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    Guest Post: His Star

    My guest today is my dad, whose birthday happens to be today. He told me this morning when I called him that he figured this was his 55th birthday. Later in the conversation he allowed that he was “past 59.” Since I recently told you that I just turned 51, you can know that he’s a good bit “past 59.”…

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    Uncle Lawton’s Pecan Pie

    My dad has an unusual hobby. If it’s a good year for pecans, he likes to buy a 50-pound bag or two of them in the shell, and then he sits and shells them by the hour. You might wonder what he does with all the pecans he shells. Why, he gives them to his kids, of course! Seriously. How…

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    My Thanksgiving Birthday

    A number of years ago this happy little family “enjoyed” Thanksgiving dinner in the hospital… because the dimpled little darlin’ had just been born the day before. (The day before Thanksgiving, that is. Not the day before this picture was taken!) Thanksgiving doesn’t always fall on November 24. You might think it would happen every 7 years, but no. With…

  • Psalm 100
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    Thankful Sheep

    I’ve been thinking about sheep this week. Not that I know very much about them, but I’ve been dwelling on Psalm 100. “Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.“ It’s a pretty basic concept. God made us. He knows…

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    An Indiana Story

    Day 14 of our virtual road trip takes us south from Michigan to Indiana. Some of my earliest memories take place in Indiana, where we moved the summer I was two-and-a-half. There are a couple of memories I have from that fall that tie in with pictures we have. I think I actually do remember the incidents but probably having…

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    A Michigan Story

    Day 13 of our virtual road trip takes us west from New York to Michigan. We lived in Lansing, Michigan from 1969-1972. In the spring of 1970 the congregation Dad pastored bought a church building that had an apartment in the back of it. And so our family moved in. I can’t visualize the apartment part of the building, but…

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    A New York Story

    Day 12 of our virtual road trip takes us northeast from Pennsylvania to New York. In 1991 when Lyle and I made a trip from Kansas to Pennsylvania we took one day to visit New York City. Here is my scrapbook and journal from that experience. May 29, 1991 We set out to see the Statue of Liberty today, leaving…

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    A Pennsylvania Story

    Day 11 of our virtual road trip takes us east from Ohio to Pennsylvania. In 1991 Lyle and I made a trip to Pennsylvania from Kansas. We stayed with my aunt and uncle in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and went on several sight-seeing excursions from there. Today I’ll be sharing portions of my journal and memorabilia from our visit to Philadelphia. May…

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    An Ohio Story

    Day 10 of our virtual road trip takes us north from Kentucky to Ohio. We lived in Lima, Ohio during my high school years. One of my memories from those years is the time my 95-year-old great-grandmother visited us. Granny lived in Eldorado, Oklahoma. (She was the 1918 “Mama” in the story I told about Oklahoma.) Mother had invited her to come…

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    A Kentucky Story

    Day 9 of our virtual road trip takes us north from Tennessee to Kentucky. The main thing I remember about Kentucky is going to church camp in Wilmore every fours years from 1976 – 1988. The small denomination we were a part of had a “general camp” every quadrennial (seriously, that’s what they called it!) at the Holiness campground that was connected with…