Engaged and In Love!!

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  August 5, 2013 Chad Paine proposed to Erin. She had asked him to tell her the day so she could rearrange her schedule, but she had no idea what all that this special day would include!    First, Chad took Erin to lunch at Calhoun’s on the River, where they enjoyed a window seat overlooking the beautiful river. Then …

Goodbye to Courtship

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  Goodbye to Courtship and Hello to Engagement for Chad and Erin! This past Monday, August 5, Chad proposed to Erin…(She said yes, of course!) I don’t have the photos back yet, so I’ll save the details for the next post…    In the meantime, I’ll share some of the special memories they’ve shared over the past 8 months of …

Papa Bill’s Part 2

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It rained on our July 4th picnic, so Jud and Jeb had fun searching for puddles! Of course, time at Papa’s farm is always fun…rain or shine!

July 4, 2013

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  We usually go to Papa Bill’s each year for the 4th, because this special holiday is also Papa’s birthday! He turned 75 this year…Wow, three quarters of a century and still looking and acting as young as the day I first met him, back in my college days when I fell in love with his son! (Unfortunately, my pics …

Courtship Chronicle

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  July 1, 2013 marked a new day of celebration for Zach Bates and Whitney Perkins as they began courting! They first met in 2012 at a local restaurant where Whitney works, called Sonic. Needless to say, Zach makes a lot of Sonic stops! Over the course of several months, they have become best friends.   Whitney was adopted into …

Update on Michael

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    This past March Michael spent a few days in Michigan with our friends, the Keilens! Michael was so encouraged by the love they consistently show in caring for their grandmother, who lives with them. She was also overwhelmed by the attention they showered her with in shopping, sightseeing, special treats, and wonderful fellowship.     In July, Michael will be …

Lake Fun–Part 3

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Wet and Wild at Watt’s Bar Lake for Warden’s Birthday celebration!

Happy Father’s Day 2013

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  Tribute to an exceptional Dad: My dad was more than just a father; he was a friend! After I got married, he called every morning to check on me! He would give Bible verses for the day and pray with me. He’d take me out on dates once a week. When I had troubles or needed advice, I always …

Lake Fun–Part 2

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More family fun in the sun! (A huge “Thank you” to the Brinks for use of their lake property!)