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Half a century, five decades, 50 years.  When you’re young it seems like forever, as you get older it seems like a small fraction of time.  Elizabeth and Ted know all about it, they just celebrated 50 wonderful years together.

I was so blessed to be invited over to tell a small fraction of their life together.  Though I had not meet most of the family I was welcomed right away by Elizabeth.  She had a bright smile and is well known for saying hello to anyone within talking distance.  The family was so welcoming with a good measure of whimsy thrown in.

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After lunch there was a plethora of entertainment.  It started with a Beetles tribute singing “I want to hold your Hand”.  This was one of my favorites from the entire day.  After that we had “Jokes told by Ted”.  It makes me smile just thinking back to the laughter that went through the room.  Then the youngesters in the audience had a very quick gymnastics show as well as a magic show.

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The finale though was amazing.  You see Elizabeth was born in Hawaii and so the entertainment was finished off by their version of the Hukilau song.

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It was a glorious afternoon but as they say the proof is in the pudding.  You can see the proof through the lives of Elizabeth and Ted’s children.  They were welcoming, loving, and a joy to spend time with.

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This past weekend was cold and fabulous.  I went down to Camp Jewell for a visit.  I am so thankful to still have deep roots there.  I am especially grateful for the Barton family putting me up for a few days.

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I showed up on Saturday and helped shovel the snow that we have been having.  It was great being able to horse around a little with Max and Kyle, the two Barton Boys, while we were shoveling.

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I also got to go on an amazing snow shoe adventure with my friend Eli on Monday.  He has tons of spunk and energy.  We took off around Sunrise Mountain where I wimped out on going up but he made it up and down sunrise mountain faster than I can normally walk it.  Afterwards we visited one of my favorite old haunts, Kent Pizza, for dinner.

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I would be remiss if I did not mention my other adventure on Monday in Riverton, CT.  Mo, the patriarch of the Barton Clan, went with me, the boys, and the two dogs, Ginger and Scout, as well as there cousin Jaime to go snowboarding and sledding.

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I also got to have breakfast with Ray Zetye on Monday.  As well as having breakfast with Ryan Nielsen on Tuesday.  Two days in a row of breakfast with two extraordinary men.

I can never repay the debit that I have for Camp Jewell and all the friendships there.  It was good to be back if only for a weekend.

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Snow.  More snow and then more.  It has been one snowy winter.

I have an admission.  I love it.  It is beautiful.  I feel sometimes I should have been in Alaska rather than Texas.  I love it when the wind blows and the hairs on my neck rise up.  To me it is akin to rising from a deep sleep and life pouring over you like a fresh river in the woods.

Yes I love the winter and am not afraid to admit it!

 

 

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 Back in December I was privileged to be able to participate in the Evening of Giving.

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The evening of giving was established years ago to help this in need in the Marlborough Community.  It supports Rolands House a homeless shelter in the Marlborough Hudson Area.  Over twenty-five restaurants and establishments showed there support by offering up delicious food and drink.

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People showed up dressed to the nines.  The food was the best of the best.  It was held at the Best Western in Marlborough.  There must have been more than 300 in attendance representing some of the best and brightest of Marlborough.

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Rowland house was formed in the late 80’s to help the homeless.  It was formed from a selfless movement to help  others who can not help themselves.  To help the ones that are so often over looked or looked down on in our community.

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I want to say thank you during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season.  This season of non stop parties, food fest, and driving all over the countryside to get to the next family or friend get together.

Thank you for reading, caring, and allowing me to share my life with you.  Thanks for tallowing me into your home and your hearts time and time again.

I do have a favor to ask though.  During the next few days I ask that you would stop and remember focus on the Child of God who was sent.  To stop and take in the quiet.  To get out a Bible and read the Christmas story again or maybe for the first time.  To ponder the mysteries of the universe and why God’s love above all else is the greatest mystery of all.

Wishing you and your family the best Christmas of all.

 

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