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Obtained a bachelor's degree in political science, a master's in ancient scripture, and a doctorate in educational psychology from BYU. Served with the LDS Church Educational System in Hayward and Palo Alto, California; Athens, Georgia; and Miami, Florida. Served as bishop in Newark, California, and Athens, Georgia, and as stake president of the Sugar Hill Georgia Stake. Served as president of the Mexico City North Mission 1996-99. After retiring from CES in 2004 have served four other missions with my wife: As CES area director in Central America 2004-2006; in Panama 2007-2009; again in Guatemala 2009-2011, this time as executive secretary to the Central America Area Presidency; and finally as a counselor in the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple presidency, 2013-2014. We are currently serving in the presidency of the Fort Lauderale Temple, enjoying serving being able to continue to serve while living at home. We thought we had reached our photo upload allowance at this site, so began a new blog at donandvirginiacazier.blogspot.com, but can no longer find how to add new posts there, though we can again at this site. Feel free to email us at doncazier@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dave and Tom Burrows in Florida

Dave and Tom provide photographic evidence to family in West Virginia that they really are in Florida at the Cazier home rather than on a Caribbean cruise. Other family members are invited and encouraged to make a similar visit--preferably while the Caziers are not off visiting them! David and Tom Burrows visit their parents-in-law and grandparents, respectively.
Burrows, Boixes, Watsons, and Caziers dine.

Dave and Don pray for improved scores in Druthers game, while others more content with their performance, keep their eyes open.



Sunday, March 22, 2009

Time Out

Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21, Virginia and four of her daughters attended a Time Out for Women program in Orlando, sponsored by BYU Continuing Education. Shown below in poses ranging from the sublime to the sedentary are Virginia, Debbi, Kathi, Susan, and Regina. Don and Sean babysat at the Adib home in Valrico, near Tampa, after which children were even more enthusiastic than usual to see their respective mommies.




Saturday, March 14, 2009

Memorable Moments with the Major and Malisa






We've enjoyed very much our first couple of days with Danny and Malisa and their kids, including meeting little Emma for the first time. She looks very much like a cute little female version of a young Danny. And Cami has been transformed from the quiet, reserved little child we remembered to a fitting accomplice of Sage and Alexa, whose energy, exhuberance, and extroversion are just as legendary.

Danny invited us to sit in on one of his philosophy classes, so now we can say we have studied at West Point. Friday afternoon we went with Malisa and some of the kids to the West Point museum, where we saw lots of fearsome weapons from ages past. We've also been glad to meet Malisa's friend, Marcia, who will be moving in with them in another month or two and who will be coming with them to the family reunion, where the rest of the family will also get to meet her.

Saturday we went to Central Park in New York City and to the outskirts of Chinatown--at least far enough to find a restaurant with Chinese food.

Photos follow:










Major Cazier teaching enthralled philosophy students at West Point




Don and Danny at West Point

Danny's office




Danny, Cami, and Cayla




Danny, Cami, and Emma




Marcia with Malisa in museum




Virginia reads to Cami




Disciplinary Dan puts his foot down. (Click for enlarged detail.)




Lilly and Cayla homeless in Central Park




Virginia discovers stone embedded in Central Park in her honor. Lily enjoys special ordered green eggs and ham on her birthday, which was also St. Patrick's Day.

Don feeds furry friend

Another shot of our friendly squirrel. You can see video below by clicking on the second arrow.


To see Dan in action, click on the first arrow below:




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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pointing north toward West Point

After a couple of good months in Florida, punctuated by a nice visit to Denver to see Laurie's family, Don and Virginia are hitting the road to visit Danny's family in West Point, with an overnight stop in Laurel, Maryland, to see the Yeardleys. The pioneers never had it so good! We're thoroughly enjoying our new Toyota Corolla, our new mini-tent trailer, our wireless Internet access en route, our cooler which plugs into the cigaret lighter, etc., etc. Some photos follow. We spent our first night at Faver-Dykes State Park in north Florida, near St. Augustine, where as oldtimers and Florida residents we qualified for a half price rate. The second night we're at a KOA in Florence, South Carolina.

We've said more than once that the best way to see miracles are to (1) be involved in missionary work, (2) to work with family history, or (3) to go on a long trip around the country. Today's miracle was that as Virginia was driving in South Carolina, she felt a thump behind us, as though something had happened to the trailer. After pulling off to investigate, to my astonishment it was not a flat tire after all, but the trailer had come detached from the car! The tongue of the hitch had come out from the piece it fits into, though the pin that holds it in place was still fully attached. The only three possibilities seem to have been (1) that demonic forces were at work, permitting the metal pin to slide through solid metal without leaving a trace, or (2) that someone had mischievously undone the hitch, leaving the tongue outside of the pin, or (3) that whoever hooked the hitch up in the first place was an old absent-minded soul who never got the tongue in far enough to secure in the first place, and had put the pin through the receiver part without it ever going through the tongue at all. Much as I hate to admit it, I'm afraid that #3 is the most likely, though it absolutely astonishes me that we could have gone several hundred miles on two different trips without the tongue pulling out. Perhaps the safety chains kept it from coming out before, but we may have hit a bump that caused the hooks on the end of the safety chains to bend just enough to let the hitch come completely undone. At any rate, the miracle is that no permanent damage was done, and we were able to connect it up right and continue on our way. We found, however, that the turn signals no longer worked, but we got to our campsite by 3 p.m., were able to look up the location of the Florence Toyota dealer on the Internet, program the directions into our GPS, and arrive in time for them to fix it before closing time. In fact, as it turned out to be only a blown fuse, they didn't even charge us! We feel truly blessed. In the eternal scheme of things, this may seem like no big deal, but we appreciate all the little miracles of this sort that make life so much easier. If it had happened on a day when we didn't have a couple of free hours in the afternoon to get the turn signals taken care of, it could have been a much bigger nuisance.

Here are a few picture for your viewing pleasure:


Camping at Faver-Dykes State Park
Virginia enjoys a hike in Faver-Dykes State Park.

Colorful cardinal in Faver-Dykes


Another purty birdie


Tongue which came apart from the hitch. The pin you see in the picture was actually still in the hitch under the car. Evidently I had never got it through the tongue in the first place!


Enjoying 9 year old MRE's for dinner at KOA after getting turn signals repaired. No cooking and easy cleanup!



Freeze dried food for our storage at home


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Brynn and Alexa Boix with their Grandpa Cazier