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    HappyChristian got a reaction from BrotherTony in What are some of the best part about marriages that have laste 35+ years?   
    I thought this was interesting, in light of this thread. From Shelly Hamilton earlier today.
    BEST FRIENDS FOREVER Today is crash day for me. It’s 2:00 PM and I’m still sitting on the couch in my pjs. Adam and Megan went to the studio with Ella while I stayed behind with Hamilton, for him to take a nap. I made no protests. I’ve already had two naps myself today. Now that Hamilton is sleeping, all is quiet around me. My mind is reminiscing about Ron’s and my life together. It is a lovely thing to do. Early on in our marriage, I remember Ron telling me that Ken Collier was his best friend. Ron and Ken worked together for many years on the Patch adventure stories. They would call each other back and forth while putting together song theme ideas, character name ideas, and story plot ideas. Ron would drive up to The Wilds where Ken worked and lived. The two of them sat down together and collaborated all things Patch the Pirate adventure. Ron took copious notes on yellow legal pads. Ron would then come back home, sit down somewhere quietly for about a week, and write the story's first draft. Mind you—Ron wrote every story and song lyric on yellow legal pads. After he completed this first draft, he would fax the yellow pages to Ken. After Ken read it, he would call Ron with tweaks he thought helpful. Ron would also give me this first draft and I wrote my thoughts and suggestions in the yellow margins. (You might remember the first yellow cassettes? Well, they were written on yellow paper. LOL) After Ron thought through every critique, he would sit down and compose the story’s final draft. Every word was carefully and meticulously handwritten on those memorable yellow legal pads. (I still find extra unused pads hidden amongst his things.) The legal pad would go to his administrative assistant, Christiane Emory, and she would type it up on her computer. Yes, Ken Collier was a best friend to Ron. Not only would they discuss Patch adventure ideas, but life problems and joys as well. If you know Ken, he is a godly and thoughtful confidant. I am so grateful for their friendship bond. About 15 years into our marriage, Ron began telling me that I was his best friend. He told me this often. Now that he can mostly only communicate with me with his eyes and his touch, his words echo in my mind. Sadness and happiness are a chaotic mix in my heart. Why didn’t I appreciate this wonderful medal of honor more? Why didn’t I enjoy our moments together more? Tears are flowing down my cheeks as I reminisce. All is well. No need to worry about my mental state. These remembrances are good for the soul. What do I remember? I remember Ron running across the Bob Jones campus between classes. I remember him singing in my dad’s vesper choir. I remember him asking me to marry him on Valentine’s Day, 1975. I remember us traveling the US in a motor home with our newborn baby, Jonathan. I remember Ron and me singing at multiple weddings and Valentine’s banquets. I remember Ron taking me to Atlanta or New York City for weekend getaways. I remember him taking each of our children on special trips—just him and them. The status of best friend is a coveted one and should not be taken for granted. As I think upon it, how could I have been blind and ignorant of its implications? Ron was a faithful husband for certain. He was always the same gentle and sweet temperament. He was the physical rock for our family. He remembered special anniversaries, I’m ashamed to admit, more than I did. Then why did I sometimes get upset at him for being a saver, when I wanted to spend? Why did I focus on him being stubborn, when I wanted to be flexible and impulsive? Why did I not appreciate his healthy eating habits, when I wanted to indulge in sweets? I can’t even think of one good reason—now that he can’t save his money, can’t control where he goes, and can’t control what he eats. My friends, be careful what you think about your close loved ones, especially your husband or wife. Focus on the reason you married them in the first place. Don’t heap coals of fire on their heads because of their faults. I am fully aware that some of you wish you had your mate to appreciate. But numerous unfortunate circumstances make this impossible. So while you can—make your spouse your best friend. You’ll never be sorry.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from trapperhoney in Our Anniversary Trip   
    We did. Seems like so long ago now. I'm ready to go on another one. 😜
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from farouk in Our Anniversary Trip   
    We did. Seems like so long ago now. I'm ready to go on another one. 😜
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from farouk in What are some of the best part about marriages that have laste 35+ years?   
    Tell your wife happy birthday for me! 
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    HappyChristian reacted to farouk in What are some of the best part about marriages that have laste 35+ years?   
    Hi HappyChristian, My wife had a b-day recently and we have been thinking about how blessed we are to have had the Lord lead us over the years. It's wonderful... 🙂
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    HappyChristian reacted to farouk in Our Anniversary Trip   
    @HappyChristianGreat photos! seems like you guys had a great trip! 🙂
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from farouk in Our Anniversary Trip   
    For our 35th, Randy and I took a trip around the WA 101 Loop (which goes in a circle/loop around the Peninsula, as well as all the way down to CA...we only did the loop). I thought I'd share a few photos.
    First, the pie - we stopped at the Blackberry Cafe for lunch. It's almost an hour from our house, but hubs wanted to try it out. The food was ok, and the pie was tasty. Randy had Himalayan Blackberry and I had Marionberry/Strawberry. We both had swirled blackberry/vanilla ice cream.
    Second photo is of some trees in the Hoh Rainforest. I love trees, and I took a slew of pictures. But these branches fascinate me - I like the moss. The 3 bears were enjoying tea as we left the rainforest. The lake is Lake Crescent. Huge body of water.
    The last two pictures are Ruby Beach. Absolutely beautiful place. We walked down a long trail and got to walk all over the beach. The sound of surf...loved it!
    We then went on to Ocean Shores and visited the massive beach there - water and sand all you can see (other than the horses being rented out...neither of us ride anymore, but it would have been nice).
    Then we headed east to Lacey, which is a suburb of Olympia, our capital. We spent Wednesday night there and found a great church to attend. We enjoyed the message from the visiting church planter and then fellowshipped with the pastor and his wife after the service.
    This morning we headed home. A lot of driving, but it was an enjoyable trip.






    Sol Duc River Video 003.mp4
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from Disciple.Luke in Proud Boys   
    I didn't make it past the second line. I'm so tired of people who think they know things they don't. This man, whomever he is, has no idea who the Proud Boys are. Nazis? Traitors? Hogwash. Some people need to stop swallowing all the garbage the MSM spews.
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    HappyChristian reacted to trapperhoney in Re-Introduction   
    That is an idea! Actually hubby's childhood would make very interesting stories. He doesn't think so, cause to him it is matter of fact, but he grew up in the woods, learning to survive off the land, and had quite a few adventures. In a few of them he really should have died -- while on a camping/trapping trip during the winter he broke through the ice in a pond and lost some gear, and dove into the pond to recover it (he, being of Celtic heritage, was loathe to let pricey trapping equipment go) and went back to camp instead of going home and warming up. He and his friend dried out his clothes and wrapped him up in a blanket and he spend the night in a lean-to with the campfire in front of him. Realistically he should have died from hypothermia, and being ignorant of that fact seems to be the only thing that kept him alive, lol. But it shows that he had to stay alive in order to marry me and for us to have our son. So yes, his stories would be very interesting.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from Martyr_4_FutureJoy in Fred Luter... A Help? Or A Hindrance?   
    Nutritional supplements (aka vitamins & herbs) existed long before New Age devotees co-opted them. As did exercise and proper (natural) diet. We need to be careful not to get involved with New Age gunk, but we also need to be careful not to just lump it all together. As to homeopathy...if you know anyone who uses nitro-glycerin for heart issues, or someone who has malaria and needs quinine: those are both homeopathic remedies that were taken by the AMA and "normalized".

    Discernment is necessary, as is not just falling into the trap of declaiming things that are not the way "normal" medicine is today (remember - medicine as we know it was not practiced in this way years ago...I'll take homeopathy over blood-letting [which was one of the things that prompted the discovery of homeopathy] any day) are wrong. Chiropractic care used to be lumped in with New Age practices, too. I wouldn't be walking (that is no exaggeration) if it weren't for chiropractic care. (I realize that "our experiences" don't make a practice right or wrong - but nowhere in the Bible can anyone show that natural care is wrong at its root)

    And not all health food stores are even subtly New Age. There are some that are run by Christians who are careful what they order. Granted, they are rare, but they do exist. That said, I do think this man's methods are not all they should be...
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    HappyChristian reacted to 1Timothy115 in Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul   
    Nice, but the condemnation needs to come from our own. More evidence of the insignificance of the USA in God's eternal plan.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from Disciple.Luke in Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul   
    A former UK general who was in Afghanistan came out and said Biden should be court-martialed.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from BrotherTony in Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul   
    A former UK general who was in Afghanistan came out and said Biden should be court-martialed.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from trapperhoney in Our Anniversary Trip   
    THAT's gonna be a beautiful trip! 
    I didn't realize you were that close! Cool beans!
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    HappyChristian reacted to trapperhoney in Our Anniversary Trip   
    sounds like a lovely trip. the pie looks very yummy. I love the bears! I can't wait until Autumn, then hubby and I will have to take a road trip on the backroads of WV. I can't wait until the cool air arrives.
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    HappyChristian reacted to 1Timothy115 in Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul   
    I watched as Obama eliminated the best military tactical minds and leaders in favor of generals and admirals skilled in social engineering and expert in maintaining their retirement pensions. Biden was just as much at fault as Obama and is complicit in the deterioration of our military. Now there are no active generals or admirals who will stand up and tell Biden he was wrong nor were there any tactical-leaders to advise him his course of action (full retreat) was wrong and sent the wrong message. I imagine none of the Obama-Biden generals will even be asked to resign.
    Sadly, President Trump was stuck with these same mealy-mouthed no account generals and admirals during his first four years. I have a feeling that will change during Trump's next four years.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from 1Timothy115 in Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul   
    From Ted Cruz:
    It is now clear there has been a disastrous breakdown across the political, military, and intelligence leadership of the Biden-Harris administration, culminating in the catastrophe for American national security we are now witnessing. This debacle should never have happened—and, indeed, we were assured it would not happen. In just the last few weeks, top officials from the administration, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Milley and President Biden himself, stood in front of cameras and told Americans their plan for withdrawing from Afghanistan was sound, the country's military was capable of defending the country, and a Taliban onslaught could not succeed.   We now know those assurances were disastrously wrong, if not outright false. I have long called for the U.S. to withdraw from Afghanistan. Wars must have ends. The Trump administration had negotiated the basis for an orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan. But this White House tore up that deal and instead pursued an incoherent and precipitous abandonment that subordinated realistic planning and military necessity to wishful thinking and political ideology.   Our men and women in uniform have fought heroically for decades, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and it is impossible to adequately express the gratitude Americans feel and the immense debt we owe them. Their leaders have too often let them down and did here again. They and other brave Americans in Afghanistan are in precisely the acute danger President Biden assured the American public would not happen.   Our first priority must be to secure the safety of Americans still in Afghanistan. Then Congress must demand a thorough accounting both of what is happening in Afghanistan and why Biden-Harris officials have been consistently issuing assessments that were at best, misleading, and at worst, false. Either there was a complete collapse of American intelligence collecting in the region, President Biden was deliberately misled by his hand-picked national security team, or he knowingly issued statements he knew to be false. The American people deserve to know the truth and hold our leaders accountable.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from trapperhoney in Our Anniversary Trip   
    For our 35th, Randy and I took a trip around the WA 101 Loop (which goes in a circle/loop around the Peninsula, as well as all the way down to CA...we only did the loop). I thought I'd share a few photos.
    First, the pie - we stopped at the Blackberry Cafe for lunch. It's almost an hour from our house, but hubs wanted to try it out. The food was ok, and the pie was tasty. Randy had Himalayan Blackberry and I had Marionberry/Strawberry. We both had swirled blackberry/vanilla ice cream.
    Second photo is of some trees in the Hoh Rainforest. I love trees, and I took a slew of pictures. But these branches fascinate me - I like the moss. The 3 bears were enjoying tea as we left the rainforest. The lake is Lake Crescent. Huge body of water.
    The last two pictures are Ruby Beach. Absolutely beautiful place. We walked down a long trail and got to walk all over the beach. The sound of surf...loved it!
    We then went on to Ocean Shores and visited the massive beach there - water and sand all you can see (other than the horses being rented out...neither of us ride anymore, but it would have been nice).
    Then we headed east to Lacey, which is a suburb of Olympia, our capital. We spent Wednesday night there and found a great church to attend. We enjoyed the message from the visiting church planter and then fellowshipped with the pastor and his wife after the service.
    This morning we headed home. A lot of driving, but it was an enjoyable trip.






    Sol Duc River Video 003.mp4
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from BrotherTony in Whats for Supper...   
    I fixed baked chicken, broccoli, and rice with cheese sauce.
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    HappyChristian reacted to trapperhoney in Pondering Exodus 16:2-15   
    So, I looked for a forum listing for posting pondering on Bible reading, and didn't really see anything, so I guess I'll put it here. Due to lockdowns we missed quite a few Sunday School lessons and I've been working through them on my own. I would be interested in your thoughts on my thoughts, lol.
    Reading Exodus 16:2-15
    The first thing I noticed is that they are in the wilderness. Typically when someone is in the wilderness there is some trial, testing and preparation taking place. Jesus went into the wilderness after his baptism before beginning his ministry (Luke 4:1-21)
    In verse 4 the Lord says, "that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law or no."  Prove means to test, and in our minds test means to find out what someone knows or will do, but God already knows what they will do, the point is to reveal to them what they will do.
    Verse 8 "your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord." this brought to mind 1 Samuel 8:7b where the Lord tells Samuel that Israel's insistence on having a king is not a rejection of him, but of the Lord. Also, in 1 Corinthians 10:10-11 Paul warns against murmuring citing the illustration of Israel's murmuring and being destroyed by the destroyer.
    Verses 13-14, "and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground."  So, I was wondering, is the dew a picture of the Holy Spirit? The dew came before the manna. It is unclear whether the dew turned into the manna. But without the Spirit you cannot receive Christ, you cannot recognize him, so it seems like a correlation to me. (John 15:26, 16:7-15, 1 Corinthians 2:10-14)  Also, the fact that this happened each morning, in the morning, brought to mind the Lord's teaching on prayer where he says, "Give us this day our daily bread." (Matthew 6:11) I should start my day, each day, in the morning, feasting on the Word.
    In verse 15, "This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat." Immediately reminds me of the Last Supper (Luke 22:19, Mark 14:22, Matthew 26:26), and of Christ's comments about his body, that his flesh divides (John 6:30-71)
    So, just some thoughts, maybe disjointed, not completely fleshed out, but what I took from the passage on my first reading.
     
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Our Anniversary Trip   
    That's awesome. Such a beautiful looking part of the country.  I always wondered why the pictures I take are not as clear, then I realized it's because of the smog of NYC and Boston. lol
    Thanks for sharing. Someday my wife and I would love to make it out the the west coast for a vacation. 
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from PastorMatt in Our Anniversary Trip   
    For our 35th, Randy and I took a trip around the WA 101 Loop (which goes in a circle/loop around the Peninsula, as well as all the way down to CA...we only did the loop). I thought I'd share a few photos.
    First, the pie - we stopped at the Blackberry Cafe for lunch. It's almost an hour from our house, but hubs wanted to try it out. The food was ok, and the pie was tasty. Randy had Himalayan Blackberry and I had Marionberry/Strawberry. We both had swirled blackberry/vanilla ice cream.
    Second photo is of some trees in the Hoh Rainforest. I love trees, and I took a slew of pictures. But these branches fascinate me - I like the moss. The 3 bears were enjoying tea as we left the rainforest. The lake is Lake Crescent. Huge body of water.
    The last two pictures are Ruby Beach. Absolutely beautiful place. We walked down a long trail and got to walk all over the beach. The sound of surf...loved it!
    We then went on to Ocean Shores and visited the massive beach there - water and sand all you can see (other than the horses being rented out...neither of us ride anymore, but it would have been nice).
    Then we headed east to Lacey, which is a suburb of Olympia, our capital. We spent Wednesday night there and found a great church to attend. We enjoyed the message from the visiting church planter and then fellowshipped with the pastor and his wife after the service.
    This morning we headed home. A lot of driving, but it was an enjoyable trip.






    Sol Duc River Video 003.mp4
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from trapperhoney in i would appreciate your prayers   
    Yes, WI is one of those humid places, too! I've personally not been there, but folks I know who have have told me about it.
    We lived in NW IN, right on the tip of Lake Michigan - actually about 5 miles or so from the lake (well, the national park entrance to the lake area). That gave us all kinds of weather to treasure, from the triple digits and soupy air in summer to lots and lots of snow in winter...I remember years where we didn't see grass from mid-to-end of October to April. 
    @trapperhoney, I'm glad the weather is a bit more tolerable for you now. We thought about a window unit, but don't know which window we would put it in - we live with my mom, so there are three of us who would need it. Two window units, one in each bedroom, might work. But I think the central AC we're going to have installed will use less electricity (thus saving us a little dough! =D )
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from trapperhoney in What are some of the best part about marriages that have laste 35+ years?   
    I thought this was interesting, in light of this thread. From Shelly Hamilton earlier today.
    BEST FRIENDS FOREVER Today is crash day for me. It’s 2:00 PM and I’m still sitting on the couch in my pjs. Adam and Megan went to the studio with Ella while I stayed behind with Hamilton, for him to take a nap. I made no protests. I’ve already had two naps myself today. Now that Hamilton is sleeping, all is quiet around me. My mind is reminiscing about Ron’s and my life together. It is a lovely thing to do. Early on in our marriage, I remember Ron telling me that Ken Collier was his best friend. Ron and Ken worked together for many years on the Patch adventure stories. They would call each other back and forth while putting together song theme ideas, character name ideas, and story plot ideas. Ron would drive up to The Wilds where Ken worked and lived. The two of them sat down together and collaborated all things Patch the Pirate adventure. Ron took copious notes on yellow legal pads. Ron would then come back home, sit down somewhere quietly for about a week, and write the story's first draft. Mind you—Ron wrote every story and song lyric on yellow legal pads. After he completed this first draft, he would fax the yellow pages to Ken. After Ken read it, he would call Ron with tweaks he thought helpful. Ron would also give me this first draft and I wrote my thoughts and suggestions in the yellow margins. (You might remember the first yellow cassettes? Well, they were written on yellow paper. LOL) After Ron thought through every critique, he would sit down and compose the story’s final draft. Every word was carefully and meticulously handwritten on those memorable yellow legal pads. (I still find extra unused pads hidden amongst his things.) The legal pad would go to his administrative assistant, Christiane Emory, and she would type it up on her computer. Yes, Ken Collier was a best friend to Ron. Not only would they discuss Patch adventure ideas, but life problems and joys as well. If you know Ken, he is a godly and thoughtful confidant. I am so grateful for their friendship bond. About 15 years into our marriage, Ron began telling me that I was his best friend. He told me this often. Now that he can mostly only communicate with me with his eyes and his touch, his words echo in my mind. Sadness and happiness are a chaotic mix in my heart. Why didn’t I appreciate this wonderful medal of honor more? Why didn’t I enjoy our moments together more? Tears are flowing down my cheeks as I reminisce. All is well. No need to worry about my mental state. These remembrances are good for the soul. What do I remember? I remember Ron running across the Bob Jones campus between classes. I remember him singing in my dad’s vesper choir. I remember him asking me to marry him on Valentine’s Day, 1975. I remember us traveling the US in a motor home with our newborn baby, Jonathan. I remember Ron and me singing at multiple weddings and Valentine’s banquets. I remember Ron taking me to Atlanta or New York City for weekend getaways. I remember him taking each of our children on special trips—just him and them. The status of best friend is a coveted one and should not be taken for granted. As I think upon it, how could I have been blind and ignorant of its implications? Ron was a faithful husband for certain. He was always the same gentle and sweet temperament. He was the physical rock for our family. He remembered special anniversaries, I’m ashamed to admit, more than I did. Then why did I sometimes get upset at him for being a saver, when I wanted to spend? Why did I focus on him being stubborn, when I wanted to be flexible and impulsive? Why did I not appreciate his healthy eating habits, when I wanted to indulge in sweets? I can’t even think of one good reason—now that he can’t save his money, can’t control where he goes, and can’t control what he eats. My friends, be careful what you think about your close loved ones, especially your husband or wife. Focus on the reason you married them in the first place. Don’t heap coals of fire on their heads because of their faults. I am fully aware that some of you wish you had your mate to appreciate. But numerous unfortunate circumstances make this impossible. So while you can—make your spouse your best friend. You’ll never be sorry.
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    HappyChristian reacted to trapperhoney in i would appreciate your prayers   
    I have a friend in WA and have heard about the heat. She ordered a window unit but it was going to be two weeks to get there so a friend loaned her one. They seem to be doing okay so far. Today it's only about 75 degrees and over cast, rain off and on so it's tolerable. Before the AC went out there were days I went outside and I felt like I was trying to breathe under water. Not fun.
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