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    There’s Nothing Like Family

    If your family is anything like mine, it’s almost impossible to get them altogether for any kind of special occasion, including Christmas.

    We still have grandchildren stationed in Germany, and that’s a free pass. When we do call for a special gathering, we would like at least all our children to come. We realize, that everyone will not make the event, but its nice when they do.

    Ginger’s special call was last Friday, October 10, 2014, for everyone (that could) to come to our home to help me celebrate my 69th birthday.

    “Don’t make any plans for Friday, because I’ve invited the kids to come at 6:30 p.m. to help you celebrate your birthday,” Ginger explained with a smile on her face.

    The last time we had all of our children show up, was last Christmas. It was more than a surprise; it was fantastic when all three showed up with as much family that could make it.

    Starting with the oldest (Kelly) walked in with husband David, son Chris, his wife Michelle, their two children Roman and Athena. Daughter Marie, with her boy friend Drew. Only son number two, Austin couldn’t make it. That’s a total of eight.

    Next were daughter number two (Jennifer) with her oldest son Ty, his wife Brianna, and their week old new daughter Lennox Hope. Bringing up the rear was Jennifer’s youngest daughter, Morgan. Husband Tim, youngest son, Mason; and of course Ty and Kyle were missing from Germany. That’s a total of five.

    Last but not least, were our son, JR and his wife Lainie with their two children Trey and Ella? That’s a total of four.

    Ginger’s sister was home for the annual Pumpkin Show, with her husband Rich.

    Friends Dianna and Larry Beck; Janice and Larry Sarver; and grandson Chris’s friends and children made a grand total of 27 people gathered around the dinning room table in our small abode singing happy birthday to the luckiest 69 year old in Ohio.

    Ginger always tries to make my birthday special; and every year I tell her I’m getting too old to celebrate birthdays. But, deep down in my soul, I’m very grateful and glad that she continues to make me happy and proud that I made the right choice back in 1965 to marry the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

    This week’s bottom line: Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.
    Michael J. Fox

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