Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015

The Valentines Dance

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As the father of 3 daughters every year since they were in middle school they would start preparing for the Valentines dance.    I always loved those times.  I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughters.  I remember we would start looking for those special dresses as soon as Christmas was over.  I would stand for hours holding dresses and handbags as they all congregated in the dressing room and would one by one come out and model each dress.

Every time they came out I was reminded of them  being little girls and playing dress up!  They would always ask me if I thought they  looked pretty?..  They are such beautiful young women now and I don’t get to go shopping with them much any more.   While Valentines is always associated with romantic love and I am still madly in love with my wife of 25 years, I am also caught up in the nostalgia of 3 other young ladies who captured my heart from the moment I laid eyes on them.

When I saw Tims inspiration I knew what I wanted to do.  I had just purchased the model stamps from Tims new collection because they were funky and different.   I was interested in how could those fit in to Tims normal grunge aesthetic and this is what I came up with.

Tim Holtz Feb 2015 tag pu closeMichelle and I have always stressed to our daughters that they are not defined by a Boy (while a significant others can make life special) and your attire is only an accessory to the natural beauty that is found from being a strong confident woman.   You must believe in yourself and dream big because you only live once so make what you do count for something that makes this world and those around you better…

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My WISH is that their life will be filled with beautiful memories just like the ones I have!

ps.  If you look real hard you may see cracked Pistachio!.  (thanks to My Hearts Fancy in OKC)

This past summer I had the opportunity to walk one of my twins down the aisle as I presented her to a wonder young man who I think is almost as crazy about her as I am…  I was excited that she included me in helping purchase that special dress…  She was beautiful and so were my other two daughters in the dresses that I got to help them pick out!  I thought I would include a couple of pictures so you could see why I am a proud Dad!

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The wonderful pictures were done by Oh My dear photography.   They are the best if you are in need of a photographer in the OKC area.   http://www.ohmydearphotography.com/

Journey through Advent day 5

Advent day 5

Romans 5:12The Message (MSG)

The Death-Dealing Sin, the Life-Giving Gift

12-14 You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it.

It is hard to believe that one little bite of fruit could cause such damage!  However that is how SIN works.  Humans didn’t understand what Adam had gotten us into until God gave Moses the law.  The law gives us instruction on what it means to be in a proper relationship with our Creator and our neighbors.   God points out through Moses that relationship is paramount to Him and if there is broken relationship there is SIN.

God had a plan and that is what advent is all about.  Walking through the darkness waiting on Gods perfect plan.   Just as the world waited for Jesus to be born and begin the revolution that will ultimately be culminated with the return of Jesus and his reign.  Until that day we wait and we HOPE because all because of a baby born in a manger……

Are there any broken relationships in your life?    I can’t think of a more perfect time to work on reconciliation than this Advent season.  I encourage to reach out and start bridging those gaps today. I couldn’t think of a better gift for God this Christmas than a mended relationship.