Yearly Archives: 2011

Family Photo

     We have received several comments on our family photo this year, so I thought it would be interesting to write a post on its production.  Ever since our family outgrew the Walmart photo studio, we have taken our own family photos.  This year’s is by far the best we have done.  Thank you, David, for all the labour you put into this!  Jonathan, thank you for being his assistant!

     Many times we have taken our family photo in picturesque outdoor locations such as in front of the cedar hedge, against the “pierre du champ” wall of our house, or even simply by the spreading weeping willow by the road.  The reason for these being taken outdoors is primarily the fact that indoor pictures are very difficult to take due to lighting problems.  During this past year, however, we learned a bit concerning lighting from various sources.  So, David made the great attempt: a studio-style indoor family photo!  Accomplishing this feat required quite a bit of planning and preparation.  Our house does not afford any convenient photo background walls, so a background was constructed using a white sheet.

constructing a background

     Then the lighting needed to be arranged…  Nathanael’s construction light came in handy as did a motion detecting light that was at one point mounted on the barn wall and a worklight of sorts made a number of years ago from scraps of lumber, aluminium foil, and a halogen bulb.


     Then came the picture taking…  We probably took dozens of photos.  The camera was giving us some trouble with getting the colours right.  Shadows were also very difficult to eliminate.

colour problems white background

After a while, we decided to change the background colour to black by using some Geo-textile left over from the construction.

the black background - you can also see one of our props for getting people at the right heights: a speaker :) taking a little break

And then the photo-taking session resumed…

take number 49... Will that really make a good background?

Here is the finalist.

The finalist

But even still, our expert photo manager had to do some alterations to perfect it.

looking for the best one and tidying it up

after cleaning it up

     “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127

Frazer Family Facts and Fancy

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Chalk Talks and Concerts

This past week we have had the opportunity of ministering through music and chalk talks in a few different places.  On Tuesday the 6th, we were at Grace Christian Home for a chalk talk.  The unsaved residents need to hear the Gospel message preached and those who know the Lord appreciate hearing it again.  So, the staff of the home decided to schedule the chalk talk during the normal supper time, when almost everyone would be able to be there.  This chalk talk is called “The Shepherds’ Story.”

Chalk Talk at Grace Christian Home

This past weekend we had more of an adventure.  I would like to thank all those who were praying for us on this trip – we really needed it!  We were scheduled to go to Beachburg, ON, for two events: one Saturday evening in a retirement home and the other Sunday afternoon at the local community centre.  However by the time we got to Montreal, our trailer was making funny sounds.  We investigated the problem and found that the axle had somehow slid forward a few inches and was now eating the wheel well.  We didn’t have any tools to fix the problem, and weren’t sure whether we could fix the problem even if we did have the tools.

We finally decided we had better locate a u-haul dealer.  Thanks to some mobile technology, we found that there was one only a few minutes out of our way.  We were very grateful that we didn’t have to go far to find one.  When we got there we found that they had exacty two trailers, only one of which was large enough.  We had lost some time already by starting on our way a little later than expected and trying to fix our trailer without tools and having to drive smoothly (those who know Montreal roads know that is not easy…Laughing)  So, we unloaded quickly and loaded it all into the rented u-haul.

Loading up the u-haul

After this adventure, we were running rather later than we had hoped, knowing that retirement home residents do not normally arrive late for special events.  Amazingly we arrived in plenty of time to set up.  Praise the Lord!  Very few of the residents were Christians, as far as I know, so I am glad that every chalk talk we do is carefully planned to contain a clear salvation message.  Hopefully, some will be receptive to the message that God has for them and respond accordingly.

Music at the Retirement Home

After this presentation, we went to the community centre to set up for the next day.  We were quite surprised to see this glowing sign (thank you Matthew!):

A Glowing Sign

There were a lot more people than I had expected to come who once again heard the good news of Jesus Christ clearly presented.  May the seed that was planted in their hearts that day sprout up and bring forth fruit.

Music Christmas Concert Chalk Talk - The Shepherds Story

We did have time in between to fellowship with our host family.  Thank you for your warm hospitality!  Oh, and since the chalk talk we were doing was “The Shepherds’ Story”, I thought it might be appropriate to add a picture of one of their sheep.

The cute sheep

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” – Isaiah 53:6-7

Wales Home, chalk art, concerts

Yesterday afternoon we had the opportunity of visiting the Wales Home for a time of music and a chalk talk.  The residents apparently enjoyed it very much, and I rejoice that so many heard the gospel preached clearly.

I would like to thank those who are so faithful in praying for us as we minister through music and chalk talks.  The Devil does not want people to hear the truth of God’s Word and will make every effort to twart reception of the Gospel by the hearts of those that hear.  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

We have a few more events coming up, so don’t forget to check our events page.  Please pray that the Lord would grant that we speak and share only what He wants us to speak and share, as it says in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

Jonathan drawing the tree me and Elizabeth drawing on the centre easle Born to Die

This on is an adaptation of Matthew Bowman’s “Born to Die.”  Although evangelicals rarely forget that Christmas is about Christ’s birth, we often forget at Christmas time why Jesus was born.  It was fortold by the prophets and declared by Jesus before He died, but not even his disciples really understood it until Jesus himself explained it to the men on the road to Emmaus.  Jesus Christ was born to die.

A new arrival

   It was still dark out, but David and I had been up for some time. The beauty of freshly fallen snow enthralled me as I walked the short distance to the barn to care for our pet rabbits. I love winter! I shivered a little, though, as I walked. I really needed to get out my winter boots, especially considering what was planned for that morning. Excitement mounted as I entered the barn, placed a bucket of water in its holder, helped David move some large objects out of the way, and took a final glance at the prepared place. We were ready. Now, she just need to arrive – and that would be soon! We exited the barn together. As we glanced toward the road, we saw a vehicle pass, slow down, and stopped a couple houses down. It turned around and came toward out driveway. This was earlier than we had expected, but that was no trouble. I went to meet the expected arrival while David informed the others inside…

   For some time now, we have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of a new addition to our animal “family.” This morning at 6:30, she arrived! Since pictures would certainly tell the story better than my words, I escape the necessity of racking my brain for a way to describe it…

the transport

   This cow is a Dexter – the smallest purebred breed of cattle. She was so small that she could not be seen over the tailgate until one went right up to it. Dexters are supposed to be one of the best as family cows due to their small size, generally friendly disposition, economic feeding habits, high milk yield for its size, and excellent meat on calves raised as beef.  As can be seen, our cow is black, however, the Dexter breed also comes in “red” (more like a reddish-brown) and dun. Black is the dominant colour, so it is not impossible that we get a brown calf someday!

Are you friendly... checking it out be friends...

She is pretty small for a cow ...but not as small as that picture made it look! gentle cow

   We’re thanking the Lord (I especially) for all He has taught us through the process of preparing for this cow. It has been and, I am certain, will continue to be a wonderful, sanctifying experience! I have learned so much thus far (not just about cows)!

cute cow

A Bug Post…

…and a happy birthday!

William is an amateur entologist.  So, when he said he wanted a surprise for his birthday dessert, Elizabeth and Evelyn decided that he would like some bugs on his birthday cake.

Bugs - can you guess what kinds they are?

Not just anyone would be delighted to see that there were some bugs on their birthday cake, but William seemed to be enthralled.

William was delighted!

Once the birthday bugs cupcakes were eaten (we didn’t eat all of them), it was time for the gifts.  I hope you find a good use for those tools soon, William!

Some useful birthday presents

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” – John 15:11

Thanksgiving and Hospitality

There are two times in the year when visiting extended family is considered important: Christmas and Thanksgiving.  We think of having our family over for such occasions as being hospitable.  But how many people do we have to have over to be hospitable?  Is 5 enough?  Or should it be twice as many people as you normally have at home?  Can it be immediate family, or must it be strangers?

What is real hospitality?  A good definition of hospitality is “cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual refreshment with those whom God brings into my life.”  So, whether we have 73 people over, or only a few, the important thing is sharing what you have with those whom God brings into our lives.

Set up for 72

We had 73 people over the Friday before Thanksgiving, and then had all the Sherbrooke Gideons and their wives (about 15 people) over for an honorary supper on Thanksgiving Day.

But what would it be to have company without there being some kind of disaster?  The one I remember best is the turkey disaster.

cleaning up the disaster

The turkey decided it was tired of sitting in a pan of boiling liquid, so when I pulled it part way out of the oven, it promptly released that liquid all over the oven door, the floor and my feet, which happened to be under me as I was removing the turkey.  I am very grateful for Elizabeth and Jonathan who willingly helped clean up the mess.  Overall, however, the preparation went very well, and we had the opportunity of meeting a few new people.

The room was full starting on the deserts

Although almost all the leaves have fallen now, we did had some beautiful autumn weather this year.  Thanksgiving Friday was one such day so, as I was outside waiting for people to arrive, I thought I would take advantage of it to take some pictures of what remained of the beautiful autumn foliage.

Fall leaves

colourful maple leaves

1 Peter 4:9-10 “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Cookie Dough

   Chocolate chip, peanut butter, maple crunch, oatmeal…

      Big batches, little batches…

         Drop cookies, rolled cookies…

   What kind of cookie dough is your favourite?

   I can tell you what Sarah’s favourite kind was today, but it probably isn’t what you would expect.

   Mommy and I went out to get this cookie dough early this morning. I know, that sounds rather odd considering we are known for our homemade cookies and have been heard to condemn other cookies, but it was, nevertheless, the case this time. We are hoping for great sucess with this cookie dough.  We have never tried it before, but we have tried other things similar, so I think we can expect decent results.

   When we brought the box into the house, there was a general rush to the entry. Everyone wanted to have a look at this cookie dough. A lot of comments circulated quickly. Upon putting our “parcel” down, there was some discussion about keeping it out of the reach of Caramel (our cat) since he could potentially do some damage were we to leave it around. We think this cookie dough may last quite a while, so we have to find a good place to keep it.

   But now you want to know just what kind of cookie dough brought such excitement to our home today. Well, it is brown, but then most cookie doughs are, so that doesn’t tell you much. It doesn’t contain chocolate chips or even any cocoa. (I suspect I just lost a few interested boys.) It isn’t a highly uniform colour and would probably be described as slightly stripy, but it couldn’t be called swirly. There are no fruits or nuts in it; it is not an oatmeal cookie dough; it isn’t even made with flour.  In fact, I think I would dare to say that it is a rather unusual kind of cookie dough.

   Sarah, especially, was excited about this cookie dough, so perhaps I should put on a picture of her enjoying it…

enjoying Cookie Dough cute kitty playing with Cookie Dough

   So, in the end, the best place for “storing” this special kind of Cookie Dough is the barn. In fact, that is actually why Daddy allowed us to get him. With the soon to arrive cow, we expect an increase of the mouse population in the barn and hope Cookie Dough will help to exterminate these unwanted intruders.

   Here he is in his new bedroom…


enjoying playing in the straw pounce! mighty hunter

I'll get it yet!

Sweet Cookie Dough!


Last night we had our first frost.  We did see it coming, so last Friday, we all got outside and picked the garden.  We have the habit of weighing everything we pick, so I thought I would take advantage of the fact and put some of the weights here. 

It was a beautiful fall day, with the leaves just beginning to change colours.

fall colours green and red maple leaves half moon with maple leaves

The half moon was hovering over the colourful maples, so I couldn’t resist taking this picture.

We didn’t plant all these pumpkins; some of them came up of their own accord in the compost pile.  I guess they liked the soil there: the pumpkins grew quite well!

Picking pumpkins a good crop of pumpkins weighing the pumpkins

All together, we grew about 200 lbs of pumpkin.  We grew almost as much tomato – 150 lbs.

a tomato growing (Green Zebra) nice tomato, William! tomato triage

We don’t know what type of apple most of our trees give, as they were already there when we moved here, but we think they are not grafted.  They do give excellent apples, though.

A ripe apple time to taste one... This variety is called "big tree"

While we were picking apples from one tree, another picker came along.  You may have to click on the pictures to tell who it was.

An apple-picking cat?

some grapes coming ripe harvesting basil - it took pruning shears working in the garden

We decided to wash the carrots right away to keep them from going bad too fast.

a few of the carrots being washed 18 lbs of carrots

Carrots were not the only things that needed a little washing…

The floors will need a wash too.

Let’s just say the floor did too.

Psalm 75:1 “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare”.

Music in Newport Center

I would like to thank everyone who prayed for us as we travelled to Newport Center, VT, to play music in a small church yesterday.  We figured the border crossing would probably be difficult, seeing it was the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th.  But then, just a day or two before we were to leave, we realized that one of our passports was in Ottawa being renewed.  It was not expired, but we didn’t have it with us, and a passport is required to go through the border.  So, we contacted the pastor and informed him of the situation and said that we weren’t sure we would be able to be there at all.  He simply replied that if God wanted us there, we would get there, and if not this time, we could re-schedule.

So, we contacted the One in charge of the border crossing and asked Him to let us through.  We left early Sunday morning, and got through the border with somewhat less difficulty than usual!  And, yes, the music went well, too!

En route there was a lot of really pretty scenery.  It is very reminiscent of the scenery in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.  I guess that’s because the scenery was made before the Canada-US border.  Smile  To get to Newport Center, we had to go through Newport, which is at the south end of Lake Memphremagog.

A glimpse of Lake Memphremagog from Vermont A house with mountains in the background

Nestled among the Appalachian Mountains and lakes of northern Vermont, Newport previously had a very present French population due to its easy access to Quebec via the lake, and with that, much Roman Catholic influence.

A large church building in Newport

Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”