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2 years, 4 months ago 4

* Note:  I posted yesterday, even read it a couple of times, found some mistakes and went back in to correct them, next thing I knew it had disappeared??!!  Not sure what happened, and I’m a tech rep????!!!


So here it goes, again.


What I wrote yesterday was that while spending time with family over the Thanksgiving weekend I had multiple reason to count my blessings, but I decided to wait until the house grew quiet again to put my thoughts down.  I’m glad I did as God has used this time to help me see even more clearly just how amazing His blessings are in my life, and the lives of those I love.


Let me start by saying that I would serve God even if He struck me down, thankfully, He has lifted me up!!!  Over years of walking with Him I’ve come to see the truth of His word when it says, ” Seek first the Kingdom of God and He will meet all your needs, —even the desires of your heart.”


Over the last four days I’ve realized more than ever just how much I love my family, and how much I have missed them all these years I’ve spent out on the road.  After a great holiday weekend with all our children,their spouses and our six grandchildren, Sherelene and I gathered with them in our kitchen as everyone was preparing to leave for their respective homes.  Abigail, my youngest grandchild, requested a family hug, a Fortney tradition when we gather, and then, have to part.  Right after several big hugs, two of my grandchildren broke into irresolvable tears.  They were so heart broken to see their cousins leave and it struck me deeply, just how important family them and myself!


Yesterday Jim Begley came by so we could review the Red Rock Workshops and discuss future plans.  We both agreed that God has done something beyond even our wildest hopes with His Light.  This last workshop was not only an incredible photography adventure, in fantastic locations in perfect conditions, it was the best deep fellowship we’ve yet experienced and we both know that God is only getting started!  We are more committed than ever to continue the mission!


God reminded me once again that while I might be tempted to plan my future, He already is holding it in His hands!


I know we set the fourth Thursday in November aside to be thankful, but I’ve been so blessed that I could never limit my giving thanks to one day!  All praises and honor to Him!




the pilgrim


2 years, 4 months ago 4

This morning while visiting some of my favorite blogs I came upon a before unnoticed posting on John “Snake” Barrett’s website of images from our workshop two weeks ago, out west.  I spent at least a half hour enjoying the images sent in from all our team and attendees of other people having fun.  I can’t tell you how great it made me feel to see just what a good time everyone was having!!!  As the co- leaders, Jim and I are often carrying the burden of keeping track of everyone, not loosing a car, or preventing not getting on site “after” the perfect light.   It robs some of the joy, feeling all the responsibility for keeping everyone else on track.  I’ve committed  to try and deal with that better, when I saw just how much fun everyone else was having!!!  I wanted to share of my favorite images which I would credit, but I have no idea who turned them in, so you can just enjoying them like I did, not knowing, but appreciating not only the images, but what they show!!.  On thing is for sure, cameras and lenses, tripods, heads, and accessories are a lot of fun, but this is the real joy of photography, the fellowship!!


So, as you can see, it was pretty magical just being out there together, shooting and having fun, if you’ve never made it to a His Light event, come join the fun, and God Bless.




the pilgrim


To whom ever shot these images, thanks a million it brought back great memories!



2 years, 4 months ago 6

Just a quick note from the Fortney compound, we are enjoying a lot of fun, sharing our grandchildren, and loving on each other!  We wish all of you a great weekend, be safe!


Front row, Hannah Fortney, Rhonda Fortney, holding Abigail Fortney, Diane Fortney holding Cosmo, Sherelene Fortney, Catherine Moore, Cassidy Moore, and Cade Moore, Center bottom, Elijah Fortney, Back row, Wesley Fortney, Scott Fortney, Ben Fortney, the pilgrim, and Clint Moore.


The families are  Scott, Diane, Hannah,  Ben, and Cosmo.    Clint, Catherine, Cassidy, and Cade.    Wesley, Rhonda, Elijah, and Abigail.   Sherelene and Bill.  Thanks for letting introduce them all to you!


Blessings, and how!!


the pilgrim



2 years, 5 months ago 11

On Thanksgiving Eve, surrounded by family, I slipped off for a few moments to pray my Thanksgiving Prayer for all of you.


May you become fully aware of all the ways God has blessed you.


May you hold every child in your family, and feel the love that returns to you.


May you see with fresh eyes the beauty that God has placed all around you.


May you enjoy the bountiful blessings at the Thanksgiving table, and then share from your plenty, with those less fortunate.


May you feel the joy of Thanksgiving.


May you feel the peace of being in His care.


May you know the forgiveness that only He can grant.


May the peace and joy of this season, and the season to come, descend on you!


May you know how very much I appreciate having all of you in my life!


In Him,


the pilgrim