Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Today's Stats

Sunrise: 9:43
Sunset: 4:26
Length of day: 6h 42min

And this was our beautiful sunset this evening:

Sunday, January 28, 2007

How Marvelous God's Greatness

This little stream is just around the corner from our street. I love passing it every day!

How marvelous God’s greatness, how glorious His might!
To this the world bears witness in wonders day and night.
In form of flower and snowflake, in morn’s resplendent birth,
In afterglow at even, in sky and sea and earth.

Each tiny floweret whispers the great life-giver’s Name;
The mighty mountain masses His majesty proclaim;
The hollow vales are hymning God’s shelter for His own;
The snow-capped peaks are pointing to God’s almighty throne.

The ocean’s vast abysses in one grand psalm record
The deep mysterious counsels and mercies of the Lord;
The icy waves of winter are thundering on the strand,
E’en grief’s chill stream is guided by God’s all-gracious hand.

The starry hosts are singing through all the light-strewn sky
Of God’s majestic temple and palace courts on high;
When in these outer chambers such glory gilds the night,
What the transcendent brightness of God’s eternal light!

~Vladimar Briem, 1886

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Pics From The Hill

These are just random pics I took while waiting for the girls to get done with their ASL class at UAF. 26-below zero F this morning. Brrrrrrrrr

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

More Ice Ice Baby (sorry, couldn't help myself)

While I was up at the University today I walked around taking pics of some of the ice sculptures that adorne the campus. It was nearly 20-below F and my camera quit working after awhile so I missed some nice ice art. Maybe next time; it's not like they're gonna melt or anything :o)

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This bear kyaking was my favorite. Even the water was carved out.

A bear with a degree

Monday, January 22, 2007

Ice Sculptures

This past weekend I went with Bren and Abbie to the Regal movie theater in town, and as we were leaving I spotted this wonderful ice sculpture display of the barnyard from the story Charlotte's Web. If we had turned the other way out of the parking lot we would have missed it. I'm so glad we didn't.

I am so looking forward to the World Ice Art Championships in March.

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Lovely Sunset

This photo was taken by my friend Abbie yesterday near her house on base.

The sun with royal splendor
Goes forth to chant Thy praise;
And moonbeams soft and tender
Their gentler anthem raise;
O’er every tribe and nation
That music strange is poured,
The song of all creation,
To Thee, creation’s Lord.

~Thomas R. Burks, 1874

Monday, January 08, 2007

Life Goes On

This is the Fairbanks winter weather everyone told me to brace myself for. A high of 33-below is just hard to imagine, but here it is. Even so, life here goes on. People still go to work, school, shopping. It's just another day in this part of our world.

Dress for the weather, not the vehicle. Even in the car with all this on I was still chilly. My big toes were numb in my boots.
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There's lots of smoke in traffic when it's this cold.

Near North Pole on the way home from Fairbanks. 35-below at 2:30 p.m.

The Mother Ship today

Driving up to Eielson. It's always colder here by a few degrees than it is in Fairbanks.