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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…

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    A Tennessee Story

    Day 8 of our virtual road trip takes us northeast from Georgia to Tennessee. My family lived in a suburb of Nashville for about 6 months when I was 6 years old. Since we were there such a short time and I was so young, my memories are pretty vague. I remember playing with the neighbor kids on our swing set……

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    An Arkansas Story

    Day 4 of our virtual road trip takes us east from Oklahoma to Arkansas. We moved so many times over the years that no one place really seems like “home” to me unless it would be Grandmother and Granddaddy’s home place in the Ozarks. They lived there as early as I can remember, and when they finally sold it in their retirement…

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    An Oklahoma Story

    The third day of our virtual road trip takes us north from Texas to Oklahoma. Three of my great-grandparents were still alive during my growing-up years. They were all three on my mother’s side and they lived in Eldorado, Oklahoma–a tiny town in the arid southwestern part of the state where my mother grew up. We went to visit them several times…

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    A Texas Story

    The second day of our virtual road trip takes us west from Louisiana to Texas. The summer I was 8 Dad accepted a call to pastor a church in Lufkin, Texas. How exciting to be moving again. We lived in Arkansas at the time. We had never been to Texas before. It sounded so exotic. It would be really hot there,…

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    A Louisiana Story + My Gumbo Recipe

    Today kicks off the Write 31 Days blog challenge which runs through the month of October. You may remember that I participated last year without a set topic. I planned ahead a little better this year, and decided to share Stories of 31 States as a “virtual road trip.” I hope you’ll come along! My series begins in Louisiana, because…