24.12.11

Bind: December 2011

"Bind my wondering heart to thee." Made of pine. 

In the wood shop.

In progress.

Branch Bookcase: December 2011


The finished product. This was a gift for my girlfriend for Christmas. She loved it. Made of solid pine apart from the panels in the doors, which are made of 1/4 in luan. 




In the warehouse, ready to be delivered. 


In progress. 

18.12.11

The Kenyan Masai Mara: A Must For Every Bucket-List



February is fast-approaching and I am getting really excited about going back to Kenya with Compassion International. I loved every part of our trip last year. It was an eye-opening look at poverty and God's beautiful creation. To conclude our trip, we visited the Masai Mara for a safari.
I had no idea what to expect going into this safari, but it was easily one of the most incredible two days of sights I have ever seen. Natures most beautiful animals free to roam under the protection of the reserve. Zoos in the States have never been the same since.
We left Nairobi on a small prop plane and landed on remote two dirt runways, dropping off one or two passengers at each, before arriving at the national reserve where we would stay for the night. We stayed two nights in paradise. I haven't talked much about this place to people because I kinda felt bad. Some of our staff didn't get to go on this trip and I got to go for free, so I didn't want to make a big deal of it. The safari camp was called Olonana. This is what my room looked like. The porch overlooks a river that produces a constant soundtrack that will lull you into a deep slumber.


Check out more pictures of their accommodations here.

Olonana is an all-inclusive safari camp located just outside of the national park. Their guides are the best in the business and their safari trucks are far superior to the others that we saw while in the park. (Not to mention that they were always stocked with glass bottled sodas in a cooler.) Our guide, Boniface, was extremely knowledgeable and very fun to ride with (pictured below).
The meals at Olonana are spectacular. They have top-notch chefs and some of the best views on the Masai Mara. Hippos are usually bathing in the river that is a few hundred feet from your dining table and one afternoon we saw elephants walking just beyond the river (picture below)
So to further relive this experience I'm posting these pictures with limited commentary. Hope you enjoy these photos and I hope you go see this awe-inspiring work of our Creator for yourself!




Maasai shepherd.



Bowen, or "Safari Bo" as we called him throughout the trip

Cheetah napping in the shade.




This is Boniface, our guide on our sunrise drive. He could spot a cheetah, lion, etc from ridiculous distances. 



Sunrise on the Masai Mara


Elephant grazing as we ate our lunch.


Lions napping in the shade.

Rhino




On our way via dirt runways.


At a market.






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9.12.11

Behind the Scenes: A Stop-Motion Christmas Card

Here's a behind the scenes look at the Childress family stop-motion Christmas card. The final cut will be coming soon. Merry Christmas!

6.12.11

Wire Drawing

Here is another assignment from my 3d Design class at UAB. It was much more difficult than I imagined it would be, but also a lot of fun.

4.12.11

Advent: God With Us

Watch this beautiful video produced by The Village Church in Dallas as we focus our hearts on the Son of God who came to earth to save sinners like me. Merry Christmas.


Advent: God With Us from The Village Church on Vimeo.
Christ is coming. He has come, and He will come again. This is the message of Advent.

30.11.11

McLeod, TX - A Photo Essay / Part Two


Here is Part 2 of the McLeod, TX photo essay. I wanted to give people some visuals to match the stories I have told them about this place over the years. While these don't begin to show all the reasons this is home to me and my family, I hope that you can get a small look at this community that has played a huge role in my upbringing. 


This is my grandparents front yard, where we used to hunt Easter eggs, ride bikes, etc...


Front yard.



You can only truly know the significance of this picture if you are a member of my family, but basically this is my Grandpaw's chair in the cook shed. You can find him here everyday, ignoring the tv and/or waiting on something while he is cooking. They have a den, but they literally never use it.



Tractors for mowing the grass, planting seed, etc.


My Grandmaw's lawn decor. He's supposed to have a fishing pole in his hands, but a storm must have blew it away. 







My cousin, Hunter, squirrel hunting with Jake's son. Jake is the one riding up on the horse down the trail. 







My cousin, Cydni, and her baby, Kam. My grandpaw is trying to get him to come to him with his favorite baby line, "You want to go fishing? Let's go fishing!".


MawMaw and PawPaw. 


Doing the dishes together in the cook shed.



A stuffed duck hanging from a deer antler chandelier at my aunt's house.


Front porch decor.


Hunter saddling his horse.

Round pen for the horses.

My cousin and his girlfriend riding.

The whole family. Four generations shown here.