Merry Christmas 2006

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"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah,
yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel;
whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."

"And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD,
in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide:
for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth."

"And this man shall be the peace..."

As we celebrate His birth, may you know His peace.

Merry Christmas

Messiah prophecy from the Book of Micah, Chapter 5, verses 2, 4 and 5a,
King James Version (1611) of the Old Testament of the HOLY BIBLE

O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to go.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free thine own from Satanís tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save, and give them victory over the grave.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and deathís dark shadows put to flight.

O come, Thou Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.

O come, O come, great Lord of might, who to Thy tribes on Sinaiís height
In ancient times once gave the law in cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, Thou Root of Jesseís tree, an ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall; All peoples on Thy mercy call.

O come, Desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, and be Thyself our King of Peace.

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" Midi © Richard Jordan
Latin hymn, 12th century, trans. John Neale (1818-1866)
Melody based on a 15th Century French Processional

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Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all of you from all of us in the Northernmost State! (SMILE)

Another busy year in Alaska is almost at an end. We are all doing well health-wise, thanks to God! It has been a good year!

Don is still at the Fairbanks North Star Borough. It will be eleven years in January 2007. There are always changes going on there with the computer systems; it just never endsÖ. (SMILE)

I (Barbara) have been working part-time for the City of Fairbanks Federal Credit Union for nine years now. I enjoy it and it keeps me busy a couple of days a week. My manager and the credit union board members are great to work for! (SMILE)

Grace has now been at her job at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (our local newspaper) for over two years. That keeps her busy! She is also taking Karate again. She did that twenty years ago. She is always on the go! (SMILE)

Don and I will celebrate our eleventh anniversary this year. We are still very happily enjoying our life together! (SMILE)

This year for my birthday, Don and I "rode the rails." We took the Alaska Railroad down to Denali National Park for an overnight trip. It was the early days of our short autumn season and the fall colors were wonderful! We took a short walk to the Nenana River which was just below our Hotel. The weather was warm and clear the first day. We even saw Denali from the train when we got to Nenana! The next day it was rainy and cold, but we still managed to see some Dall Sheep from the train on the return trip home. There were several Magpies around and the squirrels were stockpiling food away for the coming winter snows. We visited the new Denali Visitor Center while we waited for the train ride home. It is really nice! The displays are fresh and new and it is really interesting. We also took a short forest trail hike and noticed that it was a "mushroom year" in Denali Park, as well as in Fairbanks! A few weeks earlier we had seen thousands of mushrooms while walking at Creamer's Field Boreal Forest Trail.

We have both gotten into feeding the wild birds again this winter. Don hangs the feeders out and refills the seeds, and I take pictures of the birds when they come to eat! (SMILE)

We are really enjoying watching the birds that show up. We saw a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers this winter -  it's a first for both of us. Last year the smaller Downy Woodpeckers were coming to the suet feeders. This year we have both the Downy and the Hairy Woodpeckers coming. It is also a Redpoll year. The Redpoll population fluctuates yearly, and this year they are out in force! I have counted upwards of ninety birds on the various feeders at one time! They are so cute and curious. They check out everything and even hover near the windows to look in at us! (SMILE)

We have also seen a Gray Jay and a Pine Grosbeak in our yard. Several Ravens and Pigeons are around this year, and I saw a Dark-eyed Junco with a huge flock of Redpolls. Juncos should have all migrated to the lower 48 states for the winter, but this one must have waited too long. There are also Black-Capped Chickadees visiting the feeders. We were feeding a huge flock of Mallard Ducks in the Chena River, but I think most of them must have finally migrated south. Some of them seemed pretty tame for being wild birds. They would fly to the shore from the water whenever anyone was walking on the shore! (SMILE)

I saw two more new birds last Spring. A pair of American Widgeons were in the Chena River with the Mallards and also a Lesser Yellow-Legs. I finally got some nice pictures of Bohemian Waxwings this year. It has been a nice year all around!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and may GOD be
with you and bless you all in the coming New Year!
We love you!
                          Barbara, Don and Grace

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Actual Snowflakes (negative images) photographed by "The Snowflake Man"
Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931)
Snowflakes made by God ~ No two snowflakes are alike

I hope you will enjoy some of my photographs from 2006! (SMILE)

Barbara's pictures from 2006
Barbara's pictures from 2006

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2007 Calendar

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