that number throughout most of his baseball career. 

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We also took time to get some tuxedo head shots for his mom thanks to a loan from a friend. The top half fit great, but the pants were too long. Luckily, Reeve is a good sport and we got some great head shots and had fun with the resulting formal-cas ensemble as well.

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Easter Baptism https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2018/4/easter/baptism From outside appearances, all most people saw on social media last Easter Sunday were photos and a video of our 19-year-old son, Wendell, getting baptized on his birthday. There were hugs, smiles, tears of joy and celebration for his decision to be baptized. It was a public proclamation of a private decision to give his life to Christ.

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There was definitely cause for celebration!

What people didn’t know was my son’s baptism, and my daughter’s baptism six years ago, was the miracle of redemption reaching back two generations.

My father was not a good man. I was only three when my mom had had enough of his adulterous behavior and divorced him. He completely abandoned his children when he moved out-of-state when I was seven, my older sister, Kim, was nine and my half-sister was three. Kim and I never saw him again, and not because I didn’t try. He passed away in 2001 having never met his children’s spouses or his grandchildren.

The sins of the father will visit the children and his children’s children (Exodus 34:6-7), not because God hates the children but because the children and grandchildren become the inheritors of the consequences of the father's sins, up to the third and fourth generations, the Bible says.

Not having your biological father in your life leaves a formidable void and feelings of abandonment that requires a deep faith in Jesus and a lot of counseling to redeem. Thankfully, my mother was a strong believer, and she guided my sister and me to a faith in Jesus that gave us the strength and courage to forgive, and to trust our lives would be different.

I have worked hard, with God’s help, to break the chains of generational sin to exemplify to my children how to have faith in Jesus and have a healthy life even when I had every right to be angry. By God’s grace, I married a strong, Christian man who loves Jesus, is dedicated to his wife and children, and is absolutely nothing like my father. Both of our children gave their lives to Jesus at the age of five.

So, I stood by a pool of cold water in the front of Grace Fellowship Church-Snellville on Easter Sunday in chilly 45-degree weather watching a young man, my son, get baptized and my heart was full. I see my son smile and how thankful he is that he made the decision to be baptized on Easter, on his birthday, and I couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s had his own struggles in life and to see him put this much trust in his faith to be baptized is more than I could take. I starting crying. As I’m taking pictures of him being immersed in the baptismal water by his youth pastor, I can’t help but think of a picture of my dad.

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The picture was taken of my dad when he was about my son’s age. My son looks very much like he did at that age. Though, in an uncanny way, they look a lot alike, the biggest difference is that my son trusts Jesus and he is doing his best to live a life pleasing to God – something my father never understood. If that’s not redemption, I don’t know what is!

I passionately believe that God has graciously redeemed my family because my mother asked Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of her life. I followed her example and became a Jesus follower at the age of five. Throughout my life, I trusted Jesus to help me work diligently through counseling and studying the Bible to overcome my anger and fears that were birthed from my father’s actions. I married a man, also named Wendell, who has taught his son how to be a strong man for God with a gentle spirit.

I’m not sure I’m completely healed, and I may not be until I see Jesus face-to-face, but I choose not to let my father’s actions steal the fulfilling life God has intended for me, (John 10:10).

Wendell II, Jessica, Gena (me), Wendell III, and his girlfriend Kaeley (Photo credit: Steve Allen/allencreative.com)

While Easter Sunday is the day we celebrate the remembrance of Jesus rising from the dead to prove He could overcome sin and death, it was also the day that God proved to me He could redeem a family for His glory when we put our trust in Him, (Joel 2:25-27).

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Day Dreaming - Senior Photo Dream Series (3 of 5) https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2017/3/day-dreaming---senior-photo-dream-series-3-of-5 Senior Photo Shoot "Dream Series" (3 of 5) Josiah moves in stature, and he's still smiling....

 

 

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Day Dreaming - Senior Photo Dream Series (2 of 5) https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2017/3/Senior-photo-dream-series-2-of-5 Ask any avid fiction reader and they'll tell you that well written books will draw you deep into the storyline and capture your imagination. You may even see yourself in the characters you admire the most.

Josiah and I decided to depict that visually in this image. In the second of five images in this Senior Photo "Dream Series," Josiah begins to identify with the sword-wielding characters in the book. He subconsciously picks up the sword, which had been lying next to him, (see image in previous blog post), and now he is holding the sword while he's reading. 

Josiah loves to read and we tried various ways to portray his passion during his senior photo session. 

See the first of the five-image series at: Senior Photo "Dream Series" (1 of 5)

Photography by Gena Buskirk Ford, Gateway PhotoArtistry™. 

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Senior Photo "Dream Series" Session (1 of 5) https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2017/2/senior-photo-dream-series-session-1-of-5 Why do I like photographing senior high school students? Simply stated, I like to celebrate their achievements and successes they have accomplished so far as they reach the milestone of graduating high school, and using my photography to creatively portray elements of who they are. I want the seniors I photograph to walk away from a session feeling uplifted and encouraged seeing images capturing something that they love or can do in a way that maybe no one else has been able to do for them. In the process of interviewing my seniors and their parents, we put together ideas for the session and whether we stay in the studio or go on location, it's a team effort. When I see a glint in the eye of the senior as we go through the creative process, then I know we've hit the mark on how we will photograph the session and how it's going to develop. 

I've volunteered more than 15 years as a high school and college student small group leader at the churches we attended over the years and I love this age group! It's an exciting, scary and hopeful time in their lives and I want to be there to capture it! 

"Dream Series" session: Josiah loves to read books about fantasy and sci-fi, and he has A LOT of fantasy and sci-fi books. So, we decided to use that in his indoor session. I decided to do a "dream series" where he is reading one of his favorite books and in subsequent images, he changes from reading about the characters to becoming one of the characters. If you know J. R. R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis, you'll love this series! Each blog will reveal another subtle change in his five-part transition. 

In this image, Josiah is surrounded by all the books he loves to read and re-read, particularly J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. The wooden sword is a replica of "Brisingr," one of Eragon's Rider's swords, that Josiah's father made for him. Watch what happens to the sword in the following images in this "Dream Series." Photography by Gena Buskirk Ford, Gateway PhotoArtistry™. 

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Hoofin for Habitat 5K 2015 https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2015/8/hoofin-for-habitat-5k-2015 Hoofin for Habitat 5K 2015Hoofin for Habitat 5K 2015Hoofin for Habitat 5K Run/Walk 2015

Women's Council of Realtors (WCR), Gwinnett Chapter, brought their 6th Annual Hoofin' for Habitat 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity at the Town Green in Duluth, Georgia on Saturday, August 29, 2015. More than 200 participants came out to the Peachtree Road Race Qualifier to walk, jog or run the 5K race, including WCR of Gwinnett members, their partners and other sponsors and vendors, including Gateway PhotoArtistry.

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When I was asked to photograph Ethan Anthony's christening (http://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/ethananthony), I didn't know what to expect. What I experienced was nothing less than precious and heartfelt! The pastor formerly announced his name and asked his parents, Phillip and Misha, why they picked Ethan Anthony and what that name means to them. Their pastor offered parents, god parents, grandparents and great grandparents to say a blessing over him. A few tissues were passed around as they tearfully expressed their hopes and dreams for a baby only a few months old. With family and friends in attendance, the pastor then asked each of them to say one word to describe what they hope Ethan Anthony will receive or who they hope he would become.  Words like "caring," "loving," and "prosperity" were given as words of blessing. As a photographer, I was just hired to document a special event, and I wasn't expecting to be included in a ceremony meant for close family and friends. So, when the pastor gestured to me to offer my word, I was surprised but delighted to participate in such a sweet moment. To conclude the God-centered ceremony, the pastor lifted tiny Ethan Anthony up to heaven to symbolically give him back to God as his parents committed to raise their son in a Christian home as godly stewards of this little baby boy God had given them. Thanks, Phillip and Misha, for allowing me to be a part of this lovely milestone for your son. 

 

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Meaningful Moment: I had strict instructions from the very beginning. Mark and Rachel wanted a picture taken of them praying together, without seeing one another, before their wedding.  I made sure I captured the moment sovereignly and respectfully without making an overly dramatic moment.  With Rachel in her white dress just inside in the dark foyer, and Mark in his gray suit with the afternoon sun outlining his figure became the perfect contrast in this image.  See other images from their public gallery of photos by clicking on this link: www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/markrachel-public

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"I've Always Wanted a Picture of Me..." https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2014/5/ive-always-wanted-a-picture-of-me DSC_7342DSC_7342

 

As a graduation present, I decided to take pictures of my daughter's discipleship group from church recently.  Some of them have been friends for four years or more, and most of them are graduating high school.  I wanted to document this milestone transition in their lives. One of the young ladies asked me to take a picture of her by the barn nearby.  "I've always wanted a picture of me sitting on a barn gate," she said.  One of the benefits of being a photographer is being able to fulfill requests people have of where or when they want a picture taken of themselves.  Sam is a good friend to my daughter and this was one way I could show my appreciation to her. I said, "Sure!" and asked her if I could take a few pictures beside the barn, too.  Here are the results: www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/sam.

 

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Mother's Day 2014 https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2014/5/mothers-day-2014 Picture of my family together on Mother's DayMother's Day 2014Spending the day in Dahlonega, GA with my family. Walked around historic gold mine town's square, visiting shops, going to my favorite store, the General Store and eating lunch. Some fudge for dessert! This has to be one of my favorite Mother's Day experiences!  My husband made a wonderful breakfast, I received some great Mother's Day presents from each of them (I actually told them what I wanted instead of "hinting around."), and we headed up to Dahlonega, GA to spend the afternoon.  It was absolutely beautiful weather and we had good, casual conversations without any electronics. Yup, one of the best Mother's Days, and one of the best days ever!  Love spending time like this with my family. Who you don't see if our family dog, who happens to be laying on the ground next to the table.  He was very well behaved and loved all the attention he got from those who passed by us.  The children especially loved him.  (Casual picture of us before eating our lunch outside.)  

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Roses for Everyday https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2014/2/roses-for-everyday Valentine's Day RosesValentine's Day RosesI received these roses from my husband for Valentine's Day. Due to the winter storm that closed down a lot of roads around Atlanta, I didn't receive them until the day after Valentine's. They were still beautiful and a week later, they are still gorgeous. Some people may not see me as a sentimentalist, but there is something about flowers that just brighten my day. I guess it's the spectacular colors they exude. I love color!

Color just naturally draws attention to itself. What's even more amazing about flowers is how their colors are expressed on such delicate and fragile elements as pedals. They can hold up through formidable downpours and wicked winds, but you can easily tear a pedal with your fingertips. It's a dichotomic relationship between fragility and strength, yet together they can bring such joy as it opens up with the warmth of the sun to reveal it's many layers of beauty. Just taking a deep breath of a rose's fragrance just naturally relaxes me. Maybe flowers are God's natural aromatherapy. Works for me!

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I received these roses from my husband for Valentine's Day. Due to the winter storm that closed down a lot of roads around Atlanta, I didn't receive them until the day after Valentine's. They were still beautiful and a week later, they are still gorgeous. Some people may not see me as a sentimentalist, but there is something about flowers that just brighten my day. I guess it's the spectacular colors they exude. I love color!

Color just naturally draws attention to itself. What's even more amazing about flowers is how their colors are expressed on such delicate and fragile elements as pedals. They can hold up through formidable downpours and wicked winds, but you can easily tear a pedal with your fingertips. It's a dichotomic relationship between fragility and strength, yet together they can bring such joy as it opens up with the warmth of the sun to reveal it's many layers of beauty. Just taking a deep breath of a rose's fragrance just naturally relaxes me. Maybe flowers are God's natural aromatherapy. Works for me!

Why not have these flowers brightening your day by having them printed on a gallery canvas wrap, as a framed print, a fotoflot, a metal print or on textured glass? Check out my Gateway PhotoArtistry™ website to see how easily you can afford some natural color on your wall.

 

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Christmas Cards by Gateway PhotoArtistry(TM)

We still believe in sending traditional Christmas cards, but there's nothing traditional about ours. All greeting cards are made with original photography and poetry by Gena Buskirk-Ford of Gateway PhotoArtistry™.

SPECIAL OFFER UNTIL 11:59 P.M., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013: For every 20 Christmas cards you order, receive a 5-card assorted set of photo note cards FREE! See examples of note cards at http://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/note-cards.

10 cards with envelopes: $30
20 cards with envelopes: $58.00
30 cards with envelopes: $82.50
50 cards with envelopes: $132.50
100 cards with envelopes: $240.00
(Minimum order of 10 cards required.)

Add 6% sales tax

Free delivery if within 5 miles of Lawrenceville, GA
Outside 5 miles of Lawrenceville, GA:
Standard USPS delivery fee start at $3.50 for 10 cards. Ask for a quote on shipping.

We ship via USPS, UPS and FedEx.

We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, Paypal, Electronic Check. We only accept cash if pay in person.

TO ORDER CHRISTMAS CARDS, send the following information to gena@gatewayphotoartistry.com, and include:

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2. Quantity of each card
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Special Offer on Christmas Cards until 11/11/13! https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2013/11/special-offer-on-christmas-cards-until-11/11/13

 

Christmas Cards by Gateway PhotoArtistry(TM)

We still believe in sending traditional Christmas cards, but there's nothing traditional about ours. All greeting cards are made with original photography and poetry by Gena Buskirk-Ford of Gateway PhotoArtistry™.

SPECIAL OFFER UNTIL 11:59 P.M., MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013: For every 20 Christmas cards you order, receive a 5-card assorted set of photo note cards FREE! See examples of note cards at http://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/note-cards.

10 cards with envelopes: $30
20 cards with envelopes: $58.00
30 cards with envelopes: $82.50
50 cards with envelopes: $132.50
100 cards with envelopes: $240.00
(Minimum order of 10 cards required.)

Add 6% sales tax

Free delivery if within 5 miles of Lawrenceville, GA
Outside 5 miles of Lawrenceville, GA:
Standard USPS delivery fee start at $3.50 for 10 cards. Ask for a quote on shipping.

We ship via USPS, UPS and FedEx.

We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, Paypal, Electronic Check. We only accept cash if pay in person.

TO ORDER CHRISTMAS CARDS, send the following information to gena@gatewayphotoartistry.com, and include:

1. Name of the card
2. Quantity of each card
3. Customer Name
4. Customer Phone Number
5. Customer E-mail Address
6. Customer Delivery address
7. Method of payment, and
8. Method of delivery to gena@gatewayphotoartistry.com.

We'll send you an invoice to your e-mail address. Once you pay the invoice, we will process and ship your order.

Order early to avoid the rush charges!

 

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Life Is Too Short https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2013/4/life-is-too-short  

Life is too short not to seek Jesus, the Light, or to be a lighthouse lighting the way for someone to find Jesus, "Just One Lighthouse" - www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blogJustOneLighthouse

"Just One Lighthouse" photography and poetry by Gena Buskirk-Ford, Gateway PhotoArtistryTM.  To purchase photo or photo merchandise featuring "Just One Lighthouse" go to http://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/photowithpoetry/h4cb12212#h4cb12212.

 

Life is too short.  

 

Our country has experienced so much pain through the bombings in Boston, my church pastor is facing a serious life-threatening situation in the hospital and every family has their own challenges they are facing.  

 

Life is too short to be angry with one another, 

to not extend grace, 

to forget to say, “I love you,” 

to withhold help to those in need, 

to choose not to “walk in someone else’s shoes,” 

to gossip, 

to assume the worst, 

to seek revenge,

to hold a grudge, 

to be petty,

to be prideful,

to resist the gift of forgiveness,

to refuse to forgive,

to not talk things out,

to not hear someone,

to not speak the truth with love,

to turn away from the truth that hurts,

to run from healing, 

to not find the courage to do the right thing,

to be apathetic,

to hate, 

to reject remorse,

to walk away from a hug, 

to break up a family,

to believe we can don’t need a friend,

to be too busy to pray.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if we did unto others as we wanted them to do for us?  We expect so much from others, but then when we don’t choose to do what is morally right or best for ourselves or others, we wonder why we stand alone and isolated.  Or, maybe, when you have done the “right thing,” and you’ve been judged wrongly for it, you refuse to do the right thing again because the pain was too much.  

 

I don’t stand in judgment because I am guilty of choosing to do everything on that list above, but through God’s grace and patience, I am learning to do them less.  I will not be “perfected” until I see the Lord Jesus “face-to-face,” and this place we call our temporary home will be replaced with a new earth where there are no tears, no pain, and no hate.

 

I have not regretted choosing to do “the right thing” even when it didn’t turn out the way I expected it because I can live with myself.  I wish I made those choices more often than I do. 

 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law,” Galatians 5:22-23. 

 

Can you live with the decisions you’ve made?  

 

 

Life is too short not to seek the One who never sinned.  Jesus gave Himself to receive the sin of the world so that we may be forgiven and live life eternally free, even when we don’t choose to “do the right thing."

 

Life is too short not to be a beacon of hope for someone.  It only takes one lighthouse…just one lighthouse…to show someone the way home.  Or better yet, point them to the Lighthouse that never goes out -- Jesus.  He is the way, the truth and the LIFE. 

 

 

 

“Life is Too Short” © Copyright 2013 Gena Buskirk-Ford, writer/photographer, Gateway PhotoArtistry™, www.gatewayphotoartistry.com.*

 

 

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gena@gatewayphotoartistry.com (Gateway PhotoArtistry™) Gateway PhotoArtistry™ Gena Buskirk-Ford Just One Lighthouse Life Is Too Short to be angry with one another Seek Jesus https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2013/4/life-is-too-short Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:26:27 GMT
Family "Skeleton" Has Its Day https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2013/2/family-skeleton-has-its-day I’ve been researching my genealogy and I uncovered a deep, dark “family secret.”  It’s in the public 1880 Greene County, Indiana census, but unless you know how to research well, you might miss it.  

 

My second great grandmother, Catherine Ellen “Kit” Buskirk, had four illegitimate children before marrying the year after my great grandfather, David William Buskirk (one of the four illegitimate children), was born.  The children's father(s) aren't listed.  She didn’t seem to have anything else to do with those four children because you don’t see her living with them after she marries.  In fact, she moves to another town.  She doesn’t admit that she actually has eight children (four with her husband) until a much later census when she is 53-years-old.  

 

1880 Greene County, Indiana census excerptCatherine_Buskirk1880_4children

1880 Greene County, Indiana Census excerpt, David W. Buskirk was my great grandfather.

 

In this on-line genealogy research website source I use, you can view other people’s genealogies if they make them “public.”  They do an excellent job at protecting your privacy when you want it.  A week ago, I received an anonymous on-line message through the website from a woman saying that Catherine’s sister was her husband’s great grandmother, and “How do you fit into this tree?”  Surprise!  There it was!  The “skeleton” was out-of-the-closet!

 

Once I explained my research and my relationship to Catherine Ellen Buskirk, she didn’t seemed to be shocked and was very amicable.  Of course, she realized she needed to add four more children to their family tree.  She also had some additional information about Catherine that she didn’t put on the website that was “kinda of not good stuff,” as she put it.  Based on Catherine’s “behavior,” I knew there had to be a lot more to her story, and “generational sin” does have its consequences considering my father’s life choices, but that’s for another blog post.  

 

Four generations later, the truth comes out, as truth always does -- sooner or later:

 

“Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops,” (Luke 12:3, NASB)

 

I was reading my daily devotional and Bible this morning and asking God, my Heavenly Father, if there was anything He wanted me to write today.  He reminded me of Catherine and the revelation of her past actions that she seems to have regretted later in life.  As far as can be derived, she abandoned four children to live with their grandmother, who had little knowledge of their mother -- abandonment is a strong emotion that leaves deep wounds.  I know them all too well.  

 

As I remembered the message I received from the anonymous woman, the thoughts flowed and the words spilled through my pen as if I wasn’t writing, but God was writing the words.  I’ll share what He "impressed" me to write.  As I wrote it, it became very clear that He meant for others to read it, too.  God has taught me much of this already, but I didn't mind hearing it again 

 

I see everything.  No matter how small and I will attend to it, mold it, shape it if someone needs My protection, or I will allow someone to take the path he/she has chosen and allow him/her to deal with the consequences.  I will be there to uphold, protect, inspire and encourage whenever I am welcome and sometimes even when You don’t realize it -- like when you were frightened sleeping in the attic and you couldn’t see in the dark, but I could.  

 

[When I was about 10-years-old, my bedroom was in an unfinished, full-sized attic in our early 1900’s home in Oak Park, Illiniois.  It was a very cool house!  Once my mother remarried, my stepbrother was given my downstairs bedroom.  My stepfather had planned to build my bedroom as soon as he finished his daughter’s at one end of the attic.  My makeshift bedroom was sandwiched between my newly finished stepsister’s bedroom and my sister’s original loft bedroom.  With no windows in my room and only a bedside lamp for light, it was pitch black when I turned off the lamp.  During those months, it took all my courage to turn off the light to go to sleep.]

 

I laid there beside you with My back to you to protect you even when you didn’t believe I was there.  I would not let My princess, My precious one, be left exposed and vulnerable.

 

When you were hurt or affected by someone else’s evil or selfish choices, I couldn’t intervene because I have given all men free will, but I have not given all men free reign.  I still intervene to stop where I say, “Stop!” and yield where I say, “Yield!” and go where I say, “Go!”  Just as I keep the tide at the shore, unless I know that releasing those waves will ultimately bring someone closer to Me and believe in Me, and find salvation in Me.

 

As humans, you are very stubborn and endure much even at your own hands.  I built you that way -- to survive even your own destruction, at times, but you still eventually feel the pain or the consequences of your choices.  

 

That’s where I am waiting.  I’m waiting where your stubbornness to survive a mediocre, unsatisfying life meets its end, and I am there extending My hand of salvation to rescue you.  I have come to give life and to give it more fully.

 

The thief comes to steal, and kill and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep, (John 10:10-11, NASB).

 

You can’t experience that fullness until you come under My shelter, My will, My love.  Following Me is not a burden -- it’s Freedom.  Freedom to be the person I intended you to be, to finally become the person that makes sense to you, that inspires you to create, that ignites your spirit and seeks Me.

 

I am YOUR REFUGE!  (I see Him beating His chest with tears in His eyes and desperation in His voice.)  I am YOUR SALVATION!  I am THE LIFE you keep trying to create on your own, yet, you can find no satisfaction.  You think you have found satisfaction.  You think you have found your “way out,” but your “way out” is your way “in” to destruction. 

 

I have not created you to be destroyed, but to be built up, lifted up and raised up by Me so you can be your TRUE self. There is no other way but through Me, and if you think there is another way, you’re only kidding yourself.

 

I will wait because I must.  I have given you free will, but please understand that I will do everything in My power to persuade you to seek Me, because you are My children, and it breaks My heart to see you suffer when you have chosen a path that leads to your own destruction, and the destruction of those around you.

 

As the father stood, looking down the road, waiting for his prodigal son (or daughter) to come home, so will I wait for you to come home to Me, the only Person who loves you just the way you are because I love all those I’ve created.  You are My children, and I long to gather you like a hen gathers her chicks.

 

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her!  How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling, (Matthew 23:37, NASB).

 

 

 

 

"HeWaiting to Carry

"Waiting to Carry" © Copyright 2010, 2013, Gateway PhotoArtistry™
 
 
 
 
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gena@gatewayphotoartistry.com (Gateway PhotoArtistry™) Gateway PhotoArtistry™ Gena Buskirk-Ford God knows the truth and will rescue us when secrets are revealed. https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2013/2/family-skeleton-has-its-day Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:08:17 GMT
No Idea What to Get for Valentine's Day? https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2013/2/no-idea-what-to-get-for-valentines-day Alpine Love FB TeaseAlpine Love FB Tease

Don't you hate that feeling when you realize it's almost Valentine's Day and you haven't got a clue what to get your husband or your wife or your special someone in your life?  

 

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Surprise your loved one with this original poem celebrating your love, entitled, "Alpine Love," printed on an amazing photograph of Alaskan mountains.  You can go simple with an 8"x10" photograph  ($12.99) you can have mounted on mat board or a frame, or go more elaborate with having us frame it for you in a wood frame or printed on canvas.  Better yet -- get a conversation piece like a reproduction on glass, aluminum photo paper or metal!  Starting at $20.99, you'll find something to fit your budget!

 

 

Click this link http://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/photowithpoetry/h53e5a10c#h53e5a10c to go directly to see "Alpine Love" on my Gateway PhotoArtistry™ website.  You'll also find other poetry and photography options available in that same "Pho-etry" Gallery.  

 

Click on "View All Products" on the right to see all the ways you can have "Alpine Love" created for your Valentine, make your selection, pay on-line, make a delivery choice and you're all done!  How easy can it get?

 

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Just relax and let Gateway PhotoArtistry™ make your Valentine feel special this year!  

 

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gena@gatewayphotoartistry.com (Gateway PhotoArtistry™) unique Valentine's Day gift gift of love romantic poem poem of love romantic poem for Valentine's Day photography with poetry Valentine's gifts starting at $12.99 inexpensive Valentine's Day gift https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2013/2/no-idea-what-to-get-for-valentines-day Sun, 03 Feb 2013 03:44:40 GMT
"Purple Flowers in Skagway, Alaska Mountains" 8"x10" https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2013/1/purple-flowers-in-skagway-alaska-mountains-8-x10

 

◆ 8"x10" photograph printed on professional archival photo paper
◆ Black interior ornate trim with maroon accents on interior trim of Ivory mat
◆ Black with maroon accents 11"x14" frame to compliment the frame and the photograph.

◆ Available for $68.99 framed, or $10.99 for 8"x10" photograph only. 

 

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gena@gatewayphotoartistry.com (Gateway PhotoArtistry™) Gateway PhotoArtistry™ Gena Buskirk-Ford Lawrenceville, Georgia photographer picture of Alaska mountains picture of Skagway, Alaska mountains https://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/blog/2013/1/purple-flowers-in-skagway-alaska-mountains-8-x10 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:43:49 GMT