Time for Family, Time for Faith, Time for Freedom

215 thoughts on “Time for Family, Time for Faith, Time for Freedom

  1. Thank you for your encouraging post, Charlie! Blessings back to you, Charlie and the ASOH and CORAC team. And thanksgiving to God for all He has given us…especially for our faith in Him. Looking forward with confidence to the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart! Peace be with you all, now and forever.

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  2. Thank you Charlie!!! Happy thanksgiving ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฆƒ to you and all your beautiful loved ones!!! I am personally thankful to God for all the spiritual direction weโ€™ve all had from you for many years now! The order of squirrels ๐Ÿฟ we all are!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ“ฟ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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  3. A Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to you Charlie, Beckita, all team and all who post at and follow this site. There are many things I have to be thankful for, even in these strange and difficult times. One of them is the hope and support I get from all of you. When ever I have the sense that everything is overwhelming, I can come here to read the postings and comments and be strengthened to go on and take the next right step.

    Thanks to all of you for who you are, for what you believe and for the God, Savior and Spirit that you everyday proclaim.

    Ave Maria. Please Mary intercede for us and our nation.

    JT

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  4. Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Charlie and All Here….Thanks for All you do…you are a true Blessing for these times!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿฆซ

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  5. I don’t want to open up a can of worms with this image, because some very thoughtful and convincing cases have been made over the years for other pies such as key lime, apple, blueberry, banana cream, etc. So rather than talk about the wonders of Pecan Pie, I’m just going to say “Happy Thanksgiving” to all.

    (but, c’mon people, all those little faces really say it all, don’t they? Pecan rules!)

    MP

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    1. Oh My Goodness, how adorable!!!

      Our pies today include pecan, silk chocolate, key lime, pumpkin and another round yummy: cheesecake… all preceded by Mass on the coffee table. SO grateful that Fr. Wang pressed on in offering daily Mass through his and my own illness (but for his hospitalization days). E.v.e.r.y. day we named Charlie, ASOH and CORAC for secondary petitions. (And secondary is not an inferior place because Christ’s Redemption is infinite.)

      A sweet story: After both Father and I were diagnosed with covid, my granddaughters had to go into a 14 day quarantine time. When that time was over, we were back to what we’ve been doing this school year: the hybrid model. The girls are at school two days, then they study at our home for three days. When one child was asked to reflect on any silver linings there might be due to covid, she answered that having so much time with Nana and Ye Ye (Chinese for Grandpa) was the best part.

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      1. ๐Ÿฅฐ awwwww!!!! That is so sweet Beckita!!! Sounds like little heaven over there!!!! How blessed you all are and thank you thank you for prayers for all of us too!!!!๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿฅฐ

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    2. Hahahaha!!! Thanks so much for this laugh out loud!
      Blessed Thanksgiving to you, MP, to your loved ones and to all here.๐Ÿ˜
      To Faith, family, freedom and the triumph of Maryโ€™s Immaculate Heart ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅ‚
      God bless us and all our endeavors, katey in OR ๐Ÿฅงโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

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    3. Yep, Pecan rules!
      My youngest daughter made a from catch pecan pie! No store bought ’round here!
      Growing up in the south, pecans are an institution here (seafood too as my Uncle Biddy was a shrimper way before Bubba Gump ever thought of it!).
      My grandmother had a small pecan grove in her back yard so all summer we cracked and ate pecans, shrimp and blue crabs! Having to work so hard to get your fill has its rewards too. Develops dexterity and makes one popular at seafood parties where the city folk are fascinated at the speed one can dismantle a blue crab.
      Nowadays, convenience is king but looking back, the fresher, sweeter ways were slow and humbling.
      Mayberry, where have you gone too?

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      1. Imagine a fella coming downstairs for some breakfast pie this morning and finding little more than an empty pie pan. Dutch apple, lemon meringue, Boston cream, and pumpkin pie leftovers aplenty… and not so much as a crumb of pecan! Oh, I offered it up as penance.

        The Yavapai keep pecan groves and bees on the ridge above the river about 20 minutes from here. Imagine the surrounding desert, then a cool and peaceful stretch through those groves that blend seamlessly with the greenbelt and riparian habitat at river’s edge. It’s nothing like the big commercial farming outfits far west of here, more of the prudent simplicity you would expect from people that have been doing it that way for generations without constantly wanting more.

        I’ve thought about Mayberry for years and I’m of a mind that we’re probably setting our sights too low. A much more simplified life might frighten some, but we really do cling to many things that are not good for us.

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        1. So true, MP–that’s what struck me about “The Restoration of Christian Culture”– his promotion of total simplicity. I can’t imagine that I’d ever accomplish that on my own, but that I would live that desirable way only if by necessity.

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        1. Collecting in the tropics is a bit like Mayberry in the food preparation ways.
          Going into a roadside diner in Tobago, the food was made fresh from raw, unpackaged food and the prep time and cook time made for a long wait. After our rather light meal of exceptionally good food and drinks, seconds were not an option as they always seemed to be out of everything if we asked for more! The large portions and unlimited supply of food here in the states does not seem to be a reality south of the border, especially in the more remote areas. They don’t seem to have the obesity issues either though.
          Slower, smaller and hardier are more the norm there, both in the food and the people.
          Another opportunity to test everything and keep what is good.

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    4. Hahaha, Love this!!! My Hubbie’s all time fav is Pecan. He gets it on his birthday also.

      To the many blessings in our lives I am grateful for, it was great the Kamikaze squirrel friend did not get squished by the big van. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Crew dog I just LOVE the way you ask God to save all here daily!!! Sure gives me a nice feeling every time I see that!!! ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฟ God please give xtra blessings to Crew dog cuz heโ€™s so good to us all here!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

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  6. Pray for my mom Cathy. She is dying and her body is shutting down, after COVID and she is 93. She will do Ok when she meets God as she and my dad had prayed me out of hell where I was headed, and God intervened to restore me to basic reality of who He is after I was totally lost. Another aside, it is good the hear SCUS has upheld religious rights in NY and said churches can’t close. But it seems like so much of uphill slog. Heck we once thought we had John Roberts but he has voted along with the crazy left. May Jesus and Mary soon offer us some Divine help so that it would be easier to choose right, truth and basic goodness.

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    1. Oh Bob. I’m so sorry. Lifting your mom in prayer that her death is filled with Christ’s Peace and awaiting her intercessory prayers after she passes through the Veil. May she accompany us through this transition to Our Lady’s full Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart. Prayers for you, too, Bob, and all who love your mom.

      The more I consider the changes in John Roberts, the more I lean to the idea that somehow he must be compromised.

      Onward!

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      1. I agree with you about John Roberts, Beckita. I started wondering about that when he started leaning more left in his decisions. He and all of SCOTUS need our prayers.

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        1. So much evil on the left, that I can easily imagine him blackmailed. Who of us has no past? Or who of us doesn’t have children we would “sell our souls” for? We should pray hard for Roberts.

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    2. Prayers going up for your mom, you and your family Bob. I will offer my Divine Mercy Chaplet for a peaceful death, and may our Lord Jesus and Mother Mary bring comfort to you all during this time.

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    3. As Charlie has said often “We don’t get heaven until we get heaven” and in this time the only way to get there is through the door of death first. Thanks for the prayers for my mom.

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    4. Awwwww bobg!!! I will be praying for you and your mom all day and many more!!! Itโ€™s such a hard thing to go through!!! Keep us updated, ok?๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ“ฟ

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    5. BOBG Thinking of you and your family and keeping you in my prayers. No matter how old our parents are, it is still very hard to lose them. The world feels different without them.

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    6. For Cathy, Bob and Family
      “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.”
      For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on Cathy, Bob and family and on the whole world.
      Jesus, I trust in You.

      “Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
      spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all of humanity,
      now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

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    7. Asking St. Joseph to give her a peaceful passing. (just a suggestion-find her favorite hymns on y.t.and play them for her whether Salve Regina etc.; my sis played AveMaria for my mom at the very end and the agitation subsided.)

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I especially appreciate Charlie’s encouraging words. We’ve had some interesting and tough challenges here for some months, but today we are going to practice a bit of civil disobedience and celebrate Thanksgiving with our family (well, with those who aren’t afraid to come join us)! Wow, who’d have thought it would be rebellious to share Thanksgiving with family? God bless all here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Beckita

    Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving from our Flame of Love family to yours!

    p162 of the Spiritual Dairy of Elizabeth Kindelmann:

    Jesus: โ€œI cherish you and I heal you. I do not ask for the patientโ€™s file, I hunger only for the voice of repentance. Repentance is the only step that brings you closer to Me.

    I know that many will fall again, but if I see you are not going astray as you distance yourselves from Me, I can quickly raise you from your prostration since My divine hand is close to you. Then, as I raise you, the sin falls away instantly and you become lighter again. Gratitude is all I want in return. Tell Me just one word: โ€˜Thanks.โ€™ “

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  9. Thank you Charlie and ASOH and CORAC team! Happy Thanksgiving to this amazing family. You’re all such a beautiful blessing in my life and I am truly grateful for your friendship and prayers over the years. May God bless your day with every blessing from above. Luv you all bunches! ~juls

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving to all!โค This is a tough one for me, as it is family reunion time for my siblings and their families– over 50 people. Most are not coming because of the “pandemic”. The disappointment helps me remember to pursue detachment. It also feels like a prep time for perhaps the end of “life as we have known it”.

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    1. A PMT for you and your tender heart, Kim. Sending you St. Margaret of Scotland. With the end of life as we’ve known it comes a New Beginning. Granted, tougher days are ahead, yet, it will be awesome to walk into the mystery of the fullness of God’s Plan.

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      1. Thank you for prayers, Beckita!! They were felt and I didn’t know you were praying until now– after our celebration– and it was a joyful and sweet time. Unexpected folks turned up and fun was had by all. We missed those not there, but appreciated what we had. You are so kind, dear friend!

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            1. Kim, it was amazingly like that for us, too. TYG.

              I personally even felt our departed loved ones’ presence MORE than ever before. The sadness is still there, but, for a day, it seemed somehow diminished greatly by God’s reality, not yet fully realized, of “Behold I make All Things New Again” ๐Ÿ™‚

              We have loved ones who just lost their only son this past Aug to overdose. Even though they are still in the thick of The Grief-Coma, it is apparent that The Lord is walking with them.

              They showed us a picture of when they scattered their son’s ashes ( I know, I know, but they are not and never have been religious, etc), There was a huge angel there. Not that their son became an angel, but there was clearly an angel of The Lord there. At the moment the photo was snapped the sun lit it up. You can’t make these things up.

              When she showed me, my heart was completely overwhelmed by the Great Incomprehensible Tender Mercy of God for them. I was overwhelmed with thanksgiving. Their infant grandson’s Mom is having it made into a Christmas present for the father. Poor man is absolutely shattered. But I KNOW The Lord will restore him.

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              1. LL– so glad you had a happy day! It’s hard to remember where to keep my focus and it’s obvious that is more important now than ever. I do feel like Our Lord is lovingly preparing me with smaller challenges to get ready for big stuff.

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    2. We had to stay home alone cuz mike had had fever last Saturday and they told us NOT to come night before!๐Ÿ˜ซ at first I was very disappointed but when I just surrendered we actually had fun all day cooking with what we had and we made a whole bunch of gr bean casserole ๐Ÿฅ˜, sweet potatoe pies, bread stuffing from scratch!!! No turkey, but our neighbors gave us some ham!!! Nummy ๐Ÿค—

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        1. I poured like a spoiled brat for awhile!!!๐Ÿ˜ฉ this morning I told God I was sorry and asked Him to create a new heart โค๏ธ in me!!! Iโ€™m so weak!!!๐Ÿฅบ

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      1. Wish I would have known, Linda,

        Would have brainstormed some way to get turkey to your door, since we don’t live all that far away, and that’s what friends are for! If you need help with physically getting groceries to you, please let me know!

        ~~ the phoenix

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        1. Thanks Phoenix!!! No we werenโ€™t sick but Mike has had fever week b4 so people were afraid to be around us. Lol. It was all good. We actually had fun and all our neighbors were in similar situation so we all shared good food. Very heartening! Hey Iโ€™ll call you today at noon if ur available? You called last night but I was busy with outdoor decorating! My kids are coming home this weekend (hopefully) so Iโ€™m a scramblinโ€™ mam! Hahahahaha Thanks for being a good friend Phoenix!!! Youโ€™re awesome!!!๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฅฐ

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  11. Thank you Charlie.
    That’s for sure, no matter how bad it gets in this world, if we take the time and make the effort, we can always find LOTS of things to be thankful for, especially all the beautiful people who are here!!!
    “In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus”
    (1 Thes 5:18)

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  12. For some of the readers, the holidays may be difficult and it can be the worst time for some families. The reasons are endless these days. I think this is a wonderful prayer for everyone, but especially those who need to reach deep down for strength…..including me on many days. It is the complete prayer of St. Patrick.

    I arise today
    Through the strength of heaven;
    Light of the sun,
    Splendor of fire,
    Speed of lightning,
    Swiftness of the wind,
    Depth of the sea,
    Stability of the earth,
    Firmness of the rock.

    I arise today
    Through Godโ€™s strength to pilot me;
    Godโ€™s might to uphold me,
    Godโ€™s wisdom to guide me,
    Godโ€™s eye to look before me,
    Godโ€™s ear to hear me,
    Godโ€™s word to speak for me,
    Godโ€™s hand to guard me,
    Godโ€™s way to lie before me,
    Godโ€™s shield to protect me,
    Godโ€™s hosts to save me
    Afar and anear,
    Alone or in a multitude.

    Christ shield me today
    Against wounding
    Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
    Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
    Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
    Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
    Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
    Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
    Christ in the eye that sees me,
    Christ in the ear that hears me.

    I arise today
    Through the mighty strength
    Of the Lord of creation.

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  13. Happy Thanksgiving to my south of the border brothers and sisters in Christ. God bless you all! Charlie told me last year: โ€œHang in there, CDN.โ€ I am white-knuckling it, but I am doing as you said, Charlie. Love and blessings from Canada. โค๏ธ

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  14. Thank you, Charlie! A very Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family, the whole ASOH and the CORAC Team! God bless you all and your families, and those special to you!
    Thankful to God for all these wonderful people in my life!
    ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฟ ๐Ÿ˜Š. Betty

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  15. God bless you, Charlie, and all of you here! It is so comforting to have this family to visit almost each day ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t even think of a Thanksgiving when we didn’t see at least one of our kids, but that’s how it is today. Glad to check in with you all.

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  16. Happy Day of Thanksgiving to all here. I have a very large family. At 10 this morning, we met together, most of us anyway, in a parking lot, to exchange pies n sides, and to pray as a family. It was a beautiful way to start this precious day, especially hearing our little ones reflect happiness and thankfulness for family. Of course, tears coursed down all our faces for more than one reason.
    BobG- we are struggling in our family for a nephew in a similar situation. Your story brings me hope. God bless your parents for never giving up.
    Haven’t had our pie yet- spicy pumpkin home made by 2 little sets of hannies and 3 sets of adult hands- truly a group effort!!
    Each and everyone of you bring me hope, courage and strength. Keep up the good work, why dontcha!๐Ÿ˜Š
    God bless all here.

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  17. It is late in the evening [for me – 8pm], but Happy, Blessed Thanksgiving to all. This community is such a blessing to me.

    MP, I know those chipmunks, despite their camouflage they are after the pecans!

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  18. Thank you Charlie, for the beautiful Thanksgiving Greeting. I wish the same to you and all the wonderful people who come here to read, visit and share. You’re all a special part of my life and I thank you so much for that. May we kneel side by side and pray each other through these difficult days.

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  19. A mini-tour of the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal in France. “Have a medal struck on this model; those who wear it will receive great graces.” O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, (and our country), who have recourse to thee.

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    1. Thanks, Maggie, for always sharing some gem which highlights the specialness of the day in our Faith. Our pilgrimage to this chapel in the summer before our son graduated from high school was a memorable, beautiful stop along our journey throughout Europe in the summer of 1997. St. Catherine Labourรฉ, pray for us. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal pray with us and for us. O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee… especially pray that each one of us remains true to your Son as we carry on in this journey to a New Beginning.

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  20. Coming to you from the Office of the President Elect Christopher J:

    Has any other Presidents Elects here seen the video of Biden giving his Un-Thanksgiving address? LOL! He’s read the teleprompter and said “We can prs claim what the palmist [awkward pause] what the palmist who wrote…these following words…[end of clip] He was reading psalmist. I laugh!

    Palmist? Really? LOL!!! Don’t believe me? Here you go:

    Should be the top video on the page. If not, look for the “Bumbling Biden” tweet.

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  21. We had some great news for Thanksgiving. Yesterday afternoon Fr. Chris was discharged from the hospital after a 2 week battle with Covid 19. Thank you everyone for your prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery, as getting out of the hospital doesnโ€™t mark the end of his struggle.

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  22. News from Lancaster Co.PA:

    Despite less than 500 deaths per approx. 500,000 people in Lancaster County. From Johns Hopkins COVID dashboard.

    There are requirements to quarantine if you leave the state.

    And moments ago there was an emergency announcement on the TV saying that several counties. Including Lancaster, need to be tested. Donโ€™t know what that means as of yet. Forced Testing? More restrictions?

    Also, the day before thanksgiving we received an alert on our phones, similar to an Amber Alert. Essentially saying to socially distance, donโ€™t gather in large groups etc.

    The state also said no liquor sales in restaurants two days leading up to Thanksgiving.

    Looks like theyโ€™re upping the ante.

    Wondering what other states are saying and doing. Please indicate whether your state is Red or blue.

    PA is blue but Iโ€™m in a Red County that is getting bluer.

    Thanks!!

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    1. Blue in Illinois. We had the Emergency Broadcast System, EBS, tell us as per the governor, we are to stay at home, drive only if necessary, and mask and distance. Nonsense!! My hubbies drivers license expired in July and the extension to renew it at the DMV is June 2021. However our local police dept, states online that CDL drivers are exempt from the extension. More proof that this is a power grab and not medically necessary, to use a phrase from my healthcare past. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. Yep, Jen. In CA we have a curfew courtesy of Gov. “Nuisance”! Lord help us!

          Big item yesterday on, maybe it was Gateway Pundit: Johns Hopkins had a study showing that deaths are no different than in past years. It was removed, of course. Aargh!!!

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    2. Itโ€™s this silly just about everywhere, Littleone.
      Here in Blue Oregon, when the 2 week freeze ends, we will start our restrictions based on county stats. We are not hopeful for our county, but there are others that will begin face-to-face school.
      We had none of that other stuff, no alerts or closed liquor stores – heavens no! The state runs the liquor stores, they are rarely closed.
      God bless, katey in OR

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  23. Hi y’all and Happy Thanksgiving!

    I’m seeking your recommendation. My Apostolate for the Dying prayer group is looking for an alternative text/email communication company to notify members directly of people in need of prayer. We had FlockNote but would like to try a different company.

    I contacted Trumpia and DialMyCalls but found they could not meet our needs.

    Any suggestions welcome.

    Thank you!
    Patrick of SD

    P.S. Pecan all the way, MP! Hands down.

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  24. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Had the grands over. A bit of normalcy for one day. Good food. Good conversation. Smiles. Hugs. A lot of laughter. Everyone telling what they are thankful for during grace before the feast. Me: I am thankful that God loves me and that I am surrounded by a family that loves me and who I love.

    Alas, I had to point my finger at the ceiling to get the kids to look up. But they did.

    Here is my general feeling that comes like clockwork.

    Who knew that Joe Biden was a fan of the Palmist. Here is a Palm that comes to mind every time I sit down with the whole family to celebrate a meal together:

    Palm 128

    A song of ascents.

    Blessed are all who fear the LORD,
    and who walk in his ways.

    2
    What your hands provide you will enjoy;
    you will be blessed and prosper:

    3
    Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your home,

    Your children like young olive plants
    around your table.

    4
    Just so will the man be blessed
    who fears the LORD.

    5
    May the LORD bless you from Zion;
    may you see Jerusalemโ€™s prosperity
    all the days of your life,

    6
    and live to see your childrenโ€™s children.

    Peace upon Israel!

    * [Psalm 128] A statement that the ever-reliable God will bless the reverent (Ps 128:1). Godโ€™s blessing is concrete: satisfaction and prosperity, a fertile spouse and abundant children (Ps 128:2โ€“4). The perspective is that of the adult male, ordinarily the ruler and representative of the household to the community. The last verses extend the blessing to all the people for generations to come (Ps 128:5โ€“6).

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        1. I’ve actually been to the Canary Islands and seen these beauties there. Well, actually we abandoned our ship in the Canary Islands. We were sailing on a Danish logging ship and, due to the rough waters, it was like a tugboat on the Atlantic. (Kinda’ like this Storm.) We intended to sail to Shoreham, England, but because we were way behind for our meeting date with a friend, we came up with Plan B to get to our destination.

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          1. I love hearing about our fellow squirrel adventures, past and present. Beckita, is our continent hopping, sailing, hiking, mission traveler, MP our serene desert dweller, Patrick once again of SD, our fearless and courageous pilgrim, in and out of season, some coast to coasters and international jet-setters too. The list goes on and on!! โค

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          2. Speaking of all this Canary Islands stuff been meaning to tell you all thank you for the prayers for my bro, wife and crew!!! They made it to St Thomas!!! The pic they sent of themselves looked like they all aged 10 years from that stormy passage! Hereโ€™s what Polly my sister in law wrote and thank you all again for your prayers!!!

            As of 5:45 am, Joli is anchored in Magens Bay, St. Thomas, USVI. It was a long, hard, windy, rough passage including 4 days straight with three reefs and a staysail in 30+ knots of breeze and up to 20′ waves. Joli did great and the crew earned their rum drinks!

            ๐Ÿ

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              1. Desmond said thatโ€™s why crew. Members are young!!! Hahahahaha!!! They are NOT!!! Also Desmond said with 3 reefs in the main, that much air and 20+ foot ๐ŸŒŠ waves…no one got much sleep! Too brave for me Beckita! Sounds like ur a pretty brave and courageous girl too!!! Ha! You wouldโ€™ve fit right in!!!๐Ÿ˜‚

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                1. What I know from the adventures in my younger days, Linda, is that we really are adaptable creatures and I think thatโ€™s an essential idea to ponder as we move forward into our biggest challenges to come in this Storm. Couple that with dwelling on all for which weโ€™re grateful, the abundant blessings of the Lord, we can embrace our near future as the adventure of a lifetime! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿต๐Ÿ”ฅ

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                  1. Only problem with my bro and sister-in-law and their crew was they are too old to be doing what they are doing on the ocean! Hahahahaha But God bless them and may St Brendan always be with them.

                    As far as we all go, I pray you are right that we are adaptable creatures. Goodness knows things are truly changing and moving in a very scary and unpredictable place! Yikes. I think God is pruning us for the new era to come wether it be the actual new era or the world to come! It is quite adventurous I must admit and most days itโ€™s just plain fun to rely solely on God and those whom God puts in our path. I really do thank God for you, Beckita and Charlie and oh my goodness EVERYONE here!!! What a great camp to be in!๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ๐ŸŒŠ

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                    1. Amen Beckita!!! Iโ€™m somehow more hopeful each and every day!!! God is good and I keep feeling like something wonderful is right around the corner…I canโ€™t tell you how often I just randomly open up my bible (Dhouey Rheines) and come across this passage: Jeremiah 32-37

                      โ€œBehold I will gather them together out of all the lands to which I have cast them out in my anger, and in my wrath, and in my great indignation: and I will bring them again into this place, and will cause them to dwell securely. [38] And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. [39] And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me all days: and that it may be well with them, and with their children after them. [40] And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, and will not cease to do them good: and I will give my fear in their heart, that they may not revolt from me.

                      [41] And I will rejoice over them, when I shall do them good: and I will plant them in this land in truth, with my whole heart, and with all my soul. [42] For thus saith the Lord: As I have brought upon this people all this great evil: so will I bring upon them all the good that I now speak to them. [43] And fields shall be purchased in this land: whereof you say that it is desolate, because there remaineth neither man nor beast, and it is given into the hands of the Chaldeans. [44] Fields shall be bought for money, and deeds shall be written, and sealed, and witnesses shall be taken, in the land of Benjamin, and round about Jerusalem, in the cities of Juda, and in the cities on the mountains, and in the cities of the plains, and in the cities that are towards the south: for I will bring back their captivity, saith the Lord.โ€

                      I even read it to our zoom group one day and Mick said someone else kept reading up on Jeremiah too in our group! Just an amazing passage!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    1. I can’t take it anymore! All of this “Palm” and “Palmist” stuff is making me laugh so hard that my head is starting to hurt! Hahaha! Now knock it off; I don’t want to end up with a migraine. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. It’s a good diversion from the MU-PSU game though, Mick, which I’m watching now because my boys played yesterday. I’m also curious. Truth is, I love to see if teams can overcome difficulties, and at what point they finally turn the corner. Nothing worse than fair weather fans (not that I’m a Blue fan), but I’ve often seen it amongst those who profess to be Fighting Irish. You’ve gotta love the diehard fans in the stands and the ones at home who hang, win or lose, until the final play of the game.

        A lot can happen between now and the playoff drive, but I’m starting to believe there’s another matchup with the Crimson Tide coming for the Irish. Can’t say for certain, but my Kelly green blood is pumping a little stronger. My son also texted me last night that “we look like Champions” and “this is the year, Dad.”

        Wouldn’t it just be like 2020 if that happens. Hope springs eternal…

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        1. Yep, a good diversion. My team stinks. How do we lose to a 1-5 team? In the Big House?!

          On the other hand, I’ve been True Blue since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Members of four generations of my family have matriculated there. I will never love another football team (or team of any sport) as much as I love the Blue.

          But they stink, and I currently have better uses for my time… like washing and styling my hair (and having seen me on Zoom calls, you know how crucial my hairstyling is to me). ๐Ÿ™‚

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          1. I don’t know entirely. It can be a complicated question to answer, but it’s usually much more simple. A group succeeds when they reach a level of unity that is necessary to achieve a common purpose, regardless how daunting the challenges. Common. Unity. Community. Technically, PSU was 0-5, and they nearly celebrated that win as if they had just won the Big10 Championship game. Maybe it was just a big relief to finally get a win. Whatever the case, it’s amazing the impact that celebrating the a small, seemingly meaningless win can have in the long run.

            Harbaugh is probably on the chopping block now, but I don’t think all that mess can be laid at his feet this year. Covid, delayed/shortened season, guys bailing to enter the transfer portal or opt-out for pro ball… tyranny of lockdowns and other nonsense from your Governor. There’s more than demoralized coaching affecting the Blue. And you can extrapolate that out to every remote corner of Michigan and beyond!

            My Granny had a beautiful head of wavy, curly, auburn hair that was often hidden beneath a cowboy hat or simple bandana. She was a practical woman too.

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            1. Yeah, PSU was 0-5 before they beat us like a rented mule. Sigh.

              Are you talking about your gun-toting Granny? She sounds amazing. I would have really liked her. ๐Ÿ™‚

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              1. Yep, the same, and it was a well-worn six shooter that mysteriously disappeared when she passed. I do still have her .22 rifle that she earned selling salve door-to-door as a kid. She laughed a lot, but could also sometimes cuss up a storm if an ND game wasn’t going our way.

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