Saturday, March 14, 2009

Updates and pictures

Thank you for your prayers for Barbara and also thanks to those who have asked about her. She has been discharged from the hospital and is apparently doing much better, praise God! I normally do not worry too much about her, she is quite self sufficient, but something in her voice that night told me she needed our prayers. Thank you all again! We will go visit her tomorrow and I promised to help her catch up on some organizing!

The little calf is doing well! We are all becoming quite attached to him! He is just like a little baby, jumps up and starts crying---well mooing, rather, when he sees us coming with bottle in hand, then he sucks it all down and moos for more. We have been letting him out of the barn on nice days and letting him run around. He loves to follow the kids around. One sure way to get him to follow you is to let him suck on your fingers. I've tried that on a kid or two as well. :) Moses has become quite the little protector.

John did buy me my dream camera, a Canon Rebel, for no other reason than that he loves me! I have been anxious to post some of my beautiful photography on here. The manual is, like 2,000 pages long though, and I feel like I have to read every word before I actually start using it because I wouldn't want to mess up on such a nice camera. I did experiment a little bit in the meantime and got some really great pictures of the kids playing with the calf and the chicks, some of the first soccer game, and the dog getting a bath on the first nice day of spring. However I followed the instruction manual word for word, and when it said to format, format I did, erasing all my beautiful photography. Maybe I should have just stuck with a point and shoot camera for dummies.

The Wrights came over last week to write and sign a Declaration of Independence, using quill and ink of course. OK so it wasn't actually ink, it was black paint. Same difference, right?

These two lefties got to experience first hand the wonder of the invention of the ball point pen. If you're left handed maybe you can relate. If not, think about it.

I got to try out my super duper zooming lens when two deer appeared in the front yard this morning. I loved watching Moses' cock his head to the side briefly, then instinctively dash through the fence to chase them.

And last but not least....I wanted to share this recent picture of Yulia. Isn't she beautiful? When I look at her face, I see my own daughter's face, and I can't help but think of the joy that somebody is missing out on by not having her in their lives. I know Yulia will do the same for someone else. Surely there is somebody out there who could use a little joy and fulfillment in their life! Could it be you? She has a grant of over $3,000 now!


Lacia said...

I just got a new Canon Rebel for my birthday, and I'm the EXACT same as you....want to read the whole manual (and everything else I can find) so I can use it properly. I'm almost afraid to use it at all. I feel like I need to be able to take good pics to do it justice! I'll figure it out one day I guess

Anonymous said...

I have an old it but the kit lense sucks....there is a 55mm lense...about $80 on Amazon that takes dreamy portraits....I have a 55-250 zoom that is pretty great....still learning to get it off auto mode...but will enjoy the pixts but hate lugging it around.
Lisa A

Cammie Heflin said...

Charissa you know how much I would LOVE to have Yulia join our family, I have prayed and prayed but unfortunately the funds just aren't available yet. I am so thankful that beautiful Liza found a family, I just so wish one of the many girls on RR was meant to be ours!

Kelly said...

Charissa, Is Yulia in Russia? or Ukraine? She is adorable. How old is she?

Alexandra {{Awareness Warrior}} said...

OOH! OOH! *jumping up and down with hand in the air like an excited kindergartner* I got the rebel for my last birthday and just love it! It was the biggest birthday present I ever got and my parents are still paying it off LOL.

Now you've got to download GIMP! It's like photoshop, but it's 100% free and easier to use, too. I use it all the time and though I've been using it for about a year, I still keep learning new things!

And if you have a flickr account, be sure to add me! My url is