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6/26/16 1:36 A

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Honor my dad and my country. He also explained to me very early why we celebrate Independence Day. We usually have a cookout for the family, too.
Will start new traditions now for the Grand Kids!

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Della, isn't it great that God can do that - lessen or erase the pain of our past, and help us to remember the good!

Do you do anything in particular to celebrate as an adult?

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6/24/16 10:47 A

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When I was small, dad put fear/respect in all of us for fireworks! He would set them off after the long talk then he would take us to watch the large fireworks in town.
My grandmother played with me a lot. She taught me to crochet. I'm glad I have wonderful childhood memories now! For many years all I could remember was the bad! Praise God for the seasons in life!


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6/24/16 9:55 A

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Do you have any Independence Day traditions? Any special July 4th memories from childhood?Do you have any plans in the works for this coming holiday?

For members in other countries, please tell us about a holiday that is similar to our Independence Day. What does that holiday represent for your country? What are the popular activities, foods, festivities, etc?

My family doesn't really do much for Independence Day. Sometimes we'll watch the fireworks show put on by the city, which we will probably do this year. We don't really have traditions or any specific plans for this year - we more so go by the spur of the moment.

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6/4/16 9:20 A

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One summer I kept count of how many fish I caught out of a local pond until I reached 100. I just love the tug on the end of the line. emoticon My DH wants me to go deer hunting with him and I did get my lifetime big game hunter's license, but I doubt if I ever use them. I don't like to Ticks nor cold weather later on. emoticon

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6/3/16 3:08 P

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When I was growing up, we went to a large church. One day, they were having a celebration - I think it was to celebrate the anniversary of the church, but not sure. One of the activities was everyone filed out a card listing their name, address, a favorite scripture, and a small note about themselves. The notes were put into balloons, which were then filled with helium. We all then went outside, waited while lots of pictures were taken, then we released the balloons. Out of at least a hundred balloons with notes, my sister was the only person who got a response back. A woman in another state had found a balloon, mostly deflated, on the ground, went to look at it, and saw a card inside. She took the time to write a response to my sister.

The sight of all those balloons made an impact on me, and I always smile when I remember it. I've informed my husband that if I die (though I plan on Jesus coming back long before that), I don't want a church or funeral home service. I want the back room of a restaurant rented, a buffet dinner served so my loved ones can join together for a meal and to just enjoy each other's company. Then everyone writes me a note, sticks them in a balloon, fill it up, and everyone let them go at once. When they release the balloons, they release any grief or any regrets they may have, and I will be sitting at the feet of my Savior, but I hope He will allow me to look down for just one moment to see those balloons rising up towards me.

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6/2/16 7:50 P

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I had a very happy childhood. I was the baby of the bunch, and thoroughly enjoyed the perks! When I was about five or six, my parents bought me a Flintstone wagon. Our home was on a hill, so I would ride my wagon down the hill. One day, while riding my wagon, I had an accident coasting down the hill. I was fine, but my wagon hit our neighbors car! Everyone rushed to me making sure I wasn't hurt. I remember laughing and saying "I'm fine, but you have a dent in your car!" My wagon barely had a scratch, but dented a car!...That's when toys were made to last. I loved that wagon, and my Easy Bake oven! And yes, I still love baking.

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6/2/16 10:56 A

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This happened when my Lil Man was about 12...

I went to the kitchen to refill my cup of coffee. My Cowboy asked if I minded getting him a cup, also. Lil Man was in the living room playing the Playstation, and pipes up, "Hey blasted female, get me a cup too!" I knew he was just joking - it didn't upset me. (I learned in earlier years that coffee often has a calming and focusing effect on children with ADD. Lil Man would occasionally have a cup.) So I made all three of us a cup of coffee. I took one in to my Cowboy, joined my mother at the dining room table, and called Lil Man in to get his. He came in, grabbed the cup, took a huge gulp, swallowed, then started making faces and sputtering and coughing. I had put a teaspoon of lemon powder in his cup. His reaction was priceless! I teasingly told him that's what he got for calling me a blasted female! LOL! He still remembers it, and still makes faces when he mentions it.

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6/2/16 10:15 A

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Although it was very stressful at times, the year and 1/2 that my mom lived with me and my husband before she died was extra special. We actually sat down and talked; I learned things about my mom that I never knew. I wouldn't trade those precious memories for anything it's all I have left now that she has gone to her heavenly home.

When you reach the end of your rope...you will find the hem of His garment!


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6/2/16 10:04 A

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WE did not have much growing up on a farm, but my parents were very unselfish with what we did have. Mom would cook Sunday meals for our friends quite often. We would play "corncobs" fights "boys against the girls" in the old barn. The girls got the loft. That was a lot of fun!!!!!
In the winter, we would ice skate on a frozen, shallow pond. Growing up on the farm was lots of fun.


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6/1/16 1:55 P

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Growing up, my Sundays were always special to me. The family would all to to church, then come home. Dad would walk to the grocery store (a couple blocks from the house) - I would often go with him - for a few groceries and the Sunday paper. He'd come home, set the paper aside (no one was allowed to mess with it until he read it first) and make a huge late lunch for the family - eggs, toast or biscuits, hash browns, sausage or bacon, and sometimes pancakes also. We'd eat, then he'd curl up on the couch with his newspaper. First thing he'd do is browse the comics, then give it to me.

I later learned (after Dad passed) that when he was growing up, his Sundays followed the same pattern. So it meant even more to me realizing that our Sunday routine was a tradition he had passed down from his own dad.

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5/31/16 10:52 P

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We have used this thread to share things in honor or memory of our Mothers and our Fathers.

Let's continue to share about special memories we have had with our families growing up or that with our friends. Share about the recent things as well. (fun, sad, silly times, vacations, etc)



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5/26/16 1:26 P

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My dad passed away in 1990, but when I was a little girl he kept me during the day while mom worked (he worked second shift). He made each day so much fun!! When the weather was nice he'd take me on little picnics or fishing. I remember the first fish I caught when I was around 5, it was a little sun perch and I was so excited you would have thought I caught a WHALE! My daddy was so proud of me and told anybody that would listen about my "big" fish.
I was definitely a daddy's girl and I still miss him to this day. I'm so thankful to God for the wonderful memories I have of times spent with my daddy.

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5/23/16 3:25 P

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My father joined and trained with the Kansas National Guard, but as the war loomed, he decided to join the Army Air Corp Paratroopers. He fought in WW 2 as a paratrooper and received the Purple Heart Medal. He didn't talk much to us about the war, as they were not fond memories for him. He had such a soft and gentle heart, I can't imagine how difficult it must have been for him. In his later years, he reconnected with his fellow soldiers in the Paratroop Company and attended a few of their reunions. He also started attending the reunions of the National Guard Unit he started out with. He and my mom attended many of those reunions, and after his death, I began taking my mom to them. They were a very tight knit group, and he loved them all dearly. We consider them all to be family.

The following is what I wrote about him in my FB blog on his birthday in March:


97 years ago today, amidst the beauty of the Flint Hills, in the small town of Matfield Green KS, Mary and Walter Granger welcomed their 7th child, and 4th son into this world. They named him Alvin Harry, but shortly thereafter one of his older brothers would call him Bobby in his attempt to pronounce Baby. The nickname stuck, and he would be forever known to friends and family as Bob Granger.

He passed on his love of all things nature, (although he saved his green thumb for my sister) and animals, particularly puppies and kittens. He also gifted me with his sense of humor, particularly his love for sarcasm. He was a gentle soul who could not keep his hands off of any baby he came into contact with. His dedication to children led to a 30 year commitment to The Boy Scouts where he helped mold too many boys to count into responsible, caring young men.

He loved the Lord and quietly lived a Christian life, He taught his children and his peers the same. He dedicated his life to his church family, and one cannot look around the Federated Church of Burlingame without seeing something his hands touched and made better.

He worked hard to provide for his family, even when it meant being away from home all week. He was a family man at heart, spending as much time with his kids as possible.

At the age of 40, he became my father. At the age of 40, I lost him. I didnít want him to leave, but he was ready to go. He was in pain, and didnít deserve to live like that. He couldnít wait to meet the Lord.

In the 17 years since he left us, 5 great grandchildren have been born. It breaks my heart knowing they didnít get to be a part of his life. But as parents and grandparents we do our best to pass on his unique way of looking at life, and instill in them the same values he taught us.

Happy Heavenly Birthday Daddy! I miss you every day.






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5/23/16 12:59 P

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My father joined the Navy. They made him a cook, and he fell in love with cooking. (His Italian upbringing didn't hurt, either. lol) He was such a soft-hearted man, he loved his naval brothers, he took pride in their strength and courage to serve our country, and he took great pride in doing what he could to serve them. He served for 20 years, then retired to have and raise a family. Those were his only goals in life - to make a career out of his time in the military, and to be a good husband and father - and he accomplished them both.

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5/23/16 12:51 P

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This weekend is Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

In honor of this day, tell us about your loved ones, past or present, who are in the armed forces. Let's show our respect and reverence for those who have served or are serving to protect and defend us.

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5/20/16 2:19 A

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My good memorie of my Dad is knowing he loved his family .

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Even though mothers and fathers both have special days, I don't think "real" fathers get or have gotten the respect they deserve for the role they play in their children's lives. Daughters often pattern their husbands after the traits they see in their father. Sons often try to emulate their fathers.

My father was truly tested with three daughters. People often asked him how he raised three girls, he would laughingly say by staying in prayer. My father loved his wife and daughters, I praise God for my parents raising me in a home full of nurture and love. I was the baby, and he spoiled me rotten. He bought my first pair of heels, probably why I love heels so much.

He was a strict disciplinarian, but a softy at heart. He left this world due to a heart attack, and I miss him dearly. God loaned him to me for a while, it was time for his journey in this world to end. I miss our talks, our debates, and simply our father/daughter time.

Thank You Father for Blessing me with a father after your own heart. He taught me so much...Like how to be a lady, if I want to be respected as one. He was giving, loving, a provider, and one of my heroes!
Love and Blessings to my beloved father!


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My dad never met a stranger, and was always helpful to any neighbor that needed his help. He worked extremely hard on our small farm to put food on the table. He loved to swap knives and dogs for a hobby. Although he was not the type of dad that hugged, kissed, nor told my brother and I that he loved us, he showed it by the things that he did for us. I did yearn to hear him say "I love you, though" and he did on his death bed. I will always remember how unselfish he was with the family car. When I went off to college, he let me take it for a week and he had to do without a vehicle. I never asked him for it again, for I saw through my selfishness. What a precious dad; he went to be with the Lord when he was 58 years old.I was just thinking this morning, how exciting it will be to put my arms around his neck one day and mom's too.




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5/7/16 10:45 A

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My Mum
To me as yours is to you
Is the worlds best
And l love her much
lll share a little
My Mother is ninety living in a nursing home and suffers from dementure and one Sunday after fellowship l shot over
for a visit and as l was entering the lounge l saw her sitting in a arm chair and stopped and looked at her she was looking at me and not saying a word , l thought the worst my Mum dosent remember me , l said G'day Mum and she said who is it , l said its Gary and she said Gary my son and l said yes and she said orrh get over here , guess what ?
My Mum never had her glasses on , l was happy it would be devastating if my Mum didn't know me .
My Mother was always there for my Brothers , Sisters and myself she's a great Mum .

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We all recover from falls or injuries at our own pace!

My mom at age 87 has recover from her fall and broken hip in only 3 months! She is an amazing woman with such great fortitude! She has taught me to be strong and not to give up. She had to raise us on her own! Our dad abandoned us at an early age and she did it alone with out his help. Life was hard back then. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR ANY ASSISTANCE EITHER!!! So I really look up to her for that! Unfortunately her strong points did not allow for a nurturing personality, but that made me ready for my life ahead which ended up in disaster, and it brought me to a place where I needed to be!

ACCEPTING THE LORD JESUS! AMEN!

When I look back at my life now, I owe a lot to my mom for where I am now! She had taught me a lot of life's lessons that were very necessary! (and her special tomato sauce recipe also)

THANKS MOM! Your the best! emoticon

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I was Blessed with such a beautiful Mother. From an early age, she taught me to trust and believe in God. We have always shared a special bond. Loving and caring for others came easy to me because they are values she instilled. As a child, I thought (actually I still do!) God gave her a special vision. I often wondered how she knew everything I did... it was so frustrating! But as a young adult, I realized what a special gift God gave me. It was common for her to place her children's needs above her own...And I can't remember a time when she didn't make me feel cherished. I love her unconditionally! Father "Thank You" for showing me an example of your love through the beautiful woman I am humbled to call my Mother.

I love you Mom! You are so precious to me!

Whether you have biological children or not, we all share the role of motherhood. May God richly Bless and keep you! Happy Mother's Day!


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How much time do y'all have? emoticon I am sure that I could share for hours on end, all the exceptional qualities my darling of a Mom possesses & the pleasure I have in being able to call my wonderful mother, "Mom!".

I am immensely blessed that, at eighty-seven-years-of-age, my precious mother is still going strong, in good health, & serving the Lord in all she thinks, says, & does. She & my beloved step-father are blessed to still live in their own home with no assistance from others needed. Mom is a retired Judge* & has enjoyed volunteering in the local library system for many years now. *She is nothing like Judge Judy! emoticon

My own treasured Dad is off in heaven with one of my much loved older brothers - both having served volunteer tours in Vietnam. Dad at the end of his long & distinguished military career & my brother in the early years of his military service to the United States of America.

I delight in the fact that Mom is not only my cherished mother; she is, also, my sibling-in-Christ. I could go on & on about the joys of being blessed to have her for my Mom; however, I'll simply share two things she did for me in my growing up years, that have stood me in good stead my whole life.

Mom is a very intelligent person (a long time member of Mensa) & has always loved knowledge for knowledge-sake. The gift of being able to pursue a top quality education was important to her; for her own life & for the lives of her offspring. emoticon I am forever thankful that she instilled the same drive for knowledge & education in my siblings & myself. Which seems to be a generational thing, as my siblings & I (along with my beloved MrV) have instilled the same desire in our offspring & they, in turn, have passed on (or are in the process of passing on) to theirs! emoticon

Most important: I am so very thankful to my devoted Mom, for sharing her faith in the One True God & having taught us, by word & deed, the importance of not carrying prejudices of any type against others.

I love my Mother more than words could ever express & am \o/ praising & thanking \o/ my Abba Father for assigning my much loved & missed, Dad, & her the early years stewardship over me, as their daughter in this lifetime!

God bless!

Ima

Something to know about this gal "Ima" - I follow the Savior of the world!

I stand in awe of the salvation, through Christ Jesus, that Creator God has granted me. May you enjoy the same!

I am so very thankful that the door of access is permanently open to The Creator & His beloved Son, Christ Jesus!

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." ~ Psalm 33:12 --- IN GOD WE TRUST

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5/4/16 5:38 P

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I lost my mother to colon cancer in 2002. She was my best friend.
My mother was a foster child and was brought up by an aunt who refused to take money from the state for the care of my mother and her three siblings. Needless to say they had a very hard life growing up. My mother was raped by her cousin she had to live with when she was 8 years old. I never knew about this until just before she died. It left a terrible scar on her life, but she was one very strong woman and over came it to marry and have my sister and I. She was a strict parent and worried about my sister and I that we would be hurt. I never understood why until she told me what happened to her. She was a very strong Christian woman and I can still remember seeing her sitting in her chair in the living room every morning praying. She said she prayed for me every day.
I was able to help care for her when she got sick which I will never regret. I know she would be very happy for me that I have a good life now. I think of her daily and look forward to when I will see her again in heaven with my Dad.

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My mom was a single mom with 5 girls and I think she did amazing in spite of the challenge of being both mom and dad to all of us. She has helped establish lasting principles in my life in the way I raise my own kids .

How I feel is more important than what I weigh! How my clothes fit is beginning to matter more!!

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If it did right!! LOL This is a photo of my beautiful Moma!! She was a wonderful lady and is the one responsible for me knowing what I know about our Heaven Father!! She went to be with him about 5 years ago last month and I miss her everyday!!! I know she is looking down on me and is very proud of what I have become!! :)

This is for her!! emoticon

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This was taken at Mom's last Thanksgiving. She was in a nursing home at that time. She passed in March of 2013, just 6 days after her 65th birthday. She had had diabetes for as long as I can remember, and in later years also had congestive heart failure and dementia. The Lord blessed me by answering my two greatest prayers concerning her - He allowed us to have assurance of her salvation, and He took her home before her dementia reached a point that she didn't know me. I wouldn't have been able to handle that. In my adult life, she was my best friend and my biggest cheerleader. I will never forget her pride through my process of writing and publishing a book. She got to see my book once (the proof; the actual books were in the process of being published when she passed.)

One of the memories that makes me smile the most is her nickname for me - Miss Wings. And I called her Angel Mama, especially when she needed encouragement to keep focusing on God.

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Mom and me

MY MOTHER
My Mother is a special teacher; she has no degree
Sheís the greatest and most dearest to me
Early in life, she taught me to walk
Taught me to laugh, and how to talk
Through her sacrifices, she taught me to share
To reach out to others, to love and to care
She taught tenderness by her tears
To be brave when surrounded by fears
She showed when in darkness, one could find light
That two wrongs never make a right
On bowed knees through soft spoken prayers
She taught me that there is a God who cares
As she took me to church week after week
My heart leaned toward God as he began to speak
My Mother sowed many seeds of love
That led me to trust in the Lord Above
When Mom was mistreated and things looked bleak
Instead of getting even, she turned the other cheek
When there was only enough money to buy one dress
Mom did without and I got the best
I wish I could find golden apples growing on a tree
I would pick each one for mom-just from me.
I wish I could catch the fragrance of every rose, sprinkle it upon a picture of love as it grows.
O I wish I could catch a rainbow for the world could I show
How a motherís love is worth more than all the pots of gold
I wish I could find a diploma engraved with diamonds-King size
To give to the worldís greatest mom, so loving and so wise.

I recall the many winter evening when we played Scrabble and laughed
until we cried at some of the words -well that we thought might be words.
My mom worked for $25 dollars a week, after dad became disabled from a heart attack. Yet,
she was never selfish, and continue to give money to the church and to the poor.
She was my best friend, who I could turn to any time, night or day and would listen to me
Intently. I could always count on her to pray for me.
I would look out my window and see the light on in her house and knowing one day that it would not
be there. Then the day came, when it was not. I stood beside her bedside, singing softly Amazing Grace
and knowing soon that she would be in the presence of her Savior and Lord. In a short while, God gave me His strength to get on my knees and thank Him that she was there with Him, free from pain and
truly home at last. Oh my, how the tears flow as I write this, but I will see her one day in Heaven.
I continue to smile through the tears at all the happy memories.


My dear precious mother and me




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