This country is in so much trouble. 



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Don't take my word for it.



Romans 1

God's Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[g] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 3Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.






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Arden had to go to work after church.  : - (



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"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

Luke 13:24



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Charge!  That's me.  Unafraid and born to be "different."  : - )  How can you be a true Christian these days and be any other way?!

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My Mom standing on the steps with her sister Marion and her husband Curtis and two kids at the time (she had another later).  Aunt Marion's two kids in this picture (and my cousins) her son David (you'll see David grown up below with his 1st wife Heidi) and daughter, Joy Jean. 


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My Grandpa's barn.  I think the one coming out of the barn is my brother.  My cousin Kenny is looking up.  My brothers spent a lot of Easter vacations cleaning out that barn.  Kenny died in his 50s.

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My Mom's oldest sister Marion again.  This is her 2nd daughter, Faith Ann, who she gave birth to after Joy Jean. 

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Aunt Marion's son David and his first wife Heidie on Grandpa's farm.  David has lived his entire life (or the part I remember) in California where my Aunt and Uncle taught school.  After my Aunt and Uncle retired they moved back to the family farm and lived until they died.  I was young when this picture was taken.  I thought Heidie with her bleach blond hair was beautiful, and classy!  I think she actually "was."  But, soon after this picture Heidie turned hippie and divorced David.  : - )  She literally gave away all her possessions and went off hitch hiking.  And that was the last I ever heard of Heidie. 

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My Grandma with my cousin Chris.

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My Mom's brother and his family in my Grandma's kitchen.  My Grandpa is to the right and another brother's wife beside him.

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Before I was born.  Cousins on my Grandparent's farm.  Looks like party time.  



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My Grandma with my Mom's youngest sister, Adria.

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Joy Jean with another Uncle's son.

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Aunt Adria with my brother.

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Pinky and me!  I still remember Pinky well.  No I was not trying to hang him.
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My Mom on the right with her sister Anita, and a mystery man!  Which is very strange, since my Mom always acted to me like she was never allowed out of the house until she was 19 y.o., and only then to marry my Dad.  I'm so perplexed.  : - )
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I'm the little one-with my older sister and my cousin.

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I'm the little one in the middle-with my Grandma (holding my younger sister), older sister, brother (behind me) and two cousins.

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Cousins-again before I was born.


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 My Dad and my brother.


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My Mom's youngest brother, Danny.  He died of Leukemia at age 18 y.o.  This picture must have been taken right before or right after they learned he was sick.  He lived less than a year after he was diagnosed.  My Mom used to tell us how sick he was that year.  His pain was so bad they couldn't touch his bed without hurting him. Before that though he went blind and they couldn't move the furniture.  My Grandmother said the first winter after he died she thought she would lose her mind. 

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My brother at Danny's grave.  I've been reading letters from the 60s and 70s my Grandmother had written to my Mom.  My Grandma was old and sick.  She wrote, "Dr. Keck says if I behave myself I will live several more years.  But, if I don't I'll just get to be with Danny."







You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

Exodus 20:5








Father's Day

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I told the kids they should get their Daddy ties for Father's Day.  He really needed them, plus my Grandpa always had a room full of ties.   : - ) 

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Cokie going rogue.

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Cokie went to four different stores till she found her Daddy a back-scratcher.

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Lyric added to the tie theme. 

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Then all the quads worked hard on adding to Lyric's present.  It drove Lyric crazy they wouldn't leave it alone.  

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They put their Daddy's favorite candy in the tie bag... sack.   

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The big kids paid Dad his dues and spent the day with him.  They even got up early to meet him for his coffee before church.  

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Lael wrote him a 2 page letter about how she really felt about him.





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Our sweet friend met us for lunch.  She just happened to be Lael's 1st grade teacher.  Every day I would pick Lael up after school, and these two would come out of the school arm in arm. 


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Then Dad met up with Whitney to pick up his Father's Day gift from her. 



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“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.


“This, then, is how you should pray:

“ ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one. ’

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.