Ryan & Jordan

with Pioneer Bible Translators

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The Albums

by ryan

Introducing the ideal place for us to share our photos with the people we love:

We are so excited to share this gem on the internet with you!

So what is it?

It is an affordable, ad-free photo-sharing website.  It is simple, easy to use, and aesthetically pleasing. The Albums is the closest thing to a hard-cover album filled with your printed photos.  Only unlike printed photo albums, these can be shared easily with your loved ones even if they can’t come to your house and sit down for tea and a plate of cookies.  Jordan and I are so stoked to share snapshots of our life with our family that is spread across three countries and with our friends all over the world.

A preview of our wedding photos which will be shared via The Albums. Graham Morrison Photography, used by permission (c) 2013. All rights reserved.

So why is The Albums best website of its kind?

The main reason it is the best option for sharing digital photos is because the founders are trustworthy.  Jordan and I know the founders personally.  They provide excellent customer service, and are truly people of integrity–rare these days, isn’t it? Furthermore, they are a family that values sharing memories, protecting privacy, and most importantly, family.  They have made things simple, beautiful & clutter-free.  Plus, they have thought of ideas–that to my knowledge–no one else has thought of.

And they only charge the price of a latte/month.

But aren’t we better off with a free photo-sharing website?

I did research on all ten of the Top 10 Free Photo Sharing Websites of 2013 according to techmell.net.  After trying all ten, I realized that none of them are truly free (they cost us something even if it is not easily measured in dollars).  For example, Picasa by Google+ does data mining.  Scary! Other issues were tacky ads–who wants to share those with loved ones?–and complicated or bugged interfaces.

Anyhow, we can confidently say The Albums is the best.  Contact us if you are interested in hearing more or for our evaluation of the ten other sites I looked into and tested.

The Albums is worth the small price for our family, the founders are trustworthy and the site is free of ads. It is a great way to share your life with the people you care about.  We really like it and them, and we think you will see why when you check out The Albums for yourself.  If you like what you see

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Excited to share our Albums with you,

Ryan & Jordan

Words

by ryan

Consider the miracle of communication: that fascinating borderland between persons, where people are brought together in peace (yes and sadly, not peace), where a plural colors a singular and a singular colors a plural, where there are a great many happenings; now eyes meet and the whole body engages; the whole body speaks; now breathing lungs, filling lungs expel air shaping it more skillfully than any potter with clay, crafting strings (do I dare say music?), sound waves of meaning; now these waves vibrating the most elaborate percussion translated into neural . . . what have we even understood of this miracle?  This mystery is beautiful.

Communication might be a noun, but it is surely not just a thing.  Speaking and listening are grand events changing our universe as ripples resound among human relationships and expand throughout the cosmos.  We are, after all, made in the image of God.  In the beginning God said let there be and there was.  And God is still speaking.

But what about words?  To literate society, ‘word’ might bring with it the image of a written word.  But words are speech primarily.  It was only much later that visual symbols were invented to represent oral ones.  We would much rather have you over for tea to discuss this, but we only have that privilege with some of you.  Instead, here we are pressing buttons with symbols on them so the symbols appear on your screen, pale glimmers of speech.  So please listen to a person today.  We mean really listen.  Hug.  Love.  And use the power of your voice for good.  “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, / but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” – Solomon son of David

So Dear People, as students of language we wanted to begin our weblog with a brief reflection on the gift that is language.  “For every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James son of Joseph

Warmly Spoken, albeit Keyed to You,

Ryan & Jordan