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Military thoughts....

Friday, November 12, 2010

Yesterday, November 11th, 2010, was Veterans Day.

I wonder if everyone has sat down and thought about the sacrifices our military
has made in the past and today? I think for the most part, people appreciate
their sacrifices, otherwise I would not be here and able to speak.

I just wanted to tell you about this example. My husband, as many of you know is
a combat veteran, a Green Beret', and let me tell you, when he applied to become a
Green Beret', the training was so rough, only 3 men out of 100 made it through to win
their exclusive membership.
He is very proud of being a veteran. I am proud of him. He went through 3 tours in
Vietnam, and he volunteered for all 3. He was in 21 years.

Davids' father commanded a ship. He was in WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, and several
other conflicts that came up. He was in 27 years. I could go back several generations
and they all served their country.

Yesterday, I took him to lunch .... there were 4 young people at the table next to us.
When they left, ONE, came over to David and said: Sir, I want to thank you for your
service. ONE. David was wearing his miltary cap...that identified him as a Vietnam vet.

I saw a WWII veteran leaving as we were seated, and went after him to thank him for
his service. He told me " I volunteered you know, I was not drafted" and I said my
husband did also.

It meant so much to this elderly gentleman, that someone cared. It meant so much to
my husband because that young man, cared enough to come and tell him.

I guess my point is this: YOU do not have to wait til Veterans' Day, or Memorial Day,
or whatever, to tell someone THANK YOU for your MILITARY SERVICE. We are losing
our WWII vets at an alarming rate, so when you are in Walmart or the grocery store, or
a restaurant, and you see someone wearing their cap with whatever war they served in,
Thank them.


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HEIDIHYATT 12/7/2010 9:26AM

    Amen. Please thank your husband for me. My husband just retired after 20 years. I love seeing the spark in his eye when someone is kind enough to recognize his service. We are blessed to have these honorable men in our lives.

I hope you are feeling better!

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SILLYHP1953 11/27/2010 9:05PM

    I really thought I'd posted a comment on this blog, I remember it, I remember writing, I'm sorry you didn't get it. I guess the computer messed up because it also didn't email me when you wrote your next blog! And I subscribe to them. You have a proud family heritage of military service and I salute them.

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DITZYCHICK 11/24/2010 5:13PM

    Much thanks to your husband for his service...and to all who've given themselves so that we can live in peace and freedom. Yes...I think their service is taken for granted and we all need to remember and appreciate ALWAYS!

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LJRW170 11/24/2010 12:15PM

    My husband always does this. It makes me so proud when he goes up to a soldier and shakes their hand and thanks them for their service. He says that he wasn't able to do it (blind in one eye, major respiratory problems, etc.) and so he has an extra obligation to show them his thanks. :)

Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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DMSGLASS 11/24/2010 11:58AM

    As so many young military personnel are returning from their tours, or just coming home on leave, whenever I see them in uniform, I walk up and offer my hand and thank them for serving. I'm a 21 year Air Force veteran and I am grateful for those who continue to serve, to offer up their lives so we can be free to live. What a gift!! Thanks for the blog. Now I will start looking for those wearing their caps, too.

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AZURELITE 11/24/2010 11:41AM

    Thank you for this blog.

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NECYKAYM 11/24/2010 7:12AM

    Wonderfully written. Thank you for sharing. My brother is in the Army, and has done 5 tours so far during his enlistment. The last 2 being to Iraq. Now he is due for another overseas. And although he could have many reasons to not go, he would never feel comfortable to send 'his boys' over and not be there to make sure they come back home. Thank you for your service as a military wife, as I do know how hard that is, and thank your husband for his service as well. Thank you, and have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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SANDYMAE3 11/14/2010 6:17AM

    yes on our walk the other day a kind old gentleman was fishing on the banks and he too was wearing his military cap,i spoke to him ask him how the fishing was and then i said,sir, i dont know if you are a vet,he said he was. i said, thank you for serving in our great country and protecting us from harms way. then i turned to my manny and thanked him. these are our true leaders. bel

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LADYRIDER5759 11/13/2010 2:41PM

    I agree Every single one of these service men and women deserve to be thanked everyday that they are here on this earth. I'm so thankful for each and everyone of them.Thanks Darlene for this Blog it is wonderful and makes people think. emoticon emoticon

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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 11/13/2010 10:16AM

    Great blog.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/13/2010 3:00AM

    I agree it doesn't take one day to recognize what they do to make our country the wonderful country it is. Tell your husband thank you for his service.

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BLAKBIRD 11/12/2010 6:10PM

    emoticon in a good way.

I hope you thanked your Veteran and DH enough for all of us, If not you'd better get back on duty.


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DOTTYDRUID 11/12/2010 4:11PM

    Hi Sis. It was "Armistice Day" here in uk, too. And, yes, we thought about all those who have died, been injured or risked their lives in every conflict since WW1. At least Martin and I did. Its bad that so many younger people dont know,understand ,or care, what such a huge number of brave men, and women , sacrificed for us to keep our countries free.I send our thanks to David for his service too. Martin's father was with the American 8th army airforce during WW2. We in uk will also be remembering the fallen on Remembrance Sunday. This is always the sunday closest to 11/11. "Lest we forget" Janey

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SILLYHP1953 11/12/2010 3:47PM

    Tell your husband I am proud of his service to our country. My first two husbands were in the 82nd and I was going to join the army when I was 19 but found out I was pregnant. My oldest daughter was in the army and stationed in South Korea. I've long thought ALL young people should be required to do some kind of service for our country, or state, or town, not necessarily military, but something. Peace Corp maybe. I'm into peace.

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NEW-CAZ 11/12/2010 2:01PM

    I did just that last Saturday Darlene, an elderly ex soldier was selling poppies for The British Legion in Uxbridge and I shoke his hand.
Lest we forget.............................

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CANOGAPARKGAL 11/12/2010 12:16PM

    OK - now I'm crying. You are so right. I'll keep this in mind, and when someone tells me they were in military service, I'll be sure to thank them.

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Prayer Partners-YooHoo(grin)

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Thanks to all of you who prayed after getting my SOS.....I am much better and
actually am having no pain in the lower back at all, so I am grateful for each of
you who prayed and asked God to remove the pain.

I don't think anything can be done for the back problems, except when it does flare
up, which is why I am so GRATEFUL to each of you for your PRAYERS. I believe they
reached the Father, and He listened..............

I went for a Bone scan yesterday, ordered by my Rheumatologist. I am awaiting
results from that, and while he did mention possible medications, I am going to
refuse any more meds, due to the kidneys being in distress and only working at a
56-58% level.

I will be writing each of you personally, but we have to go get a haircut so we do not
show up at the wedding looking a bit shaggy................lol..............I am really looking
forward to this, as my sons' fiancee is just such a sweetheart. That is another prayer
that has been answered.

While I have you here, please, may I ask for another favor????? I know some of you know
Michelle(SteelKickin) who has Lupus, and is in the midst of a flareup which is causing her
a great deal of pain, AND my friend Robyn whom I have know since she was 12, is
expecting a little one in February, and she is having problems with cramping and I would
so much appreciate all of you praying for both of these. GOD lives and GOD is a miracle

Thanks to you, straight from my heart for my prayers and prayers for these 2.
Anytime you need prayer, please don't hesitate to buzz me......

Hugs and Blessings to each one of you,

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JANIEWWJD 11/24/2010 11:14PM

    I will continue to pray for you. May the Lord bless and protect you. Miracles happen for those who believe!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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50HARLEYGIRL 11/19/2010 7:54AM

    Hey sorry but I'm always a day late and a dollar short! LOL! Hope you are feeling better!!! I know we don't talk a lot but I try to keep up (haven't been doing a good job lately). I also hope everyone that needed the prayers are also feeling better! Will continue to pray for you all. An Blakbird said it all the best I think, we are all so blessed to be apart of this great community! God is Awesome!!!

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SIMPLY-EVA 11/12/2010 1:32PM

  Hope its not too late. Of course, its never to late for prayer. God listens and he loves us so much. Im happy that you are feeling a bit better as of this blog. So sorry I wasnt here to write sooner. Iowa was a mess and I am glad to be back on Texas soil.


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STEELKICKIN 11/3/2010 11:40PM

    I am so sorry to hear that you have been in the midst of a crisis yourself!! I will be praying for you from the bottom of my heart. God is good and He hears our prayers. God bless you!! It means so much to me...I thank God everyday for you. I am so blessed to have friends like you. You know, I lost my mother a few years ago, but you have been like her...you have taken me under your wing and it's just not so lonely anymore. I see her in you. I really think that she led us to one another. I truly do...

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BUGLET- 11/3/2010 1:22AM

    I'm happy you're doing better. I'll remember the others in prayer. It's good to have friends who pray.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/3/2010 1:14AM

    You're in my prayers and thoughts always.

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LUNADRAGON 11/2/2010 10:52PM

    I will pray for you, and your special requests. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLAKBIRD 11/2/2010 10:50PM

    That's what I like most about Spark People.

Amazing concern, support and consideration for the wellbeing of others, even when in need of some TLC and support yourselves.

BRAVO Momma_D,

"Jolly good show" Spark FRIEND.

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 11/2/2010 10:46PM

    So glad you are feeling better!! I'll be remembering your friends also. I hope you have a wonderful, beautiful wedding!!!

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SILLYHP1953 11/2/2010 3:24PM

    Sure glad you're feeling better especially with a wedding coming up. I will send love, light, and healing to Michelle and Robyn and you.
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SLIMPAM23 11/2/2010 1:44PM

    So glad to hear that you have had some relief!!! Will put both of your friends on my prayer list!!

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DOTTYDRUID 11/2/2010 12:45PM

    Yes sis, of course, ill remember them in my prayers too. Glad you are feeling somewhat restored.LOL emoticon and better luck with emoticon Janey

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NEW-CAZ 11/2/2010 12:36PM

    I'll remember them in my prayers Darlene emoticon

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CKAYTHOMAS 11/2/2010 12:23PM

    I praise God that you are getting some relief. I will lift you up to our Father for the further test results and I will pray for your two friends (lupus and baby).
Give Him the Glory,

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YooHoo, Prayer partners

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I will make this short and sweet(stop laughing) I can be brief on occasion.....

I was involved in a minor incident and have hurt my back.

I am asking any of you who pray, to please pray for my back to be healed.

Thanks in advance,

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EXTREMEAUTHOR 11/27/2010 9:05AM

  Dear God please heal D_ANN64's back ... am askin through your Son Jesus Christ ... Amen

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SANDYMAE3 11/8/2010 6:08AM

    prayers for you

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A5KLADY 11/2/2010 8:28AM


SP Pal, Donna

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KAT7457 11/1/2010 3:34AM

    your in my prayer Darlene hope you are getting betterm get well soon hugs.

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ROBSMOM2 10/31/2010 7:10PM


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BMRBUDDY 10/31/2010 3:20PM

    Oh, Darlene, I'm so sorry to hear that. My thoughts are with you and I hope you have a speedy recovery! emoticon

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BUGLET- 10/31/2010 10:48AM

    Prayers and love coming to you! It helps! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRILEY123 10/31/2010 10:04AM

    Ooh, so sorry about your back. I pray you will recover quickly with no lasting ill effects. Blessings to you, Martha

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67CAMARO_SS 10/31/2010 8:18AM

    Aw girl! So sorry to hear this, but will say a prayer for "speedy" healing for you! I know how the back thing goes - & it can take one down for quite a while. Make sure you get the treatment that works best for you.....
June :)

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/31/2010 12:41AM

    Darlene you poor thing. My thoughts and prayers are with you to have a speedy recovery. Sending positive vibes your way!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/30/2010 11:06PM

    Darlene, I'm so sorry!! I will keep you in my prayers and I hope you recover quickly!! Take care of yourself.

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SILLYHP1953 10/30/2010 9:13PM

    I send you love, light, and healing. Be well.
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JUNEBUG1944 10/30/2010 8:10PM

    Sorry about your back, Darlene...I hope and pray it heals quickly!

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SLIMPAM23 10/30/2010 6:32PM

    Count me in!!! I'd hit my knees for you in a minute. Feel better and know that you will be healed!!

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CKAYTHOMAS 10/30/2010 5:41PM

    Oh, I hope you are feeling better. I will certainly pray for quick healing and you to have patience.
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SMARGED 10/30/2010 5:12PM

    HI! I am praying for you!

Dear Lord, please be with Darlene and ease her pain. Please fill her with your peace and help her to relax so that her muscles can begin to heal. Please send your healing angels to her, and let them take away her pain and heal whatever she has hurt. Please, Lord, may Darlene be wrapped up in your love and care. We ask all this in the name of Jesus, Amen!

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JELLI-LEAN 10/30/2010 5:08PM

    Darlene~ So sorry to hear about your accident! I will keep you in my prayers, back injuries are not at all fun!

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~ Janel :)

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DOTTYDRUID 10/30/2010 4:10PM

    Oh Sis, you poor girl. Yes of course you have my prayers and my thoughts,as always. Now I know why my back is playing me up. I m having sympathy pains with you. I hope it eases your pain too. Take care and rest dear Sis. Be safe and God bless LOL emoticon Janey x

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NEW-CAZ 10/30/2010 3:24PM

    Darlene I am so sorry, I hope you heal quickly, sending positive vibes and prayers.

Rest up hun and take care
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Well got to go on my first poker run for charity today. We had a great ride,
and saw some awesome country. We rode right along the edge of a huge lake,
some mountainous, and I learned to ride switchbacks. In a hurry (LOL) we were
in them before I knew it.

Our last stop there was a really busy 4 way stop, and about 75 waiting to get out on the highway for the last leg.
No one would let any of the bikes out of the station lot, so we were waiting,
and this great big semi pulls up and stops traffic and lets us all out.....we all
got a good laugh out of that one.

When we got back home, we rode over to the Charity Pig Roast, and ate and
shopped a little at all the biker vendors there. All in all in was a really cool day....
We had a blast, and the weather was perfect, sunny, but not to warm and no wind
to speak of....perfect riding weather.............

We had so much fun, we are going back this week, and take the camera and take

Blessings on all ya'll,

PS; Every single bike waved at the driver for a thank you.....

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DOINFINE 10/19/2010 4:06PM

    I've never had a bad time at a poker run, even if the weather didn't co-operate. There's just something about seeing a double line of bikes that seems to go on forever...and don't you just love the thunder?
So glad you had a good time and that angel of a trucker let all of you out. That's a big 10-4!
I can't wait to see the pictures of your trip. It's always great to find new, cool places to ride...and I love the twisties. Woo-Hoo!
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BMRBUDDY 10/17/2010 9:01PM

    Sounds like a great day! Switchbacks are fun, aren't they! I have a picture of me on my bike where Blakbird mentioned (the Tail of the Dragon). We don't have much in the way of curves in Illinois or Florida but we do go several times a year to NC. Lots of great roads there.

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BLAKBIRD 10/17/2010 1:34PM

    Sounds like all y'all had a great time enjoyed a really good ride and nice company.

The Semi driver is probably a biker too, at least 2 of our HOG chapter members drive Semi's and have a space set aside in their trailers for their bikes. So your considerate driver probably knows what it's like to be stuck at an intersection while his possee rides off into the distance.

He probably enjoyed the opportunity to see you all out riding, and appreciated the waves of thanks from fellow bikers.

Glad you got to practice your countersteering techniques, love those twisties, when are we off to deals gap to tame the dragon - Oh if we go we'd better let PennyLou7 know too.

Well Momma_D thank you for a great blog. I could almost feel myself waiting at that intersection with you and waiving to the semi-driver emoticon

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PENNYLOU7 10/17/2010 11:11AM

    Sounds like a blast! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see pics.

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67CAMARO_SS 10/17/2010 9:21AM

    I'm so jealous! Sounds like an absolutely Best Day!!
June :)

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    Maybe I'll get to do one in the future..it sounds like alot of fun!

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BUGLET- 10/17/2010 8:09AM

    Sounds like fun. I used to love our Corvette runs. Seems like so long ago now. I'm glad you are safely back..
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NEW-CAZ 10/17/2010 3:46AM

    Sounds like a great ride! what a wonderful way to spend the day!

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KAT7457 10/17/2010 1:45AM

    GO BIKERS, ITS BEEN awhile since i been bike riding i miss it i still have all my leather and wont get rid of it.glad it was a nice day for you all to go on the ride. thank God for truckers they will help people. cant wait to see the pictures. take care and hugs

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/17/2010 12:44AM

    So glad you had a good ride! Great job to the semi driver for helping you guys get out!

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KERIBELLE 10/17/2010 12:22AM

    I love poker runs!! Sounds like you had a great day.

Keri : )

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SILLYHP1953 10/16/2010 10:15PM

    Sounds like a great ride! Our club's poker run is on Oct 31st, so I'll be there. I've heard the term "switchback" and think it must be what I call a hairpin turn. They are mountain roads, and you make a 180 degree turn? I vividly remember my first one. We were riding in WV in the mountains in a state park. The roads were well paved (a very good thing) and they had those big signs with the yellow arrows letting you know which direction you were getting ready to turn. I'm coming up to one that's pointing to the right and as I get almost to the turn I can see another sign right next to it pointing left! What? Then I see my husband, who was leading, across from me heading up. Talk about getting ready fast. I was more prepared for it coming back, plus heading down you could see it easier.

This is some good biking weather, not too hot or too cold. One of these days I'll put some riding pictures on my page.

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MRILEY123 10/16/2010 8:53PM

    Wow! Sounds great! Must be a beautiful place to ride. Love that semi driver.

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STEELKICKIN 10/16/2010 8:53PM

    Sounds like a blast!! I love it that the semi gave you guys the safety to get out with his big rig. Awww, camaraderie of the road, it's a good thing. That's what it takes, everyone looking out for one another. It sounds like the charity run was a success! Those are my favorite kinds of poker runs, ones that count for something important! When you go back to take pics, post a few! I'm so happy you enjoyed yourself. I like to see my Momma happy!

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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Last night and this morning we had a special speaker/singer at our church. He and his
wife have 4 of the most beautiful children you ever saw, and they can harmonize like
you would not believe. I think they are like 12, 10, 7, and 5.

It hit me so hard to find out that 3 of the 4 are diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. The
reason they are out touring, and telling their story is because they have been living in
a Winnebago, while a special home is being built, that is allergen free. Their Mother,
who is an amazing nutrionist, cooks organic and any other thing to help the children
stay as healthy as possible.

This man was making it big in country music as a songwriter, and God told him to let
it go. So he walked away. They have a very interesting testimony, by the way. So
if anyone out there feels led to have them appear at your church, or want to help them
in some way, his name is Greg McDougal. His website is:


If you would like to read more about him and his ministry, go there. ALSO, you can
click on he and his wifes addy at the bottom of the page and it will take you to Utube
for a video.

You will likely have to copy/paste the above address because I have not yet learned
how to put an addy in there yet where you can just click on it.


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A5KLADY 10/13/2010 2:25PM

    Hi Dee, How are you doing???

sp pal, Donna

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SILLYHP1953 10/8/2010 9:49PM

    I've always loved the music in church. I went to church with my grandmother as a child and again when she moved in with us at the age of 94 until she died at 97. She and I have the same singing voice...as in we don't have one. So I would barely sing in church even though I love to sing, just nobody wants to listen! But Mama would sing out, enjoying the music and lyrics, and didn't care what anybody else thought. I went to a funeral a few weeks ago, it was in an old country church, and during the funeral we sang four songs from the hymn books. For the first time I sang loud enough that I could hear myself, and I think the poeple around me could hear me, too. My brother looked over at me once, he wasn't singing. It was great. There are good things about getting older, and not caring what other people think is one of them. Thank you for sharing about that family and your church.

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KAT7457 10/5/2010 11:20AM

    emoticonfor sharing his family's story. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
hope you are doing well.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/5/2010 2:59AM

    What an amazing and inspirational family. Thanks for posting that.

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KATIE135 10/4/2010 12:28PM

    People sure can move us to know what we have and be thankful. Counting my blessings also....hugs

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    Wow. They do sound like an amazing family even facing such obstacles.

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NEW-CAZ 10/4/2010 4:42AM

    What an inspirational family Darlene, glad you had such a nice service.
If you want me to talk you through how to add a link let me know!

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SOUPGAL 10/3/2010 8:28PM

    It was a cool Sunday in Kansas. Glad you had such a nice service. I always enjoy the special music. emoticon

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