Thanks for taking a picture of me Jana! You are amazing!



Well, it's me of course! Hi, I'm Scott, just an ordinary guy who loves life and all the little nuances that it brings! Simply put, I'm a father to a wonderful son, a husband to a beautiful wife, and an amateur photographer who enjoys looking at the world through a piece of glass! I took up photography a couple of years ago, after having gastric bypass surgery. Since 12/07, I have lost 180 pounds, but found a real passion for documenting life with my camera. I could say that the big names out there have inspired me, and they have, But my true inspiration comes from the people I meet everyday who share the same thoughts and zeal I have for photography. We are truly blessed with some really great photographers around Nashville. So, what are you waiting for.... ...grab a camera, snap some pics, and enjoy life to the fullest!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Radnor Lake 11-7-10-008-Edit

These are the days of Elijah,
Declaring the Word of the Lord.
And these are the days of Your servant Moses,
Righteousness being restored.

And though these are days of great trials
Of famine and darkness and sword.
Still we are the voice in the desert crying
Prepare ye the way of the Lord.

Behold He comes riding on the clouds,
Shining like the sun at the trumpet call,
Lift your voice it's the year of Jubilee,
Out of Zion's hill salvation comes.

And these are the days of Ezekiel,
The dry bones becoming as flesh.
And these are the days of Your servant David,
Rebuilding a temple of praise.

And these are the days of the harvest,
The fields are as white in your e world.
And we are Your laborers in Your vineyard,
Declaring the Word of the Lord.

Behold He comes riding on the clouds,
Shining like the sun at the trumpet call,
Lift your voice it's the year of Jubilee,
Out of Zion's hill salvation comes.

sig line may

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sweet Shot Tuesday A Remembrance

This last weekend I attended an event that has been going on for 146 years.  Now I’m 51 and had never even heard of this happening until just a few days ago.  The event I’m speaking of is the 146th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin.  From what I’ve been told, this was the bloodiest and worst loss for the Confederate States of America.  Well, every year to honor the fallen soldiers of this battle, the city of Franklin lights 10,000 luminaries on the Eastern flank of the battlefield.  It was a pretty impressive display to view, and to think that each candle represented a life that was lost.

Battle of Franklin -139-Edit

During this skirmish, over 7000 Confederate soldiers and 2500 Union soldiers lost their life.  The Carnton plantation (upper right  corner of the photo below) became a field hospital.  When you take the tour of the planation, you can still see the blood stained floors in the house.  After the battle was over, and the Union troops moved on to Nashville, Confederate General John B. Hood gave orders for the dead to be buried by regiment.  The markers below are laid out by state.  Over 1450 soldiers were buried in the field beside the plantation, while more of them are buried at the Stones River Battlefield site.  To see the re-enactors move through the cemetery during twilight this last weekend was truly an awe inspiring and touching tribute!

Battle of Franklin -048-Edit-EditBattle of Franklin -120-Edit-EditBattle of Franklin -131-Edit-EditBlog7Battle of Franklin -137-Edit

Well, that’s about it for this weeks Sweet Shot Tuesday.  Jump on over to Darcy’s site and show some love.  She does an awesome job of educating, motivating and inspiring me on a daily basis!


With this week being Thanksgiving, I am reminded that we should be thankful for all we have and do!  Me, I’m thankful everyday for the little things.  I heard this statement once from a youth pastor at a retreat, about a million years ago, “If God can’t trust you with the little things in life, how can He bless you with the big things”.  My life is a little thing in the scheme of things.  It’s the little things that I’m thankful for.  What about you?

sig line may

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Marvelous Mocha Cheesecake


Marvelous Mocha Cheesecake


1 box of 100 calorie Oreo Wafers crushed

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated


3 (8 ounce) packages reduced-fat cream cheese

3/4 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated

2 eggs

2 egg whites

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/4 teaspoons instant espresso crystals

2 (.55 ounce) packages Sugar-Free Swiss Miss Instant Cocoa Mix

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2) Mix crust ingredients together, and press into a 9-inch springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.

3) Reset oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

4) Beat cream cheese and SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener together until well mixed and smooth. Add eggs, egg whites, cornstarch and salt. Mix until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix until well blended.

5) Measure 1/2 cup of the cheesecake batter and pour into a small bowl. Add instant espresso crystals and cocoa mix. Stir until well combined.

6) Pour half of plain batter over crust. Top with half of the coffee batter by placing rounded spoonfuls over the cheesecake batter. Gently swirl the coffee batter into plain batter with the tip of knife or spatula. Repeat with remaining batters.

7) Bake 45-50 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven and gently run metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cheesecake (this helps prevent cracking).

8)Let cool 20-25 minutes before covering and placing in the refrigerator. Refrigerate 4- 6 hours or overnight before serving. 16 servings.

Nutrition Info (per serving)
Calories 200

Calories from Fat 120

Protein 7g

Fat 13g (sat 8g)

Carbohydrate 14g

Fiber 0g

Cholesterol 65mg

Sodium 270mg

Sugar 4g

sig line may

I Heart Faces – Silhouette


Silhouette 11-14-10

Never Alone

As the new dawn breaks,

A new day has begun.

Alone I stand,

Before your glorious Son.

For today is just beginning,

Time for a new start.

Alone I stand,

With Your word on my heart.

Your Son breaks forth,

Providing warmth for my face.

Alone I stand,

Preparing for the race.

As the day moves on,

I glance toward the sky.

Alone I stand,

As You reside on high.

As the sun sets low,

And the light disappears.

Never alone I stand,

Because You are here !

Make sure you stop by I ♥ Faces for the rest of this weeks “Silhouette Challenge”, and show some love to the other entries!

That’s it for today, until next time!

sig line may


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 10/30/10

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in Nashville, TN.  All I can say is “WOW!!!  What a wonderful and fulfilling event. 

We walked in honor of one of my co-workers who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.  Over the past year we have supported Gloria through her chemo treatments and surgery, and now as a survivor! I also walked in honor of my mom, Mama Jo and my neighbor Valerie, who are also breast cancer survivors.  But I walked for the memory of those who have succumbed to the deadly disease!pre walk

Like I said, what a wonderful event this was.  When I arrived, the fog starting drifting in and I was worried.  It was cold, damp, foggy and not turning into a fun day.  Guess what?  I was wrong.  By the time the walk started, the beauty of the day shined through.  The fog burned off, the dampness dried up, and the temperature moved into a comfortable temp that was just perfect for a 5 mile walk through the city!

city shots

I will say this, I cheated!  I did not walk the pre-destined route for the walk…I walked more!  As the walkers, all 18,000 of them, went one way, I tried to stay a little ahead of them.  If was so much fun to get to a corner and have people ask how I got there before them ?  I gave them answers like: “That was my twin back there”, or “It was the Starbucks I drank before the walk” or, “I’m just trying to find the nearest bathroom”.

People were screaming and yelling every time they saw the “pink bearded guy”.  I loved it, I had my own fan club.  I think I had my picture taken about 100 times!

pink people

One of the most fun things about the walk were the way people were dressed!  I think I saw more shades of pink that day than I have seen in my entire life.  And the names of the teams, funny!  Here were a few of my favorites:

BFF ~ Breast Friends Forever”  (This was the team I was on)

Team Mochas ~ A feel a day, keeps the ta-ta’s in play”

Boot Scootin’ Boobies”

These Boobs were made for walking”

I’m walking with “A’s”,”B’s” and “Double D’s”

Well, that’s about it for this post, until next time

sig line may

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Sweet Woman For A Sweet Shot


A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of participating in the local “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in Nashville.  What an experience!!!  There were over 15,000 walkers, all dressed in glorious shades of pink.  The group I walked with was from the Regional Intervention Program of Nashville.  We were known as “BFF ~ Breast Friends Forever”, pretty catchy if you ask me.

Anyway, as I was walking, and journaling the event with my camera (over 600 photos), I could not help but think of the women in my life who are breast cancer survivors.  My mom is a survivor, my next door neighbor is a survivor, and this wonderful woman below is a survivor. 

This woman below is a co-worker of mine, not only is she a survivor, but she is also an inspiration.  We have followed, supported and prayed with Gloria over this past year as she has gone through surgery, chemo and now radiation therapy. 

When I looked at this photo for the first time, I wondered what she was thinking.  I mean, here she was, amidst 15,000 people, but she was all alone with only her thoughts.  There is no way I can imagine what is going through her mind, but I will say this…


Gloria is my Sweet Shot Tuesday for this week.  A sweet shot, of one sweet and amazing woman!

Make sure you head over to Life with 3 Boybarians and check out the other sweet shots this week, and check out all the other entries!

Oh yeah, make sure you check out who won last weeks contest! Whoo Hoo!!!

sig line may

Breast Cancer Walk-648

Yours truly after the walk! 

See, real men can wear pink also!





Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sweet Shot Tuesday, She’s Back


Yeah, Sweet Shot Tuesday is back, and I’m glad!

Darcy took a month off to work on her 31 Days To A Better Photo project.  If you missed it, then you missed a wonderful opportunity to learn, share, and just have some fun with your camera.  Just click here, and you can find all 31 days in a nice little package!

For me, any day on the river, waiting for sunrise is a Sweet Shot!  This one was taken a few Saturdays ago on the Cumberland River in Nashville, and it is one of my favorites.  It still blows my mind that a mere 6 months ago, you could not even see the tops of the trees in the background because of the flood!

Anyway, Darcy, I’m glad you are back, and hope you have recovered from 31 Days!

Sweet Shot Tuesday

sig line may

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Scary Sweet Sugar Free Pumpkin Cheesecake




1 cup ginger snaps1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated

1/3 cup light butter, melted



3 (8 ounce) packages fat free cream cheese

2 (8 ounce) packages reduced fat cream cheese

1 1/2 cups SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 pinch ground cloves

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

1/4 cup fat free half-and-half

3 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch spring form pan with baking spray. Set aside.
Mix crust ingredients together and firmly press onto bottom of prepared spring form pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned and firm. Cool.

Blend together cream cheese, SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener, flour and spices on medium speed in an electric mixer until cream cheese is smooth and lump free. Scrape sides of bowl. Add pumpkin. Mix on medium speed until well blended. Scrape sides of bowl and mix until mixture is smooth and lump-free.

Turn mixer on low and slowly add half-and-half, eggs and vanilla. Blend until well mixed.

Pour over prepared crust. Bake in preheated 350 degrees F oven 50-60 minutes or until center is slightly firm. Remove from oven and cool.