More Quadricentennial Pictures

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.

The men who made it all happen — My Dad and Mr. Moss

The men who made it all happen — My Dad and Mr. Moss

Men of the clan O' Turley

Men of the clan O’ Turley

Dr. Joe Morecraft and me

Dr. Joe Morecraft and me

Harrison Tyler (Grandson of the 10th U.S. President) and me

Harrison Tyler (Grandson of the 10th U.S. President) and me

Balloon rides at Fort Pocahontas, the Tyler estate

Balloon rides at Fort Pocahontas, the Tyler estate

Peering straight up into the balloon

Peering straight up into the balloon

Dressing up is fun!

Dressing up is fun!

Dr. Morecraft with Mary

Dr. Morecraft with Mary

High profile visitors — President Tyler and President Roosevelt

High profile visitors — President Tyler and President Roosevelt

A monument planted by the Grateful Children of America

A monument planted by the Grateful Children of America

By |2017-02-22T16:44:13+00:00June 22nd, 2007|Family, History|

The Quadricentennial Celebration

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.

The English settlers on the James

The English settlers on the James

The settlers row to shore

The settlers row to shore

The disembarkation of the English

The disembarkation of the English

Rev. Hunt talks to the men

Rev. Hunt talks to the men

The new land is claimed in the name of Jesus Christ...

The new land is claimed in the name of Jesus Christ…

...and in the name of James, King of England

…and in the name of James, King of England

Colonial Era fife and drums for atmosphere

Colonial Era fife and drums for atmosphere

Finished with the re-enactment

Finished with the re-enactment

Strike a pose..

Strike a pose..

... there's nothing to it

… there’s nothing to it

The cast and crew from boat number two

The cast and crew from boat number two

Joshua & Samuel — Gentlemen Adventurers

Joshua & Samuel — Gentlemen Adventurers

Sam and Cassie Young

Sam and Cassie Young

The scene at Colonial Williamsburg

The scene at Colonial Williamsburg

Dressed to the nines — The Shough family

Dressed to the nines — The Shough family

...and the Vernier family

…and the Vernier family

By |2017-02-22T16:44:13+00:00June 21st, 2007|Family, History|

How Did You Die?

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

By |2016-08-09T16:42:03+00:00June 14th, 2007|Quotes|

Hill Country Spring

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.

Wild flowers never-ending

Wild flowers never-ending

You can't be sad and look at these at the same time

You can’t be sad and look at these at the same time

The sun on the Canna

The sun on the Canna

Even the Yucca are doing their part

Even the Yucca are doing their part

Hollyhocks and red Roses

Hollyhocks and red Roses

There's even new life...

There’s even new life…

...and even more new life

…and even more new life

Yawn! Some just don't seem to appreciate the beauty

Yawn! Some just don’t seem to appreciate the beauty

 

By |2017-02-22T16:44:14+00:00June 8th, 2007|Family|
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