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As promised, here is the public link to the photos from our trip to Africa.  Unfortunately, our camera died just over half way through the trip, but we got most of the key people and places.


Maureen & Friends at the Grand Canyon

Originally uploaded by claypotparker
Maureen returned home to Albany Monday night with her good friend Irene (Sock Mei) Lee. Needless to say, there is great rejoicing in our household. Click on the photo to see a larger version of Maureen and her friends at the Grand Canyon. Maureen and Irene are on the right, and they are joined by Margaret Goh, also from Singapore, and Peggy Lee, who lives in Albuquerque. I assume that Peggy’s husband, David, took the photo.

Family Christmas Photo 2007

Originally uploaded by claypotparker

We tried to take our Christmas photo this morning before going to church. We got good expressions on everyone’s faces, but the picture came out unfocused and too dark. So, finally, tonight, after–morning worship, a pot luck fellowship lunch, baby shower, raking leaves, watching some Harry Potter with Jonathan, small group meeting at the church building, “Bible in 90 Days” meeting in town, small group at our house, boys bathed and ready for bed, remembering we still needed to take the photo, getting everyone dressed again (is there a Sabbath in there somewhere?)–we got this photo about 9:30 p.m. tonight.

We needed to get it tonight because Maureen leaves tomorrow morning to join some Singaporean friends in Albuquerque, and they’ll go see the Grand Canyon from there. We guys will just stay at home and batch it for a week. When Maureen returns, she’ll have Irene, her good friend from Singapore, with her for about a 10 day visit here with us.

Thanksgiving Snow in the Country

Originally uploaded by claypotparker

Today we were invited out to Calvin & Pat Bradford’s farm/ranch for Thanksgiving Day. Guy “Bear:” McCain (Calvin’s stepson) and his wife Charlotte are part of our church family in Albany. We had a wonderful away-from-home Thanksgiving meal with turkey, ham, and all the trimmings. The amazing thing was that it started sleeting and then snowing beautifully with accumulation that defied the weather predictors. Just before we left, I took this snapshot outside the McCain’s house on the Bradford property.

Caught one

Originally uploaded by claypotparker
We have several “favorite people” in Albany, and Robert and Emma Hudman are two of them. Yesterday afternoon they called us see if we wanted to go “down to the river” with them. Not sure exactly what that meant, I had the boys grab their fishing poles, and we rode way back on the Cook Ranch where Robert works as a ranch hand and a hunting guide. Robert has sharp eyes (after having cataracts removed and implants put in) and knows the name of every tree, bush, or weed in Shackleford County.

Robert and I (Anthony) both caught pretty good sized yellow catfish, which we ate tonight together with the Hudmans and the Wilson family. When I say the catfish were “good size,” I guess they were 3-5 lbs each. (In Alabama we ate catfish whenever we could, but even a small catfish plate usually has 2 fish on it. Tonight we fed six adults and four children on these two fish, and we all had as much as we wanted or more than we needed.

After fishing for a while, we drove further down the river and grilled hotdogs, and came back in time to catch the beautiful sunset and quite a few white tail deer.

You can see more photos from the outing on my flickr page.