Here are a few more photos from last week’s event. Among the greatest honors was meeting Dr. Morecraft who I found to be incredibly humble, kind and approachable, and who has been instrumental in igniting my interest in church history, particularly in the era surrounding and including the Reformation. Of course meeting the grandson of the tenth president of the United States (Harrison Tyler, grandson of John Tyler) was quite an honor as well.
We’ve returned from Virginia, where we celebrated the four-hundredth anniversary of the English landing at Jamestown. Thanks to Aunt Elaine and my mother, we all were able to show up in costume! Sam and I, as well as Josh and Justice Phillips, had the privilege of taking part in the re-enactment of the first landing. Pictures of this and others are below. There are more pictures forthcoming.
Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it,
And it isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,
But only, how did you take it?
You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what’s that?
Come up with a smiling face.
It’s nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there, that’s disgrace
The harder you’re thrown, why the higher you bounce,
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn’t the fact that you’re licked that counts
It’s how did you fight — and why?
And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl or comes with a pounce,
And whether he’s slow or spry,
It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts
But only, how did you die?
From Poems for Patriarchs, compiled and edited by Doug Phillips
With more rain in the first five months of 2007 than we normally receive in a year’s time, we have enjoyed a particularly green spring here in the Hill Country. Driving down the highway, it seems as if you’re in another place. Grass glows greener than I’ve seen it here, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and there’s new life (unfortunately, that includes the new life of bugs too). Below are images of the spring time.