Sunday, December 30, 2007

more fun family photos

This is actually Kate here, posting fun old photos I found on Grandpa's mac.
There's a wealth of pictures here, so I hope Grandpa keeps entertaining us with them.
Enjoy! & Happy New Year.Uncle Andy with some dog on a beach in Oregon
(David and Alec in the background)

I wanted to post more--these ones in particular....
Uncle Bert and Raj & Grandpa on a horse pulling Grandma
....but the computer was being slow and uncooperative, so that's all from me. Hopefully Grandpa will keep them coming!!

George Frederick Miner

Kate picked this. Her great great grandfather and relatives.
(the one in the front row, second from left, in black)
from one hundred years ago - probably 1907 in western New York

Friday, December 28, 2007


1 Anna Elizabeth 5

16 Lillian May 2

20 Mary Ruth

21 Radu

25 Hannah

29 Daniel Manning

30 Virginia May

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


1 Carol Joanna

5 Carol Jayne

9 Alec Manning

9 Arianna May

16 Muriel May Lane-87 years. This is tog's sister at 845 Sharon Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

three men in a tub Who are they?

Three men in a tub.

Who are they? 

Thursday, October 25, 2007


I missed October due to computer woes. But there was only one birthday - Milan's 34th on October 7

For November



Friday, September 28, 2007

Because I Can, Appalachian 34-Michigan 32

AppState-woot! woot! Proud to be an Alum and hoping Gpa managed to catch this game. Even from Uganda, I've been hearing all the hype from college friends. I miss football & basketball but not as much as family!!

Sunday, September 2, 2007


2 Mark Taylor Polak
15 Karen
19 Jodie
21 Joyce
25 Joel
29 William Jonathan

Monday, July 30, 2007


August 23, 2006 - great-grandchild John Thomas Zuba born

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Family Reunion

Anyone remember the date of this photo? How old were you?

Thursday, June 28, 2007


2 Jennifer Ruth

6 Jeremiah Paul

15 Mathew Bryan

20 Katherine Ann (Kate)

Monday, June 11, 2007

I graduated!!!

I graduated from Trinity Christian School this past Friday! I had been a student there for nearly thirteen years. It was memorable evening with speeches and special music and farewells to many friends that I've made at TCS. I'll miss them next year, though I'm ready to move on to college.

A week or so before graduation the senior class with the principal and his wife went to California together. We saw San Francisco and spent a couple days in Yosemite. Mr. Prol and a few of the guys hiked Half Dome - the biggest granite monolith in the world. Some of the rest of us hiked the Mist Trail up to Vernal Falls (for a great picture see Kate's blog.) Then we drove to Glacier Point for a stunning view of the whole valley. On the way back we saw two big brown bears very close to the road.

Yosemite Valley was nothing less than awesome. I don't think I've ever seen lakes so blue or landscapes so breathtaking. Our time there was far too short. I'll have to come back. The evening after we got back from California was the senior banquet and just over a week later was graduation.

Saturday, June 2, 2007


8 Abigail Audrey

9 Rachel Lillian

16 William Javan

20 David Hugh

Friday, May 18, 2007

The Good-Byes Begin

Well, fam, the good-byes have officially begun. Jim and I both had our last days at our respective jobs this past Wednesday, and then we promptly sold our car on Thursday! We posted the ad for our car about six weeks ago but hadn't had any interested buyers until this week. On Tuesday a woman looked at the car, and by Thursday afternoon she had purchased it from us and very excitedly drove away, leaving us with only the memories (our first car as a married couple) and the I-Pass and the license plates. "I love this car," she kept saying. I guess we really are moving now! As our time in Wheaton is drawing to a close, we are thankful for how the Lord has taken care of us here the last three years - from grad school to employment to housing to deeper friendships - and how He is helping us close out our time here - selling our car and paying off bills and leaving our jobs on good terms and re-visiting favorite places and people to say good-bye. So the countdown to Cape Town begins (June 26)!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

June 26 Departure for Cape Town

Praise God - the decision has been made! We are excited to tell you all that Jim - newly graduated from Wheaton College Grad School with a Master's in Biblical Studies - has decided to enter the University of Cape Town as a student in the Master's of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Education program. The semester begins in July, so we will be flying out on June 26. Fortunately, we now have some contacts there (due to our trip last December), so we will have some people to greet us, host us, and help us get situated the first few weeks.

There's a lot to do in the brief time left before we take off - including getting visas, leaving our current jobs, doing a couple of trips to see family, packing (how do we have so much stuff?), organizing our finances, and saying good-byes, so pray that all the details would come together smoothly and that we would continue to have peace about this decision. We are eager to see all that God has in store with this new adventure, and hope that we will be challenged and grown in new ways as we live and study in this place. More details to come soon!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

May Birthdays

Hi all, this is posted from Port Orchard as the TOG himself, and his youthfuller companion passes through on the way to Wheaton.
Here is the single May birthday:  Elizabeth Grace Polak, May 21

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Back in PO

Miners, Hawkins, Zubas, Weltys getting together in Port Orchard. (February 2006)

Sunday, March 25, 2007


11 Ruth Hope

17 Andrew Manning

22 Benjamin Ames

27 Allen Wood

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Stay Close to your Family

-from Grandpa

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bert's Birthday: 50!!!

The Port Orchard Miners celebrated Bert's birthday with friends and family last Saturday. Javan, Jonathan and Rebekah got to fly home for the weekend to be part of the celebration. Karen put together a big photo collage of photo's from Bert's first 50 years. Pictures to go in the collage for the next 50 were also taken, a few of which may be viewed here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

March Birthdays

1 Kippy

7 Ami (Amelia Lydia Wood)

11 Gram (Jane Duncan)

18 Kyle

27 Jack

Monday, February 19, 2007

Future Wheaton Student

I thought some of you Wheaton alumni Miners might be excited to hear my news. I found out the day after Christmas that I was accepted to Wheaton College. A couple weeks ago I mailed a deposit!

It's exciting and a bit scary to have made this decision. I don't feel the relief that I had expected. Instead there is still so much uncertainty. Was it the right decision? Will I like it there? What will I study?

I'm seriously considering majoring in music education. Piano has been an important part of my life for the past five years. I really enjoying teaching my two piano students and I've enjoyed the extra hours of practice I've been putting in to prepare an audition. I love music and I know I want to continue studying it in some way, but I'm just not entirely convinced yet that a degree in it is the way to go. I love English too and Wheaton has such a great English department.

So many questions, so much uncertainty. And so little time left to decide. Thanks to all of you who have been praying for guidance and direction. Some decisions have been made!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

60? come again?

Be extra careful. When you are over the hill you start to pick up speed!

60? come again?

1 heated hour of Ping-Pong + 60 candles + Homemade strawberry cheesecake + 1 doting wife & 1 loving daughter + phone calls from 4 offspring = 1 very thrilling birthday celebration

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Two Trips to South Africa

This past December, Jim and I travelled to Cape Town, South Africa for two weeks. Our main intention was to visit our friend Fritz van der Lecq, who we met in 2004 when he came to the Wheaton Graduate School as an international student. It was a wonderful time together, as he introduced us to his family and friends, took us around the area, and spent many hours discussing life in South Africa over coffee. While there, we also checked out the University of Cape Town, as Jim was accepted to a graduate program in education, to begin in July 2007. Jim's interests in the program were confirmed - heightened! - so we are continuing to pursue the opportunity to move there for 1-2 years as of this summer (or... winter, in the southern hemisphere). There are a lot of logistics to work through before then, however, so you can pray that the Lord would guide and provide! If you'd like to see 'some' photos, check out our google photos page. If you're wondering how long the flight is to Cape Town from Chicago is .. the answer is 20 hours.

We also took a second 'trip' to South Africa last weekend, via the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, who is hosting the showing of the play "Amajuba" (through 2/11). This play is a realistic and true telling of childhood in South Africa in the 70s, 80s, 90s, during the turbulent last years of apartheid. Songs were interspersed with the narratives of the five actors. It was very moving, and a good reminder of the power of story to communicate strong emotion and the importance of childhood experiences in our psychological development. (Did you know South Africa has 9 national languages? We heard at least 5 during the play.)

Monday, February 5, 2007

The steadfast love of the Lord from generation to generation was proclamed yesterday in the baptism of John Thomas Zuba, son of Ruth and Radu, grandson of David and Kippy Miner, great-grandson of Jack and Mina Miner, with the added blessing of Gram-Jane Stam Miner.  Grampa David was privileged to perform the baptism at Wallace Presbyterian Church, Hyattsville, MD, where his friend Dr. Stephen Clark is pastor, and where Ruth and Radu, and Mary are members.  Family in attendance included David and Kippy and  Carol,  Ruth and Radu,  Uncle and Aunt, Doru and Kelley Zuba, and Doina and Micea Zuba, JT's Buni and Bunica.
The opening hymn was Praise to the Lord the Almighty, a favorite which both Ruth and Elizabeth chose as their wedding hymn.  Pastor Clark's sermon from Mark 6:1-13 was entitled In Training.  It was apparently part of a series, not chosen especially for the baptism, but was certainly appropriate as we consider our part in bringing up John Thomas to fear and trust the Lord. 
After worship all the family and two out-of-town friends enjoyed a beautiful and delicious dinner at Ruth and Radu's.  For dessert Ruth served Orange Ice Box Cake, a recipe passed down from her Grandmother Reynolds, who would rejoice to see this special occasion. 
Our weekend in Maryland included unexpected time with Rachel  who, stopping overnight at Ruth and Radu's, told us about the work she is going to do in Uganda and caught us up on some family news.  If you want to set her record straight regarding family news, contribute to this blog!

Sunday, February 4, 2007

February Birthdays

Happy Birthday today, David!

  • Feb. 3rd - Rebekah
  • Feb. 4 - David William
  • Feb. 8 - Julianna
  • Feb. 8 - Scott
  • Feb. 16 - Mary Eleanor
  • Feb. 26 - Katie Joy
  • Feb. 27 - Bert

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Family Chats

Aunt Joyce and I had a nice phone chat this afternoon, neither of us being to comfortable with Instant Messaging. It's remarkable to think how Grandpa's family is really spreading out over the globe. This website should be a great way to help us all feel more connected. Thanks, Kate, for your work on it. I'm glad that it's fun for you. Thank you to all who are praying for Mark's kidney situation. His test will be on March 15; then we should find out if the procedure he had back in December was effective. Please keep praying that God would be gracious to use this "Deflux" to heal Mark.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

here goes

All right, folks, here's our "home page." This is sort of a test: anything can be changed and we can scratch this for something better if the format doesn't work out too great for us. And seriously, anything can be changed...if you're not a fan of the font, colors, whatever, let me know.

First off, some common terms defined:
  • post: what you call what I'm writing now
  • sidebar: what you call the stuff on the left side of the page. It can be moved to the right, or basically do anything you like. I can add anything to the sidebar you like - just tell me. We can put links to old posts in the sidebar...things we might commonly refer to, like a list of birthdays.
  • archives: what you call old posts. blogspot automatically archives things, and I've selected to have our posts archived monthy. You can peruse through the archives in the sidebar.
  • labels: when you put a label on each of your posts just so that you can read similar entries together. For example, one label might be: old family pictures, and every time grandpa posted one, he could add that label to the end of the post. If you ever wanted to peruse through them all, you could just click on that tag in the sidebar.
  • comment: v. adding a note at the end of a post. n. a note at the end of the post. To post a comment click on "0 comments" at the end. You don't have to have a blogspot account to do this: just click on "other" and type in your name.
  • template: the huge mess of computer language that makes the blog look like it does. Our new blog from blogspot is very user-friendly, and a lot can be changed very easily. The real template is harder to manuever, but it's like a fun puzzle trying to figure it out. I don't think anyone will be able to see it but me. But if something looks weird, let me know.
  • If anything is still confusing, just comment on this post and ask.

Now, how you can be a part of this.
  • Check it for updates. Use to tell you when there are new posts.
  • Link. Use the sidebar to link to our personal blogs....You can send me your blog/page to be added to the side bar. (Let me know if any links are "broken.")
  • Post comments. It's fun to read what others have said about a post, and it will make this a fun place to visit. =)
  • Post. There are 2 ways to do that. 1. When we're up and running, I will email you all a email address that you can write to that will then post it directly onto the blog. That will be an easy way for everyone to post. (Just make sure you delete any extra stuff that normally goes out at the end of the email.) I'm not sure how easy it is to add pictures that way; we'll see. 2. I can invite you to be a member/co-author. You will have to have a blogspot or gmail account. Of course it's free, and really quite easy. (And a gmail address is the best kind of have =)

A Second Test

Looks Good:

Now we just need to see if we can get people using it!

first post

William Perkins Miner
Kate's great-great-great grandfather Miner
Born early 1840's