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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

Sarah Tells Bruce a Joke

After receiving “Dialogue” as this week’s photo challenge, i immediately thought of this photo (even before reading the challenge). I also said dialogue to Sarah, and she instantly described this photo too! I know it’s not acurate , but thought i’d post something fun!   

So as a fun post, i’d love if you could comment below with a dialogue between Sarah & Bruce!! 😀

More of my Weekly Photo Challenges

Love At First Sight Village! (10 Years On!!!)

 Today i’m celebrating 10 years since i met my lovely wife Sarah at “Sight Village, Birmingham” 

This is a major Sight Village show in Birmingham which is held in July each year. Exhibitors from throughout the world take part and they welcome many thousands of visitors, including people who are blind or partially sighted, professionals, business people and family members.

I was there (from Derby) working for a charity called LOOK and Sarah was there (from Surrey) working for RNIB. She came to my table as she had a magazine which she had just published an article about LOOK and wanted to show me. Sarah opened the magazine and said here are the pictures and the article, i said “Wow, fantastic, it all looks great” which made Sarah quite proud of her work. I then said while laughing “you know i didn’t see any of what you’ve just shown me, as i’m blind!”. Then as always, a brief pause as Sarah checks out my eyes to see if i’m joking, then Sarah laughed and said “No way, me too!”. We both approach blindness in a similar way and love blossomed from that point. 🙂

Sarah  i 2005

 ⇧ 2005 ⇧ 

Sarah  i 2006

Me Sarah  Bruce 2006

 ⇧ 2006 ⇧ 

Sarah  I Wedding photo

 ⇧ 2007 ⇧ 

Me Sarah  Bruce 2009

⇧ 2008 ⇧ 

Sarah  i 2009

⇧ 2009 ⇧   

Valentines heart

 ⇧ 2010 ⇧ 

Steve sarah at friday street1

⇧ 2011 ⇧  

Sarah  i 2012

Me  Sarah in Church

 ⇧ 2012 ⇧  

Sarah  i holding hands 2014

 ⇧ 2013 ⇧ 

Sarah  i

 ⇧ Last Week ⇧

Ephesians 5:25 Easy-to-Read Version

Husbands, love your wives the same as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it.

My Thoughts 💭

This is one of my favourite Bible verses that i try desperately  each day to live up to. As soon as i first read this verse it convicted me straight away and i knew i wanted to be a husband like that!

🙏 Prayer

Spirit, thanks for being a constant guiding presence in my life. Give me the faith to take practical and radical action to keep in step with You, so that You can love my spouse through me in a way that will sustain a fun, loving & trusting relationship. Amen.

Happy 7th Wedding Anniversary!!

Today is me & Sarah’s 7th Wedding anniversary!!

We have spent the weekend back up in Derby (my home town), Doncaster (Sarah’s home town) & we are spending today in Matlock Bath for our anniversary. 

I‘ve been married to Sarah for 7 years now and my heart overflows with love for her. She has encouraged, inspired and loved me and is the sunshine that warms me along my journey. I really don’t have the words to fully express how blessed i am to have my best friend as my wife to cherish and share every moment of this amazing life! 😊

Sarah on wedding day png1

Sarah i wedding photo

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move

 This weeks photo challenge: “On The Move

Hedhog on the move

⇧ This lovely tiny hedgehog really was moving!! 🙂 ⇧ 

Sarah  Bruce on the move

 ⇧ My lovely wife Sarah & Bruce ⇧ 

Bruce on the move 1

 ⇧ Bruce moving really fast right towards me!! ⇧ 

Tori on the move

⇧ Tori playing rounders on the beach ⇧ 

Furry Angel

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2 years ago today we said goodbye to Bruce (Furry Angel). We still miss him, his character & his ability to love at all times! We also miss his squeaky toys at Christmas too! 🙂

Genesis 9:12 (NIV)

And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 

Daily Prompt: Party Animals (?)

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PERSONALITY!

Personality from Family & Friends!!

Sarah Sunflower

 Sarahs personality shining through! 

Bruce sprinting face

 Bruce’s running face! 

Martin 1

 Martin 
Suzanne Fisheye

 Suzanne 

Martin  Suzanne PNG

 Martin & Suzanne 

Martin 3

 Martin 2 

Alfie 3

 Alfie 

Vini Portrait 6

 Vini 

Ella sticking out her tongue

 Ella

Daily Prompt: From the Gut

Today’s Daily Prompt ~ “Photographers, artists, poets: show us JOYFUL

Psalm 118:24 (NASB)
This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Sarah on Wedding Day PNG

Sarah on wedding day part 2 PNG

 Sarah’s joy overflowing on our wedding day  

Sarah Joyful

⇧ Joyful on our honeymoon too! 

Steve  Sarah Photo Booth

 Joy in our marriage as best friends 

Sarah Smiling

 Joy in the everyday 

Sarah s Gran PNG

 Sarah’s joyful Gran 

Sarah's Dad

 Sarah’s joyful Dad 

Bruce running alone on the beach

 Bruce finding joy on an empty beach 

Bruce Jumping with joy

 Bruce jumping for joy! ⇧

Joy cannot be pursued. It comes from within. It is a state of being. It does not depend on circumstances, but triumphs over circumstances. It produces a gentleness of spirit and a magnetic personality.
Billy Graham

Check out “Steve & Sarah” on the “Weddings”  page

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

Companionable

Steve  Sarah Photo Booth

✞ Me & my lovely wife Sarah ✞

Me, Sarah & Bruce walking along the beach

✞ Me, Sarah & Bruce strolling along Heacham beach ✞

Photo of me & bruce

✞ Me & Bruce ✞

If you’ve already read my ‘About‘ page, you’ll know why I’ve chosen these photos! 😀

Daily Prompt: Person Of The Year

Today’s Daily Prompt: “Person Of The Year!”

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BIG.

Sarah Standing Tall PNG

Bruce Standing Tall

My Thoughts 💭 

I would nominate my lovely wife Sarah for person of the year, she is simply amazing! 🙂

When I thought of the word ‘Big’, I immediately thought of these two photos I took of Sarah & Bruce with my fisheye lens on holiday in the lighthouse at Hunstanton, Norfolk.

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Daily Prompt: Take Care

Todays Daily Prompt ~ “Photographers, artists, poets: show us HELP!”

My Thoughts 💭 

When you’re unwell, you can decide to focus on the dark clouds that start to surround you. Or you can dance in the storm! 🙂

Bruce Poorley

⇧ Bruce feeling sad after his ear operation ⇧

Bruce dancing

⇧ Bruce dancing in the storm! 😀 ⇧

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The Retreat In Acle

Acle log cabin

Me playing my baby Taylor on the porch on the log cabin

Bruce sitting on guard on the porch of the log cabin

The Retreat at night

Description

Sarah, Bruce and I stayed in ‘The Retreat’ log cabin in Acle, Norfolk for a week in 2008.

It was a lovely relaxing holiday. I played guitar on the porch while Sarah sat in the hot tub for most of the week Bruce enjoyed long walks and pretending to be a guard dog.

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Daily Prompt: Green-Eyed Monster

Bruce and his fluffy toy Parrot

Todays Daily Prompt “Photographers, show us something GREEN”.

I immediately thought of Bruce’s old fluffy toy parrot! 

As i’m colour blind too I hope this is green?! lol 😀

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Sleepy 2

A black and white photo of a boxer dog looking sleepy as he lyes slumped over the edge of a sofa. The image also has a frame.

Description

This photo of dearly missed Bruce was taken in January 2005 on my Samsung D600 mobile phone before I had any compact or DSLR cameras. I have just stumbled upon this image and didn’t even know I had it (thanks Time Machine backups) 🙂

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Tug O’ War

Bruce pulling on his plastic sausages from the left and Sarah's hand pulling from the right

 Description

Bruce used to love playing his favourite game of Tug O’ War with Sarah using his plastic sausages toy! 😀

Camera usedSONY Alpha a100

 

 

Looking to the Heavens

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Description

I think this photo has a real peaceful feel to it. Or maybe its just me as I still miss Bruce and its been over a year since he passed away! 

Camera usedNikon D2Xs

 

Big Brown Eyes! :D

Bruce showing his big brown eyes

Description

Just wanted to let you look into the big brown eyes of the furry angel that brought me so much love, comfort and peace when I needed it most! 

 Camera usedSONY Alpha a100

 

Adoration

Bruce looking into Sarah's eyes!

Description

I love this photo of the look of complete adoration in Bruce’s eyes for Sarah! We miss him dearly and as it is Mother’s day today here in the UK I thought I would post this photo for Sarah from Bruce! 😀

Camera usedFuji F10

 

Bruce (fisheye)

Bruce through a fisheye lens

 Description

Taken on Old Hunstanton Beach after purchasing a fisheye lens. I remember having fun trying not to get wet nose prints on the lens glass! 😀

 Camera usedNikon D2Xs

 

The Snow

Bruce stood in deep snow whith his legs completley burried

Description

Bruce used to absolutely love the snow! Sarah really misses running around and playing with him, and I miss trying to catch him on camera! 😀

 Camera usedSONY Alpha a100

 

Bruce as a Puppy!

Bruce as a puppy

 Description

I am not sure how old Bruce is here (around 6 months old)  but he was still a cute puppy! 😀 

Sorry for the poor quality but i just had to share as i don’t have any other photos of Bruce as a puppy. I didn’t have any camera’s back than, not even on a mobile phone! This image was captured using my Dad’s camera. 

Sadness Shared

Bruce with his fluffy toy Eeyore

Description

A fun photo of Bruce and his toy looking equally sad. Although its not a very professional looking shot it’s very popular with family and friends, so i thought i’d share it with you all! 😀

 Camera used – Fuji F10

 

Sleepy

Bruce sleeping on his bed in the log cabin

 Description

A sleepy Bruce on holiday in the log cabin we stayed in for a week in Acle, Norfolk. He loved all the long walks along canal paths and across the endless fields and it made him sleep well! 😀

 Camera usedFuji F10 (only took a compact as had to travel light)

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Bruce & The Sausages!

Bruce Sausages 1

Bruce Sausages 2

 Description

Photos of Bruce playing with one of his favourite toys! Each year since 2007 when we stayed in the Lighthouse we would go to the local pet store and buy him these plastic sausages, he loved them! 😀

Camera usedNikon D2Xs


Bruce THE Boxer Dog

Bruce Portrait

Description

I thought i would start this new adventure with a photo i took of my beautiful Boxer dog “Bruce”. If you have read my testimony then this name might be familiar to you! 😀

Camera usedSONY Alpha a100

 

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My Testimony by Steve Rebus

Me  Sarah playing in Church

 My Testimony

by Steve Rebus

 

Broken


Psalm 116:3

The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.

Another day,


another attempt! ….Oct – Nov 2000 – Derby, England, UK


I kneel down in the centre of my living room. Tears stain the blade I hold to my chest. “Come on Steve, don’t fail again!  All you need to do is throw yourself forwards and thats it!”

 

I’d been doing this every morning for the last couple of months and still I waited, willing myself to do it. Then nudge…nudge.. my three month old Boxer dog “Bruce” pushed against my leg with his nose. His whimpering cries pierced my very soul. “He relied on me for everything and I had no idea I would be relying on a furry angel to help me through this dark period in my life.”


After three months of failed attempts I felt more useless than ever …. I couldn’t even manage the task of killing myself. I realised I  didn’t even have the strength to do this properly. I just didn’t know how I could get lower than this!!! –  I’d been registered blind at 25, after loosing my sight quite suddenly. in the same month my mum finally died after a 12 year debilitating and demoralizing struggle with progressive MS. Missing her added misery to my own struggle to come to terms with the isolation and insecurities of managing life with sight loss – I’d lost my job, my custom car, the ability to drive, my girlfriend, nearly all of my so called friends and now i have to struggle with countless problems and frustrations every day! 


My answer…. 


To throw myself into binge drinking, womanising, dark depression, and raw anger. I felt that this was what I had to look forwards to for the rest of my life.


Then I met Sarah…… July 2004 – Birmingham, UK


She wasn’t like the other girls I’d met. Sarah too had suffered sight loss and depression because of her uncontrollable type 1 diabetes but no matter how bad things got for her, she always had comfort in someone called “Jesus”. Oh no I thought not a Christian! She suffered all of my taunts, jibes and nasty comments but worst of all my coldness and my inability to show love. I made it a personal challenge to show her that everyone will let you down and no one can be trusted or faithful! I felt that if I could make her hurt as much as I did then she’d hate this Jesus and know that he wasn’t real!


Then HE came to visit ME….


Hope


Psalm 116:4

Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!”


I’d seen a guitarist called Eric Bibb on the music show ‘Later with Jooles Holland’ and called Sarah up to see if she had heard of him too. She hadn’t but as a lovely gift she booked tickets to go and see him in London. I’d only ever been to Metal concerts before so i didn’t know what to expect.


It was Eric Bibb’s “Friends” tour and when Eric started the song “Needed Time” and sang the words:


“I’m down on my bended knees, I’m on my knees, praying want you come back, come back here?

Even if you don’t stay long, oh my Jesus, If you don’t stay long, I’m praying, Come back here.

Singing Right now is the needed time, I know you feel the needed time right now. Bless us!”


This was the moment when I asked Jesus to save me saying “I can’t fight any more. i’ve not got the strength to kill myself and i havn’t got the will to live, so please help me!”


From that moment something happened inside me and I felt an outpouring of my entire being.  My heart seemed to momentarily clear itself of all the darkness, hatred and anger that I’d filled it with replacing this with pure love. I couldn’t stop my river of tears for the rest of the show.


February 2013 – Now and into the future – Surrey, UK


Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.


My eyes are filling with tears as I write this section. I just can’t believe I’m sat here typing this. If it was up to me than I’d be dead. I’d have missed God’s amazing grace and a living relationship with Jesus along with the countless blessings I simply didn’t know existed! He’s transformed me in so many ways and I’m no longer held captive by drinking, swearing, anger, lack of compassion and self loathing, along with much much more.  I’m also getting a long way to overcoming my ever big struggle with over eating.

 

Two Souls Entwine…..

 

Our most blessed day! A photo of me and Sarah lovingly looking at each other at Bourne Hall.

 

I‘ve been married to Sarah for nearly six years now and I’m really struggling to put how I feel into words! My heart overflows with love for her. She has encouraged, inspired and loved me and is the sunshine that warms me along my journey. 


My love of music….


Me playing my Taylor Macasser Ebony

 

Since being registered blind I’ve learned to play the drums and guitar. This is amazing in itself but being able to play alongside Sarah every Sunday to assist myself and others in worship is just mind blowing. I play in two church buildings – drumming in the morning and playing guitar in the evening and I feel so blessed to be able to come before God and thank him with the gifts he’s given me. Gifts that give me great joy too!

 

Blind Photographer???


Me taking a photo with Sony

 

“You don’t need sight to see, you need vision“


“I strongly believe that Disability doesn’t have to mean inability or lack of creative talent!”


I used to enjoy photography when I was sighted, taking and developing photos in my Dad’s darkroom, When I lost most my sight 13 years ago I thought this would put a stop to my hobby but I have learned that my camera can act as my eyes allowing me to see what my own eyes will not.

 

I am proud of the fact that I have been able to produce photographs despite my visual impairment– and like to think that although I may have lost my useful sight I have not lost my vision and instinct for a good photograph. (see Blind Photographer)

 

My Hope


Jeremiah 29:11-13 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 My hope is that my short testimony will help those who feel lost in despair and no longer want to choose life. I know that there really is HOPE and God has a plan for your life as he has for mine. He simply wants to love you and welcome you home. 


Luke 15:32

The Message (MSG)

This is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!’”

 
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