2016 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 17: B&W – STEADFAST

This week’s challenge actually was a difficult one. I always love being pushed a little though. As a Californian, I don’t have much truly old architecture to capture. So I spent much of the week mulling over what is and has been the most steadfast thing in my life. I couldn’t help but eventually realize that the only thing that has ever been the true definition of the word steadfast has been Christ my redeemer. He speaks to me through His Word, the Bible. So here it is…

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Pastor Mike

2016 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 15: PORTRAITS – ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS

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This capture is of Pastor Mike, leading our Redemption Group. Today was our last meeting, after 9 weeks. Out of respect for all the participants, I simply captured Mike while teaching, and the back of his wife’s head.

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2016 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 14: DEATH IN NATURE

Sorry for the late post all. Been camping with the boys, and captured my shot in time, but wasn’t back in a coverage area until today. 

This was taken along the lower Kern River  where I was camping and fishing with my two oldest boys and a friend. 

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Uncle Ron

“By his secret watering the Spirit makes us fruitful to bring forth the buds of righteousness.”

-John Calvin

Yesterday afternoon my dad’s cousin, Ron Carpenter, passed away after a battle with COPD. It came a little quick however. A few of our Camarillo family were able to arrive in time to care for him. His daughter was able to arrive within minutes.

I know that my parents were able to minister to him, in his final hours. For that I’m grateful. I attempted to record a short selfie video, wishing him my love and a bit of the Gospel. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it. So I will make it my prayer for him now that he has passed.

Ronnie had a lengthy and adventurous career path. He was one of us, a man of public service and law enforcement. Many years before my own dad became a police officer and then deputy sheriff, Ron was a deputy sheriff with the Ventura County Sheriff, then a detective.

At some point he attended law school, and eventually became a deputy District Attorney with the Ventura County DA’s office. Mixed in there he relocated to Arkansas, and made an attempt at farming. His boys took to it, and are now pig farmers there. He returned to the VCDA’s office shortly there after, and had a lengthy career in law enforcement, even working alongside my dad in a few special types of investigations.

Traveling back and forth to visit family in Arkansas, he brought along my dad once for his first and only gator hunt, photos to follow!

   
 
Us Carpenter’s are sad to lose him, yet hold onto hope that the Lord saved him for future glory.

First Leukemia Update of 2016

It’s been quite some time since I’ve updated everyone. Sorry. 

Right up front I want to help clarify. I am cancer free. I have been since my bone marrow transplant, back on July 4th, 2014. Several folks have asked, being unsure of my status. Since then, my setbacks and even the rehospitalization were all a part of my recovery, but no new cancer. The post transplant recovery is simply longer than most realize. 

My physical recovery has been progressing, albeit slowly. I’m more active than I used to be. Just a few days ago, I got hankering to make a couple hiking sticks. So after dropping Deanna and the boys off at school, I shot up to Tepusquet Canyon looking for a downed pine tree. Found one with skidmarks leading to it. Bummer, hope they’re ok. Some locals had already harvested the logs, but they had left all the branches. I set out to select a few good branches. Both were much longer than I, in fact the really good one was about the length of my Honda van. I drove them home with almost 6 feet of it sticking out the front passenger window. 

Anyway, that’s just an example of me trying to get out and do more by starting small projects. I’ll get some photos when I start chopping them down. 

I’ve organized a short trip with Tom and Eli, and a friend from Camarillo to head up to the lower Kern River for some fly fishing, in early April. We’ll be dry camping with his travel trailer. Not bad! I’m hoping to have at least one walking stick done by then, to help me navigate the sides of he river. 

I had to take an honest look at my ability to get back out on my road bike, and concluded that it’s going to be too long before I’m comfortable again. So I’m selling my road bike to get an Electra city bike. 

Overall, I’m slowly getting stronger. Deanna and I did a 4 week semi-prescribed diabetic friendly diet. It helped us learn more about portion control and how much refined sugars and carbs we don’t need. I tried to cheat the other day with a donut, and about a third into it I was repulsed and starting to feel ill. (I think there will always be love for an original Krispy Kreme and a tigertail from Donut Man.)

Emotionally and spiritually it’s a different story.

We recently started attending what’s called a Redemption Group. It’s really been a great process that I can see the Lord using to continue to sanctify me. He’s already been revealing new and hard things for me to work and contemplate upon. It’s weird, my private time with God is much richer now…now that He’s wrecking me afresh. He and I have much work to do. I used to hate journaling. Not anymore. That’s been a good thing for me. It’s hard and difficult, but that’s why I like it. 

In a couple of days I take the train down to Camarillo and mom and I will hit the clinic for a regular check up. 

That’s pretty much it. You’re caught up.