A Peek Into Nature……….2017

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What a majestic sight to see these bull elk just hanging out on the outer edge of National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming.  I love the elk in the middle that is licking a cattail for his afternoon snack.  It is a privilege to view this everyday event for the elk but one that is not easily captured by a camera.  It is a good day when I can get such a beautiful photograph.

 

 

 

re·fresh·ing…….

re·fresh·ing
rəˈfreSHiNG/
adjective
serving to refresh or reinvigorate someone.
“a refreshing drink”
synonyms: invigorating, revitalizing, reviving, restoring, bracing, fortifying, enlivening, inspiriting, stimulating, energizing, exhilarating
“a refreshing drink”

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What could be more refreshing, a diet coke with lots of ice, maraschino cherries and a lime?  Perfection………enough said.

 

Christmas Morning 2016

The boys had Santa deliver their presents at our house this year.  Their house is still torn up with remodeling projects ongoing.  Having the boys there on Christmas morning made the magical experience even more special.  We had a huge snowstorm and had at least 13 inches where we live.

 

Happy Birthday Dad…….

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Today would have been my father’s 84th birthday.  I miss you still and always.  You were a wonderful father, husband, friend and the kindest man I have ever known.  I will see you again one day because families are forever.  I love you!

 

Christmas Card 2016

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I really wanted a double-sided card but I couldn’t get the printing software to cooperate. I had to get them printed quickly so after struggling for a couple of hours I redesigned the card and got it ready for print.  The doubled sided card that I designed is above.

Below is the card that was actually sent:

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The 2 cards above would have been the inserts for the inside of the card and the back of the  double card.

We had a wonderful Christmas especially because of our precious grandchildren.  It is amazing to see the wonder and delight in their eyes.  I love their innocence and creative imaginations that help them explore new worlds and adventures.

 

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas……..

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We had a Christmas Sing-a-long at the branch where we serve.  Alec and Emmett looked like adorable Christmas elves with their candy cane striped jammies and Santa hats.  The residents really enjoyed the boys singing.  The boys love singing and helping the residents.  They love to pass out the hymn books and retrieve them after the meeting.

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Wexford Carol

A New Music Video For Your Holiday Traditions

This inspirational modern-day take on the prodigal son depicts a family dealing with disappointment and loss leading to a joyful reconciliation. Set to Mack Wilberg’s stirring arrangement of the Irish “The Wexford Carol,” the video alludes to imagery found in the trilogy of parables found in Luke 15: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the ‘lost” or prodigal son. Learn more about the video from this blog article.

Find the Mormon Tabernacle Choir recording of “The Wexford Carol” on iTunes or find links to the Choir’s full Hallelujah! album.

Listen to the Choir perform the Wexford Carol live as part of the 2016 First Presidency Christmas Devotional by clicking here.

The Mormon tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have even more inspirational Christmas music videos to help you and your’s celebrate the holiday season! Keep your eyes open for familiar themes and faces!

Wexford Carol Lyrics

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide,
The noble Virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark right well what came to pass
From every door repelled, alas,
As was foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble ox’s stall.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God’s angel did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Arise and go, the angels said
To Bethlehem, be not afraid
For there you’ll find, this happy morn
A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born.

With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went the babe to find
And as God’s angel had foretold
They did our Savior Christ behold
Within a manger he was laid
And by his side a virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife.

There were three wise men from afar
Directed by a glorious star
And on they wandered night and day
Until they came where Jesus lay
And when they came unto that place
Where our beloved Messiah lay
They humbly cast them at his feet
With gifts of gold and incense sweet.