Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pondered thoughts and words from our Patriarch...

Starting to fill this new vessel.
It is clean, pure, undefiled,
lacking vanity or vile imports.
Like fresh clay from the mold, it is
pliable yet.
Where shall it reside to set its path,
and its character?
Apart from the clamor of the crowd
offering to point the way.
Retreat to the solitude , ponder quietly
upon how and why things came to be.
Ask for power in thought, discernment,
perception of things untainted --
and to link purpose to its goal.
Become staunch in the search for what
can be proved and repeated in truth.
Harden the palm of the hand to turn as a foe
towards the wrongs that surely will come.
Stretch forth that calloused palm to lift
and to aid a burdened sojourner.
Bear the loads wrought by time --
endurance has little to offer but pain, but
perserverance causes gladness that
strengthens the soul in hope.
Hope brings an assurance that lasts
until the clay once again becomes dust,
and the soul sent home
James A. Frazier
October 27, 2009
Suffering is not the discipline that smelts out
the dross; it is the touchstone that tests the
quality of the Gold.
A severe temptation assails one to do a
dishonest thing. He resists and conquers.
He did not know until put to the test how
much of the Gold of honesty he possessed.
Tribulation is common to all men. To some
it must be endured, but to others it is
persevered with gladness yielding patience
and rendering character. Wince it comes
matters not with justice or no - the test is for
truth and the value of hope.
James Frazier's adaptations from the Bible

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

80th Birthday Celebrations...

Here are a few pictures from Jim's 80th birthday celebration...Somehow Mark is mysteriously absent from the pictures I have on file!

And then in we had another party for my mom's 80th birthday, which was September 30, 2009!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Ice Carving Charlotte October 2009

Kaitlin and Nic - one of the ice carving teams at the Charlotte Panthers game a few weeks ago in October.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

October 2009 Snow...No, we don't usually get this much this early!

Jim and I went snow shoeing last Thursday night after he got off work and before we ate dinner...It was quiet and surreal...just steps from our house. It seemed like we were far away from the neighborhood. Has Jim mentioned lately how much he loves Colorado?

It really is still autumn here...can't you tell by the front door! BUT, it's beginning to look alot like Christmas! Yikes!
I started taking pictures yesterday at 8:00...You can see the progression of the accumulation on the patio table and chairs! The third picture was taken just about an hour ago...and it's still snowing! May have to go snowshoeing this afternoon! It's beautiful! Glad I have plenty of bread and peanut butter to last a few days!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pictures from Jim's Motorcycle Circuit in September 2009

And, he's off...September 12, 2009
First stop, West Plains, MO to see our friends at Whetstone Boy's Ranch...

Jeremy and Carrie Thompson...Brandon, Laura and Will Maxwell...Love these guys!

Then on the Kuttawa, KY for lunch and a brief visit with my Aunt Norma and Uncle Richard! So glad her health has greatly improved!!!

Next stop...Nashville, TN to see Aunt Bettye and Uncle Don...saw Julie and her daughter and met the neighbors. Thanks, Aunt Bettye for the grits! Yum!

Left Nashville to head to Franklin County...Beautiful Bellegreen house and wonderful family!

Auburn, Alabama...Lots of nostalgia...great friends...more wonderful family and an Auburn football game where both moisture and victory were gained (we had four inches of rain in a little over an hour...causing a game delay and mass chaos!)

Dallas, Texas was his next stop...He drove by our first house (tree has gotten so big) and saw our dear friends, Gary and Candy Gombert and Phil and Diann Garnett...

He had planned to stay a night somewhere in between Dallas and Denver but the weather changed...he got cold...decided to push through! So he was home one day early! Could have posted more but these are the highlights (he took lots of scenery pics but I think ones with people in them are so much more interesting!) Hope you enjoy!